Middle Leadership (NPQML)

 National Professional Qualification for Middle Leadership (NPQML)

Level 1 - NPQML

NPQML is aimed at individuals with responsibility for leading a team, including leaders of key stage, subject, curriculum, heads of department and pastoral leaders.This includes those who are, or are aspiring to be, a middle leader with cross-school responsibilities e.g. a Specialist Leader of Education (SLE).The qualification will support you in becoming a highly effective middle leader, with the skills, confidence and knowledge to drive successful team performance and improved classroom practice across your team.The support of a 'sponsor' from your school, usually your line manager or Headteacher, is essential to enable you to make the most of the programme. 

Each Module involves a mix of blended learning, including the following:

  • Entry and exit Leadership Diagnostics
  • Induction Twilight
  • 4 Face-to-Face days
  • Self-directed learning to prepare for Face-to-Face days
  • Final Assessment Twilight
  • Access to the LLSE Professional Learning Community
  • Ongoing support (from your in-school Mentor and our trained Facilitators)
  • Access to support throughout the course

 Study Modules 

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

 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).

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 and pupils outcomes.

 School Strategy and Improvement:

  • Manage and analyse performance data to evaluate progress, identify trends, define team priorities and develop improvement strategies.
  • Implement successful change at team level.

 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.

 Managing Resources and Risks:

  • Deploy staff, financial and educational resources within a team effectively, 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.

Final Assessment

The final assessment is submitted to an external assessor. The assessment comprises of a project style submission detailing your development as a leader throughout the programme.  

You will create a 4,500 word  report based on your School Project where you will have been working with your team to improve pupil progress and attainment and your team's capabilities.
Your school-based coach and sponsor will also be required to contribute by verifying your submission and supporting with further evidence.

You will be able to choose a window for your assessment within an 18 month timescale. 




 Course Dates:

Induction Twilight - 7th November 2017

Face to Face 1 - 30th November 2017

Face to Face 2 - 15th January 2018

Face to Face 3 - 26th February 2018

Face to Face 4 - 26th April 2018

Final Assessment Workshop - 24th May 2018


Fulston Manor School, Brenchley Road, Sittingbourne ME10 4EG


Programme costs are £749.  (Localised bursaries of £100 are available for those schools in Swale, Canterbury and Thanet)

What next?

Applications for Autumn 2017 start is now open. 

Our current providers are:

Leadership Learning South East


Download your STSA Application form here: 

Application Form