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National Professional Qualification for Headship (NPQH)

The National Professional Qualification for Headship (NPQH) is accredited by the Department for Education (DfE). The qualification is delivered by the Outstanding Leaders Partnership (OLP), a collaborative partnership of schools, teaching school alliances and multi-academy trusts, managed and supported by Best Practice Network.

NPQH focuses on the key skills needed for Headship and meets the highest standards for leadership development anywhere in the world.

Our teaching school holds the NPQH face to face days at Keswick School or the Cumbria Local Enterprise Partnership Conference Centre, Penrith. We have one intake a year in the autumn term. We are recruiting now for Autumn term 2020. If we do not recruit enough delegates locally, successful applicants may need to join another group based in the North of England.

Applying for 2020 intake.

When asked have you been recommended by one of our delivery partners, select yes

When asked which delivery model you would like to undertake choose Standard blended learning.

When registering, if you select West Cumbria TSA from the drop down menu you will be asked for a partner allocation code, please enter WSTL-TSA.

In the invoicing section of the application where it asks who is paying for the course, choose ‘Fully funded by scholarship/government funding’.

For further information and for application deadlines please see the OLP website

NPQH-Qualification Specification


OLP NPQ Scholarships

OLP NPQ EarlyBird


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School Direct is a direct route into teaching, where successful applicants can follow a PGCE (with QTS) course. The main difference to the traditional PGCE course is that you will do a significant amount of your training within a school.

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