What is NPQML | How Can it Benefit Me?

The National Professional Qualification for Middle Leadership (NPQML) is a national qualification and provides recognition for those who are aiming or aspire to become a middle leader with responsibility in leading a team. The goal of this programme is focused at people in primary, secondary or other school settings who have responsibilities for leading a team, for example, pastoral services, curriculum area leaders, subject leaders, head of departments or SENCO and key stage leaders. This program is designed to impart and support an individual to become a highly effective middle leader equipped with the right skills, knowledge, and confidence to be able to drive successful team performance and run an improved classroom practice.

This middle leadership training course is aimed to develop skills, behaviour, and knowledge needed by middle leaders and will help define the role of middle leaders and enhance their performances.

What’s involved?

There are a lot of areas that will be developed during the middle leadership training and among these are the six content areas:

  • Develop strategy and improvement
  • Develop excellence in teaching and curriculum
  • Develop leadership with impact
  • Develop a working in partnership
  • How to manage resources and risks
  • And increase capability

There are also seven leadership behaviours that an individual will have to develop. These are :

  • Commitment
  • Collaboration
  • Resilience
  • Awareness
  • Personal drive
  • Integrity
  • Respect

Why is NPQML important to a teacher?

Through NPQML a participant will be able to develop and improve his or her teaching capacity. They will be able to make changes that are not only good for themselves but also for their career and also it will benefit the students and society as a whole. NPQML will teach them the importance of the total management structures and systems and different processes. The teacher or participant will be able to know the importance of effective management. They will learn about the role of team leaders in implementing school policies by a consistent and systematic way. This program is aimed to make participants become effective leaders.


A teacher deals with each kind of student every day. They keep on repeating the same lessons and programs. Teachers are considered as leaders. This will have an impact on the teacher. They will be able to identify the weak points of their teaching practice. It will also build leadership and confidence skills and it will build accountability in your role as a teacher. It will have an impact on your area of responsibility. It will improve your teaching skills and leadership. It will improve your observation skills and teach you to manage and improve your teaching performance. It will also have an impact on the students. You can monitor your student in your area of responsibility, focus, and be able to identify students that have poor performances and create intervention methods through impact initiatives.

NPQML offers:

  • This program offers quality learning materials with an emphasis on outstanding practice
  • The opportunity to think about the impact of their leadership through debate and discussions
  • Deal with assessment tasks that are linked to school improvement activities that are being undertaken in the workplace and to be able to get results and that are beneficial to the classroom or the school.


In the end, this middle leadership course is a program that will develop and challenge you to accept improvements and will give you the opportunity to gain knowledge and lead improvements to yourself, your school and your areas of responsibility.


We hope that this blog has given you an insight into the NPQML qualification if you need any further help or advice please feel free to get in touch.