National Aspiring Headteacher Development Programme: Preparing for NPQH

This one-year development programme is an exciting professional learning opportunity for experienced school leaders across Wales who wish to become head teachers in the near future. Completion of this programme is an expectation for all future NPQH applicants.

This national programme is delivered by Regional Consortia and their partners, which include Local Authorities and Higher Education Institutions. It has been endorsed by the National Academy of Educational Leadership with opportunity for accreditation in partnership with UWTSD and Bangor universities.


This programme will be available to all experienced school leaders who believe that they demonstrate attainment against the Professional Standards for Teaching & Leadership and for whom headship is a realistic next step.


The programme promotes highly effective leadership through self-evaluation and reflection, exploring the relationships between leadership, successful schools and the wider community. It will ensure equity of access to practitioners across Wales and an increase in the number of high-quality applicants for headteacher posts in schools.

Participants will undertake enriching activities that build upon previous experience to develop;

The programme will enable participants to reflect on their own professional practice and to ensure they are well prepared when applying to undertake formal assessment for the National Professional Qualification for Headteachers (NPQH).

CSC Coordinators:

Emma Coates -

Matthew Robbins -

Delivery method

The programme takes place over a one-year period and requires a commitment of the equivalent of five days between January and December.

All activities undertaken as part of this programme are delivered in Welsh, English or bilingually.

Each candidate is allocated a Leadership Coach and membership of a peer group for support throughout the programme.

Pre-Programme: Self- Review against the Leadership Standards (ISSR)


Development Module 1 – Making a Difference

Development Module 2 – Leadership (i)

Development Module 3 – Leadership (ii)

Development Module 4 – Leading Pedagogy

Development Module 5 – Effective development of the school workforce

Application (by 17/01/2020)

Applications are welcomed from proven senior school leaders from across Wales who believe that they demonstrate the Professional Standards for Teaching & Leadership and for whom headship is a realistic next step.

Application Form

Applications for this programme should be endorsed by your school’s Headteacher or line manager following a professional discussion based on a completed Leadership Standards Review (LSR).

Please note: Application for NPQH is the expected outcome for participants in this programme.

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