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The National Professional Qualification for Middle Leadership (NPQML) provides professional development and recognition for those taking on responsibility for a team within secondary or primary schools.

Who is this for?

The National Professional Qualification for Middle Leadership (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 or a head of department.

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).

Qualification overview

NPQML provides recognition of leadership development and professional achievement for middle leaders. Candidates have access to high-quality learning materials and accounts of practice from outstanding leaders. Middle leaders reflect on their own leadership through discussion and debate with peers and put theory into practice.

The National Professional Qualification for Middle Leadership has been designed to stimulate and challenge thinking, build knowledge, skills and expertise, and promote change and improvement in leadership behaviours, capability and capacity. Modules are contextualised for leaders in different types of school (such as primary, secondary, special or faith) and content is written and regularly reviewed by serving school leaders and subject matter experts.

The qualification has a flexible combination of blended learning and support opportunities that includes face-to-face sessions, online learning, leadership learning groups, dedicated personal tutor and peer support. Candidates will complete two essential and one elective module. The modules cover three learning areas: Strategy and Improvement, Teaching and Curriculum Excellence, and Managing Resources and Risks. All focus on improving the effectiveness of leadership practice and developing behaviours around commitment, collaboration, personal drive, resilience, awareness, integrity and respect.

There will be three face to face full day sessions at The Priory School, Shrewsbury

Funding DfE Scholarships Information

If an applicant works in a school in DfE Opportunity Areas 5 or 6, or is part of a MAT with a school who falls within Areas 5 or 6, the full costs of a course may be claimed from the Department of Education. This includes schools from Telford & Wrekin, Sandwell, East Staffordshire, Tamworth, Stoke-on-Trent, Walsall, Wolverhampton, Coventry, Dudley, Cannock Chase, South Staffordshire, Stafford, Staffordshire Moorlands, North Warwickshire, Nuneaton and Bedworth, Wychavon and Wyre Forest.  

No funding is required up front. Please note however that availability and eligibility of NPQ Scholarship funding is reviewed by the DfE on an ongoing basis and we cannot guarantee that there will be no change to this current position.  


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Please note in order to attend sessions with The Salop Teaching School Alliance as the provider, with face to face sessions at The Priory School, Shrewsbury, when you register under the training preferences section please indicate on the drop down list your preference as Salop TSA and the partner allocation code is SLP-TSA.

Places are limited so please apply as soon as possible especially if you are within  Areas 5 or 6 to ensure you are considered within the next intake.  Registration deadline is 3rd December for funded candidates or 20th December for non funded.  Applications after this date may still be considered but cannot be guaranteed.

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