NPQML (Autumn 2019 Cohort)

Reformed National Professional Qualification for Middle Leadership 

In partnership with Leadership CoLab (UCL: Institute of Education), we are pleased to announce that we are now accepting applications from colleagues wishing to register on the Wandle Teaching School Alliance’s local cluster programme for the Reformed National Professional Qualification for Middle Leadership (NPQML) starting in the Autumn Term 2019.

The Wandle Teaching School Alliance have been delivering the NPQML and NPQSL programmes for 5 years and year-after-year delegates comment on how much they enjoy being part of a local cohort in which they get to network with colleagues from local Nursery, Primary, Secondary and Special Schools.

The Programme:

The NPQML will help you develop the skills, knowledge and confidence you need to lead a high-performing team in a school and to improve classroom practice. Each module involves practical learning in your school, face-to-face peer and facilitated learning, plus reading, reflection and online learning.

Curriculum Framework:

The curriculum framework is built around the six content areas and seven leadership behaviours, all of which are common to each level of NPQ, enabling leaders to develop the depth and breadth of knowledge and experience progressively through the levels. The six key content areas set out what a leader should know or be able to do:

  • Strategy and Improvement
  • Teaching and Curriculum Excellence
  • Leading with Impact
  • Working in Partnership
  • Managing Resources and Risks
  • Increasing Capability

The seven leadership behaviours focus on how the best leaders operate:

  • Commitment
  • Collaboration
  • Personal Drive
  • Resilience
  • Awareness
  • Integrity
  • Respect

Each module provides opportunities to access up to 50 hours of blended learning:

  • face-to-face facilitated learning in 5 hour daytime blocks
  • workplace learning and practice activities, face-to-face activities, including peer and facilitated learning and reading, reflection and online learning
  • online sources of material including many examples of practice and activities to pursue 
  • 360 diagnostic survey: a peer-led analysis of your leadership style and objectives providing the foundations for your targeted leadership development

Completion and Assessment:

Completion of the NPQML generally takes around 17 months. There will be a final assessment at the end of the programme, and currently this is an assessed strategic leadership task in your own school, linked to school improvement activities undertaken in the workplace and your learning from the modules.

Your sponsor (headteacher or line manager) will also be required to submit a formal verification of your progress during the assessment activity - based on observation of your leadership during the leadership task.

At assessment you’ll need to show that you can: 

  • deliver successful and sustainable school improvement in your school setting
  • use the experience to reflect upon and improve your own leadership skills.

Who can apply?

Those who are, or aspiring to become a middle leader with responsibility for leading a team e.g. 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. This includes those who are, or aspiring to be, a middle leader with cross-school responsibilities e.g. a Specialist Leader in Education (SLE).

Criteria for Acceptance to the Programme:

On the application form you are asked to:

  • provide your two best recent examples of leadership roles, where you have led a team, or led within in a team, or have helped to develop or support other colleagues, and explain how they demonstrate your success.
  • identify what you feel are your key areas for development as a middle leader, and thereby what you hope to gain by attending this programme.

Your application will be assessed against the following criteria:

  • the suitability of your role
  • evidence of leadership activity at the appropriate level
  • support of the sponsor i.e. your line manager or headteacher

Please note that this is an individual qualification and applications are assessed on an individual basis. There can be no substitutions of participants as each applicant will be assessed on their own merit, and therefore must make an individual application.


Completion of the NPQML generally takes around 17 months. This is a self-managed programme and you decide how best to structure the elements to meet the deadline for assessment.

The programme will run on the following dates:

Date: 12/12/2019
Time: 9:30am – 4pm
Agenda: Leading with Impact

Date: 14/01/2020
Time: 9:30am – 4pm
Agenda: Leading Teaching and Learning

Date: 06/02/2020
Time: 9:30am – 4pm
Agenda: Leading Partnerships

Date: 24/03/2020
Time: 9:30am – 4pm
Agenda: Leading Strategically

Location: This course will be facilitated at Chesterton Primary School (Dagnall Street, Battersea, London, SW11 5DT). You will work with a small group of fellow middle leader colleagues from schools in your area, and you will meet the same people at each session. You will also have the support of a dedicated cluster leader.

Cost: The programme fee for Autumn 2019 is: £890. The programme would cost £1,010 if you decide to work centrally with the UCL: Institute of Education.   

How to Apply: All applications will need to be made online via the following UCL link

Please ensure you select ‘Wandle TSA’ as your cluster selection when completing the application form.

Deadline for Applications: The deadline for the receipt of applications is Friday 13th September 2019.

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