Coaching & Leadership Development
Why the NPQH fails to prepare new Heads

Why the NPQH fails to prepare new Heads

  Even though it was now many years ago, I remember one of my first school visits as an NPQH Tutor. I had been assigned as a tutor for a Deputy, who was hoping to secure headship within a year of completing her NPQH.   Her school served a neighbourhood that I knew well, bordering as it did the borough of Lambeth where I had been a Head. Her school faced many similar challenges to ones my school had faced:   – Social and economic disadvantage – Low student achievement – Lack of resources and funding etc.   In just a year, the expectation of the NPQH was that through study; face to face and online, peer group development days, tutor support and the completion of a  school-based assignment, my aspiring Head would be prepared for Headship.   It took me less than 30 mins sitting with my aspiring Head to ‘assess’ that this would not be the case. She was stressed. She was tired. She had spent an inordinate amount of hours collecting and analysing data for her school based-based assignment. She’d poured over interviews with staff and pupils and extracted what she believed to be key evidence for supporting her school improvement work.   Yet as she sat and talked me through her assignment, there was no light in her eyes, no fire in her belly, no passion for the role she was aspiring to.   Headship requires inner fuel   Now, if there’s one thing I know about Headship, there has to be an inner fuel, an inner fire/desire for the role. The job is hard enough as...