NPQ Headteacher (NPQH)

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NPQ Headteacher (NPQH)

  • Created By UCL IOE
  • Last Updated March 11th, 2024



Programme Overview

National Professional Qualification Headteachers (NPQH)
Delivery ModelFace to Face sessions
What is Included
  • DfE Certificate of NPQH
  • Certificate of attendance.
  • Course material.
  • Refreshments and lunch (if applicable).
    • Total Fee:  AED 11,550 plus 5% VAT.

Payment Breakdown:

Upon Registering with Infinite Learning: Invoice of AED 500 Plus 5% VAT (Non-Refundable)

Upon IOE Delegate Acceptance: Invoice of remaining AED 11,050 plus 5% VAT

  • KHDA Certificate Attestation available for additional 150AED
Deadline booking dates:
  • Deadline to register with Infinite Learning: Friday 20th September 2024
  • Deadline to register with UCL: Monday 30th September 2024 
  • Deadline to register with Department for Education: Monday 30th September 2024
Date of TrainingPlease see the Route Map under the Programme tab.
Time (UAE)Please see the Route Map under the Programme tab.
VenueVirtual delivery and/or Face to Face in Dubai – to be confirmed.
Target audience

PRIMARY and SECONDARY Designed for school leaders who are, or are aspiring to be, a headteacher or head of school with responsibility for leading a school.

Aims of the course

NPQH gives participants all of the essential knowledge, skills and concepts that underpin successful headship. Participants will cover ‘learn that’ and ‘learn how to’ statements in ten areas:

  1. School Culture
  2. Teaching
  3. Curriculum and Assessment
  4. Behaviour
  5. Additional and Special Educational Needs and Disabilities
  6. Professional Development
  7. Organisational Management
  8. Implementation
  9. Working in Partnership
  10. Governance and Accountability
Intended outcomes
  • Attainment of the National Professional Qualification for Headteachers – NPQH.
  • Internationally recognised qualification.






“The Face to Face sessions have been valuable in that there have been opportunities to speak with colleagues in other schools.”

– NPQH Participant


“I found the first module quite enlightening and a really positive experience. Being able to meet people at a similar point in their leadership journey has really opened my eyes to things – one of those being that nobody is really the finished article! The reading has been really interesting and made me reflect on certain aspects of my own leadership. A key takeaway has been about the wellbeing of my team(s) and how much more impactful this can be than anything else.”


– NPQH Delegate


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UCL Institute of Education (IOE) is a world-leading centre for research and teaching in education and social science. Our research addresses society's most important challenges and our teaching inspires our students by providing them with first-hand experience of leading-edge research and knowledge creation. We play an important global role, contributing to international academic and policy-related arenas and networks developing the fields of education and social science worldwide. Ranked number one for Education worldwide since 2014 in the QS World University Rankings by Subject, the IOE was awarded the 2015 Queen’s Anniversary Prize. In 2014, the Institute secured ‘outstanding’ grades from Ofsted on every criterion for its initial teacher training, across primary, secondary and further education programmes. In the most recent Research Excellence Framework assessment of university research, the IOE was top for ‘research power’ (GPA multiplied by the size of the entry) in education. Founded in 1902, the Institute currently has more than 8,000 students and 800 staff. In December 2014 it became a single-faculty school of UCL, called the UCL Institute of Education (IOE).

Programme details:

Please click on the links below for downloadable copies of detailed information on the NPQH Programme.

NPQH Route Map – Cohort 7

NPQH Framework

Summary of Programme and NPQH Learning Hours

NPQ Delivery Components


National Professional Qualification Headteacher (NPQH)

A qualification for school leaders who are, or are aspiring to be, a headteacher or head of school with responsibility for leading a school.

In collaboration with an Expert Advisory Group, the Department of Education consulted extensively with the sector to design the reformed suite of NPQs. This has included invaluable input from teachers, school and trust leaders, academics and experts. The frameworks set out two types of content:


‘Learn that…’

Within each area, key evidence statements (“Learn that…”) have been drawn from current high-quality evidence from the UK and overseas. This evidence includes high-quality reviews and syntheses, including meta-analyses and rigorous individual studies. In addition, the NPQ frameworks provide practical guidance on the skills that teachers and school leaders should be supported to develop.


‘Learn how to…’

Practice statements (“Learn how to…”) draw on both the best available educational research and on additional guidance from the Expert Advisory Group and other sector representatives.

The Education Endowment Foundation has independently reviewed the frameworks to ensure they draw on the best available evidence and that this evidence has been interpreted with fidelity. The NPQ frameworks will be kept under review as the evidence base evolves. As in any profession, the evidence base is not static and research insights develop and progress.


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