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Should an applicant be successful in being endorsed for this years NPQH Assessment programme they will be required to attend the National Development Day on Tuesday 6th November in the Marriott Hotel in Swansea. Overnight accommodation the evening prior to the development day will be provided.

In accordance with the Headteachers’ Qualifications and Registration (Wales) Regulations, it is mandatory for all practitioners moving to their first substantive headship post in Wales to hold the National Professional Qualification for Headship (NPQH) before starting to serve in the new post.

An overview of the NPQH process

In summary, the process for candidates will consist of the following:
  • consultation meetings with their headteacher and preparation of their Individual Leadership Review (ILR)
  • completion of an initial application form, which has to be signed by the headteacher and challenge adviser and then endorsed by the principal challenge adviser for their Local Authority.  This will be submitted by the candidate along with their completed ILR;
  • to work with an assigned a support officer from within their regional Consortium area;
  • participation in a minimum of 4 development days;
  • attendance at the Assessment Centre. 

Candidate criteria

The NPQH is specifically for practitioners who are actively seeking headship as their next post. In order to be considered for the NPQH candidates must be:
  • qualified teachers, registered as teachers with the Education Workforce Council for Wales;
  • suitably experienced practitioners who intend becoming serving headteachers in the very near future (acting headteachers who are not aspiring to a substantive headship post are not eligible to participate);
  • at a stage in their career where they are able to provide strong evidence to demonstrate significant experience of leadership at a whole school level and competency against the Leadership Standards;
  • willing to share learning and development with support officers and other colleagues, including examples and case studies of the experiences undertaken during their career that have prepared them for headship.

NPQH Candidates 2018/2019

We have recently been informed that the NPQH process for 2018/19 will be operated by the consortia. The programme for 2018/19 differs from preceding years and it is essential you receive the details of the content and process in order for you to decide whether you wish to apply.

To ensure you are fully informed, a number of briefing sessions will be held across Wales both at the end of this term w/c 16th July and the start of the next academic year i.e. w/c 3rd September and it is recommended you attend one of these.  Should this not be possible your consortium will place all relevant information and resources on their website.

The NPQH is a national programme and as such each of the briefings will provide the same information so you can attend the session that best suits you in terms of location.  There is no need to pre-register.
The details of all the briefing sessions across Wales are shown below. 

Date Time Venue
Monday 16th July  4.00pm – 5.00pm Ceridwen – Griffith Jones St Clears SA33 9BT
Tuesday 17th July   4.00pm – 5.00pm Vision, Village Hotel Swansea SA1 8QY
Tuesday 17th July 4.00pm – 5.00pm Cardiff High School, Llandennis Rd, Cardiff CF23 6WG
Tuesday 17th July 4.00pm – 5.00pm Glasdir, Llanrwst LL26 0DF
Wednesday 18th July 4.00pm – 5.00pm Llanwern HS, Newport NP18 2YE
Wednesday 18th July 4.00pm – 5.00pm Metropole, Llandrindod LD1 5DY
Wednesday 18th July 4.00pm – 5.00pm Glasdir, Llanrwst LL26 0DF
Wednesday 5th September 4.00pm – 5.00pm Ysgol Cwm Rhymni, Y Gwyndy Campus, Virginia Cl, Caerphilly CF83 3HG
Thursday 6th September 4.00pm – 5.00pm Cardiff High School, Llandennis Rd, Cardiff CF23 6WG
Should you have any queries regarding the above please contact your Regional Co-ordinator:

Consortium Regional Co-ordinator Contact Details
CSC Jendy Hillier Jendy.h.hillier@cscjes.org.uk
01443 827555
EAS Peter Jenkins peter.jenkins@sewaleseas.org.uk
ERW Tom Fanning tom.fanning@erw.org.uk
GwE Ann Grenet anngrenet@gwegogledd.cymru
01286 675044

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