The National Professional Qualification for Middle Leadership (NPQML) is assessed and accredited by the National College for Teaching and Leadership. The qualification provides recognition of leadership development and professional achievement. NPQML will give you the opportunity to develop the skills, knowledge and confidence needed to drive successful team performance.


NPQML is for individuals who are, or are aspiring to become, a middle leader with responsibility for leading a team e.g. a key stage leader, a subject leader, or a head of department. Click the link to see the overview video.

Middle leaders with responsibility for leading a team (e.g. a key stage/subject/curriculum leader, head of department of pastoral leader). Contact us if you are not sure if you are eligible for this qualification.


Register for your place online.


Applicants completing their programme application are asked to identify whether they have been recommended by a delivery partner. Please select West Herts Teaching School from the drop down list and then enter our partner allocation code, which is WHTS

Registration for Autumn 2020 is open and will close on 24th July.

When completing the registration form you will need to know your teacher reference number (TRN) and your school URN, size and type. If you are unsure of your TRN then you can contact CAPITA on 01325 745000 and they will be able to provide this information. The school detail required can be found on the government schools database found here.

Once we receive a completed registration form we will contact your headteacher to request confirmation that they support your place. Once confirmation from your head is received we will email you to confirm your place on the qualification.



NPQML is delivered at high quality venues throughout the East.



Please see below for fees and scholarship opportunities.

The qualification has a flexible, modular structure that combines core modules with the freedom to specialise and develop candidates’ own professional areas of interest through the choice of an elective module. Modules cover three learning areas:

  • Educational excellence
  • Operational management
  • Strategic leadership

All modules focus on improving the effectiveness of leadership practice and consist of workplace learning and practice activities; face-to-face workshops and online learning. Candidates will have the opportunity to:

  • Access high-quality learning materials and look at accounts of practice from outstanding leaders
  • Reflect on their own leadership through discussion and debate with peers
  • Put theory into practice and continue to improve their own leadership in order to have a greater impact within their institution

Activities within modules have been designed to stimulate and challenge thinking, build knowledge, skills and expertise, and promote change and improvement in leadership behaviours, capability and capacity.

Delivery model

Delivery covers a 12 month period with the expectation that candidates will submit for final assessment within 18 months. During this time you will:

Undertake four face-to-face sessions spread throughout the course duration

    Complete three supported online courses
    Attend regular online web conferencing for support throughout the qualification
    Be supported by a nominated in-school mentor


The NPQML final assessment process has been designed to enable candidates to demonstrate their ability to deliver successful and sustainable school improvement in their school setting and can use the experience to reflect upon and improve their leadership competencies.

The final assessment process will comprise one assessed task drawn from candidate’s work in their school in which they lead at team level for an extended period, on a school improvement priority. The school improvement task will include written evidence/appropriate documentation submitted by the candidate and further evidence/verification from their sponsor and Headteacher.




All State-maintained schools and academies in England  




Independent / Overseas Schools


£950 + assessment fees

* Final assessment activity will be funded for all candidates from English state-maintained schools and academies.



Delivery for your school alliance

If your school alliance has at least 10 staff that you wish to register for NPQML then we can set up a bespoke group for you. This will provide you with the benefit of using your own facilities for face to face training and determining the dates and delivery model (twilights, school holidays, half-days etc).

A collaborative group will also bring a financial benefit as the candidate fees can be reduced to reflect the number of candidates and any savings made by using your school’s facilities.

If you were involved in delivery of the now discontinued MLDP programme we can support your delivery team to retrain on the new qualification and work with you to set-up and run the new NPQML qualification within your alliance.

For more information, please contact us on 0117 9209 426 or email the team. 

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