National Professional Qualification For Middle Leadership (NPQML)

We are excited to work in partnership with Ambition School Leadership to deliver our NPQML programme.


Training Dates and Times

Dates:  1 November 2017, 13 December 2017, 24 January 2018, 28 February 2018, 28 March 2018 & 9 May 2018
Times:  2.30pm – 5.30pm
Venue: Altrincham Grammar School for Girls
Closing date for all applications is 2 weeks prior to the start of the course


£1200 including assessment fee

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Why do the NPQML programme?

Accreditation – Upon successfully completing the assessment you will be awarded the nationally recognised NPQML qualification.

Network – You will develop your leadership skills alongside fellow middle leaders, building a network across your school/cluster of schools.

Materials – We use high-quality resources in our sessions to ensure you are fully equipped to lead change within your department and the wider school. You will also have access to the National College reading materials which include case studies, opinion pieces and practical guidance.

Expert facilitation – The NPQML programme is facilitated by a Ambition School Leadership facilitator and a member of SLT from your school/ cluster of schools. Our team of facilitators includes ex-headteachers, and experienced trainers from the corporate sector.

Support – You will be assigned a mentor for the duration of the programme who will be responsible for approving your impact tools and supporting you though the NPQML assessment process. The Ambition School Leadership team will also provide support and keep you informed about the details of the programme.

Programme structure

The programme will support, develop and challenge you to lead improvements in your school and give you the opportunity to gain National College accreditation. NPQML, delivered by Ambition School Leadership Teams, provides a holistic learning experience combining theory, experiential activities, self review and individual, paired and group reflection.

The NPQML programme is made up of nine sessions, each lasting three hours. Sessions take place in-school for groups of up to 15 middle leaders from one school or a cluster of local schools. In addition to the nine sessions, you will be expected to complete 30-60 hours of in-school work. This will include completion of inter-session tasks, a 360° feedback survey and Ambition School Leadership impact and development tools.

Course aims

Impact on you

  • Identify and address blind spots in your leadership practice
  • Build your confidence and leadership skills
  • Build a sense of accountability in your role.

Impact on your area of responsibility

  • Track and improve teacher quality across your area
  • Improve your lesson observation skills
  • Learn to better performance manage your team.

Impact on your pupils

  • Monitor pupil data in your area of responsibility
  • Target pupil underperformance
  • Embed student-focused interventions through an Impact Initiative

For more information please click the links below:

Info for Middle Leaders
Info for Headteachers