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Outstanding Leadership of a Business Department

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Leading in Business can be both exciting and challenging. However, it’s no secret that leading a Business department comes with unique complexities. In this new course, we’ll consider what it takes to achieve excellence in a Business department and the pivotal role of the Head of Business in maintaining this excellence. Delegates will take away practical and actionable strategies on how to tackle day-to-day challenges, develop the team and work towards a shared strategic vision. Whether you are currently a Head of Business or aspire to hold such a position, this course is designed to cater to your interests and needs, unlocking the tools and insights to lead with confidence and success.  


  • Consider what makes a Business department excellent, and the role of the Head of Business in achieving excellence
  • Look at ways in which a Head of Business can develop and improve teaching and learning within the department
  • Look at a range of strategies for improving and maintaining progression of students into A-Levels
  • Enhance your ability to lead, support and nurture teachers in the department
  • Examine the yearly workload of a Head of Business and the life cycle of the role
  • Reflect on strategies for dealing with the challenges and making the most of the opportunities presented by a Head of Business position
  • Understand the importance of key documents and processes including inspections, appraisals and observations


Leadership and Vision: The Qualities and Skills of an Outstanding Head of Business 10.00 – 10.30am
  • Exploring the different skills needed to be personally excellent as a teacher, effective as a manager and
  • inspirational as a leader
  • Exploring different styles of leadership and understanding when each style is effective and what the pitfalls might be
  • Why vision comes before strategy. What do you do well? Where are the gaps?

Starters and Plenaries and Everything In-between

10.30 – 11.20am
  • What is an outstanding Business department? Who says so?
  • Planning for accurate department self- evaluation
  • Evaluating your department and acting upon this effectively
  • Preparing your department for Inspections – how can you make sure you are ready?

Morning Break

11.20 – 11.40am
Outstanding Leadership in Teaching and Learning: High Expectations, High Challenge, High Reward 11.40 – 12.40pm
  • Implementing effective strategies to ensure a consistent and effective experience for all learners
  • Modelling outstanding teaching and learning
  • Developing curricula and schemes of work
  • Making effective use of assessment and assessment data
  • Understanding when to be restrictive and when to allow creative autonomy
  • Track performance, recognise underachievement and motivate learners
  • Selecting appropriate pathways for learners: recognising exceptional circumstances and balancing the needs of the student and school/college


12.40 – 1.40pm
Staff Development: Supporting the Development of your Staff 1.40 – 2.50pm
  • Strategies for managing your staff, from experienced to inexperienced teachers and NQTs
  • Making observation and appraisal processes as effective as possible
  • Involving others in decision-making, planning and delivery
  • Making the most of departmental meetings
  • How to introduce change: reducing resistance and addressing concerns
  • Developing curriculum expertise in your department
  • Strategies for maintaining the highest quality of teaching and student performances over time
  • Making the right appointments and coaching for successful performance
  • Professional development: what type, how and who?
  • Implementing and managing departmental systems and paperwork

Afternoon Break

2.50 – 3.00pm

Preparing Students for Exams

3.00 – 3.40pm
  • 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 higher education
  • The life cycle of the Head of Department
  • Maintaining freshness and enthusiasm: professional and intellectual development
  • Peaks, troughs and the long run: responding to success and failure


London | Tuesday 12 December 2023
London | Wednesday 13 March 2024

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London | Tuesday 06 February 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.



  • Current and newly appointed Heads of Business
  • Aspiring Heads of Business
  • Leaders with responsibility for managing Business


  • A specially prepared folder of 50+ pages full 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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