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.

The course will provide you with strategies to realise an ambitious vision for your MFL Department and cope with the uncertainty brought on by the pandemic. Academic leadership is a rewarding but challenging responsibility. During the day we will cover many leadership topics including leading from the middle, increasing engagement and maximising student potential through effective teaching and learning, establishing a strong co-curricular programme and a robust assessment structure.

You will leave equipped with practical strategies and ideas based on research and practice that you will be able to confidently apply to your own context. The course will be an opportunity to engage with other MFL leaders, developing a wider network.


  • Analyse how to review and enhance MFL curriculum
  • Explore how to plan and ensure effective teaching and learning across your department.
  • Increase engagement and attainment by using metacognition to promote independent behaviours.
  • Develop successful tracking systems to show progress in teaching, learning and attainment.
  • Develop strong co-curricular offering promoting pupil leadership and raising the profile of Languages.
  • Explore how to motivate, lead and develop your colleagues contributing to the overall success of the school.
DATE & LOCATION  Online | Thursday 14 October 2021
London | Tuesday 20 January 2022
  • Heads of MFL departments
  • Aspiring/Newly appointed Heads of MFL
  • Heads of Faculty
  • Notes prepared by the educational expert leading the course
  • Expert produced PowerPoint presentations
  • CPD Certificate of attendance

10:00 – 11:00am:  Excellent Leadership and Vision in Languages

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


11:00 – 11:15am: Break/Networking 1


11:15 – 12:30pm:  Curriculum Implementation: Leading Languages Teaching, Learning and Assessment

  • Strategies for establishing, maintaining and promoting high quality Language Teaching Learning and Assessment
  • How a Head of Department can model outstanding teaching and learning across the department
  • Supporting your colleagues with innovative teaching within the Language department
  • Using data effectively for monitoring and feedback, to lead to excellent performance
  • Boosting attainment of the least able across the Key Stages
  • Stretching and challenging the most able – key strategies and approaches
  • Teaching methods for integrating language careers and employability skills, student empathy, application and evaluation/analysis skills



12.30 – 1.30pm: Lunch 


1.30 – 2.45 pm: Excellent Departmental Evaluation

  • Identifying gaps in your department and creating strategies to fill these
  • Driving up improvements to enhance performance; what are the most effective techniques?
  • Achieving high expectations and sustained excellence together with powerful support to ensure the correct principles are in place to move to Outstanding
  • Strategies for maintaining the highest quality of teaching and student performance over time: analysing what is now expected of Language students and teachers
  • Setting Appropriate Levels of Challenge in Your Language Department – stretching and developing all students
  • Resource and budget management to create the conditions for Outstanding performance and updating your curriculum

2.45 – 3.00pm Break


3.00- 3.45pm Creating a culture of creativity and challenge

  • Working with partners and outside agencies, including Universities
  • Accessing a wide range of Language 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 Language department – the challenges and opportunities of the new Curriculum approach

3.45pm depart