Aspiring To Leadership of Physical Education

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This new course is aimed at PE teachers with aspirations of becoming Head of PE. Designed to explore the role of Head of Department, the course will provide delegates with the opportunity to consider their own values in physical education, and map how these values can support the construction of a vibrant and contemporary curriculum. Leadership will be considered on a wider scale, before focusing on the specifics of leading in physical education.


  • Examine how to set the parameters for a physical education department to flourish
  • Consider the importance of strategies to align your department with whole-school priorities
  • Explore the importance and power of your strategic and curriculum planning
  • Discuss and highlight the role of assessment and monitoring of pupil progress
  • Introduction to middle-leadership in schools, with real examples drawn upon by the course leader
  • Discuss the process of applying, interviewing, and securing your place as a Head of Physical Education


A Contemporary Approach to Physical Education

10.00 – 10.30am
  • What is contemporary physical education?
  • Games versus athletic development
  • Pupil choice

Defining the Role: What is Middle Leadership and its Key Challenges?

10.30 – 11.15am
  • What are the challenges of leading a PE Department?
  • What kind of leader are you?
  • Being accountable and making others accountable
  • What are the main duties and responsibilities as a middle leader?
  • How to build a team ethos
  • Tips for successful leadership


11.15 – 11.30am

Exploring the Behaviours of an Effective, Inspiring and Motivating Leader

11.30 – 12.30pm
  •  Accountability: Setting the standards for high performance
  • The power of your strategic plan and curriculum
  • Using Assessment: Monitoring & Tracking

Managing People with Confidence

12.30 – 1.00pm
  • Understanding when to manage and when to lead to get the best out of your team
  • Managing the ways in which we communicate with our team
  • Exploring different styles of leadership – from being brave enough to delegate or have the conviction to simply tell people what to do, and what the middle ground looks like
  • Running effective, engaging meetings
  • Strategies to build relationships with all those around you to ensure you have support from all levels
  • Getting everyone on board with your vision


1.00 – 2.00pm

Effective Leadership in Teaching and Learning: High Expectations, High Challenge, High Reward

2.00 – 2.45pm
  • Strategies for establishing, maintaining and promoting high quality teaching, learning and assessment in Languages
  • Supporting your team with innovative and engaging teaching
  • The importance of delegating and utilising the strengths of your staff
  • Using data effectively for monitoring and feedback, to lead to outstanding student outcomes
  • Get a “buzz” around PE through enrichment provision


2.45 – 2.50pm

Dealing with challenging issues

2.50 – 3.30pm
  • Monitoring staff performance to ensure outstanding student outcomes across the department
  • Challenging underperformance, sustaining excellence and maintaining standards
  • How to best support staff professional development in line with departmental needs
  • Dealing with difficult conversations

Selling Yourself: How to Get the Job

3.30 – 3.50pm
  • Alignment of values
  • Writing your application and letter
  • The interview day
  • What might be involved and asked: exploring your preparation




London | Thursday 14 December 2023
London | Tuesday 19 March 2024

Please select your preferred date

London | Thursday 14 December 2023
London | Tuesday 19 March 2024

This course, tailored to suit, can be delivered in your school. Discuss this further with our CPD team on 01625 532974 or click below to make an enquiry.


Marcus Sharrad is the Director of Coaching & Mentoring and Head of Exercise & Sport Sciences at Marlborough College, where he has worked since 2015-16, leading the department since 2016-17. During his time as Head of Department Marcus has overseen the redevelopment of the core physical education curriculum, aligning pupil experiences with research-driven functional movement and athletic development principles. In addition, placing a heavy strategic focus on the academic credentials of sport sciences at GCSE and A Level has seen pupil uptake double, with enhanced grade profiles to match. Marcus is an Institute of Leadership & Management qualified professional coach, which, along with Level 3 Talented Athlete Lifestyle Support (TALS) qualification, sees him work with aspiring and current elite athletes.


  • Aspiring Heads of Physical Education
  • Current and New Heads of Physical Education
  • Faculty leads that incorporate Physical Education


  • A specially prepared folder of detailed notes, practical advice and guidance
  • Notes prepared by the educational experts leading the course
  • Expert produced PowerPoint presentations
  • CPD Certificate of attendance

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