Examine the responsibilities and characteristics of effective leaders in Post-16 science and introduce a wide range of strategies to effectively manage and turn around departments and improve people management skills.


  • Techniques to conduct department evaluations
  • Strategies to address a wide range of weaknesses
  • Understand your team: how to manage your staff
COURSE DATE London Wednesday 14 November 2018
  • Post 16 Heads of Science
  • Teachers aspiring to the role of Head of Science
  • Heads of Science looking to enhance their departments
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 – 10.45am: Using effective techniques to drive improvement

  • Understanding the importance of key documents including those for inspection
  • Utilising a range of reports and key documents to conduct a department evaluation and identify areas of weakness
  • Utilising student voice and complaints – how to encourage, assess and respond
  • Recognising causes of weakness

10.45 – 11.00am: Discussion: coffee break


11.00 – 12.30pm: Leading outstanding Teaching and Learning

  • Implementing effective strategies to ensure a consistent and effective experience for all learners
  • Understanding when to be restrictive and when to allow creative autonomy
  • The importance of high expectations and discipline
  • Utilising a range of monitoring tools to track performance, recognise underachievement and motivate learners
  • Exploring early intervention strategies to effectively support and drive learners
  • Selecting appropriate pathways for learners: recognising exceptional circumstances and balancing the needs of the student and school/college

12.30 – 1.30pm: Lunch and informal discussion


1.30 – 3.00pm: Staff Development: How to support and development your staff

  • Understanding the role of middle leaders and the characteristics of good leadership
  • How to run effective meetings, appraisals and observations; motivating to improve
  • How to introduce change: reducing resistance and addressing concerns
  • Strategies to deal with difficult situations, underperformance and a range of personalities
  • Supporting the professional development of your team

3.00 – 3.10pm: Discussion: afternoon tea


3.10 – 3.45pm: Promoting your science Department

  • How to introduce STEM careers to raise aspirations, improve progression, motivate learners and build links with the community
  • Exploring enrichment & enhancement: opportunities both within and out of school/college to engage learners, develop skills and support progression
  • Inspiring and supporting the team to develop new initiatives and take on additional responsibilities

Michael Brown

Michael Brown has been an examiner for 15 years and has worked in post 16 education for 23 years, initially as an A-level Biology Tutor before progressing to Head of Department and finally STEM and Quality Initiatives Manager.  He has had a positive effect on student’s aspirations and achievement; his Learner Voice results are always very positive and examination results have been consistently above benchmark for all KPI’s with excellent value added.

As a Head of Department, he completed an ‘Exceeding Expectations’ management training course and is a strong and effective leader. His Science provision was chosen as part of OFSTED’s Good practice survey: Improving Sciences in Colleges. Michael was then seconded to another campus to improve science results and turned around the department within 12 months. During this time his college also reached the finals of the National STEMNET Awards for three consecutive years.

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