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The National Professional Qualification for Middle Leaders (NPQML)

The NPQML is a qualification from the Department for Education (DfE) 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 further information please see drop down menu options at the bottom of this page, or contact us by telephone 020 8696 5606 or email

For information about our delivery provider, SSAT, or for the DfE's NPQML guidance use the links below. 

SSAT - Delivery Provider

DfE - NPQML Guidance


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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 Cohort 2 - 2019.  The course begins in December 2019.

If you have any questions regarding the course or bookings, please contact Kylie Burgess at

Applications will be made using 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 a specified date (to be confirmed) and will need to be available to attend all published training dates.  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.

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£900 plus VAT

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If your application is successful, you will be notified and an invoice will be issued for your placement.  Please see the full Terms and Conditions for further information.


Course dates - Cohort 2 2019

Cohort 2 - 2019

Applications are now open.  The face to face sessions will be held on:

Wednesday 4 December 2019*

Thursday 23 January 2020*

Friday 7 February 2020*

Wednesday 4 March 2020^ (Catch up day as required)

*Whole day 8.30-4.30

^Timings to be confirmed as needed

For further information, or if you wish to apply please contact Safras Cuffy or Kylie Burgess via email


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 in South London, venue to be confirmed.  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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