National Professional Qualification for Middle Leadership (NPQML) Level 1

What is this qualification?

This is an exciting opportunity in which Middle Leaders can gain a nationally-recognised qualification in leadership. The NPQML programme has been developed and expanded from the very successful MLDP programme.

The programme will develop your skills as a middle leader in a school and prepare you to lead your team effectively. The focus of the NPQML qualification is school improvement, and successful participants will demonstrate how effective leadership can improve practice in classrooms. This is the basis of the final assessment.

Who is the programme for?

The qualification is designed for Middle Leaders with responsibility for leading a team. This includes leaders of key stages and curriculum subjects as well as Heads of Department and Pastoral Leaders. We welcome applicants from across the South West, and provide facilities for face-to-face training throughout the region.

Programme structure

NPQML will usually take up to a year to complete. It is split into three modules each of which constitutes 50 hours of work. To obtain the NPQML qualification you will be required to complete two essential modules and one elective module of your choice.

Essential Modules
-Leading Teaching
-Managing Systems and Processes

Elective Modules
-Leading an Effective Team
-Leading and Developing Staff
-Succeeding in Middle Leadership
-Leading Change for Improvement
-Leading in a Diverse System
-Leading Inclusion: Achievement for All.

We employ a blended learning approach that includes face-to-face learning, online module work, peer networking and practical work in your school. In these components you will be supported by our expert facilitators and specialist Lead Online Facilitator. We are particularly proud of our facilitated online short courses, which complement the face-to-face sessions and provide support for the essential modules.
Our participants find that allocating time to independent learning outside the face-to-face sessions is particularly rewarding, as they can reflect on their own leadership style and skills. We expect a degree of independently-directed outside reading and reflection.

Assessment of module work is conducted online. For your final assessment you will be required to lead a team in undertaking a school improvement task in your establishment. The results of this task will constitute the final assessment material, which is evaluated by the East Midlands Leadership Centre.

Details about the content of individual modules are available from the DfE website.

Who is the programme run by?

director bob mitchell

Bob Mitchell, Strategic Director

 More details and application information for the programme can be found here