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The National Professional Qualification for Middle Leadership will develop your skills and knowledge to be a high performing middle leader in your school.
The NPQML is delivered over 18 months and will develop your knowledge in six content areas and seven leadership behaviours.
The NPQML is suitable for middle leaders or aspiring middle leaders in roles such as key stage leader, curriculum leader, subject leader and head of department.
The qualification will be delivered using online learning. Due to Covid-19, We have adapted the mode of delivery to ensure a safe and effective programme for all. The programme takes one year to complete.
The modules allow you to engage at a time of day that suits you over a series of two week windows and there will be additional support to plan your in-school project and prepare for your final assessment.
|Live Virtual Introduction||21st October 2020, 4.00pm - 5.30pm|
|360 Baseline||Late October 2020|
Strategy and Improvement and Leading with Impact (Online modules)
|9th - 22nd November 2020|
|Maximising on your in-school project - live virtual advice sessions||8th or 9th December 2020|
Teaching and Curriculum Excellence and Increasing Capability (Online modules)
|11th - 24th January 2021|
|Integrating your leadership learning (Virtual or face to face session)||9th or 11th March 2021|
Managing Resources and Risk, and Working in Partnership (Online modules)
|17th - 30th May 2021|
|Preparing for your final assessment (Virtual or face to face session)||6th or 7th July|
Face to face sessions will be delivered in our training centre at our main office in Halesowen. From here we serve schools across Dudley, Sandwell, Wolverhampton, Walsall and Worcestershire.
Where we work with other multi academy trust partners, additional delivery locations are available.
Jan was a school leader for fifteen years, as a Headteacher and Learning Community Director, and an Associate for National College of School Leadership (NCSL). She is passionate about facilitating the growth and development of colleagues at all levels.
Jan is the architect of, and Lead Facilitator for, WAT leadership programmes. She has a coaching and mentoring International accreditation is an accredited trainer on transformational leadership (Ken Blanchard Company) and leads her own coaching organisation, Leadership Edge.
Vicki is an experienced leadership development facilitator who has researched, designed, developed and delivered a wide range of learning for leaders at a variety of levels.
Vicki has been a facilitator for the National College for School Leadership and the Teacher Development Agency. She has delivered on both the NPQML and NPQSL qualifications since their inception. She is an accredited assessor with NEON and also delivers the online NPQs too.
Each of the NPQ programmes has an assessment which is based on your learning from the modules put into practice through a workplace project.
The assessment framework is compulsory and needed to complete the programme.
You will be guided through the assessment documentation, what evidence you need to gather and how best to present this. We will share examples of excellent submissions from our past delegates to help you to feel comfortable and assured ready for the assessment.
During the modules, you will get ongoing advice and guidance from qualified assessors and relevant templates and checklists to support your submission. We will also support your in-school coach so that they understand the process.
The NPQML costs £1,199*.
The DfE is providing funding for participants in some areas to access the NPQ programmes at a fully funded rate. For applications made prior to the end of July 2020 eligible applicants are guaranteed the funding.
For NPQ programmes commencing in Autumn 2020 scholarships will continue but the criteria is still to be confirmed by the DfE and until they have established the available funding pot they have temporarily suspended scholarship applications. The latest DFE announcements on scholarships can be accessed here.
We understand however that scholarship applications may be open again in late Autumn 2020 for schools in:
If your school is not located within a funded area, there may still be an opportunity to access the funding. If you belong to a multi academy trust, which has a school in an eligible area, all staff within that MAT will automatically become eligible.
If DfE scholarship funding is unavailable, you will have the opportunity to withdraw prior to the programme commencing or your school could fund the qualification directly.
*discounts are available for school and candidates that meet certain criteria. Please enquire at firstname.lastname@example.org to discuss this further.
“I wouldn’t have achieved what I did if it hadn’t been for the qualification. It enabled me to work with a team and gave me the experience of leading. I have built huge amounts of trust with the team.”Julie Bedesha - TLR for Leading Support Staff Development
The feedback on our tried and tested models is extremely positive and we performed well against nationally set metrics.
Our recruitment is consistently very strong, attracting leaders from a range of backgrounds.
Our qualification has a 95% pass rate, maximising your chance of success.
The quality of our teaching and support ensures that you remain on track and complete your qualification.
We make sure that you get your qualification completed on time.
We attract leaders from a wide range of diverse backgrounds allowing you to gain different perspectives and network and learn alongside a diverse group of leaders.