These are exciting and challenging times to lead in Secondary Science.  Science faculties have the most rewarding subject to teach, and benefit from many developments and resources for teaching on social media.  However, Science can be a more difficult subject to lead than others within a secondary school with a complex curriculum offer, shortages of qualified subject specialists, health and safety responsibilities and practical work with large teams and non-teaching staff to lead. 

This course will consider what excellence in a Science department looks like, and the role of the Head of Science in helping to achieve and maintain such excellence. It will examine strategies for successful recruitment of students, for optimizing teaching and learning, and for managing teachers experienced and inexperienced.

This course is designed for current Heads of Science and for anyone interested in holding such a position or in contributing to the management of a Science department.


  • Consider what makes a Science department excellent, and the role of the Head of Science in achieving excellence
  • Look at ways in which a Head of Science 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 Science 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 Science position
  • Understand the importance of key documents and processes including inspections appraisals and observations


COURSE DATE London | Tuesday 21 June 2022
London | Tuesday 22 November 2022
  • Current Heads of Science Departments
  • Aspiring Heads of Science
  • Those wishing to take on a leadership role within a Science Department
  • Senior leaders responsible for Science
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


10.00 – 10.30am: What is a successful Science department?

  • The position of Science within a school: variables, challenges and opportunities
  • The quality of teaching and learning
  • Managing staff towards happiness and fulfilment
  • Expectations and outcomes: senior leadership, the intellectual environment, public exams and progression to higher education

10.30 – 11.20am:  Effective Techniques to Drive Department Improvement

  • Planning for accurate department self- evaluation –
  • Curriculum post-pandemic  – what are you trying to achieve through your curriculum?
  • Preparing your department for Inspections
  • How can you make sure you are ready?
  • What Science HoDs need to know

11.20 – 11.40am: Discussion; coffee break

 11.40 – 12.50pm: Leading outstanding Teaching and Learning.  

  • Implementing effective strategies to ensure a consistent and effective experience for all learners in light of recent curriculum changes
  • How a Head of Science Department can model 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
  • Using a range of monitoring tools to track performance, recognise underachievement and motivate learners in order that they meet the needs of the new curriculum
  • Selecting appropriate pathways for learners: recognising exceptional circumstances and balancing the needs of the student and school/college 

12.50 – 1.50pm: Lunch and informal discussion

1.50 – 3.00pm: Staff Development: How to support and develop your staff.      

  • 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
  • Matching your curriculum and your staff and to your team
  • 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
  • Making the right appointments

3.00 – 3.05pm: Discussion, afternoon tea

3.05 – 3.45pm: How it works: the Head of Science

  • 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
  • Maintaining freshness and enthusiasm: professional and intellectual development
  • Peaks, troughs and the long run: responding to success and failure
  • CAGs, TAGs and bellyaches: the HoD in the Covid era

3.45pm: Depart