NPQH frozen in Wales
The qualification required of all heads in Wales is to be scrapped in its present form. Recruitment for the National Professional Qualification for Headship has been frozen until a major revamp of the course has been completed. The Estyn education inspectorate has described the mandatory two-year programme as "ineffective" and "outdated". In 2009, there were 1,271 holders of the NPQH, but only 532 of them had become heads.