Cabinet Secretary Kirsty Williams AM is in favour of keeping the NPQH
Mr Foden said the mandatory NPQH
introduced by the Welsh Government fails to offer any professional development or leadership.
It's a view shared by Rebecca Foster of Forestdale Primary School in Frankley, Birmingham, who has also just gained her NPQH
The decision to require head teachers to earn a specialist qualification in leadership has been widely applauded, but there are criticisms of the scope and nature of the NPQH
. It is unambitious in that it requires limited engagement with theory and research and is focused primarily on applicants' perceived ability to do the job.
He said: "The regional centre here has a critical role in preparing teachers and senior leaders for headship and, as an NPQH
tutor for the last two years, I have really enjoyed being involved in its work.
The headship qualification - the NPQH
- is funded by the National Assembly through a pot of money given to the local education authorities.
The other main facet of the NCSL online community is Virtual Heads where those studying for their NPQH
(National Professional Qualification for Headship) can access course work, communicate with tutors, chat to fellow students, and share their thoughts.
Each year we see the gender balance improve as more women complete the National Professional Qualification for Headship (NPQH
) and take up posts as head teachers.
Some 61.8% of female deputy heads and 52.2% of female assistant heads have the National Professional Qualification for Headship (NPQH
) to allow them to take up head teacher posts.