We are pleased to support leadership development programmes through Leading Schools South West. LSSW
National Professional Qualification for Headship (NPQH) Level 3

Programme Outline

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:

  • Commitment
  • 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

Project Theme:
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

Programme Costs

Full cost of Programme LSSW scholarships are based on 2018 Spring PLASC returns for your school

Total Payable £1800

Full cost of the programme without scholarship £1800

LSSW scholarship £150 Primary schools with 100 or less pupils on roll £1650
LSSW scholarship £300 Primary schools with 101 - 200 pupils or less on roll £1500


Making your application

The next NPQH application window will open on Friday March 15th 2019 and close on Wednesday 24th April 2019

Please visit our website and download an application form and return it to

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.

director bob mitchell

More details about this programme and how to apply can be found here