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NPQ for Middle Leadership

National Professional Qualifications for Middle Leaders

The existing Middle Leadership National Professional Qualification (NPQML) which we successfully delivered for over 10 years was replaced in autumn 2021 with three new specialist NPQs to best address the broad range of responsibilities of current and aspiring middle leaders.

The new qualifications last year were:

  • NPQLTD – National Professional Qualification in Leading Teacher Development – Leading teacher development: developing teachers who are responsible for the training and development of others, including early career teachers;
  • NPQLT – National Professional Qualification in Leading Teaching: developing teachers who are subject leads or responsible for improving teaching practice in a subject or phase; and
  • NPQLBC – National Professional Qualification in Leading Behaviour & Culture: developing teachers who have responsibilities for leading behaviour and culture.

These have now been joined, this academic year, by

  • NPQLL – National Professional Qualification in Leading Literacy – this programme will help participants become a true champion of literacy.  Participants will develop a thorough understanding of how they can improve literacy in their subject, phase and school, using the latest evidence-based research.
To register for one of the above courses or to find out more information and to answer any questions you may have, please visit the website below…

National Professional Qualifications – Five Counties Teaching School Hubs Alliance

Key Information

  • ProgrammeNPQML
    Duration8 modules taught over a 12 month period
    LocationCLF Institute, Russell Town Avenue, Bristol  Find Us
    ApplyEnquire to apply for the NPQML Enquire
  • £750

    Includes twelve 2-hour sessions and all assessment fees.

  • If you are interested in taking part in this programme, or would like some further information. Please contact the Institute team who will be happy to help.

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Course Structure

Our middle leadership programme is delivered by experienced facilitators with contributions from current executive leaders. We offer 14 online sessions, each two hours long, addressing all curriculum content and assessment framework requirements. Participants have access to online materials via our VLE and support from our dedicated NPQ team of deliverers and administrators.
  • Pre and post course 360
  • Induction session
  • Pre and post session online tasks, readings, work-based activities and reflection.
  • Each session integrates delivery of assessment outcomes and learning behaviours
  • Final Assessment Preparation Workshop


  • Session 1
  • Session 2 & 3 - Core content
    Strategy & Improvement
  • Session 4 & 5 - Core content
    Teaching and Curriculum Excellence
  • Session 6 & 7 - Core content
    Leading with Impact
  • Session 8 & 9 - Core content
    Working in Partnership
  • Session 10 & 11 - Core content
    Managing Resources & Risks
  • Session 12 & 13 - Core content
    Increasing Capability
  • Session 12
    Assessment workshop
  • “I learned a lot about myself and my management style and was able to adapt my leadership skills in a positive way. .”

    NPQML Delegate