NPQML - Leading a Team Within an Organisation

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

Who is NPQML for?

NPQML is aimed at individuals with responsibility for leading a team and is suitable for:

  • Staff who have recently taken on a middle leadership role or a new responsibility
  • Staff who are more established and experienced in their middle leadership role

What is the NPQML programme?

The qualification is part of the National College for Teaching and Leadership curriculum, which offers more flexible development opportunities to support leaders at every stage of their career. To deliver the NPQML locally Hadleigh High school works in partnership with The London Institute of Education who hold the licence for delivery of the national leadership curriculum. 

NPQML sits at level one of the leadership curriculum. It’s designed to support participants in becoming highly effective middle leaders with the skills, confidence and knowledge to drive successful team performance and improved classroom practice.

To achieve the qualification, participants will need to complete two Essential modules (‘Leading teaching’ and ‘Managing systems and processes’) and one Elective module (chosen from a wide range of options).

All modules reflect the recent and significant changes in schools and national policy and provide access to a wider set of leadership resources to challenge and support participants.

As a national qualification, NPQML may be used to contribute towards Master’s Level Study at a number of universities across the country.

How is the programme assessed?

Although individual modules are not assessed, there will be the requirement of one extended school improvement task that relates to your leadership role and to your school’s improvement priorities. This extended school improvement task will need to draw on learning from all the modules studied, but particularly the two Essential modules, and include a brief evaluative paper summarising learning from the Elective module.

The work will be undertaken over at least two terms to enable you to show evidence of the impact of your leadership.

How long does it take?

The qualification can take between 6 and 18 months to complete with each module requiring between 40 and 50 hours of learning. This comprises face to face sessions, online learning and workplace learning. The majority of middle leaders are likely to spend 12 months completing the programme.

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