The Middle Leadership Development Programme (MLDP) has now closed.
We’re introducing new qualifications and other development opportunities for middle and senior leaders, which are now available.
They’re part of our new leadership curriculum, which offers more flexible options to support leaders at every stage of their career. The curriculum has five levels, with each level offering a choice of modules that may be combined to pursue a nationally recognised qualification (levels one to three) or studied alone.
NPQML (level one of the leadership curriculum) is aimed at individuals with responsibility for leading a team, including key stage, subject and curriculum leaders, pastoral leaders and heads of department. It’s designed to support participants in becoming highly effective middle leaders with the skills, confidence and knowledge to drive successful team performance and improved classroom practice.
Although NPQML will replace MLDP, there are important differences. While MLDP was developed to appeal to a broad audience and to cover a range of topics in a generic way, NPQML offers a more rigorous programme of study that explores the role of middle leaders in greater depth, and responds to the significant changes that have taken place in schools since MLDP was launched in 2009.
Whereas MLDP and NPQML focus on individuals and the skills they need to lead a team or subject area, NPQSL (level two of the leadership curriculum) moves the focus of learning to cross-school issues.
NPQSL is designed to meet the needs of senior leaders who are involved in leading a range of issues that affect the whole school or organisation. They include experienced middle leaders, deputy heads, special educational needs co-ordinators (SENCOs) and advanced skills teachers, and other senior staff looking for further professional development, but not aspiring to headship at this stage in their career.
If you’ve already started or completed MLDP, it’s likely that you’ll want to move straight on to the next stage of your development and apply for NPQSL, our new qualification for senior leaders, which is described above.
If you’d prefer to continue to focus on developing your skills as a middle leader, or just want to take a break before moving straight onto the next level qualification, there are two options.
If you are a current MLDP participant and are interested in NPQML, you can register for NPQML in parallel. Provided you successfully complete MLDP, you can claim the exemption and will only need to complete the two essential modules for NPQML.
Anyone who has successfully completed MLDP is eligible for a full or part scholarship towards the cost of undertaking one of our new qualifications.
Your learning as a facilitator or participant on MLDP can contribute Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS) points towards a Master's-level degree.
MLDP facilitators seeking to claim CATS points for work undertaken during the programme should contact a school leading initial teacher training (ITT), as it is likely they will be linked to a university and will be able to advise further. Alternatively, universities should be contacted directly to discuss CATS points available and evidence required for submission. Based on evidence provided, the learning outcomes will be converted to achieve the credit points.