Leading a Languages Department is a unique and challenging role, never more so than it is now; increased accountabilities, curriculum changes and issues, the relentless drive to improve results are just some of the challenges currently facing HODs.

This revised course will focus on those key issues, including the areas under keen scrutiny by Ofsted – strong, effective leadership, strategies to improve and enhance performance levels of student learning and achievement.

This course is strongly practically focused, with real world practitioner based effective approaches, techniques and strategies to lead a highly successful Languages Department.


  • Be equipped to deal with the current issues and challenges
  • Enhance your ability to manage staff and drive standards of excellence in teaching and learning
  • Understand how to make effective use of qualitative and quantitative data
  • Find out how to take an honest approach to self-evaluation
  • Gain new approaches on developing an effective work team atmosphere
  • Take away a range of approaches and strategies for leading your department to success


COURSE DATE London Thursday 18 January 2018
WHO FOR?  Heads of Modern Languages
Aspiring Heads of Modern Languages
Senior Leaders in charge of Heads of Department
IN-SCHOOL You can also book this as an In-School Course
Detailed notes On-line materials
Powerpoint presentations CPD Certificate
 High quality training facilities Sit-down buffet lunch


Additional information

CategoryLeadership & Management
SubjectModern Languages

10.00 – 11.00am Tackling the Big Issues

  • What makes an effective head of Modern Languages?
  • What are the implications of the changes to GCSE, A level and EBACC accountabilities?
  • How can the curriculum be planned via effective schemes of work to ensure progression?
  • Working with SLT and ensuring you are involved at the level you need to be

11.00 – 11.15am: Discussion: coffee break


11.15 – 12.00pm: Leading the Faculty/Department

  • Understanding the effectiveness of both qualitative and quantitative data
  • Departmental review – taking an honest approach to self-evaluation
  • Managing systems and structures to sustain improvement – meetings, learning walks, observations
  • Raising the Profile of the Faculty/Department in the school
  • Utilising your budget to the greatest effect

12.00 – 1.00pm: Building the Team

  • Developing an effective working atmosphere
  • Inspiring, motivating and monitoring members of your department
  • Developing your people
  • Delegate, don’t abdicate

1.00 – 2.00pm: Lunch and informal discussion


2.00 – 3.00pm: Tackling Underperformance

  • What happens when things go wrong?
  • Understanding your people
  • Being assertive and dealing with difficult situations

3.00 – 3.05pm: Discussion: afternoon tea


3.05 – 3.45pm: Leading Learning

  • What does an outstanding linguist look like?
  • What does an outstanding MFL classroom look like?
  • How to evidence results in teaching and learning across the department
  • Preparing the future

Samantha Broom

Samantha is an experienced teacher of Spanish and French with extensive experience as Head of Department and an MA in Education. She specialises in teaching Spanish at both GCSE and A Level and has been involved in authoring resources for both Nelson Thornes (OUP) and Pearson. She is an examiner for A Level and has been heavily involved with the PGCE course at the University of Cumbria, including mentoring trainee teachers. Samantha has worked in both state and independent schools and she is an experienced presenter with a passion for using the target language in the classroom, as well as using technology to enhance teaching and learning.