Growing & Embedding Outstanding

National Professional Qualification for Middle Leadership (NPQML)

Kaizen] altius

Partnership of 



Schools (PSPS)


This course is being run in collaboration with Altius, Kaizen, LLSE and the Sevenoaks Partnership.

Are you, or are you aspiring to be, a middle leader with the responsibility for leading a team?

For example a:

  • key stage leader
  • curriculum area leader
  • pastoral services leader
  • subject leader
  • special educational needs coordinator (SENCO)
  • head of department

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

What’s involved?

The duration of study is from mid October 2018 to early May 2019. There are 4 face to Face days, following a 1/2-day Induction session and then a Final Assessment Workshop in May. All sessions will be held at Weald of Kent Grammar, Sevenoaks Annexe, Seal Hollow Road, Sevenoaks, Kent, TN13 3SN.

  • Induction: Wednesday 17th October 2018  
  • F2F 1 : Wednesday 14th November 2018
  • F2F 2: Wednesday 16th January 2019
  • F2F 3: Wednesday 6th February 2019
  • F2F 4: Wednesday 20th March 2019
  • Final Assessment: Wednesday 8th May 2019

As well as on the job training & support, you will complete an online entry and exit Leadership Diagnostics that identify development areas through feedback from colleagues. You receive challenge & support through a coach/mentor; you also have to complete a school improvement project that contributes towards your final assessment and demonstrate your competence linked to the knowledge and skills set out in the 6 content areas (see below).

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:

  • commitment
  • collaboration
  • personal drive
  • resilience
  • awareness
  • integrity
  • respect

COST: The cost of the course is £765.

APPLICATIONS : Please use the accompanying application form and send this to Andrea McGlew at; to be received by Monday 1st October, 2018.

Please click here to download the NPQML application form.