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Cheshire Leadership and Teaching School Alliance

Cheshire Leadership and Teaching School Alliance

National Professional Qualification for Middle Leadership (NPQML)

Middle leaders hold a unique and critical position within the school. In all schools, middle leaders are close to teaching and learning and responsible for translating the school’s policies and strategies into practice. They are, in fact, critical to successful school improvement.

The National Professional Qualification for Middle Leadership (NPQML) is a qualification aimed at those in their first years of middle leadership and those hoping to move into a middle leadership position. The programme tackles issues surrounding leading a team within an organisation. On completion of our NPQML, you will be equipped with the skills, knowledge and confidence to drive your team forward.

NPQML is for those who are, or are aspiring to become, a middle leader with responsibility
for leading a team such as a key stage leader, a curriculum area leader, a pastoral
services leader, a subject leader, a special educational needs co-ordinator (SENCO), or a
head of department/faculty. 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).

To achieve the NPQML qualification, you will need to successfully complete:
• 6 study modules
• Undertake a final assessment
We know that having the opportunity to learn from experienced practitioners and share
your experiences with peers is an important part of your learning. That’s why we place
a premium on our face-to-face leadership learning days. The face-to-face events are
supplemented by workplace learning, reading, reflections and online learning.

The six study modules set out what a leader should know and be able to do. Modules focus
on improving leadership practice and support the development of the critical leadership
behaviours of commitment, collaboration, personal drive, resilience, awareness, integrity
and respect; behaviours which exemplify how the best leaders operate.
The modules are:
• Strategy and Improvement
• Teaching and Curriculum Excellence
• Leading with Impact
• Working in Partnership
• Managing Resources and Risks
• Increasing Capability

In order to gain the qualification, you must successfully complete the NPQML Final
Assessment; a task designed to demonstrate your ability to be an effective middle leader.
You must lead an improvement project in your team, lasting at least 2 terms, aimed at
improving pupil progress and attainment and the capability of your team.


The 2020 application window is now open. Click on below link to register:-

NPQML Application Form

CLOSING DATE FOR APPLICATIONS 21/09/20. Programme starts 07/10/20