NPQH

NATIONAL PROFESSIONAL QUALIFICATION FOR HEADSHIP (NPQH)

Due to the interruption of the usual processes for the NPQH assessment, an additional ‘assessment only’ model is available for the 2020-2021 academic year. This is specifically to support those school leaders who are on the cusp of headship and expecting to apply for headship in the next 12 months. It is intended for those practitioners who are ready for assessment now and does not include any developmental support. Applicants will need to secure the endorsement of their Headteacher and of their region.

All prospective applicants for this programme should first consider the National Aspiring Headteacher Development Programme – Preparing for NPQH.

  • Applications for NPQH 2020-21 including supporting documents should be returned to the Consortium by 1pm 18/09/2020

 

Information Briefing

To ensure practitioners are fully informed, a briefing NPQH Briefing Powerpoint 2020-21 Draft 3 is available and we recommend that all practitioners considering application should view this. Wherever possible, we recommend that Headteachers also view this so as to be fully informed of their role in the endorsement process.

 

NATIONAL PROFESSIONAL QUALIFICATION FOR HEADSHIP (NPQH Assessment Only) 2020-21

  • The National Professional Qualification for Headship (NPQH) is mandatory for all teachers moving into their first headship post in Wales.
  • Future rounds of NPQH assessment will only be available following completion of the National Aspiring Headteacher Development Programme – Preparing for NPQH.

 

Should I apply for the NPQH (Assessment Only)?

The NPQH (Assessment Only) is specifically for practitioners who are actively seeking headship as their next post (within the next 12 months). In order to be considered for the NPQH candidates must be:

  • qualified teachers, registered as teachers with the Education Workforce Council for Wales;
  • suitably experienced practitioners who intend becoming serving headteachers in the very near future. Headship is their next career step (acting headteachers who are not aspiring to a substantive headship post are not eligible to participate);
  • at a stage in their career where they are able to provide strong evidence to demonstrate significant experience of leadership at a whole school level and can demonstrate attainment against the Formal Leadership Standards (Professional standards for teaching and leadership)
  • willing to share learning and development with support officers and other colleagues, including examples and case studies of the experiences undertaken during their career that have prepared them for headship.

 

 Applying

  • You should discuss your application, Leadership Standards Review (LSR) and Leadership Experience Task (LET) with your Headteacher who may wish to discuss it with the Challenge Adviser / Supporting Improvement Adviser.
  • Where you have the agreement of your headteacher they sign and complete the application and return it to you.
  • You must forward your application, and all the supporting documents to the Consortium before 1pm 18/09/2020. The consortium will arrange for the Endorsing Officer to consider the application and make a recommendation.

 

CSC csc_npqh@rctcbc.gov.uk 01443 281411
EAS Business.Support@sewaleseas.org.uk 01443 864963
ERW npqh@erw.org.uk 01267 245637
GwE npqh@gwenorth.wales 01286 679976
  • You should be aware that the outcome of this assessment will not be known until after the commencement of the next National Aspiring Headteacher Development Programme – Preparing for NPQH.
  • As such, unsuccessful candidates from this NPQH Assessment Only model would need to apply for and complete a future round of the National Aspiring Headteacher Development Programme – Preparing for NPQH.

 

Endorsement

  • Submitted applications will be considered through each region’s endorsement process.
  • Where applicants gain endorsement, they will be allocated a Leadership Coach to support them in their preparation for the assessment centre.
  • Where endorsement is not received, applicants are advised to consider applying to the Aspiring Headteacher Development Programme commencing January 2021.

 

Timetable

 

NPQH Assessment programme 2020-21 Applications open 13/07/20
Application form and supporting documents submitted 1pm 18/09/20
Candidates informed of outcome. 19/10/20
Candidate submits updated Assessment Materials 1pm 14/01/21
Assessment Centre 01/02/21 – 12/02/21
Results to candidates    (Letters posted) 05/03/21
Appeal submission deadline 26/03/21

 

Further information

Further information, templates and application forms are provided below.

