Leadership comes from vision and strategy is built around that. This course will encourage you to look at the qualities that make leadership effective and strong and how you can work with others to develop your outstanding leadership and management of the subject. It will focus on leadership, curriculum, teaching and learning and attainment. It will also look at how the subject worth is shared with all stakeholders and how a contemporary curriculum model will support personal wellbeing, employability and which will engage all young people.


  • Find out about leadership and creating a shared vision for the department
  • Audit where you are, identify gaps and create strategies to fill the gaps
  • Develop successful and effective teaching and learning in the subject which is managed and tracked to show progress
  • Assess your current curriculum models against the needs of 21st century students and employability paths
  • Find out about networking, local and national, face to face and online



WHO FOR?  Current and aspiring subject leaders for Art, Craft and Design, teachers with responsibility for the subject.
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, New Courses
SubjectArt & Design

10.00 – 11.15am: Auditing the present to create the future

  • What is an outstanding art department?
  • What is outstanding leadership?
  • Why vision comes before strategy
  • Auditing your department
  • What do you do well? Where are the gaps?

11.15 – 11.30am: Discussion: coffee break


11.30 - 1.00pm: Developing engaging and inclusive learning and teaching in Art, Craft & Design

  • Creating a culture of creativity and challenge. How you can build departmental habits to support progression
  • How can you support tracking and assessment to promote student outcomes?
  • How can you stretch and support all groups of learners?

1.00 – 2.00pm: Lunch and informal discussion


2.00 – 2.45pm: Afternoon workshops 1

Either Option 1A: Leading and building a team

  • Making the most of lesson observations. Understanding what the current Ofsted framework means to your subject and how you can ensure your department is meeting the criteria whilst keeping your creative identity
  • T&L strategies – Preparing for an inspection
  • Tricky conversations (with parents/staff)
  • Self Evaluation and staff development

Or Option 1B: Maximising progress through an engaging curriculum

  • Are we designing a relevant curriculum which relates to the creative and cultural industries?
  • Are we linking to the SMSC dimensions?
  • How do we include Literacy and Numeracy and other generic and transferable skills?

2.45 - 3.30pm: Afternoon workshops 2

Either Option 2A: Developing leadership skills (for the aspiring HoD)

  • Leadership skills
  • Importance of networking
  • Professional development
  • Staying up to date and informed

Or Option 2B: Promoting the department

  • Raising the profile of art and design across the school and with stakeholders
  • Managing the budget effectively
  • Understanding the whole school context
  • working with SLT. The confidence to champion and compromise

3.30 - 3.45pm: Plenary and SMART targets to take back to school

Becky Mizon

Becky Mizon is a highly experienced and successful Head of faculty encompassing Art and D & T. She has steered her department from the starting point of ‘inadequate’ to ‘outstanding’ within four years. Since then, her department and teaching have consistently been judged as ‘outstanding.’ During this time, GCSE results have doubled; uptake has drastically improved and student engagement and passions for learning are strong.

Susan Coles

Susan is an independent consultant, school governor, creative coach, adviser and artist, with a national and international profile as an advocate for the subject and for creative education and approaches to leadership. As honorary fellow of, and past President, of NSEAD, she is a member of the Council and the Professional Development Board. Susan is also a member of INSEA. Susan works in schools, colleges, local authorities and with major galleries, developing resources, and running teacher inset training courses and workshops. She also lectures in several major universities across the UK. She is an Associate of the Big Draw and co-facilitated the national TEA (Thinking, Expression and Action) professional development programme on drawing. Susan has facilitated Big Draw events locally, nationally and across the world. Susan also facilitates many networks, both face to face and via social media platforms. Her north east network group won Big Draw national awards in 2015 and 2016. Susan is at the cutting edge of curriculum development and thinking in the subject and is involved in many other initiatives to develop an exciting 21st century curriculum for Art, Craft and Design. Susan is passionate about the visual arts and is an enthusiastic and popular trainer and lecturer.

You can find out more about her at

Twitter @theartcriminal