We are delighted to announce that the application for our first cohort for NPQH (National Professional Qualification for Headship) will open on 9th April 2018 and the programme will commence in October 2018.

NPQ@teachingschools is a unique partnership of eight teaching school alliances in the wider Bristol area with a strong track record of delivering exceptional professional development. As a newly designated DfE licenced provider, the Bristol Primary Teaching School Alliance has worked with our partner teaching schools, including Nexus TSA, to create and deliver a new and innovative cross phase senior leadership programme designed by experienced, current school leaders in order to develop the potential of the talented and motivated school leaders of the future across our region.

Who is it aimed at?

This programme is aimed at highly motivated School Leaders who are, or are aspiring to become a Headteacher or a Head of school with responsibility for leading a School. The programme will develop talented leaders from all backgrounds who can deliver educational excellence in a self-improving system, and high quality outcomes for pupils and students.


The NPQH programme takes around 12–18 months to complete and involves:

  • Twilight launch event for delegates and mentors
  • 7 full day face to face core training sessions
  • Minimum of 2 elective modules (½ day each)
  • At least a 9 day placement in contrasting school to plan & implement whole school improvement project
  • Self-directed professional reading and individual leadership profiling
  • Support from a professional coach
  • 2 half days preparation for assessment and presentation

During the programme delegates will develop their 7 leadership behaviours: commitment; integrity; collaboration; personal drive; awareness; respect and resilience.

In addition, delegates complete and collect evidence against 6 areas of study: leading with impact; increasing capability; working in partnership; strategy and improvement; teaching and curriculum excellence and managing resources and risk.

Where is the programme delivered?

Delegates can access this programme at one of our 3  hubs:

  • Whitehall Primary School, Bristol / BANEs
  • Backwell School, North Somerset
  • Corsham Primary School, Wiltshire/South Glos


£1950* per delegate
*reduced to £1560 for eligible schools/participants (contact us for more info) and free for schools in Swindon

Making your application:

Application window opens on 9th April 2018. The deadline for applications closes on 14th September 2018.  The programme will start in October 2018.

To apply for a place on this inspirational programme, complete the assessment gateway which can be found here from 9th April: