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National Professional Qualification for Middle Leadership (NPQML)

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.

 

"Informative, relaxed and well delivered"
"Fantastic to be able to communicate with other Middle Leaders to share experiences and develop my own understanding"  
(NPQML delegates,  Jan 2018)

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:

  • key stage leader
  • curriculum area leader
  • pastoral services leader
  • subject leader
  • special educational needs coordinator (SENCO)
  • head of department

The course takes between 12 and 18 months.

What will I study?

There are six modules and a final assessment.

Leading Teaching and Curriculum Excellence

  • High quality teaching
  • Evidence based learning
  • Holding others to account
  • Curriculum appropriateness
  • Writing work schemes

 

Strategy and improvement

  • Closing the Gap
  • Good management strategies
  • Change models
  • Planning intentional improvement

 

Increasing Capability

  • Leading and developing staff
  • Creating an effective team
  • Performance management

 

Leading with Impact

  • Monitoring staff
  • Effective middle leadership
  • Evaluating impact
  • Exploring leadership styles

 

Managing Resources

  • Managing resources
  • Budgets
  • Effective communication
  • Leading effective meetings

 

Working in Partnership

  • Understanding values
  • Moral purpose
  • Leading in a Church context
  • System middle leadership

 

The course consists of:

  • 18 hours of face-to-face learning
  • Regular sessions with your own coach
  • 3 hours of self-study prior to each face to face session
  • Online learning
  • Work on your own in-school development project

 

Our course includes a 360° diagnostic test. 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.

You will have the opportunity to complete the diagnostic at the start and again at the end of the programme and so judge and reflect on the progress you have made.

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.

Our face to face sessions are generally delivered in school settings, location dependent on the delivery partner. Sessions are led by experienced teachers and Head teachers, combining theory and practical knowledge.

These face to face sessions are supported by online learning. With our online system you will be able to access all course materials and final assessment information and track your progress.

We have facilitators across the Midlands – check our course calendar and delivery partners pages for more details. All our partners are serving or former school leaders, with a great track record of delivering quality training. 

The course costs £750, including externally verified final assessment and 360° diagnostic.

Interested?

To register your interest in one of our courses please complete the form