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The National Professional Qualification for Middle Leaders (NPQML)

The NPQML is a new qualification from the National College for Teaching & Leadership (NCTL) that provides national recognition of your leadership development and professional achievement as a middle leader.  The programme supports participants to help develop the skills, knowledge and confidence needed to lead a high-performing team in a school and to improve classroom practice.  

For questions or further information please telephone 020 8696 5606 or email

Who can apply

To apply for the NPQML, suitable applicants should be aspiring to take up middle leadership,  or newly appointed middle leaders with responsibility for leading a team. For example:

  • Key stage leader

  • Curriculum area leader

  • Pastoral services leader

  • Subject leader

  • Specialist educational needs coordinator (SENCO)

  • Head of department

This includes middle leaders working across more than one school, for example, Specialist Leaders of Education (SLE).


Course Details

How to apply

Applications are now open for 2018 Cohort 1.  The closing deadline for applications has been extended to 9am, Monday 26 March 2018.

To apply, please download the booking form below:

NPQML booking form 

This should be completed in full and returned for the attention of Kylie Burgess by email to:

Applicants will be notified of the outcome of their application by Tuesday 27 March 2018.  Successful applicants will be invited to the first induction session on Wednesday 28 March 2018, 1.30-5.30pm (please ensure you keep the date available). Unsuccessful applicants will be provided with feedback in order to support any future application.  

Please see the course summary and overview for details of the course structure and assessment.

Sharing Excellence Partnership Terms and Conditions


£900 plus VAT

£799 plus VAT for Sharing Excellence Partnership members

If your application is successful, you will be sent an invoice which will include full Terms and Conditions.


Course dates - Cohort 1 2018

Closing Deadline    9am Monday 26 March 2018

Application outcome    by Tuesday 27 March 2018

Induction Session    Wednesday 28 March, Half day 1.30-5.30

Session Two    Wednesday 25 April, Half day 1.30-5.30

Session Three    Tuesday 19 June, Whole day 8.30-4.30

Session Four    Wednesday 12 Sept, Half day 1.30-5.30

Session Five    Tuesday 1 Oct, Whole day 8.30-4.30

Venue and Course Duration

The programme is delivered over a minimum of two school terms and requires compulsory attendance at 5 face-to-face training sessions including the induction session.  These face-to-face sessions will be held at Dunraven School, London.  Assessment must be completed within 12-18 months from the start of the programme, in line with DfE guidelines.  Further details will be provided with the Terms and Conditions upon booking.

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