The Study Modules

The six NPQH study modules set out what a leader should know and be able to do. Modules focus on improving leadership practice and support the development of the critical leadership behaviours of commitment, collaboration, personal drive, resilience, awareness, integrity and respect; behaviours which exemplify how the best leaders operate.

The six study modules you must complete are:

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Anticipate changes in the external and strategic environment Horizon-scanning and drivers of political, social, economic, technological, legal and environmental change
Develop an evidence-based organisational strategy, in collaboration with the governing board Critical thinking, statistical and data analysis tools, techniques and concepts that support decision-making and strategy development
Data collection best practice
The role of the governing board in strategy development, including the benefits of working with a visionary and robust governing board
Lead a successful whole-school change programme Research into, and examples of, the effective leadership of change, drawn from a range of schools and non-school contexts

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Lead and grow excellent teaching in a school Research into, and examples of, the leadership of excellent teaching, domestically and internationally
The benefits of involvement in Initial Teacher Training in terms of teaching quality
Statutory curriculum requirements and examples of how freedoms have been used to improve pupil progress and attainment
The benefits, characteristics and examples of knowledge-rich curricula
Tools and techniques to improve teaching quality across several schools
Support pupils of all backgrounds, abilities and particular needs in the school to achieve high standards, including Pupil Premium, SEND, EAL or the most able pupils Research into, and examples of, whole-school improvement strategies in relation to progress, attainment and behaviour, drawn from a range of schools, including interventions targeted at disadvantaged pupils or those with particular needs
The implications of the Equality Act 2010 for all pupils
The requirements on schools to publish a SEN Information Report
Best practice in planning, commissioning and monitoring Alternative Provision
Systematically review the cumulative impact of initiatives on teacher workload and make proportionate and pragmatic demands on staff Tools to assess and manage the impact of new policies or initiatives

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Distribute responsibility and accountability throughout the school to improve performance Research into the effectiveness of different leadership models or styles, including the distribution of responsibility and accountability
Be an inspiring leader in a range of different situations Examples of how different leadership models or styles have been deployed to achieve different objectives, drawn from a range of schools and non-school contexts
Communicate and negotiate with different people effectively to make progress on objectives Tools and techniques for gathering and analysing the perspectives, priorities and motivations of stakeholders
Research into negotiation and persuasion techniques/strategies
Examples of communications/stakeholder engagement strategies, including the use of media, drawn from a range of schools and non-school contexts

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Use different models of partnership working to improve educational provision, sustain a culture of mutual challenge and learn from others Different models of partnership working/ collaboration and why these have been adopted in different circumstances drawn from a range of schools and non-school contexts
Guidance and examples of best practice in the joint commissioning of services
Lead an effective partnership which brings benefits to the school and wider education system, particularly in their school’s area(s) of expertise or specialism Opportunities to support other schools

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Balance a school’s strategic or educational priorities with financial efficiency Strategic financial planning techniques, including curriculum-led budgeting based on a 3-5 year strategy
Examples of how a range of schools and other organisations have generated additional income
Implement accountability arrangements to manage resources and risks effectively and in line with statutory requirements The benefits of strong accountability, including the importance of non-executive oversight
Examples of resource and risk management arrangements drawn from a range of schools, including internal controls
The requirements of the financial accountability framework, as set out in the Academies Financial Handbook
A school’s statutory requirements in relation to risk assessment, employment, procurement and safeguarding (including the Prevent Duty), and underpinning processes

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Hold all staff to account for performance using performance management, appraisal, misconduct and grievance systems Employment law, practice and processes for managing misconduct, grievances and redundancy (including the Teacher Appraisal Regulations)
Statutory requirements, flexibilities and supporting guidance on setting teachers’ pay and conditions
Create and sustain an environment where all staff are encouraged to develop their own knowledge and skills, and support each other Sources of high-quality professional development within and outside of the school,  beyond formal professional development programmes
The main barriers to effective professional development in a school and how these have been overcome
Anticipate capability requirements or gaps in the school and design strategies to fill them Workforce and capability planning tools and techniques, drawn from a range of schools
Research into, and examples of, effective succession planning, drawn from a range of schools and non-school contexts