Running Boys NPQML

National Professional Qualification in

Middle Leadership


                 An Inspirational, personal, transformational training programme that will develop your leadership potential

The Devon Teaching School Partnership is offering NPQML training from October 2020


“DTSP holds a very strong quality rating (94% compared to 78% nationally) with a 100% pass rate. 

Support for participants exceeds expectations, demonstrating exceptional performance,

100% of participants would recommend this programme” Tribal QA report 2020


“Engaging, personable trainers that have enabled my leadership confidence to grow”

“The coaching has ensured I’ve felt ‘known’ through the NPQ and that my personal leadership needs have been met” Participants 2019 & 2020

This successful programme is for middle leaders who currently lead a small team within their school in addition to the NPQML curriculum the programme will support middle leaders in their own schools with a targeted coaching offer.

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 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

                360 diagnostic at start and end of programme              

                8 years experience of delivering high quality NPQ programmes                                                      


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 2020 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 2021

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 2021 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 and 1 online course during the Summer term 2021 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 2021

ML’s school

Pre-Assessment Twilight

  • Support for Final Assessment Submission

Autumn 2021




Cost:  £1,100 including assessment. Schools who are within RI categories or within West Somerset and Torridge (Category 5 and 6 of the Department of Education’s “Achieving Excellence Programme”)area may be entitled to a full scholarship. 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 Della Oliver or call us on 07850 974749

Application deadline Monday 28th September 2020

Programme Facilitators

Heather Hanrott has been involved in primary education for over 35 years and taught in both inner city and rural schools, enjoying success in developing 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 for eight years  now, assisting primary and secondary teachers to develop their own leadership style with confidence.

Steve Hitchcock has been a Headteacher for the last ten years, taking on two schools in very different and challenging circumstances. His role in leadership came about after working in two 'Outstanding' schools and winning a 'Teacher of the Year Award'. School culture and ethos is very important to Steve. He is passionate about developing staff to enable them to become effective reflective practitioners, particularly using coaching techniques. Working with leaders, Steve is keen to give them the theory and tools to enable them to become effective and confident.


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NPQML Handbook 09th Jan 2020