About the NPQML

The National Professional Qualification for Middle Leadership is a continuous professional development programme which aims to develop leadership capacity in schools. Kingsmeadow Community School is pleased to offer the fully-accredited DfE NPQML, in partnership with SSAT. We are currently welcoming applications from teaching colleagues in our community to join the January - October 2020 leadership training cohort. 


The NPQML is suitable for current and aspiring middle leaders across all phases, including subject leaders, key stage coordinators, pastoral leads and SENDCos. It supports participants in developing knowledge and skills across six content areas:

  • Teaching and curriculum excellence 

  • Strategy and improvement

  • Leading with impact

  • Working in partnership 

  • Managing risks 

  • Increasing capability

The NPQML offers a flexible, modular approach. Participants attend twelve sessions of face-to-face training, as well as carrying out intersessional self-guided study, engaging with online platforms and completing a workplace learning and improvement project. A written report is submitted for external assessment. at the end of the course.


Each training session will be delivered at Kingsmeadow Community School, on Thursdays, between 3.30pm and 5.30pm. 

Course Programme

Leading Strategic Improvement

5th November 2020

Data Analysis for Performance and Progress

19th November 2020

Developing Your Leadership Approach

3rd December 2020

Building a High-performance Team

14th January 2021

Support and Challenge: Holding Yourself and Others to Account

28th January 2021

Developing yourself and Others

11th February 2021

Collaboration and Partnership

25th February 2021

Assignments will be submitted for external assessment in March 2021.



We are pleased to be able to offer NPQML training at the reduced cost of £475 per participant, including the assessment fee. This is a significantly discounted rate, supporting development opportunities for our colleagues in primary and secondary partner schools, local authority schools and Schools North East network schools.



Application forms can be downloaded HERE.

Please return completed and signed applications to lead facilitator Amy Douglas via email at by the deadline of Wednesday 18th December 2019