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A completely updated NPQH for those who are, or are aspiring to be, a headteacher or head of school


“The NPQH is a great learning journey which I would recommend to anyone who is on the SLT of their school.”


NPQ for Headship (NPQH)

Lead sustainable improvement and meaningful change

A completely updated NPQH for those who are, or are aspiring to be, a headteacher or head of school

  • Gain a nationally recognised, prestigious, government-backed qualification and make progress in your career
  • Strengthen your expertise as both a strategic and operational leader, helping you to create a culture where pupils and staff can thrive, and learn how to bring others with you on the journey
  • Learn flexibly around your job with a blend of online learning, virtual sessions and local face to face workshops

Benefits for you

  • Develop knowledge and understanding of how to apply the evidence on school improvement through people development, working with staff, pupils, governors and the wider community to create lasting change
  • A blended learning experience which fits around your role where you learn and discuss key content online, delivered in a way that suits the busy working lives of teachers and school leaders
  • Local virtual and face to face sessions that focus on real problem-solving, creating understanding, connecting with your peers and gaining depth of knowledge
  • Ongoing preparation to give you confidence to pass the final assessment
  • Facilitation and support from serving school leaders in excellent schools and delivery at local venues
  • An additional programme of online support and group coaching aimed exclusively at new headteachers

Benefits for your school or trust

  • A skilful and research-informed organisational leader with the capability to lead school in conjunction with a motivated and coherent senior leadership team
  • Practical capability to get on with the job of developing others with the skills to lead with people and teams, creating change and impact
  • A professionally aware and informed leader who can make evidence-based decisions and approach headship in an effective and efficient manner
  • The ability to review and evaluate practice in order to bring about change and get the best outcomes for young people and staff within the organisation

A blend of flexible online learning, online discussion, virtual workshops and face to face workshops, for a few hours study each week over 18 months. This is followed by an assessment window where you will complete a 1500-word case study assessment to demonstrate your understanding of real leadership and change.

In addition, new headteachers will be eligible for an exclusive programme of free on-the-job additional support, through group coaching and online support.

Our online modules guide you and your colleagues through understanding and implementing effective approaches to people-powered school improvement.

This completely reformed NPQH has an evidence-informed curriculum design, connecting you to the latest research and best practice. Our research-rich course covers all of the core content in the government’s Framework for this qualification. It will help you to:

  • Provide the strategic lead of effective teaching, curriculum, assessment and culture within your school
  • Lead effective professional development, change and implementation
  • Manage a school’s systems and processes, working with parents and governors
  • Build a stronger understanding of your own strengths and areas for development, helping to create a more sustainable and resilient approach to leadership

Click here for full course overview

Funding and Cost

Full scholarship funding, with no cost to the participant, for the NPQ in Headship is available to all teachers who meet the following criteria:

  • are, or are aspiring to be, a headteacher or head of school with responsibility for leading a school
  • are employed in state-funded schools, as well as those employed in state-funded organisations that offer 16 to 19 places in England

The course fee is £1,899 for all others – more information here

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More information

The Teacher Development Trust is an internationally leading charity in the fields of staff development and school improvement through people development. Founded by practising teachers and leaders in 2012, we’ve helped hundreds of schools and leaders to create lasting improvement.


Key Information: A Quick Guide

Course Length
18 months
Study Time
60hrs online study; four 4hr in-person sessions; four 1.5hr national seminars; nine 1.5hr local seminars; four 1hr specialist seminars; four 1.5hr case studies
National Professional Qualification for Headship
Programme Start Date
w/c 26th February 2024 for Spring 24 start
Other Key Dates
Final Delivery Session w/c 7th July 2025, Assessment Window start 15th September 2025 – end 22nd September 2025
Fully funded for all staff in state-funded schools and state-funded organisations that offer 16 to 19 places in England. £1,899 for all others

Express your interest in a TDT NPQ today!

Complete the form below to let us know that you’re interested in joining a future NPQ cohort. We’ll keep you up to date with the latest NPQ announcements and notify you when the 2024/25 application window is open.

Applications for Spring 2024 are now closed.

Express your interest in a TDT NPQ today!

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A note regarding your email address

We ask that you please use the same personal email address throughout your NPQ journey with us, rather than a work or university email address. This ensures we maintain a seamless connection with you, preventing potential issues caused by changes in school or position, duplicate applications, and minimises the risk of our messages being blocked by school firewalls.

This also enables us to align with the DfE who will also ask you to use a personal email address during the application process.   

By using a personal email address, you help us stay consistent, accurate, and timely with the information we send your way. If this poses any challenges for you, don't hesitate to let us know and we will make every effort to accommodate.

Find a Delivery Partner near you

Our carefully selected network of Delivery Partners deliver our courses across over 21 locations in England, Guernsey and the United Arab Emirates. Some Delivery Partners deliver in more than one region, so please ensure you are able to travel to your chosen local delivery location. 

Please use our interactive map below to see where our partners are based and what courses they are offering. 

Upcoming Key Dates for current NPQH participants

Autumn 2022 NPQH Cohort

National Seminar 4
Final Devivery Session
Assessment window start
Assessment window end
Date and Time
Thursday 9th November 2023 (3.30pm - 5pm)
w/c 25th March 2024
Monday 15th April 2024
Monday 22nd April 2024

NPQH Specialist seminars run nationally as part of Theme 4 for NPQH

Specialist Seminars
Specialist Seminar 1
Specialist Seminar 2
Specialist Seminar 3
Specialist Seminar 4
Date and Time
Monday 4th December 2023 (3pm-4pm)
Tuesday 9th January 2024 (1.30pm-2.30pm)
Wednesday 31st January 2024 (2pm-3pm)
Thursday 22nd February 2024 (10am-11am)

Spring 2023 NPQH Cohort

Final Devivery Session
Assessment window start
Assessment window end
Date and Time
w/c 15th July 2024
Monday 2nd September 2024
Monday 9th September 2024

Autumn 2023 NPQH Cohort

Final Devivery Session
Assessment window start
Assessment window end
Date and Time
w/c 17th March 2025
Monday 3rd April 2025
Monday 10th April 2025
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TDT NPQ for Headship pdf. Available to download.