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May 11, 2016


Dates19th September - Mentor Twilight

26th September 2016 - Induction Twilight

21st November 2016  - Face to Face Day 1

30th January 2017 - Face to Face Day 2

20th March 2017 - Face to Face Day 3

24th April 2017 - Final Assessment Twilight




Level 1 - NPQML

The National Professional Qualification for Middle Leadership (NPQML) is a new qualification that provides national recognition of your leadership development and professional achievement as a middle leader.

1. NPQML is aimed at individuals with responsibility for leading a team, including key stage/subject/curriculum leaders, heads of department and pastoral leaders.

2. The qualification is designed to support you in becoming a highly effective middle leader, with the skills, confidence and knowledge to drive successful team performance and improved classroom practice.

3. To achieve the NPQML qualification you'll need to successfully complete two essential modules and one further, elective module, which you are free to choose from a wide range of options.

Essential modules

  • Leading teaching
  • Managing systems and processes

Elective modules (Choose 1)

  • Leading inclusion: achievement for all
  • Leading an effective team
  • Leading and developing staff
  • Succeeding in middle leadership
  • Leading change for improvement
  • Leading in a diverse system

Each module involves up to 50 hours of blended learning, including workplace learning, face-to-face activity, including peer and facilitated learning, reading, reflection and online learning.

Learning includes 15 hours of fully supported, interactive online learning

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 through the leadership competencies assigned to this level while carrying out a School Improvement project and its impact alongside your development as a leader while engaged in it.
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 chose a window for your assessment within an 18 month timescale. 

  • *The NCTL will be covering assessment costs up to September 2017. Any submissions after this date are likely to incur a £300 fee, in addition to the costs outlined below.


FEES : *£953 

* LLSE can confirm that it has secured KAH scholarships for participants for schools in Swale, Canterbury and Thanet. If you wish to register yourself for a maximum or minimum bursary please communicate this to when you submit your application.

**Maximum Bursary : Applicants working in primary schools with 100 or fewer pupils on roll or secondary schools with 500 or fewer pupils on roll in are eligible to receive a maximum bursary of £600 (In addition to the £89 LLSE subsidy).

Half Bursary : Applicants working in primary schools with 101-250 pupils on roll are eligible for a half bursary of £300 (In addition to the £89 LLSE subsidy).

Minimum Bursary : Applicants working in primary schools with more than 250 pupils on roll or secondary schools with more than 500 pupils on roll are eligible to receive a minimum bursary of £89 (In addition to the £89 LLSE subsidy). 

Cancellation Policy

  • Cancellations will only be accepted in writing
  • There will be no charge if your booking is cancelled more than 6 weeks before the event
  • The FULL fee is payable if cancellation in made within 6 weeks


This website is now a key part of our communication across schools, we regularly update with the new initiatives that are developing in the local area as well as key dates and training opportunities as they arise.

As an organisation the Swale Teaching School Alliance fully supports partnership work across schools for the benefit of students at all levels. The alliance is headed up by both primary and secondary steering groups, if you wish to become involved in these groups in order to feed into the strategic vision of the alliance, please contact us.

As a team we look forward to working with schools and organisations across Swale over the coming years and please let me now of any ideas, comments or feedback on what we are doing, as always in teaching we are always looking to change things!

Rupert Prutton
Managing Director

Swale Teaching School Alliance

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