Department leaders and their staff play a crucial role in inspection success and the quality of their subject curriculums are the main focus of ‘deep dives’. Identifying underperformance
and supporting subject leaders to tackle this is therefore vital. This course, aimed at senior leaders responsible for supporting underperforming departments, is focused especially on effective practical approaches, methods and strategies to take back into schools/academies to actively work with, and support middle leaders in improving the quality of their departments to identify what works well. The practical nature of the course will build in time for discussion, sharing of ideas, resources, as well as hearing from a renowned leadership expert.
BENEFITS OF ATTENDING
Explore the most effective ways to identify the strengths and weaknesses of departments
Take away effective approaches to raise departmental performance
Gain knowledge of strategies to move away from a blame/excuse culture and towards an effective collaboration
Learn ways of supporting pedagogical developments through effective teacher CPD
Explore ways of improving the quality of teaching through effective quality assurance
The characteristics of an outstanding department
10.00 – 10.50am
Key identifiers of outstanding departments – what do they look like?
What makes an outstanding subject leader – what attributes are you looking for?
Setting high expectations in attainment, student recruitment and enrichment
Identifying the degree of department underperformance
10.40 – 11.30am
How to use ‘deep dives’ to identify and analyse strengths and areas of development
How to use data to improve areas that need developing
What are the barriers to improvement?
11.30 – 11.50am
Addressing underperformance through the effective leadership of staff
11.50 – 12.50pm
How to coach and mentor subject leaders to improve their people skills
Understand personality types and how best to motivate them
How to involve the whole faculty team in the journey of improvement, ensuring no one is left behind
How to have difficult conversations with staff
How to lead change successfully and create buy-in with staff
How to lead on curriculum developments to ensure an ambitious subject curriculum
12.50 – 1.50pm
Raising Standards – Techniques to drive departmental improvement
1.50 – 2.50pm
How to improve the quality of TLA through quality assurance, performance management and professional development
How to ensure subject leads and faculty heads use assessment effectively to identify improvements in pupil progress and outcomes
How to identify at risk pupils and put in place effective intervention and support strategies
How to ensure Faculty Heads use assessment effectively to ensure high planning expectations,
How to adapt planning with regular adaptations to levels of stretch and challenge in the learning and progress, appropriate to pupils’ of all abilities.
How to address and eradicate weaker teaching in their departments to ensure all pupils’ abilities and individual needs are accounted for.