National Professional Qualification for Headship
The National Professional Qualification for Headship (or NPQH) is a professional qualification for aspiring headteachers. Until 8 February 2012 holding the NPQH was a mandatory requirement for all newly appointed English and Welsh school head teachers. It is taught via blended learning at centres all over the country and administered by the National College for School Leadership which has centres in Manchester, Nottingham, London, and Ruddington.
It is intended to prepare experienced teachers for headships through training in management techniques, tutorial support, and achieving school standards. The legal requirement and qualification became mandatory on 1 April 2004.
In April 2005 the Conservative Party made scrapping the college and qualification a part of their manifesto for the May 2005 general election, a move criticised by the incumbent Labour government and teaching union the National Association of Head Teachers.
Further information for NPQH found at: Department of Education at www.education.gov.uk/