National Professional Qualification for Middle Leadership (NPQML)

Kent and Medway Region 

Programme Cost is £749* per person**

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

'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 'coach' from your school, usually your line manager or Headteacher, is essential to enable you to make the most of the programme.' 

LLSE Central Group Dates : 

Induction : Thusday 25th April 2019 (14.00 - 16.00)

Face to Face Day 1 :  Tuesday 21st May 2019

Face to Face Day 2 :  Thursday 27th June 2019

Face to Face Day 3 : Tuesday 24th September 2019

Face to Face Day 4 : Thursday 14th November 2019

Final Assessment Workshop : January 2020 (date TBC)

LLSE Central Group Application Form

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 visits 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

NPQ Curriculum Summary

Leading with Impact:

  • 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 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 a 12-18 month timescale. 


Applicaions currently open for the next intake - closing date 29th March 2019

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*Programme costs for the next intake are currently being reviewed however we do not anticipate a significant change

**NPQ Scholarships  - currently no confirmed scholarships are available for the next intake - check back here for further updates