National Professional Qualification for Headship (NPQH)

The next application round is now open. The NPQH programme will begin in September 2019. Please click here to register your interest.

EMLC is proud to be an accredited provided of the National Professional Qualification for Headship (NPQH). As an experienced provider of leadership development, we offer a high-quality programme designed and led by educational professionals.

  • Stimulate and challenge your thinking about leadership.
  • Build on your key skills and knowledge.
  • Promote and improve your leadership behaviours and capabilities.
  • Able to lead successful, sustainable school improvement in school.

Who is it for?

NPQH is for those who are, or are aspiring to become a headteacher or head of school with responsibility for Leading a School

Features of the EMLC Programme

  • 360 leadership skills diagnostic
  • Five Face to Face events over 9-12 months
  • Online resources available throughout the programme
  • Placement experience
  • Facilitation by education experts and school leaders
  • Two assessed school improvement tasks

Benefits of the EMLC Programme

  • Content designed and facilitated by school leaders and experienced educationalists contextualised for your locality, reflecting national developments and legislation
  • Local and flexible delivery
  • Dedicated support and guidance for your assessed school improvement project from experienced team
  • Support with your Placement School
  • National Assessment Centre providing fair and transparent assessment processes

Click here for more information on NPQ assessment


Got a question?

If you would like to know more or have a question please click the button to see our contact options

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NPQH Table

The Curriculum Framework is built around 6 content areas and 7 leadership behaviours

The 6 content areas set out what a leader should know or be able to do:

  • Managing Resources and Risks
  • Strategy and Improvement
  • Working in Partnership
  • Teaching and Curriculum Excellence
  • Leading with Impact
  • Increasing Capability

The 7 leadership behaviours focus on how the best leaders operate:

  • Commitment
  • Personal drive
  • Collaboration
  • Awareness
  • Integrity
  • Resilience
  • Respect



Guided Learning Hours

The expected number of guided learning hours for the NPQH is 172


Funding is available to support teachers and leaders working in opportunity areas and category 5 and category 6 areas to take the new NPQs.

This funding will cover full course costs, and all teachers and leaders in these areas are eligible for this funding (provided they have not already studied for the NPQ for which they are applying). You should contact EMLC for further details on how to access this funding.

Find out more about funding


“Engaging sessions, brilliantly facilitated with ideas ‘drawn out’ of each group regarding the leadership of teaching and learning” – Callum Brown: Orchard

How to Book Your Programme – What Happens Next

If you are not sure whether this is the right programme for you get in touch with us. Call us on the number at the bottom of the page or complete the contact form and we will get back to you as soon as we can.

If this is the programme then this is what happens next:

  • Register your interest so that we have your details and can keep you informed. Contact us with any questions.
  • Complete the application form that you will find at the bottom of the page.
  • Once we have received your application, we will check it for completeness and accuracy.
  • We will then confirm that you have been accepted on to the programme.
  • We run the programme in ‘cohorts’ so that we have a group of similar people who will work at a similar rate and can support each other, exchanging ideas and sharing experiences.

We will expect payment on acceptance of your place. This may be through a scholarship, funding through your school, or self-funded.

Application Forms

Please complete the appropriate application form and send or email to EMLC at the contact details below

Our Programmes

Below you will find the programmes we have to offer, please click on an option to find out more about them.