At this time of uncertainty around the place of D&T within the curriculum, this is an opportunity to examine the core elements required to make your department a real success. We will look at approaches to assessment and monitoring, preparing the department for an OFSTED inspection and health & safety responsibilities. We will also discuss the requirements of new GCSE specification in Design & Technology and how this can be delivered.


  • Develop strategies to improve standards of teaching and learning across your department
  • Learn how to track and monitor the progress of your students and staff
  • Prepare your department for a successful OFSTED inspection
  • Enhance your ability to manage staff to improve outcomes
  • Develop a bespoke vision for the subject that fits your school
  • Take away a wide range of resources and material for immediate impact


“Really enjoyable! Loads of techniques explained and the practical sessions were extremely beneficial to developing the skills. Course Leader was great who knew exactly what we wanted/needed and answered every question positively. Location was good for transport and the facilities and catering was also excellent!” – Kingham Hill School


COURSE DATE In-school only
  • Heads of Design and Technology
  • Aspiring subject leaders
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: What makes a highly effective HOD for Design and Technology?

  • What’s happening in D&T nationally?
  • The roles of the subject leader: teaching, monitoring attainment, budgeting, Health & Safety and staff management
  • What does outstanding practice look like?
  • Developing a clear ‘vision’ for your department
  • How do you get your vision across to others i.e. students, colleagues, SLT, governors, parents

10.45 – 11.10am: Discussion: coffee break


11.10 – 12.20pm: Leading your department to success

  • Understanding the requirements in the OfSTED inspection framework
  • Departmental self-evaluation: example successful approach
  • Ofsted and leadership, how will you be judged – what is ‘good’ and what is ‘outstanding’ leadership?
  • How to move your leadership skills to grade 1 standard
  • Coping in a small department

12.20 – 1.00pm: Designing a highly effective curriculum

  • What are your priorities?
  • Implementing the new KS3 curriculum for sustained progress and outstanding outcomes at KS4
  • Preparing for new GCSE specification in Design & Technology
  • Discussion: comparing and evaluating the draft specifications
  • Vocational alternatives to the GCSEs – how to assess the appropriate course for your context

1.00 – 2.00pm: Lunch and informal discussion


2.00 – 2.45pm: Leading learning: how to embed a consistent high level of teaching and learning across the whole department

  • What does outstanding T&L look like and how can you support your staff to move in that direction?
  • Motivating and improving the performance of the harder to manage members of the department
  • Strategies to keep examination results high
  • An effective lesson observation process

2.45 – 3.20pm: Tracking, monitoring, evaluating: students and staff

  • How to track and monitor student progress and ensure students are taking action on feedback
  • Using data effectively to show results in teaching and learning across the department
  • Implement a highly effective Performance Management system to manage your staff
  • How to make sure you continue to drive forward and sustain standards
  • How to address underperforming staff

3.20 – 3.45pm: Final top tips and moving forward

  • How to continually develop your department and maintain levels of excellence?
  • Selling your subject
  • Action points to take away
  • Tea and coffee will be provided informally as we work through this session

Paul Anderson

Paul works as a teacher and consultant, specialising in Design & Technology and Engineering. His students have consistently achieved outstanding value added, typically exceeding their targets by 1.5 to 2 grades, both in his roles as a teacher and when he was Head of Technology in one of the most challenging schools in the country. Paul was awarded a Gatsby fellowship for his work implementing Assessment for Learning in D&T and is an alumni member of the JDF Innovation Group. He has had several senior examiner roles for two exam boards and is a teacher adviser to the IET and Discovery Science. He has also written or co-authored nine Design & Technology textbooks, along with over 100 published teaching resources.

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