The National Award for Middle Leaders (NAML)

Become an SSAT approved licensed delivery partner

It is well established from evidence based research that effective leadership is key to developing a world-class education system. SSAT are committed to supporting schools in creating the next generation of outstanding leaders and teachers

The SSAT National Award for Middle Leaders (NAML) offer schools, teaching schools and MATs the opportunity to become licence holders of a high quality middle leadership training programme that can be flexibly adapted to the needs of your school and those you are working with.

NAML content and materials

The NAML programme consists of ten course modules delivering the foundations of successful leadership.  Each module is designed as a two hour training session and is ideally delivered as a twilight or modules can be combined over a half/full day.  Modules are fully resourced and come with PowerPoint presentations, trainer notes and materials.  The module content is not intended as a one size fits all approach and SSAT recognise that no ‘off the shelf’ package will completely meet a school’s needs.  We encourage licence holders to tailor materials in a way that suits their context and schools may choose to select, adapt and add to the content as most appropriate.

Course modules

  1. Vision and values
  2. Developing your leadership approach
  3. Building a high-performing team
  4. Leading your team day-to-day
  5. What makes the most effective teaching and learning?
  6. Observation for improvement
  7. Using data for impact
  8. Fostering positive behaviour for learning
  9. Leading and managing innovation and change
  10. Supporting your team

A detailed list of the module content can be viewed here

Delivery is flexible and a selection of modules can be chosen and configured to provide a personalised course to meet the particular needs of schools. For maximum impact we would encourage a series of modules to be delivered (if not all ten) over a prolonged period of one or more terms. This enables participants to both reflect on learning and put it into practice in a sustainable way.

For more information on becoming an SSAT approved licensed delivery partner for NAML please contact our Leadership team –

NAML provides cost effective CPD and the opportunity for income generation
The ten modules available within the programme can be delivered as cost-effective CPD to your own staff and/or be marketed commercially to other schools to provide a source of income generation for the school.

Licencing of the NAML is open to schools rated by Ofsted as good or outstanding. Licence applications will be considered on their merits and based on our existing geographical coverage.

Group sizes
Training can be delivered to group sizes of up to twenty participants

National accreditation from SSAT and route to Masters through University of Nottingham
All modules will be accredited by SSAT and delegates will receive a certificate for modules completed.

SSAT leadership programmes offer routes to achieving Masters Accreditation through a 30 CAT points exemption from University of Nottingham course modules. For those completing the NAML, this is applicable to delegates who complete a minimum of five modules and also SSAT Lead Practitioner Accreditation. Delegates pursuing this route will be expected to complete a school improvement impact study, this can be used as evidence towards Lead Practitioner Status.

Intellectual property
SSAT has invested many years of experience and knowledge in to developing the NAML modules and accreditation. The materials provided to support the programme including any case studies are solely for the use of those trainers licensed to deliver the NAML programme. All materials remain the intellectual property of SSAT and are protected by these rights.

The licence agreement and duration
The NAML programme is licensed to schools on an annual renewal basis. Licences for the next cohort will run for one year from the Train the trainer event in Autumn 2017. Any school delivering NAML within this period must hold a licence. Schools will retain their status as an NAML licence holder, subject to the school or academy continuing to meet the evaluation, quality assurance criteria and payment of the annual fee. Robust systems will be in place to ensure consistency of high quality training. You can view the licence agreement here.

Quality assurance
A robust quality assurance system will ensure the high status of NAML amongst schools nationally and provide validation of training standards for SSAT and its partners. Quality is assured through (but not limited to); a policy of continuous improvement, selection of licence holders and trainers, train the trainer events, ongoing evaluation and moderation. SSAT reserves the right to terminate the NAML licence if expected standards or agreed terms are not being met.

Costs: £1,250 (+VAT) annual license + £200 per module delivered for member schools.
Costs: £1,875 (+VAT) annual license + £300 per module delivered for non-member schools.
The cost includes one day training for two delegates.

As part of the licence agreement, all licensed partners are expected to deliver a minimum of 5 modules over the course of the year and will be billed in advance for this. Licensed partners are required to inform SSAT of any planned additional delivery.

NAML-licensed schools

If you are interested in becoming a NAML licensed school, applications are now open. Please contact for further details.

View the directory of NAML-licensed schools including contact details for both the school and NAML trainers here.

Below is a map of all NAML-licensed schools across the country.

Find out more

For more information on becoming an SSAT approved licensed delivery partner for NAML please contact our Leadership team –

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