With ever changing challenges in the education sector, being a dynamic and responsive leader is key to success. This course aims to give fresh ideas alongside tried and tested strategies to give you all the tools to build an outstanding department. Lead by mangers of the 2019 ‘National Teaching Team of the Year’, you will have the opportunity to understand their management strategies; from successful leadership styles, how to build an effective curriculum design, what processes are at the centre of achieving consistent outstanding outcomes in both a-level and vocational courses, instigating positive change in staff development and how to ensure healthy recruitment numbers for the longevity of the subject.


  • Gain an insight your own leadership style and be able to make informed adaptations to maximise management success
  • Understand the current educational landscape and take away practical ideas of how to adapt your departments practice according to these challenges
  • Take away practical curriculum design considerations to ensure you meet all areas of the OFSTED Inspection framework
  • Explore tried and tested process models of how to implement positive change within your department
  • Have the opportunity to ask questions and seek advice from two highly experienced and successful Heads of PE and Sport
COURSE DATE Online | Thursday 22 April 2021
  • Those aspiring to be a Head of PE and Sport
  • Newly appointed as a Head of PE and Sport
  • Established Head of PE and Sport looking for fresh ideas in the changing educational climate
  • Faculty leads with PE and Sport in their management remit
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


10.00 – 10.45am: Course Introduction: Exploring Leadership Styles and Your Philosophy

  • Identifying your own personal philosophy in PE and Sport
  • Understanding your leadership style, including the strengths of this approach as well as potential challenges
  • The importance of ‘self-awareness’ in leadership, and utilising this to positively impact your department

10.45 – 11.45am: Designing a Curriculum which is Current, Inspiring and ‘Fit for Purpose’

  • Adapting the curriculum to successfully lead through change (post-COVID, RQF, linearity, remote learning)
  • The pivotal role of PE and Sport in students ‘Personal Development’ (enrichment, trips and work experience)
  • Guided analysis of your current curriculum design, and considerations of actions moving forward

11.45 – 12.00am: Break

12.00 – 1.00pm: Consistently Achieving Outstanding Outcomes in A-level and Vocational Courses

  • Assessment planning that is fit for purpose, and how to track student progress
  • Creating a culture of ‘Stretch and Challenge’ with responsive Intervention strategies for ALL students
  • How to successfully provide subject-specific pastoral support; particularly to ensure positive post-college destinations 

1.00 – 2.00pm: Lunch  

2.00 –  3.15pm: Driving High Quality Teaching, Learning and Assessment

  • Starting with the evidence; methods for identifying the departments current position through subject reviews and staff appraisals
  • Creating a quality improvement plan centred around internal staff development; putting your team at the centre of jointly driving standards forwards
  • The role of ‘impact analysis’ to monitor change and create a cultural of continual reflection and improvement

3.15 – 3.30pm: Break

3.30 – 4.00pm: Marketing, Recruitment and Retention in PE and Sport

  • Building successful links and partnerships with schools, universities, employers and local clubs
  • Marketing strategies to promote your department and recruit prospective students
  • The role of networking with other institutions, and opportunity to network with fellow delegates

4.00pm: Depart

Toni Knight & Mark Lucid

Both Mark Lucid and Toni Knight work at Wyke Sixth Form College; a highly successful 16-18 provision provider in Hull, and were pivotal in the PE, Sport and Dance department gaining the “National Teaching Team of the Year” Award in 2019. Mark Lucid, now Assistant principal at the college, held the position of Head of PE and Sport for 6years, followed by his successor Toni Knight, now faculty lead in the area. Mark Lucid has expertise in leading the TLA (teaching, learning and assessment) strategy across the college for several years, whilst also leading a Sport extra-curricular provision for more than 600 students; gaining many national titles. Toni Knight holds the position of A-level PE and Dance examining alongside her teaching commitments, as well as gaining a National title for the College’s Dance Team in 2018. Together, they have maintained PE and Sport a-level and vocational grade outcomes at the top 10% nationally in the country over their years of teaching and leadership.