National Professional Qualification for Middle Leadership

Our National Professional Qualification for Middle Leadership (NPQML) programme is flexible and modular to enable candidates to develop the knowledge, skills and confidence required to lead high-performing teams and improve classroom practice. The qualification is accredited by the Department for Education (DfE).


Who is this for?

NPQML is suitable for middle leaders with responsibility for a team including key stage leaders, subject leaders, and curriculum leaders, and also heads of department or pastoral leaders.

What are the benefits?

  • Facilitation and support from serving school leaders in outstanding schools
  • Purpose built virtual learning environment enabled for mobiles and tablets
  • Delivery at local venues
  • Guaranteed support to pass final assessment
  • Content contextualised for your locality and updated to reflect national developments and legislation
  • Regular progress updates for mentors and headteachers

How is it delivered?

Candidates are expected to complete the qualification within a 12 month period and benefit from:

  • three face-to-face training events
  • three guided online courses working alongside peers
  • regular online conferences to support and complement learning
  • access to two 360° leadership skills diagnostics
  • support from a nominated in-school mentor
  • facilitation from serving school leaders in outstanding schools
  • local and flexible access to high quality leadership training
  • dedicated online tutor to support school improvement project planning
  • mobile enabled virtual learning environment enabling flexible access to course resources and support community
  • option to accrue 40 credits to contribute towards an MA in Educational Leadership with Chester University

What does it cost?

School Type Fee payable
All state-maintained schools and academies £950*
Independent/Overseas schools £950 + assessment fees

*Final assessment activity will be funded for all candidates from English state-maintained schools and academies.

Full DfE scholarship funding is available for leaders from schools in opportunity areas subject to certain criteria.

How to apply

Candidates can start the qualification in either the Spring or Autumn term. The registration window for programmes starting in Spring 2019 is now open and will close on Sunday 27 January 2019.


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