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The NPQ Alliance - The National Professional Qualification for Middle Leadership (NPQML) - North

  • Outwood Academy Acklam 68 Hall Drive Middlesbrough, England, TS5 7EX United Kingdom (map)

We are proud to announce that we are part of the NPQ Alliance, led by Ambition Institute who are licensed by the Department for Education to deliver the National Professional Qualifications. 

The programme 

The main focus of this programme is to ensure that all participants increase their confidence, capability and impact as a middle leader. The course will empower participants to proactively develop a strong network to support them in their first steps in leadership. Participants will be assessed through a written assignment to ensure that they have reached the qualification requirements plus a viva interview to assess them against the more challenging Ambition bar. 

The programme will comprise six half day sessions although it will also be possible to deliver two in a day. Content will cover all assessment requirements with six areas of focus being: 

  •  Strategy and improvement 

  •  Teaching and curriculum excellence 

  •  Leading with impact 

  •  Working in partnership 

  •  Managing resources 

  •  Risks and increasing capability 

Workshops will include a mixture of theoretical input and also case studies and interactive discussion amongst participants. Participants will also be directed to a bank of online resources that will supplement and enhance learning thus preparing them for the written assessment. 


The programme consists of six half-day sessions spread throughout the course of a school year and will take place at the Outwood Institute of Education, Outwood Academy Acklam, 68 Hall Drive, Middlesbrough, TS5 7YJ. 

The dates and times are as follows: 

  •  Session 1: Thursday 19th September 2019 (9.00 – 12.00) 

  •  Session 2: Friday 15th November 2019 (13.00 – 16.00) 

  •  Session 3: Friday 7th February 2020 (14.00 – 17.00) 

  •  Session 4: Friday 24th April 2020 (9.00 – 12.00) 

  •  Session 5: Thursday 18th June 2020 (13.00 – 16.00) 

  •  Sessions 6: Thursday 9th July 2020 (14.00 – 17.00)

Please note that this is for non-outwood schools only.