National Professional Qualification for Headship (NPQH)

Kent and Medway Region

Programme Cost is £1,649* per person**

'NPQH is for highly motivated school leaders who are aspiring to become a Headteacher or a Head of school. The course is also designed to be suitable for those who are already Head teachers or Heads of School with system leader responsibilities e.g. National Leaders of Education. The programme 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. The support of a 'sponsor' from your school, usually your line manager or Headteacher, is essential to enable you to make the most of the programme. The NPQH also offers external coaching from a current school leader from the local area.' 

The LLSE NPQH Package Includes: 

  • Online entry and exit leadership diagnostics that identify development areas through feedback from colleagues
  • 3 Face-to-Face days facilitated by experienced and LLSE trained facilitators
  • Weekend all-inclusive residential to apply new and prior learning in a highly interactive workshop based experience
  • Online self-directed study to link face-to-face learning with your current school role
  • 'Shadow a Headteacher ' learning experience - 1 day, an opportunity to experience senior leadership in a different setting
  • Support for your 9-day placement in a contrasting school where you will be completing your 2,500 word assignment
  • The opportunity to be coached by an accredited school leader from an another school
  • Final assessment support throughout the course
  • Access to LLSE Professional Learning Community
  • Ongoing in-school coach/mentor support to link learning to your in-school role
  • Access to the highly commended LLSE support team throughout the programme


  • Face to Face Day 1: 17th September 2019

  • Face to Face Day 2: 15th October 2019

  • Face to Face Day 3: 13th November 2019

  • Residential Weekend: 13th March to 15th March 2020

  • Assessment Twilight : 18th June 2020 (14:00 - 17:30)

Venue: The Hilton Hotel, Maidstone


Core Facilitator: John Truman

  • John  is an experienced teacher, Headteacher, Senior Local Authority Officer, Leadership Consultant and qualified Leadership Coach. He has over 30 years of working directly with children, Schools and their Governing bodies. John has successfully led school, Local Authority and multi-agency teams and worked closely with Governing bodies in their development, appointment and appraisal of CEO's, Executive Headteachers, Headteachers and other Senior Leaders. More recently he has delivered the National College of Teaching and Learning  'Chairs Development Programme' for Kent County Council as well NPQML and NPQSL Programmes. John is a highly experienced, qualified leadership coach and trainer and is able to support and challenge Headteachers, Governors and other School Leaders to improve outcomes for children.

NPQ Curriculum Summary

Leading with Impact:

  • Distribute responsibility and accountability throughout the school to improve performance.
  • Be an inspiring leader in a range of different situations.
  • Communicate and negotiate with different people effectively to make progress objectives.

 Teaching and Curriculum Excellence:

  • Lead and grow excellent teaching in a school.
  • Support pupils of all backgrounds, abilities and particular needs in the school to achieve high standards, including Pupil Premium, SEND, EAL or the most able pupils.
  • Systematically review the cumulative impact of initiatives on teacher workload and make proportionate and pragmatic demands on staff.

Increasing Capability:

  • Hold all staff to account for performance using performance management, appraisal, misconduct and grievance systems.
  • Create and sustain an environment where all staff are encouraged to develop their own knowledge and skills, and support each other.
  • Anticipate capability requirements or gaps in the school and design strategies to fill them.

 School Strategy and Improvement:

  • Anticipate changes in the external and strategic environment.
  • Develop an evidence based organisational strategy, in collaboration with the governing board.
  • Lead a successful whole-school change programme.

 Working in Partnership:

  • Use different models of partnership working to improve educational provision, sustain a culture of mutual challenge and learn from others (including parents/carers, the wider community and other organisations).
  • Lead and effective partnership which brings benefits to the school and wider education system, particularly in their school’s area(s) of expertise or specialism.

 Managing Resources and Risks:

  • Balance a school’s strategic or educational priorities with financial efficiency.
  • Implement accountability arrangements to manage resources and risks effectively and in line with statutory requirements (where applicable, fulfilling the Accountability Officer role as defined in the Academies Financial Handbook).

Final Assessment

The final assessment comprises two sections : 

  • lead a school change programme lasting at least 2 terms to, improve pupil progress and attainment (task 1) (4000 words) 
  • Design an action plan to meet their placement schools resourcing and capability needs (task 2) (2500 words)

Leadership Learning Sourth East use EMLC as their NPQ assessment agent and works in partnership to ensure clear and logical assessment process.  Participants may opt to submit for final assessment at any point within 12-18 months of starting the programme, However failure to submit within 18 months (without requesting a deferral) will result in accreditation from DfE not being awarded.

 Please note

  • Should an assessment be returned as 'not ready', a re-assessment fee will be charged to your school
  • If the particpant fails to upload their assessment on the confirmed date a £75 cancellation fee will be invoiced to their school  

Application window is now open for September start closing date 30th August

Application Update

Application Form

Application Guidance  

* KAH scholarhips of £100 are available to participants from Canterbury, Swale and Thanet

** Announcement - Category 5 and 6 Scholarships available to applications in the 2019/2020 financial year

For a limited period, participants from the following areas will receive full scholarships for any of the NPQ Programmes :

Ashford, Crawley, Gravesham, Hastings, Lewes, Medway and Thanet.

The DfE has recently confirmed that £10 million of the Teaching and Leadership Innovation Fund (TLIF) has been set aside to support teachers and leaders in challenging areas to access the reformed National Professional Qualifications (NPQs).

This funding will cover the full participant costs of the course for teachers working in an Opportunity Area or a priority area (defined by the DfE as a category 5 or 6 ‘Achieving Excellence’ area).

To be eligible for a scholarship, the participant must be:

Working in a school in one of the above areas or working in MATs or dioceses which cover those areas

Not already hold the NPQ for which they are applying

Not previously have dropped out before completing the NPQ for which they are applying. 

Particpant numbers limited to 25 - closing date for applicaions 30th August 2019




Senior Leaders who are highly motivated to become a Headteacher or preparing to reach Headship within 18 months

You should have the full support and endorsement of a sponsor, usually your Headteacher or Line Manager

Candidates will undergo an initial Gateway Assessment to determine eligibility 

Programme Duration

The Programme runs for 12 Months with the option to extend to 18 months in certain circumstances

Master's Credits

NCTL support participants on NCTL programmes who are interested in furthering their development in pursuing a Master's degree. You may be able to get CATs points to contribute to a Master's Degree in conjunction with an HEI provider.