Leadership comes from vision; strategy concerns the mechanisms by which that vision becomes reality. This new course will encourage you to look at the qualities that make leadership effective and will help you work with others to develop outstanding leadership of your department.

This course will focus on leadership, the crucial importance of developing the History curriculum to meet the new Inspection Framework, teaching and learning, target setting, monitoring and evaluating progress and attainment. It will also look at how your vision can be shared to promote an enabling curriculum that supports enquiry and curiosity as well as personal wellbeing and ultimately, employability. Led by a former Head of Department for History, Deputy Head and current Ofsted inspector, the course will provide detailed and accurate methods for making your department meet the latest Oftsed Inspection requirements.


  • 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
  • Heads of History
  • Heads of Humanities
  • Aspiring/Newly appointed Heads of History
  • Teachers with responsibility for History
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 – 11.00am
Excellent Leadership and Vision in History

  • Reviewing the qualities and skills of an outstanding Head of History
  • Why vision comes before strategy and producing an excellent vision
  • Evaluating your department and acting upon this effectively
  • What is an outstanding History department in the eyes of inspection teams?
  • Developing new ways of approaching the key challenges faced by Heads of History

11.00 – 11.15am
Discussion: coffee break

11.15 – 12.15pm
Creating a Rich History Curriculum

  • Assessing your current curriculum models against the need to create a successful environment which supports teaching and learning excellence
  • Reshaping thinking on the curriculum to adapt to the radical change of approach needed
  • Ensuring you have an ambitious curriculum: cultural and social awareness, depth and detail of historical knowledge required
  • Developing a rich History curriculum at Key Stage 3 – the vital importance for Ofsted and student progress
  • Curriculum design concepts such as knowledge progression and sequencing of concepts
  • The relationship between the curriculum as a body of knowledge and its implementation in the classroom

12.15 – 1.15pm
Leading Teaching and Learning for History

  • Strategies for establishing, maintaining and promoting high quality Teaching and Learning
  • How a Head of Department can model outstanding teaching and learning
  • Using data effectively for monitoring and feedback, to lead to excellent performance
  • Teaching methods for improving student empathy, interpretation and analytical skills

1.15 – 2.00pm
Lunch and informal discussion

2.00 – 3.00pm
Excellent Departmental Evaluation

  • Identifying gaps in your department and creating strategies to fill these
  • Strategies for maintaining the highest quality of teaching and student performance over time: analysing what is now expected of History students and teachers
  • Setting Appropriate Levels of Challenge in Your History Department for all students

3.00 – 3.10pm
Discussion: afternoon tea

3.10 – 3.45pm
Creating a culture of creativity and challenge

  • Working with partners and outside agencies, including the National Trust and museums
  • Accessing a wide range of History learning activities and opportunities to develop the department
  • Working with the SLT; the confidence to champion and compromise
  • Making the right appointments and coaching for successful performance
  • Managing change in a History department – the challenges and opportunities of the new Curriculum approach

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.