NPQML is a new national qualification that provides recognition of your leadership development and professional achievement as a middle leader. This qualification has a flexible, modular structure that combines core modules with the freedom to specialise or develop your own professional areas of interest through the choice of elective modules. NPQML is assessed and awarded by the National College, with assessment focusing on tasks linked to school improvement activities undertaken in the workplace.
Who is this for?
NPQML is aimed at Middle leaders with responsibility for leading a team, including key stage/subject/curriculum leaders, heads of department and pastoral leaders.
What are the benefits?
- Benefit from facilitation and mentoring from outstanding leaders across all phase including SLEs, LLEs and NLEs
- Face to face sessions will take place across the North West region, at venues centred around applicant locations
- On-going leadership support beyond NPQML
- Opt to accrue Credits and Transfer Scheme (CATS) points to contribute towards a Master’s degree though University of Chester
- Option to undertake elective modules at NPQSL level as part of your NPQML that can be stored and used towards NPQSL at a later point
How is it delivered?
The Leading Schools Alliance offers a flexible combination of blended learning and support opportunities that includes face to face sessions, online learning, leadership learning groups, personal tutor and peer support.
- Follow a flexible modular structure with the freedom to specialise or develop your own professional areas of interest
- You will be supported through the programme by a tutor. Your tutor will provide a mixture of learning facilitation, coaching and pastoral support. Contact with the tutor will be face to face, by telephone and online
- To achieve the National Professional Qualification for Middle Leadership you will need to successfully complete two essential and one elective module
Leading teaching - Through this module participants will know how to develop, improve and sustain high quality teaching within a team. They will also know and understand the importance of using data and identifying strategies for closing the gaps in attainment.
Managing systems and processes - This module focuses on how team leaders can develop a highly effective team with a culture of high performance and high levels of trust. It will recognise the varied and sometimes complex nature of team structures in schools. Participants will learn about the characteristics of highly effective teams and the research evidence relating to how to build, lead and sustain such a team.
Leading an effective team - This module focuses on how team leaders can develop a highly effective team with a culture of high performance and high levels of trust. It will recognise the varied and sometimes complex nature of team structures in schools. Participants will learn about the characteristics of highly effective teams and the research evidence relating to how to build, lead and sustain such a team.
Leading and developing staff - This module focuses on how to develop individual team members to improve teaching and individual performance. Participants will explore how to spot talent and grow potential for the benefit of the individual, the team and the school. The module will also focus on teacher appraisal, performance management and how to respond to underperforming teachers in a timely way.
Succeeding in middle leadership - Through this module participants will understand more about their own leadership and how they can develop their leadership capacity and capability. With a focus on the relationship between personal effectiveness and leadership development, the module will also consider effective professional learning, well being and resilience.
Leading change for improvement - This module will teach participants the essential knowledge linked to leading change to achieve school improvement. Participants will review various case studies and accounts of practice to evaluate how leaders implement change for improvement and consider a range of approaches to leading and managing change.
Leading in a diverse system - This module is provided as two half modules. A core half module will focus on the complex and multi layered nature of contexts and the ways in which these differences can affect the nature, direction and pace of leadership. This half module will look at the importance of context and how team leaders operate effectively within different contexts. Participants will learn how to adapt their leadership to lead and manage their team within specific contexts and how to work collaboratively with other team leaders from different schools. The second part consists of a series of half modules which will focus on the unique features and challenges of specific education contexts
Leading inclusion: achievement for all - This module teaches aspiring heads how to improve practice and raise expectations so that all pupils, but particularly those with special educational needs and/or disabilities, can achieve. Participants will be taught how to implement the key strategies from the Department for Education project, Achievement for All - improving assessment, tracking and intervention; working more effectively with parents; and improving wider outcomes for children and young people.
Candidates can opt to complete the NPQML programme in 6-18 months. Our typical delivery model covers a 12 month period. A distance learning model is available for candidates dependent on their location and circumstances. There is also the opportunity to study individual elective units at a cost of £450 per unit, please contact us to learn more.
What does it cost?
|School Type||School Size||Base fee|
|Primary Schools||Teacher from a state school in England <100 on roll||£1,050|
|Teacher from a state school in England 101-250 on roll||£1,050|
|Teacher from a state school in England >250 on roll||£1,050|
|Secondary Schools||Teacher from a state school in England <500 on roll||£1,050|
|Teacher from a state school in England >500 on roll||£1,050|
|Other schools||Teacher from an independent school||£1,275*|
|Teacher from a school outside England||Please contact us for details|
* Includes costs of final assessment
How do I apply/find out more?
Registration for the next round of NPQML programmes is now open.
To register for NPQML with the Leading Schools Alliance please use the link below, or for more information please contact our Teaching School Office on 0151 645 5049 or email firstname.lastname@example.org