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Leading an Outstanding Physical Education Department

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This new course is designed to examine strategic approaches which can springboard a physical education department into significant successes. Delegates will assess the role of departmental documentation, and how to breathe life into these documents to make them organic and actioned. Leadership will be considered widely, before focusing on teaching and learning as a means by which the physical education department can take its place as a legitimate academic subject.


  • Consider what makes a PE department excellent, and the role of the Head of PE in achieving excellence
  • Look at a range of strategies for improving and maintaining recruitment of students
  • Look at ways in which a Head of PE can develop and improve teaching and learning within the department
  • Enhance ability to lead, support and nurture teachers in the department
  • Examine the yearly workload of a Head of PE and the life cycle of the job
  • Reflect on strategies for dealing with the challenges and making the most of the opportunities presented by a Head of PE position
  • Discuss research-led approaches to teaching and learning, and how these can be implemented in a physical education department


What is an “Outstanding Physical Education department”?

10.00 – 10.30am
  • Aims of physical education
  • What are your core values?
  • Can this be school-specific?

Student Recruitment

10.30 – 11.10am
  • Key Stage 3: curricula to attract and retain students
  • Stretch and challenge without intimidation
  • Beyond the classroom and the curriculum: educational visits and trips
  • Physical Education in a digital world



11.10 – 11.30am

Aligning your strategic plan with your curriculum

11.30 – 12.15pm
  • De-coupling sport and physical education
  • Academic sport sciences – the role of GCSE/A Level/ Cambridge Tech/BTEC
  • Whole-school strategic aims – aligning departmental with senior management and governors

Teaching & Learning

12.15 – 1.00pm
  • Curriculum planning and schemes of work
  • Assessment: monitoring and tracking and the effective use of data
  • Teaching and learning strategies: research-driven
  • The role of the Head of PE in planning and managing T&L: possibilities and limitations
  • Resources (and budgets): buying resources in and developing resources in-house



1.00 – 2.00pm

Effective Leadership: inspiring and motivating

2.00 – 3.00pm
  • Accountability: Setting the standards for high performance
  • Motivating your staff and your pupils
  • Appraisal and observation processes: Our department is an “open-door” policy!
  • Managing Up
  • Strategies for managing experienced teachers
  • Strategies for managing junior teachers
  • Managing trainees and NQTs
  • Encouraging ongoing professional development: formal and informal opportunities



3.00 – 3.05pm

How it works: The Head of Physical Education

3.05 – 3.45pm
  • Managing one’s time and workload: variables and the work-life balance
  • The pros and cons of delegation
  • Planning ahead and finding time to do so
  • Preparing for Inspections
  • Before and after: staying abreast of developments in primary and higher education
  • Maintaining freshness and enthusiasm: professional and intellectual development
  • Career progression
  • Peaks, troughs and the long run: responding to success and failure





London | Monday 13 November 2023
London | Wednesday 06 March 2024

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London | Monday 13 November 2023
London | Wednesday 06 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.


  • Heads of Physical Education
  • Directors of Sport
  • 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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