Online | Tuesday 02 March 2021

TIME: 1.30-5.00pm 

CODE: 8384


This practical course is designed to help kickstart your management and leadership career when leading the English department within the school. It is designed for people who are new into management positions or new to leading English and aims to give you the confidence to manage and lead effectively.

In this course, we’ll take some best practices, academic theories and experiences from within the teaching world and from further afield to create a discursive, thought provoking day. We’ll take time to understand the new skills needed to engage those around you, both managing practicalities of getting the job done, and inspiring your team to work with you to achieve goals. With increased responsibility often comes an increase of pressure, so we’ll look at ways to develop personal resilience to protect yourself and techniques to help you thrive under pressure.


  • Explore the role of leading an English department
  • Gain an understanding of how to identify and apply for the role
  • Develop your own ideas around leadership
  • Explore some of the pitfalls and issues that may arise
  • Develop strategies to maintain your own well-being
  • Take away a plan of action in your steps to becoming a Head of English
  • Head of Teaching and Learning with responsibility for English
  • Academic leaders with responsibility for English
  • Heads of English
  • English teachers who are looking to apply for a leadership post in the next 1-3 years
  • English teachers with a responsibility who are looking to step up to full subject leadership
  • English Teachers who want to take on more responsibility
  • English Teachers who are looking to take responsibility for a whole school English
IN-SCHOOL You can also book this as an In-School Course
  • You will receive a specially prepared file electronically containing detailed notes, and teaching materials and resources which will be of immediate practical benefit in the classroom.
  • Expert produced PowerPoint presentations
  • CPD Certificate of attendance


1.30 – 2.15 pm: Exploring the behaviours of an outstanding and inspiring leader

  • Exploring the different skills needed to be personally excellent as a teacher effective as a manager and inspirational as a leader
  • Exploring the behaviours of successful leaders
  • Understanding your natural style of leadership
  • Enjoying the role and the challenge it brings 

2.15 – 2.45 pm:  Moving to Middle Leadership: What is expected of a new Head of   Department: 

  • Your new Responsibilities – responding and adapting to the new challenges
  • Setting out your new role – easy wins in the first few weeks
  • What the SLT expect: behaviour, responsibility and your new relationship with them

2.45 – 3.30 pm: Essential evaluations of the English Department: 

  • Analysing the strengths and weaknesses of your new department: how does it compare to the other departments in the school
  • Exploring your own vision for leading an English department: setting out to ensure outstanding
  • Data and tracking: what is the impact of your analysis on your department
  • Running effective and engaging meetings

3.30 – 3.45 pm: Break 

3.45 – 4.15pm: Managing challenging situations and difficult conversations

  • Managing challenging situations and difficult conversations
  • Understanding how to use both challenging and positive feedback
  • Developing strategies to give challenging feedback to your team in a positive way
  • Understanding how to create an aspirational, hardworking and happy culture 

4.15 – 5.00 pm   Leading with resilience 

  • Understanding how pressure affects you, and how your response affects your team
  • Learning to control ‘controllables’ so energy is focussed in the most effective way
  • Triaging workload to allow you to prioritise your time
  • The importance of celebrating success to support your self-belief and the belief of your team

5.00 pm: End

Owen Jermy

Owen Jermy is a highly experienced English teacher, with 25 years as a Head of English in 3 schools in different parts of the country and has taught Eduqas GCSE English Language and GCSE English Literature for more than 20 years. He was an Assistant Head teacher with responsibility for Teaching and Learning. He is a team leader and senior examiner for GCSE English Literature. He is also a Fellow of the Chartered College for Teaching (FCCT) and as an authority writes on a range of educational issues.