The recently developed and reformed suite of national professional qualifications (NPQs) are designed to better prepare leaders for the range of roles in today’s school system.

The Herts & Bucks Teaching School Alliance is delivering the NPQML in 2019 – 2020 through the Outstanding Leaders Partnership who are the approved provider.

National Professional Qualification for Middle Leadership (NPQML)

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. Delegates 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.

The structure of the NPQML will include: on-the-job leadership training, challenge and support - through a coach and/or mentor, access to high-quality resources, drawing on up-to-date research and evidence, professional development from and with credible peers and opportunities for structured reflection.

Who can apply:  You should be, or aspire to be, a middle leader with the responsibility for leading a team, for example a: key stage leader, curriculum area leader, pastoral services leader, subject leader, special educational needs coordinator (SENCO) or head of department. This includes middle leaders working across more than one school, for example, specialist leaders of education.

Content areas: The 6 content areas across which you will develop your middle leadership knowledge and skills are: strategy and improvement, teaching and curriculum excellence, leading with impact, working in partnership, managing resources and risks and increasing capability.

Final assessment: You will complete a school improvement project within your team, lasting at least 2 terms, aimed at improving pupil progress and attainment and the capability of your team. Through this project, you will need to demonstrate your competence through an assessment linked to the knowledge and skills set out in the 6 content areas.

NPQML programme fees are £950.

The Herts and Bucks Teaching School Alliance partner page can be found at

For further information please contact Paula Moore at

The registration window for programmes starting in 2019 - 20 has now closed.

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During registration, you will be asked to identify whether you have been recommended by the Herts & Bucks TSA. Please enter our allocation code: HABTSA.

NPQML 2018   2019 timetable

Please make sure that you read the OLP terms and conditions before you register.

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