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National Professional Qualifications (NPQs)

EHCO - Early Headship Coaching Offer

Early Headship Coaching Offer (EHCO)

This targeted one-year support package has been tailored to the needs of new headteachers.

It provides structured, unassessed support and networking based on the best available evidence about what makes an effective headteacher.

You can complete it alongside the national professional qualification (NPQ) for headship, or recently after taking the NPQ in headship.

The support you receive will differ depending on your chosen provider. It may include:

  • group coaching
  • one-to-one support
  • peer networking


To take the early headship coaching offer, you need to be doing or have done the headship NPQ and be in your first five years of headship.


Funding to cover the course fees is available if you are:

  • in your first 5 years of headship in England
  • in a state-funded school or state-funded 16 to 19 organisation in England
  • doing or have done the headship NPQ

Contact STSN to find out more.