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
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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