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National Professional Qualification in Middle Leadership

NPQML - Leading a team within an organisation
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.

Who is NPQML for?

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.

What is the NPQML programme?
The qualification is part of the National College for Teaching and Leadership leadership curriculum, which offers more flexible development opportunities to support leaders at every stage of their career. To deliver the NPQML locally, Woodrush TSA works in partnership with Leadership Live, an accredited provider for delivery of the national leadership curriculum. 

NPQML sits at level one of the leadership curriculum. It’s designed to support participants in becoming highly effective middle leaders with the skills, confidence and knowledge to drive successful team performance and improved classroom practice.

What will I study?

There are six modules and a final assessment.

Teaching and Curriculum Excellence

  • Grow excellent, evidence-based teaching in a team and a curriculum that develops pupils academically and prepares them for adult life
  • Improve the progress, attainment and behaviour of all pupils, including those who are disadvantaged or have particular needs (for example, Pupil Premium, SEND, EAL or the most able pupils)

Strategy and improvement

  • Manage and analyse performance data to evaluate progress, identify trends, define team priorities and develop improvement strategies (for example, in relation to disadvantaged pupils or those with particular needs)
  • Implement successful change at team level

Increasing Capability

  • Hold others to account, line manage and evaluate performance effectively
  • Support all members of their team with appropriate, targeted opportunities for professional development, including newly-qualified teachers, teaching assistants, and stronger or weaker performers
  • Recognise their own strengths and weaknesses and identify learning linked to their needs
  • Evaluate the impact of professional development on teacher development and pupils outcomes

Leading with Impact

  • Anticipate other peoples’ views or feelings and moderate your approach accordingly
  • Adopt different leadership styles to ensure the team meets its objectives
  • Present, communicate or defend challenging messages confidently and positively to a range of audiences

Managing Resources and Risk

  • Deploy staff, financial and educational resources within a team efficiently, to enhance pupil progress and attainment
  • Manage risks within a team effectively (for example, in relation to staffing, finances or teacher workload), using a risk register
  • Deliver a safe environment for pupils and staff

Working in Partnership

  • Realise the benefits of collaborating with others, including teachers, teaching assistants and non- teaching staff, other schools, parents/carers and other organisations
  • Support their team to build and sustain relationships with others which develop and share good practice and improve performance

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 

How is the programme assessed?
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.

How long does it take?
The qualification can take between 12 and 18 months to complete. This comprises face to face sessions, online learning and workplace learning. The majority of middle leaders are likely to spend 12 months completing the programme.

How much does NPQML cost?
The NPQML programme is available at a cost of £750.
DfE funding may be available in some areas, please contact us for more information.


How to apply?
To register an interest in the NPQML please email teachingschool@woodrush.org for more details.