National Professional Qualification for Middle Leaders (NPQML)

We are delighted to offer the NPQML in the local Tandridge area. The NPQML is designed to support participants to become highly effective middle leaders, with the skills, confidence and knowledge to drive and inspire successful team performance and improve outcomes for pupils.

Since 2013 the Surrey Teaching Schools Network has run the national leadership programmes for over 1100 leaders. It is committed to developing outstanding leaders who can transform schools and ultimately improve educational outcomes for young people. Feedback from the leadership programmes has been overwhelmingly positive. Many participants say that their experiences on the course have helped them to secure promotion.

The following details provide an outline of the eligibility criteria, content and assessment of the NPQML.

Who Can Apply?

Those who are, or are aspiring to become, a middle leader with responsibility for leading a team including key stage/subject curriculum leaders, heads of department and pastoral leaders.

Those who are, or are aspiring to be, a middle leader with cross-school responsibilities e.g. a Specialist Leader of Education (SLE).



The programme comprises 4 half day face-to-face events, 6 weeks of online learning and the opportunity to share and learn from the experiences of practising school leaders from a variety of backgrounds and educational contexts.

The programme will be run over a twelve month period; participants will be expected to complete the assessment at the end of this time.

There are 6 areas of learning which will be delivered through three discrete units:

  •  Strategy and Improvement/ Leading with impact
  •  Teaching and Curriculum Excellence /Increasing Capability
  •  Managing Resources and Risks / Working in Partnership


Each unit is complemented by a two week online course which is delivered by a team of expert online tutors.

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The NPQML assessment enables participants to demonstrate that they can deliver successful and sustainable school improvement in a school setting and can use the experience to reflect upon and improve their leadership. Participants are expected to:

Lead an improvement project in their team, lasting at least 2 terms, aimed at improving pupil progress and attainment as well as the capability of their team.


Submit a written account of the project demonstrating how they have met the set criteria. This should cover the initiation, implementation and evaluation of the project. It will also include written evidence/appropriate documentation and further evidence/verification from the participant’s assessment coach and Head teacher.


Participants have to nominate their line manager or a senior manager to be their school based tutor.

Venue: All face-to-face events will be held at a Tandridge Teaching Alliance School.

Dates: To be confirmed once all applications have been received.

Cost: Please contact for costing information.



What our participants say….

“Really great positive learning experience in a lovely atmosphere.”

“I enjoyed the opportunity to work with people from different schools.”

“I really enjoyed doing the online course, it was easy to work around a busy school day’