Should you have any queries regarding the above, please contact your Regional Coordinator:

 

Consortium

Regional Coordinator

Contact Details

CSC Emma Coates Emma.Coates@cscjes.org.uk  /  01443 281411
EAS Adelaide Dunn
Deb Woodward
Adelaide.Dunn@sewaleseas.org.uk  /  07890 381907
Deb.Woodward@sewaleseas.org.uk  /  07904 644832
ERW Tom Fanning tom.fanning@erw.cymru  /  01267 245637
GwE Rhys Williams / Ann Grenet npqh@gwenorth.wales  /  01286 679976

 

NPQH Documentation

Supporting documents:


Documents listed below must be submitted as part of application:

NATIONAL PROFESSIONAL QUALIFICATION FOR HEADSHIP [NPQH]

Applications for NPQH 2019-2020 including LSR should be returned to the Consortium by 1:00pm on Monday, 16 September 2019.

Information Briefing Dates

To ensure practitioners are fully informed, a number of briefing sessions will be held across Wales and it is recommended that all practitioners considering application should attend. Wherever possible we recommend that Headteachers attend with the prospective candidate.

The NPQH is a national programme and as such each of the briefings will provide the same information so you can attend the session that best suits you in terms of location. There is no need to pre-register.

The details of all the briefing sessions across Wales are shown below.

All Briefing Sessions are 4:00pm – 5:00pm
Llanwern HS, Newport NP18 2YE EAS & CSC 07/05/2019
Griffith Jones Centre, Station Road, St. Clears SA33 4BT ERW 07/05/2019
Felinfach PEC Lampeter SA48 8AG ERW 09/05/2019
Plas Menai, Sport Wales National Outdoor Centre Caernarfon, Gwynedd LL55 1UE GwE 13/05/2019
Holiday Inn, M4 North, Tongwynlais, Cardiff CF15 7AD CSC & EAS 14/05/2019
Holiday Inn Westbound A55, CH7 6HB GwE 14/05/2019
Village Hotel Swansea, Langdon Rd, Swansea SA1 8QY ERW 16/05/2019
Newtown High School, Dolfor Rd, Newtown SY16 1JE ERW 20/05/2019
 Y Pant, Y Pant Comprehensive School, Cowbridge Road, Talbot Green, Pontyclun, Rhondda Cynon Taff CF72 8YQ CSC 21/05/2019
Glasdir, Llanrwst GwE 13/06/2019 [Additional Session]

 

NATIONAL PROFESSIONAL QUALIFICATION FOR HEADSHIP [NPQH] 2019-2020

The National Professional Qualification for Headship (NPQH) is mandatory for all teachers moving into their first headship post in Wales.


Should I apply for the NPQH?

The NPQH is specifically for practitioners who are actively seeking headship as their next post. In order to be considered for the NPQH candidates must be:

  • qualified teachers, registered as teachers with the Education Workforce Council for Wales;
  • suitably experienced practitioners who intend becoming serving headteachers in the very near future. Headship is their next career step [acting headteachers who are not aspiring to a substantive headship post are not eligible to participate]; 
  • at a stage in their career where they are able to provide strong evidence to demonstrate significant experience of leadership at a whole school level and can demonstrate attainment against the Professional Standards for Teaching and Leadership [Professional standards for teaching and leadership]
  • willing to share learning and development with support officers and other colleagues, including examples and case studies of the experiences undertaken during their career that have prepared them for headship.

Applying

  • You should discuss your application and Leadership Standards Review (LSR) with your Headteacher who may wish to discuss it with the Challenge Adviser.
  • Where you have the agreement of your headteacher they sign and complete the application and return it to you.
  • You must forward your application and a completed LSR to the Consortium before 1pm 16/09/2019. The consortium arranges for the Endorsing Officer to consider the application and make a recommendation.
  • Applications must be submitted to your local Consortium.

