The National Professional Qualification for Headship (NPQH) is the first choice qualification for anyone aspiring to be a headteacher or principal. Designed in collaboration with some of the country's leading headteachers and academics, NPQH will develop talented leaders from all backgrounds who can deliver educational excellence in a self-improving system, and high quality outcomes for pupils and students.


Who can apply?

You should be highly motivated to be a headteacher, no more than 12-18 months from applying for headship posts and ready to take up a headship as soon as you graduate. You'll need to have the full support and endorsement of your headteacher, line manager or sponsor. Your line manager will also have to commit to playing an active role in your learning, and encourage and promote your involvement in leadership and other professional development opportunities. You should make your application via the apply button below.


If you're considering applying for the National Professional Qualification for Headship (NPQH). This new document, lessons learned report gives details and examples of the best way of preparing your evidence when applying.