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NPQML

National Professional Qualification for Middle Leaders (NPQML)

Overview


Excellent collaboration with facilitators and peers in a supportive environment.

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This programme gives middle leaders the opportunity to develop their skills, confidence and knowledge so they can drive successful team performance and improve classroom practice.

The NPQML is part of a suite of courses that comprise the Leadership Curriculum licensed by the Department for Education (DfE) providing national recognition of this qualification.

92% of our NPQML graduates achieved their qualification award (November 2017).

Suitable For

NPQML is aimed at individuals with responsibility for leading a team, including key stage, subject or curriculum leaders, heads of department, special educational needs co-ordinator (SENCo), pastoral leaders or a middle leader with cross-school responsibilities e.g. a Specialist Leader of Education.

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Bookings are now being taken for cohorts starting in January 2018.

For further details and the application form, please contact Debbie Rose on debbie.rose@carnegieleaders.org.uk or 0113 812 6129. 


Duration

The programme will usually take 12 months to complete, depending on experience.

You can flex your study around home and work commitments, completing the qualification at your convenience.

Location

Sessions are delivered across the Yorkshire and Humber region.

Trainer

Courses are facilitated by current or former senior leaders or headteachers.

Cost

£1,000 (inclusive of final assessment)

 

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Learning Outcomes


Programme Structure

 You will learn through a blended learning approach comprising approximately 160 learning hours facilitated through:

  • Workplace learning and practice activities, including support and guidance from a workplace mentor.
  • An entitlement to high quality coaching, enabling participants to develop their practice.
  • Four face-to-face development days, including peer and facilitated learning, reading, reflection and online learning.
  • Completion of a two part school improvement based project, working with your team to:
  • Improve pupil progress and attainment
  • Improve team capability

 

The programme incorporates six key themes and seven leadership behaviours.  These set out what a leader should know or be able to do. The themes and behaviours are common to each NPQ level, but the knowledge and skills within them increases in sophistication, depth and breadth progressively through the NPQ levels.

Leadership Behaviours

There are 7 leadership behaviours, common to each NPQ level, which set out how the best leaders operate. These are embedded within the content and practical application of each theme. They are:

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

 

Themes

Plus Icon Strategy and Improvement

You will learn how to:

  • Manage and analyse performance data to evaluate progress, identify trends, define team priorities and develop improvement strategies (for example, in relation to disadvantaged pupils or those with particular needs)
  • Implement successful change at team level 

 

Plus Icon Teaching and Curriculum Excellence

You will learn how to:

  • 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) 

 

Plus Icon Leading with Impact

You will learn how to:

  • 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

 

Plus Icon Working in Partnership

You will learn how to:

  • Realise the benefits of collaborating with others, including teachers, teaching assistants and non-teaching staff, other schools, parents/carers and other organisations
  • Support your team to build and sustain relationships with others which develop and share good practice and improve performance
Plus Icon Managing Resources and Risks

You will learn how to:

  • Deploy staff, financial and educational resources within a team efficiently, 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
Plus Icon Increasing Capability

You will learn how to:

  • Hold others to account, line manage and evaluate performance effectively
  • Support all members of your 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 your needs
  • Evaluate the impact of professional development on teacher development and pupils’ outcomes

Final Assessment

Working with your team you will need to lead a school improvement project, aimed at:

 

(a) improving pupil progress and attainment

(b) improving your team's capability

This project will last at least two terms.

 

Themes assessed

 Part (a) Part (b)
 Strategy and Improvement  Managing Resources and Risks
 Teaching and Curriculum Excellence  Increasing Capability
Leading with Impact  
Working in Parnership  

 

Your project will illustrate how you have used your learning and developed your leadership behaviours in order to realise improvements in pupil progress and attainment and building your team's capability.

At the end of the programme you will need to submit a written account of your work to us, along with any additional supporting documentation. Your written account will cover the initiation, implementation and evaluation stages of the project.

