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National Professional Qualification In Middle Leadership (NPQML)


This programme has been developed collaboratively between school leaders, UCL teaching staff and researchers and is built upon high-quality leadership practice, evidence and research.

It is a varied programme of study that enables participants to self-reflect and apply their learning in their own context.  Participants will receive learning journals to support each of their development days.

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.

Who is it for?

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


Content areas                                                                          

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

Leadership Behaviours:

  • Leadership
  • Personal Drive
  • Awareness
  • Integrity
  • Resilience
  • Respect



Day 1 Leading with Impact

Day 2 Leading Learning and Teaching

Day 3 Leading Effective Partnerships

Day 4 Leading Strategically


Submission of write up of school project (approx. 4500 words) for final assessment within 18 months of programme start