The leadership and management of Biology department is a challenging yet extremely rewarding role.  This course will dissect the key areas currently under the scrutiny of Ofsted, such as effective leadership, strategies to improve and enhance performance and achievement levels of students. The use effective communication, with both the biology teaching staff and the senior leadership team. This course will be extremely useful for aspiring Heads of Biology as well as heads who are looking for effective strategies and real workable approaches to drive their departments from ‘good’ to ‘outstanding’ under excellent leadership.


  • Explore strategies on the skills of an excellent team leader
  • Take away strategies for developing your curriculum
  • Gain approaches and strategies on how to tackle tricky situations with members of the Biology team
  • Find out ideas and approaches on how to build your departmental vision
  • Develop effective ideas for embedding high level of teaching within biology department.
  • Heads of Biology
  • Teachers new to the role of Head of Biology
  • Heads of Science
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
  • Two course restaurant lunch
  • Refreshments throughout the day
  • Guaranteed high quality venues


10.00 -10.15
Registration and welcome

10.15 – 11.15am
Leading the Biology Department – knowing and tackling the big issues

  • Exploring ways to lead and manage a biology department in the current educational climate.
  • What does the new Ofsted framework suggest about outstanding biology learning and teaching?
  • Developing a rich curriculum in Biology: what does this mean and how do we do it?
  • Self-evaluation – how close are you to Ofsted’s vision of a rich curriculum which creates progress from KS3 to KS5?
  • Working with senior leadership to promote understanding of effective biology provision

11.15 – 11.30am
Discussion: coffee break

11.30 – 12.45pm
Developing an outstanding biology department and tackling any underperformance

  • Skills required to makes an outstanding Head of Biology
  • Tackling underperformance in both students and staff.
  • Difficult conversations and how to tackle them effectively for positive outcomes
  • How to evaluate teaching, how to make the experience positive, and lead to improved teaching and learning
  • Identifying strengths, weakness in teaching and motivating the team
  • Sharing good practice, encouraging innovation and risk taking

12.45 – 1.45pm
Lunch and informal discussion

1.45 – 2.45pm
Managing and Developing your Department Effectively

  • Establishing your department vision and ethos of strong teaching and learning and achievement
  • How to communicate this vision
  • Managing your budget to its greatest effect
  • How to get what you want in your department provision
  • Building and promoting the biology department
  • Maximising attainment and improving results through curriculum planning

2.45 – 3.00
Discussion: afternoon tea

3.00 – 3.45pm
Leading learning: how to embed a consistent high level of teaching and learning across the whole department

  • Strategies to keep examination results high
  • What does outstanding T&L look like and how can you support your staff to move in that direction?
  • Motivating and improving attitudes to learning
  • Monitoring learners’ progress

3.45 – Further questions and plenary

Dr Harjit K Singh

Dr Harjit K Singh is a highly-experienced teacher and examiner. She has taught AS/A2 Biology for over 26 years, IB Biology for 8 years as well as BTEC Applied Science. She has a wealth of experience as an examiner in AS/A2 Biology and in IB specifications. She is a published author of the Key Skills and Knowledge Booster Biology resources as well as co-author of Key Skills and Knowledge Booster BTEC Science Applied and Vocational courses. Harjit has presented many CPD courses for teachers as well as biology student revision conferences and online student web revision courses. She is also involved in presenting international IB student revision courses.