National Professional Qualification for Middle Leadership (NPQML)

The NPQML has been developed for middle leaders with responsibility for leading a team within an educational organisation, including schools, nursery schools, pupil referral units (PRUs), secure units, academies and free schools.

The programme is level one of The Leadership Curriculum (TLC).

The programme is suitable both for middle leaders who are established and experienced in their roles, or individuals who have recently taken on a middle leadership role or new responsibility. Middle leadership roles could include subject/curriculum leaders, key stage leaders, career co-ordinators, heads of department, pastoral leaders, gifted and talented co-ordinators, advanced skills teachers, and assessment co-ordinators.

The programme can be studied by either:

  • Blended learning - face-to-face workshops, facilitated online learning and self-directed study
  • Distance learning - online induction, facilitated online learning and self-directed study

The duration of study is 6-18 months.

For more information on workshop delivery locations please see Training Dates and Information Events.

What does the NPQML Programme consist of?

Programme Factsheet

Module Descriptions

The Programme includes:

  • A face-to-face induction workshop (Blended Learning model only)
  • Completion of induction and three modules (two essential and one elective)
  • Face-to-face workshops or webinars facilitated by school-based experts
  • Facilitated online learning modules
  • Self-directed study
  • Opportunity to engage in leadership activity and a school improvement task in your home school, over the duration of the programme
  • Final assessment task providing evidence of your learning during the programme and its application to an actual school improvement activity  

Register interest for NPQML?

For more information you can also visit the GOV.UK website.

Can I claim exemption from any NPQML modules?

Yes, details on qualifications eligible for exemption are detailed on the National College website: National qualifications and study modules: exemptions for prior learning.

What is the cost of the NPQML programme?

For details of costs, please see the Price List.

The National College for Teaching and Leadership have committed to funding final assessment for all eligible candidates submitting prior to September 2017. For candidates submitting after this date the assessment fee will be no more than £225.

Can I study a single NPQML module?

Yes, you can study any NPQML elective module as a single module (distance learning only). For further information, view School Leadership Online Courses.

Is there any additional support available?

Yes, we offer an additional five hours of face-to-face or telephone/tele-conference coaching by an experienced leadership coach.

For details of costs, please see the Price List.



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