National Professional Qualification for Middle Leadership


Empower your leaders, to inspire your learners

George Spencer Academy is unique in offering you:
  • High quality training from a well-established training provider and Teaching School
  • Excellent success rates and outcomes for participants
  • Outstanding leaders from primary, secondary and special schools across the East Midlands, many of whom are NLEs and LLEs, that have jointly designed and will co-deliver this course
  • High quality support
  • Flexible options that take account of differing contexts and development needs
  • New, easily accessible training venue at George Spencer Academy 
The National Professional Qualification for Middle Leadership (NPQML) provides national recognition of your development and professional achievement as a middle leader.
Middle leaders are the powerhouse of any successful school. They play a critical role in ensuring that the quality of teaching and learning meets the highest standards for every child, in every classroom. You may be a key stage, subject or curriculum leader, a pastoral leader or head of department. Whatever your role, if you have responsibility for leading a team, NPQML will help you to develop the skills, confidence and knowledge to drive successful team performance and improved classroom practice.
NPQML offers a rigorous programme of study that explores the role of middle leaders in depth. It focuses explicitly on leadership and management of a team or department, and looks at the practical strategies needed to deliver effective performance in the classroom.
To achieve the qualification, you'll need to successfully complete two essential modules and one elective module and undertake a final assessment demonstrating that you can deliver successful and sustainable school improvement.
We will be able to offer the NPQML at Trent Valley Teaching School Alliance by acting as a  hub for George Spencer Teaching School Alliance. This enables us to offer high quality, recognised leadership qualifications locally.
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The Cost

Scholarships are available to support schools in funding delegates on the courses.  Please see the table below which highlights the costs to schools
Scholarship RRP Cost to School
(less than 100 pupils on roll)
(500 or less pupils on roll)
101-250 pupils on roll
250+ pupils on roll
101-150 pupils on roll
* Targeted scholarship for NPQML only. This is worth £900 and no further discounts will apply. To be eligible you need to be from a rural, faith or coastal primary or special school with 101-150 pupils on roll. You will also need to fill in an application form that is considered by a regional panel.
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