This course will focus on the leadership, vision and management of an RS department in light of the recent Ofsted inspection framework. It will also look at how you can plan and prepare a rich curriculum based on the needs of your students to develop their enthusiasm and attainment in RS at all key stages and encourage take-up at GCSE and A-level. This course will also help you understand current government policies in terms of RS and will support you in the application and interpretation of these in a local context.


  • Insight into how to plan an RS scheme of work for your school based on the locally agreed syllabus
  • Gain insight into the latest understating of what is an outstanding Religious Studies department
  • Learn how a Head of Department can model outstanding teaching and learning across the department and key stages
  • Develop successful tracking and monitoring systems to show progression in teaching and learning
COURSE DATES Online | Monday 16 March 2020
  • Current Heads of Religious Studies
  • Aspiring/newly appointed Heads of Religious Studies
  • Teachers with responsibility for Religious Studies
  • Teachers looking for personal CPD / teacher progression in Religious Studies
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 – 11.15am
Excellent leadership and vision in Religious Studies

  • Qualities and skills of an outstanding Head of Religious Studies
  • Self-evaluation and reflection of current status and direction
  • What is Ofsted looking for in a successful RS department?
  • Tackling issues faced by the RS department

11.15 – 11.30am
Discussion: coffee break

11.30 – 12.45pm
Creating a rich and exciting RS curriculum

  • Assessing your current breadth and depth of curriculum coverage
  • Locally agreed syllabuses
  • Planning and developing an ambitious curriculum
  • Cultural capital – the key issues to consider about for a successful RS curriculum

12.45 – 1.45pm
Lunch and Refreshments

1.45 – 2.45pm
Leading the department

  • What should/does a Head of Department do?
  • Managing and supporting staff, students and parents
  • GCSE and A Level needs
  • SEF and Ofsted
  • Policies and the particular issues of RS as a subject
  • Managing change in an RS department – the challenges and opportunities

2.45 – 3.00pm
Discussion: afternoon tea

3.15 – 3.45pm
Leading teaching and learning in Religious Studies

  • Strategies for establishing, promoting and maintaining high quality teaching and learning in RS lessons
  • Creating an inspiring Key Stage 3
  • Using data effectively for effective monitoring and feedback
  • Strategies to enhance student performance at GCSE and A Level

Rachel Long

Rachel has been teaching Religious Studies across all key stages for 20 years and a Head of Department for 14 years in a very successful school in Cheshire. She has many years’ experience in examination marking for two exam boards and is currently an assistant principal examiner and team leader for GCSE and A Level and is an experienced national presenter.