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The Department for Education’s (DfE) National Professional Qualification for Middle Leadership (NPQML)

Complete the DfE’s NPQML with us in partnership with SSAT, and ensure that you have the skills and confidence to progress in your career. Your role as a middle leader is fundamental to the success of your school and students and undertaking the NPQML with us will maximise the difference you can make.

The NPQML course involves working towards a change project in your school, impacting positively on your students and team. To give the skills, knowledge and characteristics to achieve this, you will complete 12 study modules, supported by a coach. You will also work through leadership competencies, intersessional tasks and professional learning journal.


About the NPQML

Course structure and assessment

The course consists of twelve two-hour modules. In addition, each participant’s development will be supported by a Professional Learning Journal, SSAT competency audit tools, intersessional tasks and a school-based coach. All participants will lead a school improvement project lasting at least two terms, aimed at improving pupil progress and attainment and the capability of their team. They will produce a 4,500-word written account and documentary evidence.

The NPQML course summary and guided learning /metrics/hours:

  • 12 course modules – 24 hours
  • Self-study intersessional tasks – 12 hours
  • Coaching – 6 hours
  • Online engagement with peers and through the Knowledge Hub platform – 12 hours
  • Real-world workplace learning and improvement project – 150 hours

About Us

The modules that you study with us will support you in reflecting on your role as a Middle Leader. You play a vital part in the success of the school you work in by helping to create the learning climate for both the students and staff that you lead.

Our facilitators

Sharon Mallison
Sharon has over 20 years’ experience as a classroom practitioner, delivering Religious Education, Public Services, Citizenship, Work Skills, Life and Psychology. She has been a pastoral leader, a department leader and is currently a Senior Leader in the area of Teaching and Learning.

Sharon is also a Lead Coach and Mentor and is Assistant Director of Scarborough Teaching Alliance. She regularly delivers whole school CPLD and supports the delivery of the ECT programme.

Hayley Pegg

Hayley Pegg has almost 20 years’ experience as a classroom practitioner and has worked in 3 secondary schools in North Yorkshire, teaching English at Key Stages 3, 4 and 5. She was Head of Department for over 10 years and has held pastoral positions in Key Stages 4 and 5. Hayley is Deputy Director of Scarborough Teaching Alliance and has whole school responsibility for improving Teaching and Learning and staff CPLD.


Cohort 1 start date 24th October 2019

All sessions held at Scalby School, Fieldstead Crescent, Scarborough, YO12 6TH

For full details and dates, download the flyer

Course charged at £900 per candidate but funding available for those in Opportunity Area schools. 

For enquiries for 2020, please email Charlotte Thickett at c.thickett@scalbyschool.org.uk


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