This course will consider what excellence in an Art & Design department looks like, and the role of the Head of Art & Design in helping to achieve and maintain such excellence.

It will examine strategies for successful curriculum mapping, departmental improvement plans, effective tracking and intervention models for optimizing teaching and learning, for managing teachers experienced and inexperienced, and for establishing and maintaining a position for Art & Design within a school.

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


  • Consider what makes an Art & Design department excellent, and the role of the Head of Art & Design in achieving excellence
  • Look at a range of strategies for improving and maintaining recruitment of students
  • Look at ways in which a Head of Art & Design can develop and improve teaching and learning within the department
  • Enhance their ability to lead, support and nurture teachers in the department
  • Examine the yearly workload of a Head of Art & Design 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 Art & Design position

COURSE DATE London | Wednesday 22 June 2022

London | Wednesday 30 November 2022

  • Heads of Art
  • Deputy/Assistant Heads of Art
  • Art & Design Line managers
  • All teachers wanting to raise student performance in Art
  • Experienced Art teachers
  • New Art teachers aspiring to lead their own department one day
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

10.00 – 11:15am: Best Practice: Creating an Outstanding Curriculum Map and design

  • Balance and scaffolding – how the curriculum progresses and unfolds
  • Breadth and variety – materials, skills, content and concepts
  • Contemporary VS traditional debate.
  • Updating Schemes of Learning – how often?
  • Focus Students– a focus on which students Ofsted will pay particular attention to and how to produce case studies which demonstrate how ambitious and well implemented your curriculum has been.
  • Cultural Capital

11.15 – 11.30am: Break

11.30 – 12.45pm: Outstanding T& L in Art & Design

  • Planning and managing T&L: possibilities and limitations
  • High expectations – ensuring a culture of high expectation throughout the department
  • Opportunities for the HoD to model T&L
  • Resources (and budgets): alternative sources of funding and developing resources in-house

12.45 – 1.45pm: Lunch

1.45 – 2.30pm: Assessing Students in Art & Design: Improving and intervention

  • Departmental improvement plans – how to identify areas of weakness and solutions for them
  • Approaches to student assessment in Art and Design
  • Effective tracking & intervention models
  • Feedback models

2.30 – 3.10pm: Leadership skills

  • Roles and Responsibilities – an outline of the key roles and responsibilities of a subject leaders under the current Ofsted framework, including curriculum map/plan development, skilling up staff and gathering evidence of progress.
  • Making a Difference – to round off this session we finish with a discussion about principles and doing the right thing for the sake of the children and not Ofsted.
  • Leading from the front and inspiring and motivating your team
  • Managing difficult conversations

3.10-3:30pm: What makes an outstanding art department leader?

  • Monitoring and Self-Evaluation – best practice in lesson observations, work sampling, planning monitoring and gathering pupil voice in art and design.
  • What makes an outstanding art department leader?
  • Opportunity for Q&A and reflection

3.30pm: Depart

Helen Jones

Dr Helen Jones is a Director of Teaching and Learning in Art with 11 years teaching experience. She has been an AQA A level and GCSE Art & Design moderator for the past 5 years. Helen completed an MA in Art Education and then completed a Doctorate in the subject. She has been assessed as an outstanding teacher by Ofsted, achieved record residuals at both GCSE and A level and delivered at a number of Art Education conferences. Helen achieved a 1st Class honours in Fine Art and continues to be a practising Artist from her home studio in Chester. She has also received additional intensive CPD in Finland, to understand their world class education system and to draw progressive teaching and learning strategies from the Finnish approach to education.