North East Teaching Schools Partnership

After the first session I feel so inspired that I've already purchased a journal and have begun plotting ideas on how I can help to move my school forward.

(Amy C, NPQML participant 2014)



Note that this qualification is currently under review nationally. The information below shows how the current programme is delivered. You can register your interest in the qualification by filling in the short application form. NPQML Application form. As soon as we have information regarding future cohorts we will then get in touch with you.


This qualification is intended for middle leaders with responsibility for leading a team, including key stage/subject/curriculum leaders, heads of department and pastoral leaders. Please get in touch if you have any questions about whether or not this is the right programme for you.

To achieve the qualification you will need to complete 2 essential modules and 1 elective module (and an assessment) from the following selection:




Managing systems and processes

This module focuses on the importance of effective management structures, systems and processes. Participants will learn about the role of team leaders in implementing whole school policies with their team in a systematic and consistent way. The module will explore a number of models and theories of leadership and consider the relationship between leadership and management.

Leading teaching

Through this module participants will know how to develop, improve and sustain high quality teaching within a team. They will also know and understand the importance of using data and identifying strategies for closing the gaps in attainment.



Leading an effective team

This module focuses on how team leaders can develop a highly effective team with a culture of high performance and high levels of trust. It will recognise the varied and sometimes complex nature of team structures in schools. Participants will learn about the characteristics of highly effective teams and the research evidence relating to how to build, lead and sustain such a team.

Succeeding in middle leadership

Through this module participants will understand more about their own leadership and how they can develop their leadership capacity and capability. With a focus on the relationship between personal effectiveness and leadership development, the module will also consider effective professional learning, well being and resilience.

Leading and developing staff

This module focuses on how to develop individual team members to improve teaching and individual performance. Participants will explore how to spot talent and grow potential for the benefit of the individual, the team and the school. The module will also focus on teacher appraisal, performance management and how to respond to underperforming teachers in a timely way.

Effective leadership of SEN provision

This module teaches how to improve practice and raise expectations so that all pupils, but particularly those with special educational needs and/or disabilities, can fulfil their potential. Participants will be taught how to implement the key strategies from the Department for Education project, Achievement for All - improving assessment, tracking and intervention; working more effectively with parents; and improving wider outcomes for children and young people.

Leading change for improvement

This module will teach participants the essential knowledge linked to leading change to achieve school improvement. Participants will review various case studies and accounts of practice to evaluate how leaders implement change for improvement and consider a range of approaches to leading and managing change.


All modules will be supported by National College online activities, communities and resources.

Following a 360 leadership assessment, your pathway through the programme will be planned on the induction day with the programme facilitators. In addition to online access to materials you will be part of a regional online community to debate and learn with your peers. It is expected that each module requires around 50 hours of time commitment. This includes module delivery (10 hours), workplace learning, reading, reflection and online learning. You should expect to require four full days out of school over the academic year.


It is possible to request an exemption from part of this programme, based on completion of previous National College courses or certain postgraduate qualifications. You can learn more information about these on the National College website.


Final assessment

The final assessment process (this is administered by a specialist provider, not NETSP) will enable you to demonstrate that you can deliver successful and sustainable school improvement in your school setting and can use the experience to reflect upon and improve your own leadership competencies. The final assessment comprises one assessed task, drawn from work in your school in which you lead at team level for an extended period, on a school improvement priority.


The recommended retail price (RRP) for the NPQML programme is £1050. Our offer of £750 includes a substantial discount and final assessment costs, with the exceptions below.


Further discounts are available to schools and academies under a cluster arrangement. For more information about this, please contact


Non-maintained schools, independent schools and schools from outside England will need to pay for the assessment element of the programme (£225).



The programme will enable you to become a highly effective middle leader and help to prepare you for a future senior leadership role. Modules are delivered in locations across the region.


How do I apply?

The NPQML programme is currently under review. Please register your interest by filling in the short application form. NPQML Application form. As soon as we have information regarding future cohorts we will then get in touch with you.

If you have any queries please email


When would I start?

The next scheduled start is expected to be October 2017. We aim to deliver modules more than once across the region so if you miss one there should be an alternative for you.



6-12 months.


The programme will be delivered by the North East Teaching Schools Partnership
NETSP consists of Teaching Schools from different parts of the region and Newcastle University. The Programme Co-ordinator is Dr. Anna Reid, Deputy Director of the North Leadership Centre at Newcastle University. (



NETSP is proud to be rated GOLD in leadership and management, and quality of provision by National College for Teaching and Leadership.

North East Teaching Schools Partnership
School of Education, Communication and Language Sciences
Newcastle University,
Newcastle upon Tyne NE1 7RU

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