This course is designed to explore the role of Head of Department as a physical education teacher. Delegates will have the opportunity to consider their own values in physical education, and map how these values can support the construction of a vibrant and contemporary curriculum. Leadership will be considered on a wider scale, before honing in on the specifics of leading in physical education.


  • Examine how to set the parameters for a physical education department to flourish
  • Consider the importance of strategies to align your department with whole-school priorities
  • Explore the importance and power of your strategic and curriculum planning
  • Discuss and highlight the role of assessment and monitoring of pupil progress
  • Introduction to middle-leadership in schools, with real examples drawn upon by the course leader
  • Discuss the process of applying, interviewing, and securing your place as a Head of Physical Education
COURSE DATE London | Monday 20 June 2022

London | Tuesday 15 November 2022

  • Heads of Physical Education
  • Aspiring Heads of Physical Education
  • Directors of Sport
  • Faculty leads that incorporate Physical Education
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

10.00-10.30: A contemporary approach to Physical Education

  • What is contemporary physical education?
  • Games versus athletic development
  • Pupil choice

10.30-11.15: Defining the Role: What is middle leadership and its key challenges?

  • What are the challenges of leading a PE Department?
  • What kind of leader are you?
  • Being accountable and making others accountable
  • What are the main duties and responsibilities as a middle leader?
  • How to build a team ethos
  • Tips for successful leadership

11.15-11.30: Morning Break

11.30-12.30: Exploring the behaviours or an effective, inspiring and motivating leader

  • Accountability: Setting the standards for high performance
  • The power of your strategic plan and curriculum
  • Using Assessment: Monitoring & Tracking

12.30 – 13.00: Managing people with confidence

  • Understanding when to manage and when to lead to get the best out of your team
  • Managing the ways in which we communicate with our team
  • Exploring different styles of leadership – from being brave enough to delegate or have the conviction to simply tell people what to do, and what the middle ground looks like
  • Running effective, engaging meetings
  • Strategies to build relationships with all those around you to ensure you have support from all levels
  • Getting everyone on board with your vision

13.00 – 14.00: Lunch

14.00 -14.45: Effective Leadership in Teaching and Learning: High Expectations, High Challenge, High Reward

  • Strategies for establishing, maintaining and promoting high quality teaching, learning and assessment in Languages
  • Supporting your team with innovative and engaging teaching
  • The importance of delegating and utilising the strengths of your staff
  • Using data effectively for monitoring and feedback, to lead to outstanding student outcomes
  • Get a “buzz” around PE through enrichment provision

14.45-14.50: Afternoon Break

14.50 – 15.30: Dealing with challenging issues

  • Monitoring staff performance to ensure outstanding student outcomes across the department
  • Challenging underperformance, sustaining excellence and maintaining standards
  • How to best support staff professional development in line with departmental needs
  • Dealing with difficult conversations

15.30-15.50: Selling yourself: How to get the job

  • Alignment of values
  • Writing your application and letter
  • The interview day
  • What might be involved and asked: exploring your preparation

15.50 – Depart

Marcus Sharrad

Marcus Sharrad is the Director of Coaching & Mentoring and Head of Exercise & Sport Sciences at Marlborough College, where he has worked since 2015-16, leading the department since 2016-17. During his time as Head of Department Marcus has overseen the redevelopment of the core physical education curriculum, aligning pupil experiences with research-driven functional movement and athletic development principles. In addition, placing a heavy strategic focus on the academic credentials of sport sciences at GCSE and A Level has seen pupil uptake double, with enhanced grade profiles to match. Marcus is an Institute of Leadership & Management qualified professional coach, which, along with Level 3 Talented Athlete Lifestyle Support (TALS) qualification, sees him work with aspiring and current elite athletes.