These are exciting and challenging times to lead Secondary Mathematics. This course is aimed at experienced Teachers of Mathematics aspiring to leadership, or who have recently been appointed Heads of Mathematics and key-stage (3 to 5) and subject leaders in Mathematics faculties. Mathematics is the most rewarding subject to teach, and benefits from many developments and resources for teaching on social media. However, Mathematics can be a more difficult subject to lead than others within a secondary school with a complex curriculum offer, shortages of qualified subject specialists, large teams and non-teaching staff to lead.

To address these unique challenges this practical course has been developed to support new or aspiring leaders in Mathematics. Together we will examine the complex tasks faced by leaders of Mathematics and the strategies necessary for success. Delegates will take away practical strategies to enable them to hit the ground running, enabling them to keep on top of the day to day issues whilst developing their team and a shared strategic vision.



  • What does successful leadership in Mathematics look like?
  • Examine the specific challenges of running a Mathematics Faculty and share tips and hints for success
  • Building a successful team in Mathematics
  • Developing a vision for Mathematics and making it happen
COURSE DATES London | Friday 26 November 2021

London | Friday 11 February 2022

  • Newly appointed Heads of Mathematics
  • Aspiring leaders in Mathematics
  • Newly appointed subject leaders in Mathematics
  • Newly appointed key stage leaders in Mathematics
  • Heads of Mathematics Faculties
IN-SCHOOL You can also book this as an In-School Course
  • 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


10.10.30am: Exploring the behaviours of an outstanding and inspiring Head of Mathematics

  • Exploring the different skills needed to be personally excellent as a teacher, effective as a manager and inspirational as a leader
  • Exploring the behaviours of successful leaders
  • Understanding your natural style of leadership
  • Exploring different styles of leadership and understanding when each style is effective and what the pitfalls might be


10.30 – 11.00am: Getting started

  • What are the main duties and responsibilities as a leader in Mathematics?
  • Identifying the challenges your department is facing
  • Getting to know your team and build quick relationships


11.00 =- 11.15am: Break


11.15 – 12.30 pm: Developing and implementing a shared vision

  • Developing a plan of action to address the challenges your department is facing
  • Curriculum: developing a vision and establishing your priorities
  • Assessment, data, monitoring and feedback
  • What you need to know about Timetabling and Rooming
  • The debate around specialist and non-specialist teaching of Mathematics


12.30 – 1.30pm: Lunch


1.30 – 2.30pm Outstanding Teaching and Learning

  • Approaches to effective student assessment
  • Effective tracking and intervention models
  • Implementing effective strategies to ensure the quality of teaching and learning is consistent and even improves
  • The importance of high expectations
  • Ofsted approved practices for T&L post pandemic


2.30 – 2.40pm: Afternoon Tea


2.40 – 3.40pm: Building your Team

  • How to build a team ethos
  • Establishing roles with TLR holders and the importance of delegating
  • Developing your team, how to communicate effectively, dos and don’ts.
  • Running successful meetings
  • Recruitment and HR, from writing job descriptions, to interview
  • Challenging underperformance and dealing with difficult conversations


3.40pm: Discussion and Depart

Phillip Howard

Phillip is Head of Mathematics at a leading secondary school with over fifteen years’ teaching experience. He is an AQA Examiner, Pearson Team Leader and OCR Assessment Specialist. He holds a 1st class Bsc, PGCE (maths) and an MSc. In addition to his evidenced devotion to his subject and students, Phillip is a prolific writer on the teaching, learning and promotion of Mathematics in Education.