NPQML Programme

The Hackney Teaching Schools’ Alliance works in partnership with the IOE to deliver the nationally recognised NPQML programme.

NPQML is a recognised qualification that provides national recognition of leadership development and professional achievement as a middle leader. 
Our programme is for middle leaders in primary and secondary schools, or those who are about to take on a substantive middle leadership role. It is expected that applicants have or will have responsibility for leading a team within the school and is also aimed at key stage, subject and curriculum leaders. To achieve the qualification, you’ll need to complete two core (compulsory) modules and one elective module, with a focus on driving successful team performance and improving classroom practice. The modules are delivered through 1 full day session, 1 half-day session and 5 two hour twilight sessions. NPQML is      delivered through the Institute of Education by an experienced trainer along with a Specialist Leader in    Education (SLE).
Completion takes on average 12 months and there will be a final  assessment at the end of the programme. Assessment focuses on tasks linked to school improvement activities undertaken in the  workplace and your  learning from the modules. The final assessment is a task drawn from work on a school improvement priority where you lead at team level for an extended period. If you meet the competencies at final assessment, the qualifications will be awarded by NCTL. For both programmes, you’ll need to show that you can: 
  • make successful and sustainable improvement in your school
  • use the experience to reflect upon and improve your own leadership skills.


You can find further details from DfE here:


Session 1

What makes an ‘outstanding’ middle leader?

Session 2

Leadership styles and professional characteristics

Session 3

Self-evaluation: using data to drive improvement

Session 4

From “good” to “outstanding” - using lesson observation to raise achievement

Session 5

How to have the conversations that you dread

Session 6

Improving teaching and learning

Session 7

Managing others

Session 8

Motivating others

Session 9

Developing others

Full details of the assessment will be available once you start on the programme.

Frequently asked questions...

  • How long is the training? - You will receive 6 twilight session and 2 full day sessions over an 18 month period (May-September)
  • Who is the training for? - Middle Leaders and aspiring Middle Leaders in both primary and secondary phases.



“Our two ML participants knew they were middle leaders, but since the programme they have grown in stature, they are more focused on the role, more purposeful in their leadership and able to have those courageous conversations” — Cluster Leader, South East.

 “The school based project enabled me to focus on an aspect of my school work in a more focused and meaningful way. This led to a 10% increase in GCSE results”.— Participant.

 “At interview I was able to talk about leadership very differently to other candidates. I was able to articulate my vision and show a clear understanding of what it means to lead staff. Thank you”.— 2014-15 Participant.

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Hackney Teaching Schools' Alliance
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C/O Clapton Girls' Academy
Linscott Road, Lower Clapton
London E5 0RD

Tel: 020 8985 6641 | Fax: 020 8986 4686

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