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National Professional Qualification for Middle Leadership (NPQML) 

Kent and Medway Region 

Programme Cost is £749* per person**

* Additional 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.' 

VITSA Group Dates: 

Induction : Tuesday 6 October 2020 
Face to Face Day 1 :  Thursday 19 November 2020
Face to Face Day 2 :   Tuesday 19 Janaury 2021
Face to Face Day 3 :  Thursday 25 February 2021
Face to Face Day 4 :  Thursday 25 March 2021
Final Assessment Workshop :  Tuesday 20 April 2021

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
  • All assessment costs are included, excluding re-submission costs and costs incurred when moving past a pre-booked assessment window

LLSE recommends that participants complete this programme within 12 months, however can complete within 18 months where needed

Face to Face days will total 5 full days 

  • Online learning, we expect that participants allocate 3 hours to complete pre and post face to face tasks throughout the programme
  • We suggest that the in school project will form part of your School improvement plan and as such part of your day to day role in school
  • We suggest that you meet with an in school coaches before and after each face to face day, totalling around about 10 hours of time to reflect upon your in school project and leadership development

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:

Leadership Learning South East use NPQ online as their NPQ assessment agent and works in partnership to ensure clear and logical assessment process.  Participants may opt to submit for final assessment at any point within 12-18 months of starting the programme, however there is an expectation that all participants will submit their assessment within an 18 month from start date window.

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.

Please note

  • Should an assessment be returned as 'not ready', a re-assessment fee will be charged to your school
  • If the participant fails to upload their assessment on the confirmed date a £30 administration fee will be invoiced to their school  


** Category 5 and 6 Scholarships available to applications in the 2019/2020 financial year 

For a limited period, participants from the following areas will receive full scholarships for any of the NPQ Programmes :

Ashford, Crawley, Gravesham, Hastings, Lewes, Medway and Thanet.

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).

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

  • Working in a school in one of the above areas or working in MATs or dioceses which cover those areas
  • Do not already hold the NPQ for which they are applying
  • Not previously have dropped out before completing the NPQ for which they are applying.


Further detail of the course can be found at:

Register your interest for the NPQML course

 Apply for a place on the NPQML course


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