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National Professional Qualification for Middle Leadership (NPQML)

The National Professional Qualification for Middle Leadership (NPQML) is accredited by the Department for Education (DfE). The qualification is delivered by the Outstanding Leaders Partnership (OLP), a collaborative partnership of schools, teaching school alliances and multi-academy trusts, managed and supported by Best Practice Network.

Entry requirements

NPQML is for those who are, or are aspiring to become, a middle leader with responsibility for leading a team such as a key stage leader, a curriculum area leader, a pastoral services leader, a subject leader or a head of department. This includes those who are, or are aspiring to become, middle leaders with cross-school responsibilities, for example Specialist Leaders of Education (SLEs).

Our Teaching School Alliance holds the NPQML face to face days centrally at Keswick School or Cumbria Local Enterprise Partnership Conference Centre, Redhills, Penrith, Cumbria, CA11 0DT. We have two course intakes, one in the autumn term and one in the spring term following Performance Management Review Meetings. This year’s programme was over-subscribed with 28 delegates successfully gaining a place. We hope to recruit for the 2020 programme in the Autumn term 2020.

Applying for 2020 intake.

When asked have you been recommended by one of our delivery partners, select yes

When asked which delivery model you would like to undertake choose Standard blended learning.

When registering, if you select West Cumbria TSA from the drop down menu you will be asked for a partner allocation code, please enter WSTL-TSA.

In the invoicing section of the application where it asks who is paying for the course, choose ‘Fully funded by scholarship/government funding’.

For further information and for application deadlines please see the OLP website

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