National Professional Qualification for Middle Leadership (NPQML)

National Professional Qualification for Middle Leadership (NPQML)

Who is it aimed at?

Accredited by the Department for Education, this nationally recognised programme is aimed at early years, primary, special and secondary colleagues who are, or are aspiring to become, a middle leader with responsibility for leading a team such as subject leader, curriculum development lead or Key Stage leader.


Starting in Autumn 2019, the NPQML programme takes around 12 months to complete and involves:

  • 5 full day face to face core training sessions facilitated by outstanding senior leaders from across the region
  • Minimum of 1 elective module session (½ day) on one or more of the following areas: Leading in an inner city school; Accelerating outcomes of disadvantaged pupils; staff workload and well-being; leading in a faith school context; leading in the Early Years; SEND.
  • School based improvement project and case study (4500 words)
  • Self-directed professional reading
  • Individual leadership profiling
  • Support from school based mentor
  • ½ day assessment presentation
  • During the programme delegates will develop their 7 leadership behaviours: commitment; collaboration; personal drive; awareness; respect; resilience and integrity.

In addition, delegates complete and collect evidence against 6 areas of study:

  • Leading with impact;
  • Increasing capability;
  • Working in partnership;
  • Strategy and improvement;
  • Teaching and curriculum excellence and;
  • Managing resources and risk.

Where is the programme delivered?

Delegates can choose to access this programme at one of our hubs which will be run according to numbers in each location.

  • Whitehall Primary School, Bristol
  • Backwell School, North Somerset
  • Corsham Primary School, Wiltshire
  • Abbot Alphege School, Bath and NE Somerset


£750 per delegate

Fees will be reduced to £600 for eligible participants/schools if you meet one or more of the following criteria:

  • The applicant is from a school with more than 30% of children currently in receipt of Free School Meals (not Pupil Premium figures) as referenced on the latest DfE school performance tables website;
  • The applicant is from a BME background
  • The applicant’s school has

OR a 10% reduction to full course fees will be applied to the second and subsequent applicants if more than one person from your school makes an application to participate in the same cohort of NPQML.

In 2018-19 full course fees were reimbursed by the DfE for participants meeting the following requirements: this funding is not expected to be in place for autumn 2019 cohorts.

  • They are enrolled on an NPQ course;
  • They work in a school in a Category 5 or 6 area*;
  • They do not already hold the NPQ for which they have enrolled;
  • They have not previously enrolled with the NPQ provider for the same NPQ course and dropped out before completing it; and
  • The Department for Education has not previously paid for their NPQ course.

*In the South West, these areas are: Weymouth and Portland; West SomersetTorridge and Swindon. (If you are a participant from one of these areas, we will contact you upon application regarding reimbursement of course fees when further information has been released from the DfE.)

To view our NPQML flyer, please click here

For more information and how to apply, please visit our website:

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Event Date 23-04-2019
Event End Date 15-09-2019
Registration Start Date 23-03-2019
Cut off date 30-09-2019
Individual Price £750.00
Whitehall Primary School, Bristol
Johnson´s Lane, Whitehall, Bristol BS5 9AZ, UK
Whitehall Primary School, Bristol

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