National Professional Qualification in Middle Leadership

NPQML – Leading a team

Those who are, or are aspiring to become a middle leader, with responsibility for leading a team e.g. a key stage leader, a curriculum area leader, a pastoral services leader, a subject leader, a special educational needs co-ordinator (SENCO), or a head of department. 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).

This programme is suitable for leaders from nursery, primary, secondary and special schools.

Curriculum Framework

The curriculum framework is built around six content areas and seven leadership behaviours, all of which are common to each level of NPQ, enabling leaders to develop the depth and breadth of knowledge and experience progressively through the levels:

The six content areas set out what a leader should know or be able to do:

·  Managing Resources and Risks ·  Teaching and Curriculum Excellence
·  Strategy and Improvement ·  Leading with Impact
·  Working in Partnership ·  Increasing Capability

The seven leadership behaviours focus on how the best leaders operate:

·  Commitment ·  Collaboration ·  Resilience
·  Personal Drive ·  Awareness ·  Respect
·  Integrity

Why choose us?

Leadership CoLab is an established national partnership between the UCL Institute of Education (IOE) and a national network of good and outstanding schools. We are accredited by the DfE as a national provider of the new gold-standard NPQs, and are working with our school partners to design and deliver qualifications that have a real impact.

We currently work with over 85 school cluster groups across the country, with an ever-increasing scope. This means our participants have a real choice of where to work.

NPQML – Leading a team

In addition to the 4 face-to-face (F2F) sessions detailed below, the NPQML programme follows a blended learning format. This consists of workplace learning and practice activities, peer and facilitated learning, reading, structured reflection, online learning and a 360 diagnostic assessment.

Resources: Online Resources, 360 Diagnostic Survey, Coaching

Location: Kaizen School, Elkington Road, Plaistow E13 8LH

Assessment: School Based Project

Cost* £1,100 – UCL IOE delivery / £890 – Regional cluster delivery

*Discounts on offer. See website for further details.

Start Date: 20th November 2019

Apply: Online application at

Cluster: Choose ‘East London Partnership’ as your cluster choice


20th November 2019 – Leading with Impact

23rd January 2020 – Leading Learning and Teaching

18th March 2020 – Leading Effective Partnerships

20th May 2020 – Leading Strategically

Further Information: