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National Professional Qualification for Middle Leadership
This programme is for middle leaders, or those aspiring to become a middle leader, with responsibility for leading a team eg key stage/curriculum/ subject/ pastoral leaders, heads of department, specialist leaders of education (SLEs), SENCO (special educational needs coordinators).
The qualification includes a flexible combination of blended learning and support opportunities: face-to-face sessions, online learning, self-study, personal reading, coaching, with a focus on development of skills and understanding alongside leadership behaviours.
Participants are required to complete an assessment task – to lead an improvement project in their school lasting at least 2 terms aimed at improving pupil progress and attainment and the capability of their team.
Course duration is 12 months, with the final assessment being completed within 18 months from the start date of the programme.
Eligible schools eg in Category 5 and 6 areas will be fully funded by the DfE.
Programme Session Information
Session 1 - Leading Teaching and Curriculum Excellence
- High quality teaching
- Evidence based learning
- Holding others to account
- Curriculum appropriateness
- Writing work schemes
Session 2 - Strategy and Improvement
- Closing the gap
- Good management strategies
- Change models
- Planning intentional improvement
Session 3 - Increasing Capability
- Leading and developing staff
- Creating effective team
- Performance management
Session 4 - Leading with Impact
- Monitoring staff
- Effective middle leadership
- Evaluating impact
- Exploring leadership styles
Session 5 - Managing Resources
- Managing resources
- Effective communication
- Leading effective meetings
Session 6 - Working in Partnership
- Understanding values
- Moral purpose
- Leading in a Church context
- System middle leadership
“I didn’t expect the NPQML to be so intense and rewarding. This programme has helped me to manage a team effectively and to bring out the best of each individual. I highly recommend this programme and BCTSA to other middle leaders.” (Primary School: PE Leader)