We are pleased to support leadership development programmes through Leading Schools South West. LSSW
National Professional Qualification for Headship (NPQH) Level 3
The NPQH Programme typically takes up to one year to complete, during which time participants complete six Areas of Study:
• Leading with Impact
• Strategy and Improvement • Increasing Capability
• Teaching and Curriculum Excellence • Working in Partnership
• Managing Resources and Risk
Our Programmes are designed around a blended learning approach which incorporates: five 'Face to Face' days [F2F] covering the Areas of Study; five, two - week Online courses, and Self-Supported Study by joining an Online Professional Learning Community. All of this covers up-to-date content, knowledge and skills. The Online courses have a central focus on 'learn about' - theoretical knowledge and understanding; whilst the F2F sessions focus on 'learn how to' - application and practice.
In addition to the six Areas of Study, there are also seven Leadership Behaviours which set out how a leader should operate on a daily basis. These are:
• Resilience • Collaboration
• Integrity • Personal Drive • Awareness • Respect
These behaviours are covered throughout the Programmes but mainly during the F2F days. To evaluate each candidate’s strengths in each Behaviour a 360o self-assessment is completed before the Programme begins and another at the end to assess personal growth and leadership development.
There are three elements to the award of the National Professional Qualification for Headship:
completion of all the expectations in the Online courses; attendance at all the Face-to-Face days, and the final assessment of two school improvement projects against the criteria for the award of the qualification.
NPQH Assessment Tasks Description
1. Lead a whole- school change programme [4000 words]
2. Design an action plan to meet a placement school's resourcing and capability needs [2500 words]
Content Areas Assessed:
Project 1: Strategy and Improvement, Teaching and Curriculum Excellence, Leading with Impact, Working in Partnership.
Project 2: [placement school]: Managing Resources and Risks, Increasing Capability
Fees and Scholarships (NB: FULL PROGRAMME COSTS INCLUDE FINAL ASSESSMENT)
Full cost of Programme LSSW scholarships are based on 2017 Spring PLASC returns for your school Total Payable
£1800 Full cost of the programme without scholarship £1800
LSSW scholarship £150 Primary schools with 101 - 200 pupils on roll £1650
LSSW scholarship £300 Primary schools with 100 pupils or less on roll £1500
Making your application
The deadline for applications is 15th April 2018. Please visit our website and download an application form and return it to firstname.lastname@example.org
You will require your seven-digit Teacher Reference Number and your school’s six-digit Unique Reference Number (URN). School details can be found by searching for your establishment on Get information about Schools which can be found at the following link
Who is the programme run by?
Bob Mitchell the Subject Matter Expert.
More details about this programme and how to apply can be found here