National Professional Qualification in Middle Leadership

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A successful programme for middle leaders who currently lead a small team within their school. This includes key stage leaders, heads of department, subject and pastoral leaders. We welcome applicants from across Devon and the South West.

Throughout the programme Middle Leaders will address and progress in 7 core leadership behaviours: Commitment, Collaboration, Personal Drive, Resilience, Awareness, Integrity and Respect. They will achieve this through an improvement project that they will lead, to improve pupil progress and attainment and team capability.

The programme will begin in the Autumn term and will last 4 terms by which time they will have submitted for assessment a 4,500 word assignment which covers the initiation, implementation and evaluation of the project.

Key Features:

  •  Led by experienced school leaders who understand school improvement processes and the key part leadership plays
  • Inspirational trainers who know how to develop the key personal and professional skills
  • Excellent face to face leadership training days aligned to a core theme of leading and managing a team through change
  • Three, two-week online courses, and self-supported study by joining a professional online learning community
  •  Two coaching sessions provided within the ML’s school to explore their personal leadership and develop confidence
  • A programme that seeks to develop the internal motivations and character of Middle Leaders
  •  Development of personal coaching skills through a coaching Triad

Cost:  £995 (£945 for partnership schools) including assessment. Schools in West Somerset and Torridge (Category 5 and 6 of the Department of Education’s “Achieving Excellence Programme”) will be able to claim the full cost of the programme as a bursary. We have bursaries of £250 available to schools with 30% FSM or participants who are from a non-white British heritage. We also offer a £150 discount for schools with less than 150 pupils on roll. For further questions or to book contact Sam Lawton at or call us on 01392 454359.

Application deadline Monday 25th September 2018


Programme Details

Course Outline

Key Content Questions


Pre-Course Preparation

  • What is my leadership like? What do I want it to be?


Module 1

Planning to Lead

  • What are effective leadership behaviours?
  • What are the key processes of leading successful change?
  • How can I succeed in leading my improvement project?

1 F2F and 1 online course during the Autumn term 2018 in Exeter

Personal Coaching 1

  • 1:1 coaching provided within ML’s school by one of the course facilitators to develop personal leadership skills

January 2019

ML’s School

Module 2

Leading your Team

  • How can I positively impact on the quality of teaching and learning?
  • What are the key dynamics and levers of effective change?
  • How do I implement my improvement project?

1 F2F and 1 online course during the Spring term 2019 in Exeter

Module 3

Leadership Challenges

  • How do I increase the capability and quality of my team?
  • Challenging conversations – how do I improve the performance of my team?

1 F2F course during the Summer term 2019 in Exeter

Personal Coaching 2

  • 1:1 coaching in ML’s school to help prepare for final assessment and reflect on leadership changes

June/July 2019

ML’s school


Programme facilitators

Heather Hanrott

Heather has been involved in primary education for over 35 years and taught in both inner city and rural schools. Her interest in leadership and management started when she became a middle leader in a London school. In her roles as deputy head and later acting head she was further able to develop her understanding and practice. As a headteacher of two Devon schools, she enjoyed success in developing the staff teams and guiding them to grow in confidence in their own leadership.

As well as supporting senior leaders in a number of Devon schools through the school partnership programmes, Heather has been involved in the professional development of middle leaders through the NPQML training. In this role, Heather has enjoyed meeting many primary and secondary teachers over the past six years while facilitating on courses which assisted them to develop their own leadership style with confidence.


Kate Reeves

Kate has enjoyed a wide range of leadership roles in schools and within Initial Teacher Education, enabling her to provide outstanding support for candidates on the Middle Leadership Programme. She is currently the Deputy Director of Devon Teaching School Partnership and the Senior Tutor of Devon Primary SCITT.

Her passion for developing teachers at different stages in their careers has been evident throughout her school leadership, training and consultancy roles. In her current role, she helped to develop a coaching approach which has been key to training outstanding teachers and leaders. Working in schools, Kate specialised in the pastoral support and professional development of staff, helping them to maximise their impact on pupil progress. Training, assessment and consultancy roles she has held, have involved supporting and investing in middle leaders such as ITT and NQT mentors, enabling them to empower others.