Your project will be assessed against the published assessment criteria in accordance with the DfE markscheme.

You will need to show you can:

  • Make successful and sustainable improvement in your school.
  • Use the experience to reflect upon and improve your own leadership skills and behaviours

 

NPQML and Master's Level Qualifications

Successful NPQML participants could further develop their learning to achieve 40 credit points at Master’s level. This can be done by enrolling onto a 40 credit point module entitled Learning from Professional Development, the assessment for which is a 3,500-word reflective assignment which links the work done for the NPQML with the academic literature.  You could then apply to join a Master’s degree (which requires a total of 180 credits), such as the MA Education (available Full-time, or Part-time, or via Distance Learning) which has an optional Leadership and Management pathway within it, and use the 40 credit module towards that qualification.

The fee for this stand-alone module is offered at a reduced rate of £525 for NPQML graduates.

For suitable applicants, there may be an opportunity to achieve 60 credit points at Master’s level, following a discussion with the course tutor.

For more information about the Learning from Professional Development module, please contact Dr Stephen Newman

For more information about Master’s level qualifications please contact Dr David Matheson. Further details of the MA Education are also available at https://courses.leedsbeckett.ac.uk/education_ma/?entryrequirements=1

As a NPQ graduate with Carnegie Leaders in Learning, you may be interested in undertaking a Masters By Research with Leeds Beckett University; an innovative postgraduate award that recognises professional practice and encourages participants to interrogate their work with cutting edge research, moving beyond reflection to examine their practice within a rigorous conceptual framework. For NPQ graduates there is a 20% reduction off the course fee which currently is £2097. For further information regarding this opportunity, please contact Dr Nick Sutcliffe Email: n.sutcliffe@leedsbeckett.ac.uk , telephone 0113 812 1771 or visit the website link http://www.leedsbeckett.ac.uk/research/research-degrees/types-of-research-degree/masters-by-research-professional-practice/

Testimonials

Delegates’ feedback on what was good about the course: 

“Excellent collaboration with facilitators and peers in a supportive environment.” 

“I have learnt some much on this course. The styles of leadership have been shared at school and also the coaching techniques.” 

“Good strategies for dealing with situations in school.”

“I gained ideas about how to use coaching in my leadership.” 

“Reflecting on my own practice as a middle leader and how I can move forward.”

“Made me more aware of the variety of styles, when they are appropriate and most effective to use.”

“Developed my confidence in leadership.” 

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Case Study - Chris Whitworth


The NPQML will challenge what you think about yourself and others, and help you develop into a more confident middle leader.

Chris Whitworth, Head of Computing, Castleford Academy

Background

Having been an ICT teacher for six years at Castleford Academy, when the opportunity for head of department came up in 2013 I jumped at the chance.

As part of my application for head of department, I asked for some additional training in middle management and to lead a small department. Later on that year, I was accepted on to the NPQML course, run within school and in partnership with National College for Teaching and Leadership.

Benefits

The face-to-face sessions led by facilitators in school were inspirational. You knew that their knowledge of the course was second to none, and meeting staff from other schools to discuss the trials and tribulations of leadership was eye-opening.

Having the time to reflect on my own practice was vital for my development as a middle leader, and the reassurance and feedback from others really helped me progress though the course.

The final assessment was daunting. However, there was plenty of advice from the facilitators, who helped me to focus and assured me I was on the right track.

Impact

The NPQML course allowed me to consider different leadership styles and identify my strengths and areas for development as a middle leader. It challenged my preconceptions and equipped me with the knowledge and skills to develop my own leadership style. Throughout the course, I was able to trial a number of techniques and then feedback on the results in the face-to-face sessions.

The biggest benefit for me was the set times for reflection on leadership. This is something I usually struggle to find time to do, but I was able to discuss the findings and felt supported in my development as a leader.

I now feel confident in leading my department through the changes in the curriculum and supporting staff in their own career development.

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