CSCJES - Central South Consortium Joint Education Service

National Professional Qualification For Headship (NPQH)

The Welsh Government requires all headteachers within Wales for all those appointed to their first substantive headship in a school maintained by an LEA (including nursery schools) and in non-maintained special schools, to hold the NPQH.

In May 2017 the Cabinet Secretary said:

“While I recognise that in some areas recruiting headteachers is not without issue, I am not prepared to compromise on the quality of entrants to headship in Wales. I believe we need to set the bar high for those we entrust with the leadership of our schools. So, whilst I recognise that the NPQH needs to develop, I am clear that we should maintain the requirement and keep it as a threshold for entry into headship.”

This was reinforced by the statement from the National Mission (2017 – 2021) that states

“A revised National Professional Qualification for Headship (NPQH) becomes available to support the new Professional Standards for Teaching and Leadership and to better equip leaders to plan for the new curriculum”. (Autumn 2018)

No dates have been agreed for the next round of NPQH. There are likely to be some changes. Dates will be advertised here and through the school bulletin as soon as they are agreed.

If you have any questions or queries please contact Jendy Hillier or Matthew Robbins on 01443 827555.