 

CSC csc_npqh@rctcbc.gov.uk 01443 281411
EAS Business.Support@sewaleseas.org.uk 01443 864963
ERW npqh@erw.org.uk 01267 245637
GwE npqh@gwenorth.wales 01286 679976


Timetable

 

Application form and LSR submitted 1pm 16/09/2019
Endorsing Officer to have returned application 23/09/2019
Outcome and name of Leadership Coach to applicant 26/09/2019
Day 1. National NPQH Development Day (All Candidates) North Wales 15/10/2019
Day 2. Leadership Styles (Cardiff) 19/11/2019
Day 2. Leadership Styles (Swansea) 20/11/2019
Day 2. Leadership Styles (Llandudno) 26/11/2019
Support available from 14/10/2019
Candidate Assessment Materials submitted 1pm 17/01/2020
Assessment centre   03/02/20 -14/02/20
Results to candidates    (Letters posted) 04/03/2020
Appeal deadline 02/04/2020
NPQH National Celebration & Development Day 19/05/2020

Further information

Further information, templates and application forms are provided below. Should you have any queries regarding the above please contact your Regional Co-ordinator:

 

Consortium Regional Co-ordinator Contact Details
CSC Jendy Hillier Jendy.h.hillier@cscjes.org.uk
01443 827555
EAS Peter Jenkins peter.jenkins@sewaleseas.org.uk
07904 644749
ERW Tom Fanning tom.fanning@erw.org.uk
01267 245637
GwE Rhys Williams / Ann Grenet npqh@gwenorth.wales
01286 679976

 


NPQH Documentation 

Briefing Sessions

Application Pack

Additional Information

Templates for Candidate Assessment Materials

To be sent to npqh@gwenorth.wales by 1:00pm on 17/01/2020, along with your revised LSR:

To be submitted to the team at the NPQH Assessment Centre in February:

National Professional Qualification for Headship (NPQH) 2018-19 National Professional Qualification for Headship (NPQH) is mandatory for all teachers moving into their first headship post in Wales.   Should I apply for the NPQH?

  Information sessions The programme for 2018/19 differs from preceding years and it is essential you receive the details of the content and process in order for you to decide whether you wish to apply. To ensure you are fully informed, a number of briefing sessions will be held across Wales both at the end of the summer term and the start of the autumn term and it is recommended you attend one of these with your Headteacher. The NPQH is a national programme and as such each of the briefings will provide the same information so you can attend the session that best suits you in terms of location.  There is no need to pre-register. The details of all the briefing sessions across Wales are shown below.   Applying

  • You should discuss your application and Leadership Standards Review (LSR) with your Headteacher who may wish to discuss it with the Supporting Improvement Adviser
  • Where you have the agreement of your headteacher they sign and complete the application and return it to you
  • You must forward your application to the Consortium [npqh@gwenorth.wales] before 1pm on the agreed date. The Consortium arranges for the Endorsing Officer to consider the application and make a recommendation

 

NPQH Timetable
Submit application form by 1:00pm [npqh@gwenorth.wales] 08/10/2018
Endorsing Officer to have returned application 19/10/2018
Outcome and name of support to applicant 24/10/2018
National Day [Marriott Hotel, Swansea] 06/11/2018
Support from 12/11/2018
Submit templates by 1:00pm 01/02/2019
Assessment Centres 04/03/2019-15/03/2019
National Moderation 22/03/2019
Results to candidates 03/04/2019
Appeal deadline 07/05/2019
Appeal panel week of 13/05/2019
National Development Day (South) w/c 22/05/2019

  NPQH Documentation

Briefing Dates NPQH Briefing Powerpoint 2018-2019 Application Form – 2018-2019
Leadership Standards Review Leadership Task Template Career Profile Template
Confirmation of Personal Development Programme    

  Should you have any queries regarding the above please contact your Regional Co-ordinator  

Consortium Regional Co-ordinator Contact Details
CSC Jendy Hillier Jendy.h.hillier@cscjes.org.uk 01443 827555
EAS Peter Jenkins peter.jenkins@sewaleseas.org.uk 07904 644749
ERW Tom Fanning tom.fanning@erw.org.uk 07740434169
GwE Rhys Willliams npqh@gwenorth.wales 01286 685044

 

NPQH 2017-2018

The NPQH is a national programme, delivered regionally by the four consortia.

