Briefing session for potential NPQH candidates
Date: 26 September 2012
Time: 4pm
Venue: Council Chamber, Ty Penallta, Tredomen, Ystrad Mynach, CF82 7PG

The briefing session will enable potential candidates and their sponsoring headteacher to make an informed decision as to whether they are at an appropriate stage in their professional development for entry onto the NPQH programme.

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.

Revised arrangements for delivery of the NPQH have been developed as part of a wider Welsh Government review of Professional Standards, Performance Management and Continuing Professional Development. Following extensive consultation with stakeholders WG have developed an integrated system that brings these policies together. This is known as Practice Review and Development (PRD) and applies to the whole school workforce.

Further to the publication of revised professional standards for practitioners in Wales on the 1 September 2011, the National Standards for Headteachers in Wales were replaced by new Leadership Standards which all headteachers are required to meet. Whilst the Leadership Standards have also been developed to serve as a tool to support leadership development for all practitioners, they are integral to the revised NPQH arrangements, as the NPQH will be awarded on the basis of a practice based assessment against the Leadership Standards.

An overview of the NPQH process - 
In summary the process for candidates will consist of the following:

• completion of an initial application form, which has to be endorsed by the local authority and headteachers, assessed by a regional selection panel to determine whether a candidate will be offered a place on the assessment process;
• candidates selected through this process will be assigned a support officer from within their regional Consortium area and will need to attend a maximum of 2 workshop days;
• following the workshops, candidates will be required to submit a data and evidence pack for assessment (DEPA);
• attend an Assessment Centre.

Candidate criteria

The NPQH is specifically for practitioners who are actively seeking headship as their next post. There is a limit on the number of assessment places and this process should not be viewed as a professional development opportunity for practitioners who are not 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 General Teaching Council for Wales;
• suitably experienced practitioners who intend on 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 candidates, including examples and case studies of the experiences undertaken during their career that have prepared them for headship.
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