Stepping-up to lead a Psychology is an exciting opportunity. Good leadership can transform the experiences and outcomes of staff and students. Building a united team with consistently strong teaching, learning and assessment is an essential role of a Head of Department. This new course examines the specific challenges faced by leaders of Psychology and the strategies needed to be a successful Head of Department. Delegates will gain an understanding of the features of an Outstanding Psychology Department and take away practical strategies to set-up and run their own departments.


  • Gain the latest understanding of what makes an Outstanding leader of Psychology.
  • Examine the challenges of middle leadership and develop strategies to overcome these.
  • Get prepared to successfully lead a Psychology department; developing a vision, strategy and building a team.
  • Obtain strategies to effectively run a Psychology department including improving teaching and learning, tracking student progress and managing underperformance.
  • Examine ways to enhance student experience in Psychology to facilitate outstanding student outcomes.
  • Tips and advice on how to be successful in job applications and interviews for a Head of Department role.
COURSE DATES  Online | Wednesday 23 February 2022

Online | Monday 20 June 2022

  • Teachers of Psychology
  • Newly appointed leaders of Psychology
  • Non-specialist leaders of Psychology
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 – 11.00am: Defining the role: What is middle leadership and its key challenges

  • What are the challenges of leading a Psychology 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

11.00 – 11.15am: Break

11.15 – 12.15pm: Making your mark: Developing your curriculum (intent, implementation and impact)

  • Curriculum intent: Developing a vision and establishing your priorities
  • Identifying areas for development in your new department and a plan of action to implement your changes
  • Curriculum design: What do high quality resources look like in Psychology? What order of delivery and forms of assessment would facilitate excellent student outcomes?
  • Effective implementation through setting up robust tracking systems to monitor student progress across the department
  • Facilitating a positive impact on student outcomes across the department: Strategies to prepare students for examination success
  • Having an impact on student experience: Inspiring and engaging students through trips, guest speakers, student societies and use of social media.

12.15 – 1.15pm: Effective leadership: How to foster high expectations and deliver outstanding outcomes

  • Fostering a team and parity of student experience
  • Strategies for establishing, maintaining and promoting high quality teaching, learning and assessment in Psychology
  • 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 Psychology through enrichment provision

1.15 – 2.15pm: Lunch  

2.15 – 3.00pm: Sustaining Quality: 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

3.00 – 3.15pm: Afternoon break

3.15 – 4.00pm: Selling yourself: How to get the job!

  • How to write a winning personal statement for a Head of Psychology role
  • How to best prepare for the interview day, dos and don’ts
  • What makes an excellent micro-teach? How to showcase your talent.
  • What types of questions will be asked at interview? What kinds of answers will score highly?

4.00pm: Depart

Catherine Eariss

Catherine Eariss is a successful teacher and leader of Psychology and Sociology, consistently achieving high value added scores. For over 9 years, she has led departments across England, transforming student experience and outcomes. She is passionate about developing teaching and learning in Psychology and Sociology, attending teacher conferences and establishing networks.

Catherine currently leads a large Psychology and Sociology Department at a sixth form college in the North East of England.