Leadership comes from vision; strategy concerns the mechanisms by which that vision becomes reality. This new course will encourage you to look at the qualities that make leadership effective and will help you work with others to develop outstanding leadership of your department.

This course will focus on leadership, the curriculum, teaching and learning, target setting, monitoring and evaluating progress and attainment. It will also look at how your vision can be shared to promote an enabling curriculum that supports enquiry and curiosity as well as personal wellbeing and ultimately, employability. Led by a former Head of Department for History, Deputy Head and current Ofsted inspector, the course will provide detailed and accurate methods for making your department outstanding.


  • Explore the qualities and skills of an outstanding Head of History
  • Find out more about excellent department evaluation: identifying gaps and create strategies to fill these
  • Develop successful tracking systems to show progress in teaching, learning and attainment
  • Effectively assess your current curriculum models
  • Take away strategies, specific to History, to lead and inspire outstanding teaching and learning
COURSE DATES London Monday 24 June 2019
  • Heads of History
  • Heads of Humanities
  • Aspiring/Newly appointed Heads of History
  • Teachers with responsibility for History
IN-SCHOOL You can also book this as an In-School Course
  • 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
  • Two course restaurant lunch
  • Refreshments throughout the day
  • Guaranteed high quality venues


10.00 – 11.15am
Excellent Leadership and Vision in History

  • Reviewing the qualities and skills of an outstanding Head of History
  • Why vision comes before strategy and producing an excellent vision
  • Evaluating your department and acting upon this effectively
  • What is an outstanding History department in the eyes of inspection teams?
  • Reflecting upon and developing ways of approaching the key challenges faced by Heads of History

11.15 – 11.30am
Discussion: coffee break

11.30 – 12.30pm
Leading Outstanding Teaching and Learning for History

  • What an Outstanding History Department looks like
  • Strategies for establishing, maintaining and promoting high quality Teaching and Learning
  • How a Head of Department can model outstanding teaching and learning across the department
  • Supporting your colleagues with innovative teaching within the History department
  • Using data effectively for monitoring and feedback, to lead to excellent performance
  • Boosting attainment of the least able across the Key Stages
  • Stretching and challenging the most able – key strategies and approaches

12.30 – 1.30pm
Lunch and informal discussion

1.30 – 2.15pm
Developing the History department beyond Outstanding

  • Identifying gaps in your department and creating strategies to fill these
  • Strategies for maintaining the highest quality of teaching and student performance over time
  • Working with the SLT; the confidence to champion and compromise
  • Making the right appointments and coaching for successful performance
  • Managing the budget to create the conditions for Outstanding performance

2.15 – 3.00pm
Developing a successful environment for History that supports outstanding learning, progress and attainment

  • What makes a good working environment? Physical spaces and headspaces?
  • Assessing your current curriculum models against the need to create a successful environment which supports teaching and learning excellence
  • Working with partners and outside agencies, including the National Trust and museums
  • Accessing a wide range of History learning activities and opportunities to develop the department

3.00 – 3.10pm
Discussion: afternoon tea

3.10 – 3.45pm
Creating a culture of creativity and challenge

  • Building departmental habits to support progression
  • How to support tracking and assessment to promote student outcomes
  • Approaches to stretch and support all groups of learners across the Key Stages
  • Supporting and developing your team to create an outstanding teaching and learning environment

Dr Paul Johnson

Paul is an experienced examiner, Deputy Head and trainer with more than 35 years’ teaching experience in a range of educational contexts. He is a Senior Examiner with a leading examination board, a former Principal Moderator and the author of a number of text books and articles on the craft of history teaching. He could recently be heard on BBC radio giving advice on Revision Hacks for parents and students.

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