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Head Teachers: Qualifications

Volume 468: debated on Thursday 6 December 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many teachers have been appointed without the National Professional Qualification for Headship as existing head teachers changing schools, in each year since 2004; and if he will make a statement. (169795)

We do not hold data on how many head teachers have moved to a second or subsequent headship post since 2004 and do not hold the National Professional Qualification for Headship (NPQH), as there is no tracking of teacher movements across the system. It is compulsory for all new heads in maintained schools or non-maintained special schools to have, or be working towards, NPQH if they took up their first headship post in a local authority maintained school or a special school after April 2004. It will be mandatory to hold the qualification (rather than be working towards it) from 1 April 2009. However, it is not a requirement for head teachers who took up their first headship post prior to April 2004 to hold NPQH in their existing post, or if appointed to a second or subsequent headship post.