National Professional Qualification for Headship (NPQH)

An internationally recognised qualification accredited by the UK Department for Education

The National Professional Qualifications for school leadership enable candidates to develop the knowledge, skills and confidence required to lead high-performing teams and improve practice. The qualification is accredited by the Department for Education (DfE).

  • Accrue Level 7 credits towards an MA in Educational Leadership

  • Exit with a fully portable qualification

  • UK accredited
    qualifications for education professionals worldwide

  • Personal online tutor

  • Blended learning model

  • 5 face-to-face events hosted by TELLAL with BPN expert facilitators

  • Assessments marked against Level 7 UK criteria

  • Lead a School Improvement Project across a whole school
SUITABLE FORNPQH is for those who are, or are aspiring to become, a Principal (Head) with responsibility for leading a whole school or network of schools
  • Work in a leadership capacity in an educational setting

  • Pass Gateway Assessment Process through Best Practice Network

COURSE DURATION AND START12-18 months, part time.

Cohorts start every autumn and spring. Apply by 20 September 2019 for autumn start
EXIT AWARDNational Professional Qualification for Headship (NPQH)
POSTGRADUATE CREDITS30-40 Master’s credits, depending on University*

*subject to individual university regulations
*Available starting September 2020

Upcoming Sessions

January 25 2021  |  9:00 am - 4:00 pm
February 24 2021  |  9:00 am - 4:00 pm


“Several staff have benefitted greatly from the iPGCEL and have cited the positive impact it has had on their educational pedagogy and practice. They commented that perhaps the most significant benefit to their development was in challenging their thinking about leading and managing colleagues to ensure the school gets the best outcomes for its students. The course allowed them to reflect on how and why they do the things they do. The iPGCEL is essential in ‘growing our own’ and I recommend it to all other principals without reservation”

Perry Linsley / Principal/CEO GEMS Winchester School – Fujairah

“The TELLAL trainers were very approachable and helpful throughout the session. They were open to questions and willing to support in every way. The strategies used were very applicable for us in the classroom as well as our plans to train other adults in our specialist areas”.

/ Train the Trainer participant

“Different activities were incorporated in the workshop which gave us a clear insight and understanding of the topics and concepts. The sharing of information between different participants helped us look at different perspectives and assisted my learning.  There was plenty of opportunity to share ideas and ask questions and I especially enjoyed gaining an understanding of the 6 leadership types, reflecting on what type of leader I am and the leadership skills I would like to develop.”

/ Teacher Leaders Programme participant

“Confident and knowledgeable presenters. Engaging and interactive sessions with group facilitated learning. Insightful to see assessments used for Principals and to receive and understand the type of KHDA interview questions. The RACI matrix provides a clear framework when looking at accountability within schools. Getting interview feedback from respected leaders in the sector was the added bonus”.

/ Executive Leaders Programme participant

“I enjoyed the opportunity to discuss the coaching model. The discussion points generated were engaging and I liked the conversations that came out of them. They made me think and reflect. Lots of practical application throughout the course and I found it useful to practice real life coaching conversations but also the chance to write up actions plans for me to apply”.

/ Coach U Clinic participant
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