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NPQML at Churchdown School

Why choose NPQML at Churchdown?

Churchdown is proud to be an NPQML (National Professional Qualification for Middle Leadership) delivery partner in conjunction with the SSAT. NPQML is a national qualification that provides outstanding training by strengthening understanding of the role of middle leadership and delivering practical strategies to ensure best practice in teaching and learning.  NPQML gives participants opportunities for reflection and a shared forum for exploring how your vision of educational excellence can be translated into reality.

We offer dynamic training delivered by outstanding and experienced practitioners who operate a teacher-focused delivery style. The course is open to both primary and secondary phase colleagues.

Who is the course aimed at?

Those who are, or are aspiring to become, a middle leader with responsibility for leading a team e.g. a key stage leader, a curriculum area leader, a pastoral services leader, a subject leader, a special educational needs co-ordinator (SENCO), or a head of department.

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

What does the course involve?

Participants will complete the course over a maximum of 18 months. Participants receive face to face delivery of 12 leadership modules which are designed to support a wide range of leadership competencies. In addition participants will be able to access intersessional material and join other NPQML participants on the SSAT discussion forums.

In order to successfully pass the course candidates are required to submit a school based improvement project which focuses on impact on the students and impact on leading a team.

 Dates for module delivery




1. Introduction to the NPQML

Wednesday 18th September

4 – 6pm

2. Vision, values and the moral purpose  

Wednesday 2nd October

4 – 6pm

3. Leading and Managing innovation and change

Wednesday 13th November 4 - 6pm

4. Managing resources and risks

Wednesday 11th December 4 - 6pm

5. Data analysis for performance and progress

Wednesday 8th January 2020 4 - 6pm

6. Evidence based teaching and learning

Wednesday 20th January 2020 4 - 6pm

7. Leading strategic improvement

Wednesday 5th February 2020

4 – 6pm

8. Developing your leadership approach

Wednesday 4th March 2020

4 – 6pm

9. Building a high-performance team

Wednesday 1st April 2020

4 – 6pm

10. Support and challenge – holding yourself and others to account

Wednesday 6th May 2020

4 – 6pm

11. Developing yourself and others

Wednesday 17th June 2020

4 – 6pm

12. Collaboration and partnership

Wednesday 8th July 2020

4 – 6pm


Costs of the course

The recommended course fee from the SSAT is £900 per participant. We recognise that the economic climate is especially challenging for schools and therefore JMHS is charging £700 per participant. If more than one colleague from your school wishes to enrol then there will be a fee of £600 for every additional colleague.

Register your interest

If you would like to register your interest or find out more please contact Andrew Coates at or via telephone 01452 713340.

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