Hartismere Leadership Training

Transformational Leadership through practice

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National Professional Qualification for Middle Leadership (NPQML)

You should be, or aspire to be, a middle leader with the responsibility for leading a team, for example a:

a Head of Department, a curriculum area leader traditionally known as teacher in charge, a Head of year,

special educational needs coordinator (SENCO)


This includes  leaders working across more than one school, for example, new specialist leaders of education.


What’s involved

The duration of study is between 2 terms and 12 months, there is an option to extend if needed to 18 months

During this time you will:

develop knowledge and skills across 6 content areas, which set out what an effective middle leader should know and be able to do

have the opportunity to develop up to 7 key leadership behaviours, which set out how an effective leader should operate

complete a final assessment that evaluates yours capability against the knowledge and skills set out in the 6 content areas


Content areas

The 6 content areas across which you will develop your middle leadership knowledge and skills are:

strategy and improvement

teaching and curriculum excellence

leading with impact

working in partnership

managing resources and risks

increasing capability


Leadership behaviours

The 7 leadership behaviours that you will have the opportunity to develop are:



personal drive





Structure and teaching methods


The course is designed to be completed through blended learning including:

on-the-job leadership training

360 leadership analysis evaluation

challenge and support - through a coach and/or mentor

access to resources, drawing on up-to-date research and evidence

professional development from and with credible peers

opportunities for structured reflection


Final assessment

You will complete a school improvement project within your team, lasting at least 2 terms, aimed at improving pupil progress and attainment and the capability of your team.

Through this project, you will need to demonstrate your competence through an assessment linked to the knowledge and skills set out in the 6 content areas.