This new course explores the concepts and components  of “Leadership” and “Outstanding” and locates these in a context that is meaningful for teachers with responsibility for the shape, content, direction and delivery of the history curriculum in their schools.

The course will encourage you to look at the qualities that make leadership effective and will help you work with others to develop outstanding leadership skills. It will focus on leadership, the curriculum, teaching and learning, target setting, monitoring and evaluating progress and attainment. It will also look at how your vision can be shared with all stakeholders to promote a rich curriculum that supports enquiry and curiosity as well as personal wellbeing and ultimately, employability.


  • Analyse how to assess and redevelop your current History curriculum models to meet the latest Ofsted Inspection requirements
  • Gain the latest understanding of what is an outstanding History department in the eyes of inspection teams
  • Explore how a Head of Department can model outstanding teaching and learning across the department
  • Find out more about excellent department evaluation: identifying gaps and creating strategies to fill these
  • Develop successful tracking systems to show progress in teaching, learning and attainment
  • Take away strategies, specific to History, to lead and inspire outstanding and rich teaching and learning
DATE & LOCATION Online | Thursday 29 April 2021
Online | Friday 18 June 2021
  • Heads of History/Heads of Humanities
  • Subject Leaders of History
  • Teachers with Responsibility for History
  • Aspiring Heads of History/Humanities
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: Leadership & Vision:  Know Thyself

  • Reviewing the qualities of an outstanding Head of History
  • Leadership and Vision: Considering the qualities and skills of an outstanding Head of History
  • Why vision comes before strategy.
  • Evaluating your department and acting upon this effectively
  • What do you do well? Where are the gaps?
  • What is an outstanding History department? Who says so?
  • Reflecting upon and developing ways of approaching the key challenges faced by Heads of History

11-00 – 11.15am: Break

11.15 – 12.15pm: Deep Diving Your Department

  • Understanding the ‘Deep Dive’ process and its implications for your department
  • How is your department currently performing? Is it already outstanding? Why? Why not?
  • What are the next steps for your department?
  • How will you lead them?
  • Applying what we teach… the principles behind the new EIF – programme, sequencing and dysfluency
  • Ensuring you have an ambitious curriculum.
  • Exploring our Intent, Implementation and Impact

12.15 – 1.00pm: Curriculum Implementation: Leading History Teaching, Learning and Assessment

  • Assessing your current curriculum models against the need to create a successful environment which supports teaching, and learning excellence
  • How a Head of Department can model outstanding teaching and learning across the department
  • Supporting your colleagues with innovative teaching
  • Boosting attainment of the least able across the Key Stages
  • Stretching and challenging the most able – key strategies and approaches

1.00 – 2.00pm: Lunch 

2.00 – 2:45pm: Managing People with Skill and Confidence

  • Assessing staff performance
  • Understanding when to manage and when to lead to get the best out of your team
  • When to coach and when to manage
  • Understanding the whole school context; working with SLT; the confidence to champion and compromise

2.45 – 3.30pm: Assessment + Monitoring Tracking, Intervention, Report Writing

  • Strategies for establishing, maintaining and promoting high quality teaching, learning and assessment
  • Using data effectively for monitoring, tracking and feedback
  • Using data to plan effective interventions that support improvement
  • Making reports accurate and meaningful

3.30 – 3.50pm Creating a culture of creativity and challenge.

  • How you can build departmental ethos to support challenge and progression
  • Extra-curricular activities – turning History trips from good to excellent
  • Working with the SLT

3.45pm: Depart

Dr Paul Johnson

Paul is an experienced examiner, successful former Deputy Head and Head of Department and school governor, with more than 35 years’ teaching experience in a range of educational contexts. He has extensive experience as a senior leader in schools and he is a current Ofsted inspector, as well as training Teachers on their PGCE courses in History with Manchester University. He is highly experienced and regarded provider of national training courses and tutorials for teachers at all stages of their career and with students. Paul is a current senior examiner with a leading examination board for History, a former Principal Moderator and the author of a number of text books and articles on the craft of history teaching.