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NPQML Training

National Professional Qualification for Middle Leaders (NPQML)

In Partnership with SSAT, we are pleased to announce that we are now accepting applications from colleagues wishing to register for the NPQML  starting in Autumn 2019.







The NPQML course summary and guided learning hours:

  • 12 course modules – 24 hours delivered through 4 whole day training sessions and 1 twilight training sessions across an academic year
  • Self-study intersessional tasks – 12 hours  
  • Coaching – 6 hours
  • Online engagement with peers and through the Knowledge Hub platform – 12 hours
  • Real-world workplace learning and improvement project – 150 hours


Course structure and assessment

The course consists of twelve two-hour modules. In addition, each participant’s development will be supported by a Professional Learning Journal, SSAT competency audit tools, intersessional tasks and a school-based coach. All participants will lead a school improvement project lasting at least two terms, aimed at improving pupil progress and attainment and the capability of their team. They will produce a 4,500-word written account and documentary evidence.


Training will take place at: High View Primary School, The Chase, Wallington, Surrey SM6 8JT 


Module 1 - Tuesday 24th September 2019 - 4.00pm to 6.00pm

Module 2 - Tuesday 29th October - 4.00pm to 6.00pm (for participants who registered for the course between 20/09/19 to 11/10/19)

Modules 2, 3 & 4 - Thursday 14th November 2019 - 9.00am to 4.00pm

Modules 5, 6 & 7 - Thursday 19th March 2020 - 9.00am to 4.00pm

Modules 8,9 & 10 - Thursday 19th May 2020 - 9.00am to 4.00pm

Modules 11 & 12 - Thursday 25th June 2020 - 1.00pm to 4.00pm


Module overview:

  1. Introduction to the NPQML
  2. Leading and managing innovation and change
  3. Managing resources and risks
  4. Vision, values and the moral purpose
  5. Data analysis for performance and progress
  6. Evidence based teaching and learning
  7. Leading strategic improvement
  8. Developing your leadership approach
  9. Building a high-performance team
  10. Support and challenge – holding yourself and others to account
  11. Developing yourself and others
  12. Collaboration and partnership


Professional Learning Journal

The Professional Learning Journal will enable you to record your learning and reflections during the course and examples of how you have applied learning to your professional practice.


Intersessional tasks

Participants will be expected to complete intersessional activities to prepare them for, and follow up on key module content. This may typically involve pre-reading of research and evidence, action planning or scenario activities.


SSAT competency tool

At the beginning the course participants will complete SSAT’s Leading Teams competency audit tool. This will inform the identification of priorities for development which will be followed up through the course and in mentor meetings. The competency tool will be revisited at the end of the course to reflect and evaluate on progress.


The NPQML assessment tasks

This consists of one project split into two parts:


Project summary

Working with my team to a) improve pupil progress and attainment and b) team capability (4,500 words)


Content areas assessed


Part A

Strategy and Improvement

Teaching and Curriculum Excellence

Leading with Impact

Working in Partnership


Part B

Managing Resources and Risks

Increasing Capability


Participant requirements

Participants must:

  • Lead an improvement project in their team, lasting at least 2 terms, aimed at improving pupil progress and attainment (part A) and the capability of their team (part B)
  • Submit a written account of the project to the provider for assessment, demonstrating how they have met the criteria. This should cover the initiation, implementation and evaluation of the project
  • Submit supporting documents/material as evidence where indicated. Supporting evidence must be concise and directly related to the candidate’s project and corresponding assessment criterion
  • Not exceed a total word count (across both parts of the project) of 4,500, excluding supporting documents or annexes.


Coaching support

All participants will be supported and challenged by a designated coach which will either be their NPQML cohort trainer or an appropriate member of the senior leadership team from their home school. Their coach will work through with participants identified strengths and priority areas for development. The competency audits and Professional Learning Journal will provide a catalyst and framework for structured reflection and ongoing conversation.


Approximate costs (based on a minimum number of delegates)

£950 per delegate + £275 assessment fee per delegate


To reserve your place on this course please email


Closing date for applications is 11th October 2019