National Professional Qualification for Middle Leaders

The National Professional Qualification for Middle Leadership (NPQML) is a revised and updated programme that will help you to develop the skills, knowledge and confidence that you need to lead a high-performing team in a school and to improve classroom practice.

The course is for those who are, or are aspiring to become, a middle leader with responsibility for leading a team. For example: Subject leader, head of department, SENCO, Key Stage leader.

The programme is facilitated over seven half days which includes our welcome launch session and 6 modules:

Leading Teaching & Curriculum Excellence

  • Strategy & Improvement
  • Increasing Capacity
  • Leading With Impact
  • Managing Resources
  • Working In Partnership

The course includes a 360° diagnostic test to be completed at the start and end of the programme to judge and reflect on the progress you have made. The diagnostic tool is based around the seven leadership behaviours on which you will be focusing during the programme: Commitment; Collaboration; Personal Drive; Resilience; Awareness; Integrity; Respect. It is designed to enable you to collect the views of your colleagues (peers, team members, line managers, governors) so you are able to analyse your specific needs and leadership competency areas to target, using the programme and your leadership in school to develop and extend areas of knowledge, understanding and competence.

Course delivery: As well as face-to-face sessions, you will be supported by online learning with access to all course materials and final assessment information.

Assessment: You must lead an improvement project across your school, lasting at least 2 terms, aimed at improving pupil progress and attainment and the capability of your team.

You must submit a written account of the project for assessment, demonstrating how you have met the criteria set out. The project will be assessed by an independent agency

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