George Spencer Teaching School Alliance


Our NPQH is a unique and integrated course which not only focuses on the key skills needed for headship but is also informed by both national and international theory and practice. It’s a high bar that will challenge and develop talented leaders from all backgrounds to deliver educational excellence.

This is a unique programme being delivered in full partnership with the University of Nottingham’s School of Education which could lead directly on to a MA in Educational Leadership and Management if you wish to continue your studies beyond NPQH. The University of Nottingham is a member of the elite Russell Group with one of the top research departments of education both nationally and internationally.


Our Programme

Our programme is delivered though a blended learning approach; a combination of face to face days, on-line learning , school experience, and self – directed study. As a competency based programme there is a focus throughout on the development of skills and understanding alongside leadership behaviours. Whilst on the programme day-to-day leadership development in your current school will allow you to:

  • Lead on a strategically challenging project
  • Engage in challenge and support from your coach and/or head teacher
  • Integrate new learning into your leadership practice
  • Develop those leadership behaviours identified through the 360 diagnostic
  • Negotiate and tackle specific whole team/school improvement priorities


The course duration is 12 months, including the 9 day placement in a contrasting school, with an expectation that participants go for final assessment within 12-18 months from induction.

For more information about our programme, the support we offer, the final assessment and our faciltiation team, please look at our NPQH Programme Booklet.

  • Download our NPQH booklet here.



£1950 All charges include final assessment fees.

If you are a member of one of our partner or teaching school alliance schools, or making multiple bookings on behalf of a MAT or other cluster of schools, you may be eligible for up to a 10% discount.

DfE scholarships are currently on pause. This doesn’t mean that there won’t be any available again, but at the moment we are not in a position to offer them.


Lincoln Hub

We also run a Hub over in Lincoln in collaboration with Lincolnshire Teaching Schools Together – if you would like to join this cohort and attend all Face 2 Face days in Lincoln, please use the correct application form on the right.

Application Process

We want to ensure that candidates are truly ready to undertake this programme. Our application forms are designed to help us ascertain this. Sponsors are closely involved in assessing, verifying and endorsing applications.

To reserve a place on this intake, please complete an initial booking form. Following this, you will need to complete the Gateway Application to be assessed through our external provider, NPQ Online.


Step 1: George Spencer Booking Form

Please complete the booking form to formally apply for a place (see links on the top left).


Step 2: Gateway Assessment Form for NPQ Online

Read the guidance for, and look at the application form, to apply to be accepted onto NPQH. This process is called Gateway Assessment.


The Gateway Assessment Document needs to be completed and sent via email to: by 12pm on Friday 25th September 2020.

How to write a successful gateway application event

  • Click here to download a flyer.
  • Click here to book a place.

Closing Dates for Applications

July Start Date:

  • Application Form Deadline: 8th July
  • Gateway Timeline: 8th June – 6th July


October Start Date:

  • Application Form Deadline: 25th September
  • Gateway Timeline: 24th August – 25th September


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