National Professional Qualification for Middle Leadership (NPQML)
We have partnered with UCL Institute of Education through their national Alliance to deliver National Professional Qualifications (NPQs).
UCL are the NPQ licence holder and are accountable for all NPQ provision under the terms of their licence, including that provided by us as a member of this Alliance. As a provider of NPQs through this Alliance, we work closely with UCL to ensure that we meet all of the necessary requirements and metrics as set out by the Department for Education and as per the terms of UCL’s licence. This is to ensure the quality and consistency of these qualifications at a national level.
The NPQML is designed to help those aspiring to, or currently performing within, middle leadership roles, with an aim to enhance their performance and leadership skills in leading a team. The programme equips participants with the necessary skills and knowledge to achieve the NPQML qualification.
The core components of the NPQML programme are as follows:
6 face-to-face, facilitated training sessions (half day);
360 tool for self-evaluation against core leadership competencies;
1 school improvement project (over at least 2 terms) and submit a written assignment for assessment within 18 months of the programme start date.
The NPQML curriculum covers 6 competency areas which are assessed over one written assignment.
You can find more detail about these here.
To support you in the completion of your chosen NPQ our offer includes as standard:
Expert-designed curriculum, content and resources which align to the required leadership behaviours and competencies, provided by UCL
Minimum 18 hours of face-to-face, facilitated training delivered over at least two terms (but no more than 18 months)
A network of peers and relevant experts
Assessment support and full assessment of your final submission
Trained and quality assured facilitators of whom at least 50% are serving school leaders
This programme is suitable for:
Teachers who are aspiring to middle leadership and who meet the following eligibility criteria:
Likely to be in a middle leadership role in the next 12-18 months
Have completed at least one year of full-time teaching
Those currently in middle leadership roles who fit within the guidance below:
In secondary schools, middle leaders will have roles such as head of department, head of year or a whole-school lead role (for example, SEN), or second in charge of a department or pastoral area
In primary schools, middle leaders will have roles such as phase leaders; key stage leaders or a whole-school lead role (for example, literacy)
If the middle leader is aspiring to senior leadership, or currently serves on the senior leadership team, this person may be more suited to the National Professional Qualification for Senior Leaders
For both aspiring and serving middle leaders to receive their qualification, they will need to be able to complete the project element of this qualification successfully. This is to lead an improvement project in their team, lasting at least two terms, aimed at improving pupil progress and attainment and the capability of their team. It is essential that the school understands this element of the programme, and the support that will be required of them, when they are placing participants on the programme.
Audience: Aspirant middle leaders or middle leaders in early years, primary or secondary settings
Time: 1:30pm – 4:30pm each session
Cohort: Maximum 20 people per cohort
Venue: Altrincham Grammar School for Girls, Cavendish Road, Bowdon, Altrincham, WA14 2NL
Cost: £1200 including assessment fee