National Professional Qualification for Middle Leadership (NPQML)

Kent and Medway Region


Programme Cost is £749* per person***

* KAH bursaries of £100 per person are available to schools in Swale, Canterbury and Thanet

'NPQML is aimed at individuals with responsibility for leading a team, including leaders of key stage, subject, curriculum, heads of department and pastoral leaders.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).The qualification will support you in becoming a highly effective middle leader, with the skills, confidence and knowledge to drive successful team performance and improved classroom practice across your team.The support of a 'sponsor' from your school, usually your line manager or Headteacher, is essential to enable you to make the most of the programme.' 

The LLSE NPQML Package Includes :

  • Online Entry Leadership Diagnostic that identifies development areas through feedback from colleagues
  • Induction Twilight for you and your coach, to fully understand the requirements of the programme and journey to Final Assessment
  • 4 Face-to-Face days fully facilitated by 2 experienced and LLSE trained Facilitators
  • Online self-directed study to link Face-to-Face learning with your school environment
  • School exchange programme through action learning sets to share best practice with colleagues
  • Online access to the most recent school leadership research to support your development as a leader
  • Final Assessment Twilight to fully prepare you for your assessment submission
  • Ongoing in-school coach/mentor support to link learning to your in-school role
  • Access to the highly commended LLSE support team throughout the programme

Study Modules

Leading with Impact:

  • Anticipate other peoples’ views or feelings and moderate your approach accordingly.
  • Adopt different leadership styles to ensure the team meets its objectives.
  • Present, communicate or defend challenging messages confidently and positively to a range of audiences.

Teaching and Curriculum Excellence:

  • Grow excellent, evidence-based teaching in a team and a curriculum that develops pupils academically and prepares them for adult life.
  • Improve the progress, attainment and behaviour of all pupils, including those who are disadvantaged or have particular needs (for example, Pupil Premium, SEND, EAL or the most able pupils).

Increasing Capability:

  • Hold others to account, line manage and evaluate performance effectively.
  • Support all members of their team with appropriate, targeted opportunities for professional development, including newly qualified teachers, teaching assistants, and stronger or weaker performers.
  • Recognise their own strengths and weaknesses and identify learning linked to their needs.
  • Evaluate the impact of professional development and pupils outcomes.

 School Strategy and Improvement:

  • Manage and analyse performance data to evaluate progress, identify trends, define team priorities and develop improvement strategies.
  • Implement successful change at team level.

 Working in Partnership:

  • Realise the benefits of collaborating with others, including teachers, teaching assistants and non-teaching staff, other schools, parents/carers and other organisations.
  • Support their team to build and sustain relationships with others which develop and share good practice and improve performance.

 Managing Resources and Risks:

  • Deploy staff, financial and educational resources within a team effectively, to enhance pupil progress and attainment.
  • Manage risks within a team effectively (for example, in relation to staffing, finances or teacher workload), using a risk register.
  • Deliver a safe environment for pupils and staff.

 Final Assessment

The final assessment is submitted to an external assessor. The assessment comprises of a project style submission detailing your development as a leader throughout the programme.  

You will create a 4,500 word  report based on your School Project where you will have been working with your team to improve pupil progress and attainment and your team's capabilities.
Your school-based coach and sponsor will also be required to contribute by verifying your submission and supporting with further evidence.

You will be able to choose a window for your assessment within an 18 month timescale. 


Application windows are now open across the area

Find your local NPQML Provider:  

Altius Teaching School Alliance (West Kent Area)

Ashford Teaching Alliance

Educant Teaching School Alliance (Canterbury Area)

East Kent Learning Alliance

Gravesham Learning Partnership

KaIzen Teaching School Alliance (West Kent Area)

Leadership Learning South East (Core Group all Areas)

Medway Teaching School Alliance

Tenterden Rural Alliance

Westlands Teaching School Alliance 

***Announcement - NPQ Scholarships for leaders working in schools in priority areas

The DfE has recently confirmed that £10 million of the Teaching and Leadership Innovation Fund (TLIF) has been set aside to support teachers and leaders in challenging areas to access the reformed National Professional Qualifications (NPQs).

This funding will cover the full participant costs of the course for teachers working in an Opportunity Area or a priority area (defined by the DfE as a category 5 or 6 ‘Achieving Excellence’ area).

These areas include Ashford, Crawley, Gravesham, Hastings, Lewes, Medway, Thanet

To be eligible for a scholarship, the participant must be:

Working in a school in one of the above areas

Not already hold the NPQ for which they are applying

Not previously have dropped out before completing the NPQ for which they are applying.