NPQ in Headship

NPQH Course

Our NPQH is designed for ambitious school leaders who want to be – or already are – a headteacher.


The step from senior leader to headteacher can be a daunting one. The buck really does stop at the headteacher’s desk – but that responsibility comes with the priceless opportunity to make a genuine difference in children’s lives.

Our NPQH courses provide a bridge from successful senior leadership to headship. It will build your confidence when it comes to the essential aspects of headship, such as leading curriculum and assessment, developing behaviour strategies and implementing school improvement.

But it will also remind you that effective leadership of a school, ultimately, is about people. You will learn how to be an empathetic, humane headteacher: to encourage and support members of staff, to communicate effectively with parents and carers, and to make school a safe, welcoming place for every pupil who attends.

Headship can be a lonely place. You are surrounded by people, but they all look to you for advice and guidance. An NPQH will provide you with an invaluable community of likeminded leaders and headteachers, to whom you will be able to turn for advice and support throughout your headship.


  • Realise your vision: You will learn the skills necessary to set an ambitious vision for your school, creating an environment where staff and pupils can thrive.
  • Research-informed practice: You’ll have access to the latest and best evidence of what works in education, but will also be supported in turning it into real, hands-on practice.
  • Essential knowledge: There is no fluff – every minute spent working towards an NPQH enables you to make a greater impact in your job.
  • Community of educators: You’ll be part of a diverse community of educators, all learning from one another during the course – and potentially afterwards, too.
  • Personalised learning: You’ll be able to focus on specific areas of leadership where you want to improve your knowledge and subsequently transform that knowledge into action.
  • Fulfilment: The better and more knowledgeable you are at your job, the more enjoyable and exciting you will find it – and that enthusiasm will be passed on to your pupils.

Why study with the Tees Valley Teaching School Hub?

Here at Tees Valley Teaching School we offer our NPQ Courses through two Lead Providers – Best Practice Network, and the National Institute of Teaching. Whilst both providers ultimately provide the same knowledge and information, each course will be delivered in a different way. Anyone interested in doing an NPQ course with Tees Valley TSH has the choice to decide which Lead Partner they can use that best fits their current commitments, working model and lifestyle.

How to apply

To apply for the NPQH course please chose between the Lead Providers below. Selecting each Provider will direct you to their website so that you can see their course details and how it is intended to be delivered. You can then apply to the course through their website once you have decided which one best fits your circumstances. When applying please ensure you select ‘Tees Valley Teaching School Hub’ as the Delivery Partner.

For question relating to the course please contact us via

National Institute of Teaching NPQ Courses
Best Practice Network


State-funded primary schools with 1 to 150 pupils will receive a grant payment of £800 for each teacher or leader you employ who starts an NPQ in the 2023 to 2024 academic year.

State-funded primary schools with more than 150 pupils will receive a grant payment of £200 for each teacher or leader you employ who starts an NPQ in the 2023 to 2024 academic year.

State-funded secondary schools with 1 to 600 pupils will receive a grant payment of £200 for each teacher or leader you employ who starts an NPQ in the 2023 to 2024 academic year.

For staff from state-funded schools or 16-19 organisations in England, places are fully funded by the DfE. There will be no cost to the participant.

You can study towards more than one NPQ, but will only be eligible for funding for each NPQ once. If you withdraw from or fail your course, you will not be funded again for the same NPQ.

Interested in joining? Simply get in contact with the Tees Valley Teaching School Hub to start. We can’t wait to hear from you.