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Headteachers

Question for Department for Education

UIN 214096, tabled on 29 January 2019

To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many teachers (a) started and (b) completed the National Professional Qualification in Headship in each of the last five years; and whether he made an assessment of methods for improving head teacher recruitment and retention as part of his recently published recruitment and retention strategy.

Answered on

4 February 2019

The number of participants who have (a) started and (b) completed a National Professional Qualification for Headship (NPQH) is set out below. A full set of data for 2017/18 is not held by the Department at this time.

Academic Year

Participants who started an NPQH

Participants who completed an NPQH

2012-13

1192

855

2013-14

1132

804

2014-15

934

624

2015-16

1172

744

2016-17

1520

511

The Department funds a range of professional development programmes to strengthen school leadership in the most challenging areas and ensure there is a pipeline of talented leaders in the system. These include the reformed National Professional Qualification (NPQs) and High Potential programmes, which support aspiring and serving leaders to develop the knowledge and skills they need to be successful. As set out in the Recruitment and Retention Strategy, the Government is investing £20 million in scholarships to drive take-up of the reformed NPQs in the most challenging areas, doubling our initial intended investment.

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