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).
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
|King Ethelbert School|
Face to Face 1
|Herne Bay High School|
Face to Face Day 2
|King Ethelbert School|
Face to Face Day 3
|PLCC, Canterbury Primary School|
Face to Face Day 4
|Dane Court Grammar School|
Final Assessment Workshop - Twilight
|Herne Bay High School|
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).
- 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.
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 at a price to schools of £749 per person.
The deadline for applications for the NPQML Cohort 16 programme commencing in March 2020 with EKLA is 3rd February 2020