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NPQML 20/21

Our National Professional Qualification for Middle Leadership (NPQML) is delivered in partnership with Ambition Institute.

NPQML programme structure and components 

The core components of the NPQML programme are as follows:

  • six facilitated training sessions (each a minimum of 3hrs);
  • 360 tool for self-evaluation against the core leadership competencies;
  • school-based improvement project and associated written assignment. 

To be considered eligible to complete their NPQML and submit their written assignment for assessment, participants must have:

  • Attended all training sessions over at least 2 academic terms and have missed no more than 2 training sessions; where a training session has been missed the candidate must have engaged with the material through catch-up activity (typically either attendance of the same session with a different cohort or a combination of independent study and time with the facilitator);
  • Completed the required improvement project over a period of at least 2 academic terms;
  • Submitted the written assignment and all required supporting documents;
  • Submitted all documentation within 18months of the start of their programme; this is typically Session 1 but can be earlier depending on programme structure.

Programme duration 

Our programme provides an enhanced offer of two full day (6 hour) and three half day (3 hour) facilitated sessions across a minimum of two terms.

Additional 1:1 project support sessions are offered across the 18 months programme duration (see additional support).

Type and hours of study 

With the current situation with COVID-19 and the social distancing restrictions in place, Brooke Weston TSA have adopted a blended learning offer to accommodate our learners' needs, safety and wellbeing.  

Participant Profile and Eligibility 

The NPQML is designed to support those aspiring to, or currently performing within, middle leadership roles, with an aim to enhance their performance and leadership skills. The programme is designed to equip participants with the necessary skills and knowledge to achieve the NPQML qualification.


To qualify for the NPQML programme, participants must be either teachers who aspired to middle leadership positions and who are:

  • Likely to be in a middle leadership role in the next 12-18 months;
  • Have completed at least one year of full-time teaching;
  • Have the ability – through their role or additional responsibilities – to complete a project which meets the assessment requirements.

Those currently in middle leadership roles must fit within the guidance below:  

  • In secondary schools, middle leaders will have roles such as head of department, head of year or a whole-school lead role (for example, SEN), or second in charge of a department or pastoral area;  
  • In primary schools, middle leaders will have roles such as phase leaders; key stage leaders or a whole-school lead role (for example, literacy). 
  • Have the ability – through their role or additional responsibilities – to complete a project which meets the assessment requirements.

Cost of programme including assessment 

The programme cost is £1100.

Full scholarship funding is available for 20/21 cohorts, eligibility criteria is defined by the Department for Education.

Update July 2020: notification has been received that funding is limited and may not be available for applicants whom apply after July 31st 2020.

Cohort size 

Maximum 25 participants per cohort.

NPQ Alliance policies 

You can find our policies in relation to your programme on our NPQ Alliance Policy page.

Dates, times and locations of training sessions 

Welcome Online  Thursday 8th October 2020 16:00-18:00
1 Online Thursday 19th November 2020 15:30–18:30
2 Online  Thursday December 3rd 2020 15:30–18:30
3 Online Thursday 14th January 2021 15:30 - 18:30
Guest Speaker - Katherine Walsh Webinar The Role of the SENDCo 16:00 - 18:00
4 Online Wednesday 10th February 202 15:30 - 18:30
5 Online Thursday 25th February 2021 15:30 - 18:30
6 Online Thursday 25th March 2021 15:30–18:30
  • Online sessions will be delivered via Zoom.
  • Face-to-face sessions will be delivered at Brooke Weston Academy, Corby, NN18 8LA (unless government guidance restricts this due to COVID-19).

Additional support 

Who for?
1:1 Zoom assessment surgery Setting up your project Participant & mentors January/ February 2021
1:1 Zoom assessment surgery Preparing for submission Participant & mentors November 2021
Submission document check window Ensuring project is ready to submit. Checking all of your documents are present and labelled correctly. - March/April 2022

Individual Support: Sponsors, coaches and mentors 

Each participant must have a name Sponsor who will support them throughout their NPQML. Their feedback and input provide critical evidence – and Sponsor Comments are a required supporting document when it comes to submission. Detailed information and guidance about the Sponsor role can be found in this document: Sponsor Guidance and Template.

Participants should also be supported a coach or mentor. This person can also act as their Sponsor. This is the ensure that, as they complete their NPQML, they have access to a range of leadership and instructional support.

BOOK TODAY: NPQML Application process

  1. Complete the NPQ booking form: NPQ Booking Form (you will require your mentor/sponsor, invoicing and authorisation)
  2. A member of the team will be in touch with the scholarship registration form