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.

As strategic partners of Inspiring Leaders, Affinity TSA supports the delivery of the NPQH course which is delivered in partnership with other vastly experienced school leaders.

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. The 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.

If you need support in applying, please download and read the support guide via the link provided below.

Download NPQH Application Support

What's Involved?

The redesigned NPQH follows a modular curriculum based on Master’s level criteria and focuses on developing the knowledge, skills and attributes of a successful headteacher. To achieve the NPQH qualification you’ll need to successfully complete three essential and two elective modules involving extended case studies and related in-school assignments with a stronger focus on leading teaching, behaviour and performance management. You will also complete a placement of a minimum of nine days at another school.


The course takes between 6–18 months to complete, depending on the individuals learning journey.

Further Information

Applications must be made through the National College Website - NPQH and once applicants have succesfully passed through the assessment gateway they are then asked to select thier preferred provider.

Find out more about the programme at the Inspiring Leaders Website - NPQH or download the flyer via the link provided below.

Download NPQH Flyer


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