Lincolnshire Teaching School Alliance

National Professional Qualification for Headship (NPQH)

Our NPQH is a unique and integrated course which not only focuses on the key skills needed for headship but is also informed by both national and international theory and practice. It's a high bar that will challenge and develop talented leaders from all backgrounds to deliver educational excellence.


This is a unique programme being delivered in full partnership with the University of Nottingham’s School of Education which could lead directly on to a MA in Educational Leadership and Management if you wish to continue your studies beyond NPQH. The University of Nottingham is a member of the elite Russell Group with one of the top research departments of education both nationally and internationally.


Lincolnshire Teaching Schools Together (LTT) are pleased to deliver an NPQH cohort across Lincolnshire in partnership with our accrediting NPQ provider: George Spencer Academy, Nottingham. 

Our Programme

Our programme is delivered though a blended learning approach; a combination of face to face days, on-line learning , school experience, and self – directed study. As a competency based programme there is a focus throughout on the development of skills and understanding alongside leadership behaviours. Whilst on the programme day-to-day leadership development in your current school will allow you to:

  • Lead on a strategically challenging project
  • Engage in challenge and support from your coach and/or head teacher
  • Integrate new learning into your leadership practice
  • Develop those leadership behaviours identified through the 360 diagnostic
  • Negotiate and tackle specific whole team/school improvement priorities

Those not currently working in a school will undertake these activities in the school(s) that they have identified, and who have committed to support them.

The course duration is 12 months, including the 9 day placement in a contrasting school, with an expectation that participants go for final assessment within 12-18 months from induction.  For the dates of our face-to-face days, please see the attachment below. 


£1950 - All charges include final assessment fees.

If you are a member of one of our partner or teaching school alliance schools, or making multiple bookings on behalf of a MAT or other cluster of schools, you may be eligible for up to a 10% discount.  Funding may also be available for this programme. 

Application Process

To reserve a place on the Lincolnshire intake, the online initial booking form should be completed.    Applications are currently closed and will re-open again in the summer term for September 2020 start. Further details on Gateway Assessment can be found here.  Once you are successful at Gateway Assessment, we will ask you to complete the final stages of the booking process to confirm your place on the NPQH programme.