Leadership comes from vision, and strategy is built around that. This revised and updated course will encourage you to look at the qualities that make leadership effective and strong and how you can work with others to develop your outstanding leadership and management of the art & design department. It will focus on leadership, curriculum, teaching and learning and attainment. It will also look at how the subject worth is shared with all stakeholders and how a contemporary curriculum model will support personal wellbeing, employability and which will engage all young people. You also need to be sure that your department is ready for the new OFSTED inspection framework, so can you show intent, implementation and impact in your curriculum model ? Does your key stage 3 model satisfy those requirements?


  • Analyse how to assess and redevelop your current curriculum models to meet the latest Ofsted Inspection requirements
  • Gain the latest understanding of what is an outstanding department in the eyes of inspection teams
  • Explore the qualities and skills of an outstanding Head of Art & Design
  • Find out more about excellent department evaluation: identify gaps and create strategies to fill the gaps
  • Develop successful tracking systems to show progress in teaching, learning and attainment
  • Effectively assess your current curriculum models
  • Take away strategies, specific to Art & Design to lead and inspire outstanding teaching and learning
DATES & LOCATION Online | Monday 28 June 2021
  • Heads of Art and Design Department
  • Heads of Combined faculties including Art and Design
  • Aspiring/Newly appointed heads of department
  • Teachers with responsibility for Art and Design
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 – 11.15am
Leadership and Vision

  • Considering the qualities and skills of an outstanding Head of Art
  • Why vision comes before strategy
  • Evaluating your department
  • What do you do well? Where are the gaps?
  • What is an outstanding art department in the eyes of inspection teams?
  • Reflecting upon and developing ways of approaching the key challenges faced by Heads of Art

11.15 – 11.30am
Discussion and coffee break

11.30 – 12.30pm
Leading Outstanding Teaching and Learning

  • Exploring ideas for modelling outstanding teaching and learning within the Art & Design classroom
  • Encouraging innovation
  • Using data effectively for monitoring and feedback
  • Reflection and target-setting for effective progression

12.30 – 1.30pm
Lunch and informal discussion

1.30 – 2.15pm
Optional Session 1

1A Promoting the department

  • Raising the profile of art and design across the school and with all stakeholders
  • Managing the budget effectively
  • Understanding the whole school context – working with SLT. The confidence to champion and compromise
  • Developing a successful environment for Art Craft and Design that supports outstanding learning, progress and attainment within the Art & Design department

1B What makes a good working environment? Physical spaces and headspaces?

  • Assessing your current curriculum models against the need to create a successful environment which supports teaching, and learning excellence
  • Working with partners and outside agencies including galleries etc.
  • Accessing a wide range of art craft design activities and opportunities

2.15 – 2.25pm
Discussion and afternoon tea

2.25 – 3:15pm
Optional Session 2

2A Creating a culture of creativity and challenge

  • Building departmental habits to support progression
  • How can you show that your intent, implementation and impact are OFSTED relevant and ready?
  • How can you support tracking and assessment to promote student outcomes?
  • How can you stretch and support all groups of learners?
  • Find out how to support and develop others in creating an outstanding teaching and learning environment

2B Reviewing your curriculum design

  • Auditing your current curriculum model
  • How you show that your curriculum is truly inclusive
  • Considering the gender gap between boys and girls in attainment and engagement
  • How does the art curriculum link to the OFSTED inspection framework so that a non-specialist team member will understand your aims and methodology?


3.15-3.30 pm
Plenary and Depart

Becky Mizon

Becky Mizon is a highly experienced and successful Head of faculty encompassing Art and D & T. She has steered her department from the starting point of ‘inadequate’ to ‘outstanding’ within four years. Since then, her department and teaching have consistently been judged as ‘outstanding.’ During this time, GCSE results have doubled; uptake has drastically improved and student engagement and passions for learning are strong.

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Susan Coles

Susan is an independent consultant, school governor, creative coach, adviser and artist, with a national and international profile as an advocate for the subject and for creative education and approaches to leadership. As honorary fellow of, and past President, of NSEAD, she is a member of the Council and the Professional Development Board. Susan is also a member of INSEA. Susan works in schools, colleges, local authorities and with major galleries, developing resources, and running teacher inset training courses and workshops. She also lectures in several major universities across the UK. She is an Associate of the Big Draw and co-facilitated the national TEA (Thinking, Expression and Action) professional development programme on drawing. Susan has facilitated Big Draw events locally, nationally and across the world. Susan also facilitates many networks, both face to face and via social media platforms. Her north east network group won Big Draw national awards in 2015 and 2016. Susan is at the cutting edge of curriculum development and thinking in the subject and is involved in many other initiatives to develop an exciting 21st century curriculum for Art, Craft and Design. Susan is passionate about the visual arts and is an enthusiastic and popular trainer and lecturer.

You can find out more about her at www.artcrimes.org.uk

Twitter @theartcriminal

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