It consists of rigorous assessment against the Leadership Standards and focuses on evidencing professional practice.

Please see the link to the NPQH page on the Learning Wales website.

GwE

All prospective NPQH candidates are advised to attend one of the briefing sessions, together with their Headteacher. Briefing sessions will be held across the GwE region during the week commencing 5 June.

Information Sessions 2017-2018

Please see the pdf document for further dates and locations across Wales. You’re welcome to attend one of these, should the dates of GwE’s sessions be inconvenient.

Below is a copy of the PowerPoint presentation from the Information Sessions:

 

Here is the application timetable for 2017-2018.

 

June – September 2017 Candidates to discuss the Individual Leadership Review (ILR) and application with their Headteacher.
By 13:00 on 18 September 2017 Candidates to submit to GwE (npqh@gwenorth.wales or cpcp@gwegogledd.cymru):

  • application form, signed by the applicant and by the headteacher / chair of governors (Word format, electronic signature, using template on GwE website)
  • ILR (Word format + a PDF copy).
Between 18 September and 9 October 2017 GwE to arrange completion of the forms by the Challenge Advisers and Endorsing Officers.
By 13 October 2017 Applicants accepted on to the programme to be notified by GwE, with a copy of the final application form.
From 16 October 2017 onwards Period of support begins for candidates.
w/c 23 October 2017 2-day Leadership Development for candidates
By 13:00 on 31 January 2018 Candidates to submit their NPQH template to GwE (npqh@gwenorth.wales / cpcp@gwegogledd.cymru)
Between 5 and 23 February 2018  Assessment Centre
w/c 12 March 2018 Candidates informed of outcome
w/c 21 May 2018  National Development Day

Here is the NPQH application form for 2017-18. This must be submitted – following discussion with your Headteacher and with the Headteacher section completed – to npqh@gwenorth.wales by 1:00pm on 18 September 2017.

 

Here is the blank ILR which you must use. This needs to be submitted together with your application form in Word format (+ PDF copy) by 1:00pm on 18th September 2017 to npqh@gwenorth.wales.

PLEASE NOTE there is a word count on the ILR – any extra words will be discounted.

No other version of the ILR will be accepted!

Here are some completed exemplars of ILRs

 

Contact

For further information please contact: Marian Wyn Williams (npqh@gwenorth.wales) (01286) 679976

NPQH 2016-2017

The NPQH is a national programme, delivered regionally by the four consortia.

It consists of rigorous assessment against the Leadership Standards and focuses on evidencing professional practice.

Here is the NPQH process:

  • Application

 

  • Support and Development:

 

– Leadership Coach
– Leadership Activity
– Assessment Centre Preparation
– Networking

  • Assessment
    – Present evidence of your professional practice including your updated ILR (Individual Leadership Review)
    – Regional Assessment Centre and moderation
    – National moderation

NPQH Timetable 2016-2017

Support from Leadership Coach

From November/December

Updated ILR submitted to Consortium. (1pm as PDF) npqh@gwenorth.wales 01/03/2017
Assessment Centres 06/03/2017 – 17/03/2017
National Moderation meeting 28/03/2017
Results to candidates 03/04/2017
Appeal deadline 10/05/2017
Appeal panel meeting (week of) 22/05/2017
Graduation ceremony (week of) 03/07/2017

 

For further information please contact Ann Grenet / Marian Williams by e-mail to npqh@gwenorth.wales or by phoning (01286) 679976.