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Professional Development

TELA NPQML Middle Leadership


Develop the skills, knowledge and confidence that you need to lead a high-performing team in a school and to improve class-room practice.

Thomas Estley Learning Alliance (TELA) are now one of only 44 nationally accredited providers of NPQs (subject to final contract). The NPQML consists of 3 face to face days and 3 twilight sessions. You’ll need to complete 3 essential modules and a final assessed school based task.

The NPQML final assessment is a task drawn from work on a school improvement priority where you lead at team level for at least 2 terms. You’ll need to show that you can:

make successful and sustainable improvement in your school

use the experience to reflect upon and improve your own leadership skills

Who can apply?

You should be a middle leader in a school with the responsibility of leading a team, for example:

a key stage leader

a curriculum area leader

a pastoral services leader

a subject leader

a head of department


The NCTL recommend a cost of £1050 per candidate but due to the unique way in which TELA works, for the first year only, we can offer;

Alliance members a talent traded price of £460+VAT per delegate

Non-alliance members a talent traded price of £860+VAT per delegate

Course Overview

26th October 2017 4.00-5.30 — Course introduction. Gain an overview of the programme, plan for your NPQML activities, confirm your selected electives, gain an understanding of the final assessment and reflect on your desired leadership outcomes

Face to face days

23rd November 2017 9.30-4.00

24th January 2018 9.30-4.00

14th March 2018 9.30-4.00


Managing resources and risks 19th April 15.45-17.45

Deploy staff, financial and educational resources within a team effectively
Best practice in relation to managing risks
Key legal requirements

Elective module 3rd May 15.45-17.45

Middle leadership within a faith school

Visions, values, ethos and community

Leading a change towards transformation

Visions, values and talent management

Essential modules -You must complete all of the following modules.

The connected leader

Leadership styles and their impact
Communicating with stakeholders
Personal reflection and self awareness tools
Leading within and across teams
Working in partnerships
Leading change for improvement

The professional Leader

Defining a curriculum and pedagogy for excellence
Research domestic and international teaching strategies
Using data to evaluate teaching and learning
Performance management techniques
Understanding the teacher standards
Professional development opportunities
Increasing capability

The Accountable Leader-Closing Gaps

Manage and analyse performance data
Statistical and data analytical concepts
Teaching and curriculum excellence for our most disadvantaged
Using data to drive outcomes/evaluate impact
Examples of targeted intervention
Focus on white working class boys

How Do I Apply?

Application forms are available for tela@thomasestley.org.uk

Completed application forms should be returned to tela@thomasestley.org.uk closing date is Monday 2nd October

Applicants will be informed if they have successfully gained a place on NPQSL by mid October. All applicants should have the consent and full support of their Headteacher before submitting an application form.
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