We are now accepting applications for our Spring 2021 intake.   

This new and fully funded course is proving to be extremely popular, so we strongly recommend colleagues apply early. 

Our market-leading NPQML qualification has been combined with the Level 5 Operations/Departmental Manager apprenticeship standard to offer a dual qualification funded through the apprenticeship levy.

This 15-18 month programme offers leadership training for aspirant and serving middle leaders equipping them with the Knowledge, Skills and Behaviours to lead high-performing teams and deliver sustained improvement.

Am I eligible?

Our dual award 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 leader, a pastoral services leader, a subject leader or head of a department.

Candidates must work a minimum of 30 hours per week and be able to evidence level 2 English and Maths prior to undertaking end-point assessment.

When does it start? 

Applications are being accepted for our Spring 2021 intake.

We are only offering a limited number of spaces on this dual award programme so early application is advised.

Where do I find further information about NPQML?

Our Middle Leader dual award includes the National Professional Qualification for Middle Leadership (NPQML). For more information about NPQML click here.

The Outstanding Leaders Partnership is the leading provider of NPQML nationally and the quality of our provision is rated ‘Exceptional’ by the DfE’s external quality assurance agent.

You can view our performance against the national metrics here.

Candidates completing the dual award benefit from:

      • Increased awareness and understanding of self and of the behaviours needed to lead a team
      • Increased capability and capacity to take on a leadership role
      • Evidence-based sustainable school improvement activity improving pupil progress and team capability
      • The ability to make informed decisions and approach new challenges in an effective and efficient manner
      • The ability to review and evaluate practice in order to bring about change and get the best for young people and staff within the organisation
      • One-to-one support from a dedicated personal tutor including monthly check-ins online & in-person
    • Time set-aside from your working day to engage in learning
    • Entitlement to an NUS student discount card

Programme outline

The following timeline shows the key points of engagement for a typical candidate undertaking the dual award.

We have carefully developed our dual award programme to be relevant to managers and aspiring managers working in the education sector. We have mapped the content of our NPQML or NPQSL qualifications so they are closely aligned to the knowledge and theory aspects of the apprenticeship standard. In addition, candidates will cover relevant skills and behaviours for the apprenticeship through work-based learning, building their confidence and supporting their career progression.

Delivery includes:

  • Face-to-face activity delivered locally through our national network of partner schools
  • Facilitated online courses working alongside peers nationally
  • One-to-one support from a dedicated personal tutor
  • Content individually tailored to the prior skills and knowledge of each candidate
  • A variety of accompanying enrichment activities including podcasts, live webinars, reading, structured reflection, and project planning.

How do I access the funding?

You can access funding for the Apprenticeship component of this dual award from your school’s apprenticeship levy. Schools will be able to access the funding through their apprenticeship service (AS) account.

If your school needs help setting up your AS account, just let us know and we’ll guide you through it.

If your school is not a levy payer or has exhausted it’s levy funds, we will source funding on your school's behalf. 

The level of funding depends on each candidate’s learning needs, with a maximum allocation of £7,000 to cover the cost of the apprenticeship.   Note, there is an additional fee of £95 to cover the cost of the NPQML certification.  This cannot be funded from the apprenticeship levy.  

School type Accessing apprenticeship levy funding
Levy paying Academies and Trusts Drawn down directly using your Apprenticeship Service account
Maintained schools (LA funded) Drawn down by the Local Authority from levy fund
Non-levy paying schools Education Skills Funding Agency (ESFA) will fund 95% of the course fee through the ‘co-investment’ scheme

How do I apply?

To apply for our dual award please complete our application form.

After submitting your application, a member of our team will be in touch to support you onto the dual award.

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