The NPQML is a professional qualification providing recognition of leadership development and professional achievement. It will support you in developing the skills, knowledge and confidence that you need to lead a high-performing team in a school and to improve classroom practice.

Who is it for?

The qualification 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).

Course Overview

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 'sponsor' from your school, usually your line manager or Headteacher, is essential to enable you to make the most of the programme. 

Each Module involves a mix of blended learning, including the following:

  • Online entry Leadership Diagnostics that identifies development areas through feedback from colleagues
  • Induction Twilight for you and your school based mentor, to enable you to fully understand the requirements of the programme and final assessment
  • 4 Face-to-Face days facilitated by experienced and serving practitioners
  • Online self-directed learning to link Face-to-Face learning with your school environment
  • School exchange 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 support (from your in-school Mentor and our trained Facilitators) to link learning to your in-school role
Session Date Venue

Induction Twilight

Thursday 1st March 2018

King Ethelbert School

Face to Face 1

Friday 23rd March 2018

Canterbury Primary School Training & Development Centre

Face to Face Day 2

Friday 4th May 2018

King Ethelbert School

Face to Face Day 3

Wednesday 23rd May 2018

Dane Court Grammar School

Face to Face Day 4

Wednesday 27th June 2018

Dane Court Grammar School

Final Assessment Workshop - Twilight

Thursday 12th July 2018

Canterbury Primary School Training & Development Centre

Study Modules

Leading with impact:

  • Anticipate other peoples’ views or feelings and moderate your approach accordingly.
  • 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 Capacity:

  • 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

The final assessment is submitted to an external assessor. 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 and sponsor will also be required to contribute by verifying your submission and supporting with further evidence.

You will be able to choose a window for your assessment within an 18 month timescale. 


EKLA is able to offer the programme through a local cluster to schools for £749 per person.

NPQ Scholarships for leaders working in schools in priority areas

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).

These areas include Ashford, Crawley, Gravesham, Hastings, Lewes, Medway, Thanet.

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

·       Working in a school in one of the above areas

·       Not already hold the NPQ for which they are applying

·       Not previously have dropped out before completing the NPQ for which they are applying.

The funding is expected to be available in each of the financial years 2017-18, 2018-19 and 2019-20.  We understand that where a participant has already begun a course before this funding is available, provided that they meet the criteria, they will be able to have their course costs refunded.

The DfE will shortly be running a procurement process open only to accredited providers of the NPQs.  We expect this process to be complete by the end of December and, subject to LLSE's success we will be able to release details as to how you can access this funding.


Applications for the NPQML programme Cohort 11 with EKLA are now open. 

Closing date for applications to EKLA is 31st January 2018.

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