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

Each Module will be delivered virtually to include the following:

  • Online entry Leadership Diagnostics that identifies development areas through feedback from colleagues
  • Induction for you and your school based mentor, to enable you to fully understand the requirements of the programme and final assessment
  • 4 online sessions facilitated by experienced and serving practitioners
  • Online access to the most recent school leadership research to support your development as a leader
  • Final Assessment Workshop to fully prepare you for your assessment submission
  • Ongoing support (from your in-school coach and our trained Facilitators) to link learning to your in-school role


NPQML COHORT 17 - January 2021



Induction Event

Tuesday 12th January 2021

Online Day 1

Thursday 21st January 2021

Online Day 2

Tuesday 9th February 2021

 Online Day 3

Tuesday 2nd March 2021

 Online Day 4

Thursday 25th March 2021

 Final Assessment Workshop

Wednesday 5th May 2021

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.

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 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 a 16 month timescale, but note the deadline for submission is May 2022.

course fee

EKLA is able to offer the programme through a local cluster at a price to schools of £875 per person.

To support schools during these challenging times EKLA are delighted to be able to offer schools an EKLA £100 subsidy off of the RRP, for this cohort only.



Deadline for applications with EKLA is 11th December 2020




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