National Professional Qualifications

for Senior Leaders and Middle Leaders


ConnectEd Partnership’s Programme delivered in partnership with Leadership Live will give you the opportunity to develop the skills, knowledge and confidence needed to drive successful team performance and improve classroom practice. Our delivery approach is to role-model outstanding practice and use coaching techniques to support participants to unlock your leadership potential.

You will be encouraged to reflect on your own areas of strength, observe ‘good’ and outstanding practice demonstrated by other school leaders, allowing you to evaluate the impact you have as a leader in your own school and identify your key priorities for development. For full information about what each programme entails and how to apply, please click on the buttons below.


The National Professional Qualification for Middle Leadership (NPQML) programme is for middle leaders, or those aspiring to become a middle leader, with a responsibility for leading a team eg key stage/curriculum/subject/pastoral leads, heads of department, SENCO, SLE.

Connected NPQSL Participant Guide

NPQSL 2018


The National Professional Qualification for Middle Leadership (NPQML) will help you to develop the skills, knowledge and confidence you need to be a highly effective senior leader in a school. The course is for those who are, or are aspiring to become, a senior leader with cross-school responsibilities. For example: Assistant/Deputy Headteacher or an experienced middle leader.

Connected NPQML Participant Guide

NPQML 2018 

Application Window & Funding Arrangements

Application Window

The application window for programmes starting in September 2018 is now open.

Please ensure you read the important information below relating to funding before you submit your application.

Funding for National Professional Qualifications (NPQs) – NPQ scholarships

The DFE have announced that up to £10 million of the Teaching and Leadership Innovation Fund (TLIF) will be set aside to support teachers and leaders in challenging areas to access the reformed NPQs. The conditions for the funding are as follows:-

* Funding will cover the full participant costs of the course(s)

* Funding will be for:

  • NPQs taken by teachers and leaders working in Opportunity Areas
  • Category 5 and 6 areas – Wolverhampton is a designated Category 6 area so participants working in a Wolverhampton school are eligible for funding providing they do not already hold the NPQ for which they are applying, and have not have previously dropped out before completing the NPQ for which they are applying.

NB – charges will apply if participants withdraw from the programme at any time prior to completion.

Funding arrangements for the 18/19 Academic Year

DfE have announced that funding can only be guaranteed for participants who have been registered on the National College portal by Wednesday 12th September 2018.

Funding for applications received after this date cannot be guaranteed and participants will be required to meet the costs of the programme in full.

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