NPQH Additional Support Offer for New Headteachers (NASONHT)


"Evidence shows that support is more effective when tailored to the needs and context of the Headteacher’’
DfE, 2020

NPQH Additional Support Offer for New Headteachers (NASONHT)

The Additional Support Offer for New Headteachers provides coaching, in-school visits, peer networking and access to the latest research on school leadership to support each participant through the challenges of their first two years in a headship role.

Participants receive one-to-one coaching from a leadership performance coach who will help to address challenges being faced by the school. Our experienced leadership performance coaches are ideally placed to offer insights into early headship.

Outstanding Leaders Partnership is a DfE accredited national provider of the  National Professional Qualification for Headship (NPQH). Our rich library of headteacher resources, made up of the latest research into school leadership and specifically headship, will be made available to those accessing the Additional Support Offer.

Our programme is tailored to the needs of each individual and each participant can choose to access elements from the areas below:

  • 1 – Coaching conversations (one to one and/or small group)
  • 2 – Expert-led conversations - phase and context-specific: headship framework area content.
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      • • School leadership conversations – in-school visits
      • • Expert insights - headship core business, e.g. governance, finance, HR, policy and report writing 
  • 3 – Peer network support and learning sets (phase and context-specific)
  • 4 – Access to research and resources - including NPQH case studies and self-study modules
  • Investment in a new headteacher is an investment in school improvement and the wider school community. The new NPQH Additional Support Offer for New Headteachers will enhance, extend and develop, instilling a research-led and evidence-based approach.

  • Areas of focus include:

    • • Improving pupil outcomes
    • • Positive school culture
    • • Practical and evidence-based solutions
    • • Efficient management of budget and resources
    • • Improve staff retention

How is the programme delivered?

During the induction phase, programme, participants complete a one-to-one needs analysis with a leadership performance coach. Outcomes of this needs analysis inform the support and content each participant receives. By tailoring the programme in this way, participants are ensured that the support provided is relevant to their personal needs and local context.

Through conversations with our experienced performance coaches and within each content element of the menu, participants will be able to select from a range of topics such as :

  • Personal development: exploring your leadership strengths and areas for development
  • School culture: how best to establish an inclusive and supportive school culture
  • School improvement: Identifying strategies for continuous educational and operational improvement
  • Learning and development: Exploring effective approaches to develop a high-performing team
  • Behaviour: Best practices for managing pupil behaviour
  • Curriculum: Organising and teaching the curriculum
  • Administration: Efficiently and effectively managing your school or trust

Note: programme content is subject to change.

NPQH Additional Support Offer Programme Structure

Am I eligible?

This Additional Support Offer for New Headteachers is fully funded for new headteachers undertaking NPQH within their first two years of headship. It is also suitable for headteachers who have previously completed NPQH and are within their first two years of headship. 

To be eligible for funding, participants must:

  • have either completed or are currently taking the NPQH
  • be within the first 2 years of headship
  • be employed by a state-funded school in England at the start of the qualification
  • have not withdrawn from or failed the same programme previously

What does it cost?

The Additional Support Offer for New Headteachers costs £800 plus VAT.   DfE-funded scholarships are available.

New headteachers are eligible for this Additional Support Offer if they meet all of the following criteria.  Participants must:

  • have either completed or are currently taking the NPQH
  • be within the first 2 years of headship
  • be employed by a state-funded school in England at the start of the qualification
  • have not withdrawn from or failed the same programme previously

Contact us to find out if you’re eligible.

How do I apply?

We are currently accepting expressions of interest to join our Autumn 2021 intake for the Additional Support Offer for New Headteachers.  

Please click here to express your interest and we’ll get back to you soon with further details.