Burton Borough School is extremely pleased to be able to offer the prestigious National Professional Qualifications for both Middle Leadership (NPQML) and Senior Leadership (NPQSL) in collaboration with Star Institute (formerly Tauheedul College for Teaching and Leadership). This course will  be delivered across 8 twilight sessions starting at 3:45pm.

Middle leaders hold a unique and critical position within the school. In all schools, middle leaders are close to teaching and learning and responsible for translating the school’s policies and strategies into practice. They are, in fact, critical to successful school improvement.  

The National Professional Qualification for Middle Leadership (NPQML) is a qualification aimed at current or aspiring middle leaders. The programme tackles issues surrounding leading a team within an organisation. On completion of our NPQML, you will be equipped with the skills, knowledge and confidence to drive your team forward.



We offer a unique NPQML programme with excellence, critical reflection and high quality school-based practice at its heart. Our tailored programme will ensure your learning is relevant to your needs and offers you the opportunity to work with outstanding leaders.



NPQML is for those who are, or are aspiring to become, a middle leader with responsibility for leading a team such as a key stage leader, a curriculum area leader, a pastoral services leader, a subject leader, a special educational needs co-ordinator (SENCO), or a head of department/faculty. This includes those who are, or are aspiring to be, a middle leader with cross-school responsibilities e.g. a Specialist Leader of Education (SLE). You may be eligible for government funding for this course.  Please see ‘Cost’ section below.



To achieve the NPQML qualification, you will need to successfully complete:

      • 6 study modules
      • Undertake a final assessment

We know that having the opportunity to learn from experienced practitioners and share your experiences with peers is an important part of your learning. That’s why we place a premium on our face-to-face leadership learning days. The face-to-face events are supplemented by workplace learning, reading, reflections and online learning.



The six study modules set out what a leader should know and be able to do. Modules focus on improving leadership practice and support the development of the critical leadership behaviours of commitment, collaboration, personal drive, resilience, awareness, integrity and respect; behaviours which exemplify how the best leaders operate.

The modules are:
      • Strategy and Improvement
      • Teaching and Curriculum Excellence
      • Leading with Impact
      • Working in Partnership
      • Managing Resources and Risks
      • Increasing Capability



In order to gain the qualification, you must successfully complete the NPQML Final Assessment; a task designed to demonstrate your ability to be an effective middle leader.  You must lead an improvement project in your team, lasting at least 2 terms, aimed at improving pupil progress and attainment and the capability of your team.



Register to receive your NPQML application pack by emailing Kay McClean at npq.bbs@taw.org.uk or calling 01952 386500




If the school you work at is in a Category 5 or 6 area, you may be eligible for government funding.  Please see the table below for category 5 and 6 areas near Burton Borough School and contact us for more information.

Category 5 and 6 Areas Local to Burton Borough
 Town / City / Area  County  Region  Category
 Sandwell   Sandwell  West Midlands 6
 East Staffordshire   Staffordshire  West Midlands 6
 Tamworth   Staffordshire  West Midlands 6
 Stoke-on-Trent   Stoke-on-Trent  West Midlands 6
 Walsall   Walsall  West Midlands 6
 Wolverhampton   Wolverhampton  West Midlands 6
 Coventry   Coventry  West Midlands 5
 Dudley   Dudley  West Midlands 5
 Cannock Chase   Staffordshire  West Midlands 5
 South Staffordshire   Staffordshire  West Midlands 5
 Stafford   Staffordshire  West Midlands 5
 Staffordshire Moorlands   Staffordshire  West Midlands 5
 Telford & Wrekin   Telford & Wrekin  West Midlands 5
 North Warwickshire   Warwickshire  West Midlands 5
 Nuneaton and Bedworth   Warwickshire  West Midlands 5
 Wychavon   Worcestershire  West Midlands 5
 Wyre Forest   Worcestershire  West Midlands 5

















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To find out more about the Star Institute and what they offer, please click this link: www.starinstitute.org.uk.


NPQML Documents