The NCSL carried out a formal consultation on the draft revision to the National Standards from 1 March until 11 June 04. The consultation document was sent to 5% of schools across the country, Higher Education Institutions, Diocesan authorities, LEAs, and professional and governor associations as well as DfES officials.

The revised National Standards reflect the evolving role of heads in the 21st century, as well as incorporating current Government thinking and guidance. The Standards take account of factors such as the significant impact that ICT has had in the evolving role of the school and as a learning resource for the wider community. The revised Standards also take into account the importance of networking and collaboration with other schools and agencies, and the vital role that headteachers play in raising and maintaining levels of attainment within schools in order to meet the individual needs of every child.

The Standards define the expertise demanded of the headship role in order to achieve their targets and objectives. The National Professional Qualification for Headship (NPQH) is underpinned by the National Standards.


  • Introduction
  • Shaping the Future
  • Leading Learning and Teaching
  • Developing Self and Working with Others
  • Managing the Organisation
  • Securing Accountability
  • Strengthening Community