ABOUT THIS COURSE
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.
BENEFITS OF ATTENDING
- 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
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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 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.