This level has been developed for those leading a team within an organisation. It is often aligned with a middle leadership role within school. Level 1 leaders might include those who have recently taken on a middle leadership role or a new responsibility or those who are more established and experienced in their role. Level 1 modules are also available to aspiring leaders; teachers who are ambitious and keen to seek promotion to middle leadership roles.
NPQML – new from September 2017
The DFE’s vision is for an education system that drives social mobility, ensuring that every child and young person can access a high quality education, regardless of location, prior attainment, and background. After the quality of teaching, it is the quality of school leadership that is the most important educational determinant of pupils’ success. Excellent school leaders at all levels are critical to ensuring that every child can unlock their full potential.
The DFE has reformed the NPQs to better prepare leaders for the range of leadership roles in today’s school system. The new NPQs are due to commence in September 2017. The DFE will be announcing the organisations accredited to deliver the new qualifications after the general election on 08th June.
Learners First are taking ‘registrations of interest’ from school leaders wishing to start on the new NPQ programmes (NPQML, NPQSL, NPQH) from September 2017. To register your interest, simply email firstname.lastname@example.org with your name, school, local authority and the programme you are interested in. Learners First will contact you after the DFE has announced its new providers.
For 2016/17, NPQML with Learners First costs £840. This price includes the cost of *assessment (paid for by the DFE) for those starting on the programme before 31st January 2017.
*You’ll also need to pay £225 for your final assessment if you apply from either:- an independent or non-maintained school OR a school outside England
The normal duration of study is 12 months. Depending on your experience and other commitments, you could complete in 6 months or it may take a maximum of 18 months.
You’ll need to complete 2 essential modules, 1 further module of your choice and a final assessment.
Each module requires up to 50 hours of learning, including:
- around 20 hours of practical learning in your school
- face-to-face peer and facilitated learning
- reading and reflection
- online learning
NPQML – documents to download
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NPQML modules are delivered under license by the National College of Teaching and Leadership
“the principal’s role is to lead the school’s teachers in a process of learning to improve their teaching, while learning alongside them about what works and what doesn’t.”
~ Michael Fullan
Middle Leaders have now chosen to undertake the nationally accredited NPQML with Learners First since 2012.