The Department for Education's

National Professional Qualification for Middle Leadership

Middle leadership is frequently referred to as the 'engine room' of a school. But are all your middle leaders driving your school's improvement as effectively as they might? The Department of Education have developed the NPQML to give middle leaders all they need.

  • Department for Education NPQML accreditation.
  • 12 course modules, cover everything a middle leader needs, including: articulating vision, leading change, managine resources, using data to target underperformance, using evidence to improve teaching and learning, building a high performing team and holding that team to account.
  • A personal coach from the Senior Leadership Team of Barr Beacon School throughout the whole course.
  • Access to the SSAT's Knowledge Hub platform.
  • Personalised guidance on accomplishing their (and your) goals. To receive the NPQML, all participants will complete a 4,500 word assessment which we will mark and the SSAT will moderate. This project will be tied with your whole school development plan and their own personal performance.

We know that developing your middle leaders is a top priority but you also need them in the classroom as much as possible. Therefore, we have organised the programme to minimise disruption. The programme is delivered as 2 full days with 3 half days. The course cost includes lunch on the 2 full days and refreshments on the half days.


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Previous Trainees

By far the most useful training I've ever done.

The sessions not only help me do my job more effectively but they're also quite entertaining.

I can't believe how much I've learnt in such a short space of time.



£900+ Vat

Government Funding

Is your school in Walsall, Wolverhampton, Sandwell, Dudley, South Staffordshire, Tamworth and Nuneaton or any of the government's opportunity areas or category 5/6 areas?

If so, the entire course fee will be covered by government funding. 


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As part of the Department for Education accreditation every NPQ Provider must report the data below to DfE/its QA agent to assess the provider’s performance against the metric.
This link takes you to a breakdown of SSAT’s reported performance against each of the metrics from the NPQML quality framework: