Leading a High Performing Maths Department

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This course will explore the key elements of leading a highly successful Maths department. It is aimed at current Heads of Maths who are looking to review, improve and drive forward the pedagogy and performance of their team. The course will cover all aspects of leading a maths department – curriculum vision, ethos, staffing, management and quality assurance, data and intervention and useful tips and driving this day to day as well as over time. The course will be delivered in an interactive way – allowing for thought and application to your current setting; questions and reflection; hints and tips for forward planning. It will also support preparations for OFSTED or other external scrutiny. Attendees will leave the day with a critical insight into their own department and able to immediately drive forward into their next chapter of performance – as a leader and as a team.


  • Consider what makes a Maths department high performing, and the role of the Head of Maths I achieving excellence
  • Critical insight into the key aspects of being a middle leader
  • Expert advice and guidance to review current practice and plan next steps – short and long term
  • Gain detailed understanding for effective data analysis and interventions
  • Ensure that you can effectively manage and support the various members of your team – from established and successful teacher, to non-specialists and ECTs – even Senior Leaders in your team
  • Develop an effective approach to be prepared for external scrutiny – such as OFSTED Deep Dives


What Makes a Successful Maths Department?

10.00 – 10.40am
  • Introduction and outcomes
  • Explore your current Vision & Ethos – what is the climate like in your department – for staff and for students
  • Evaluate current pedagogy and quality assurance processes
  • Be an inspector of your curriculum
  • Investigate the challenges of staffing and people management

Curriculum… Vision, Ethos, Culture – checking and articulating these

10.40 – 11.20am
  • Explore your WHY for the curriculum at all stages
  • What is your curriculum – bought, built, hybrid
  • Evaluate the journey of your curriculum for all abilities
  • Inspect your curriculum – how does it translate to the classroom – how do you know – what are key mathematical concepts and how are they embedded
  • Investigate the sharing of planning and resources – why, how, what to watch out for…


Morning Break

11.20 – 11.40am

Driving Performance… Pedagogy; Quality Assurance; Assessment and Feedback; Data, Tracking and Intervention

11.40 – 12.25pm
  • Maximise the impact of Quality Assurance
  • Ensure assessment and feedback (or feedforward) have high impact for all students
  • Explore the use of data and interventions to drive performance of staff and students
  • Investigate whole school factors and contextual issues that impact on performance and gain expert support in overcoming these
  • Practical ways to support your own time management and that of your team

OFSTED Deep Dives- Effectively prepare without extra work

12.25 – 1.10pm
  • What to expect from a Deep Dive
  • Explore what should already be ready for OFSTED – no extra work needed
  • Maximise your communication of your vision, ethos, curriculum and team prior to and during inspection
  • Develop staff and students to be ‘OFSTED ready’ – why this is impactful for all anyway
  • Expert guidance on the importance of the journey of maths in your school and the students books



1.10 – 2.00pm

Being a Middle Leader – managing up and down

2.00 – 2.30pm
  • Practical support in ‘Courageous Conversations’
  • Develop your ‘managing up’ skills
  • Explore how to manage and support ECTs, new staff to your team and non-specialist staff
  • How to ensure expectations are clear and upheld


Afternoon Tea

2.30 – 2.40pm

Day to Day and Making a plan – final tips and action planning

2.40 – 3.15pm
  • Final expert tips for day – to – day running of your department
  • Review and reflect on your department and identify next steps
  • Gain insight and support in planning short, medium and long term actions from the day


London | Friday 08 December 2023

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London | Friday 08 December 2023

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.


Ade Badmos is a current Head of Maths and Curriculum and Assessment Lead for the CORE Education Trust. He holds an NPQ For Leading Teaching and is an examiner across GCSE and A-Level for some of the countries leading exam boards. Ade is an outstanding practitioner who has experience of successfully leading and managing staff with real impact on performance.


  • Current Heads of Maths
  • Senior Leaders with oversight of maths
  • New Heads of Maths keen to drive forward effectively


  • 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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