Stepping-up to lead an English department 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 English Department and take away practical strategies to set-up and run their own departments.

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
  • Obtain strategies to effectively run an English department including improving teaching and learning, tracking student progress and managing underperformance.
  • 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
  • Take away a plan of action in your steps to becoming a Head 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
DATE Online | Thursday 21 October 2021
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

10-11am: 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
  • How to build a team ethos
  • Being accountable and making others accountable

11-11.15am- 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 English? 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: 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

1.15 – 2.15 pm: Lunch

2.15 – 3.15pm: 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
  • 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

3.15 – 3.45pm: 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?

3.45 pm: End