The Leadership and Management of a mathematics department is a unique and challenging role, never more so than now: increased accountabilities, significant curriculum changes, new qualifications and the relentless drive to improve results- with the spotlight remaining 100% focused on the mathematics department.

This exciting course has been designed to focus on the key leadership issues, including the areas under keen scrutiny by Ofsted – strong, effective leadership and strategies to improve outcomes of student learning and achievement.

The course will be led by a highly effective Subject Leader and SLE with a strong reputation nationally for excellence. It aims to provide you with the insight, strategies and skills to lead your department to outstanding.


  • Be equipped to deal with the current issues and challenges for Heads of Mathematics
  • Develop your own leadership and management skills and understand how to deal with challenging situations
  • Understand the current OFSTED framework and the Implications for you as a Subject Leader of Maths
  • Take away strategies to improve the quality and consistency of teaching, learning and assessment across your department
  • Enhance your ability to monitor staff and improve standards and levels of consistency


COURSE DATE In-school only
  • Current Heads of Mathematics
  • New and aspiring Heads of Mathematics
  • Deputy Heads of Mathematics
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 – 11.00am: Knowing and tackling the big issues

  • Understand the current OFSTED framework and the implications for Heads of Mathematics
  • Recognising to what extent you as a Middle Leader have accountability
  • Ensuring you are involved at the level you need to be
  • Using data and writing excellent Development Plans

11.10 - 11.15am: Discussion: coffee break


11.15 - 11.45am: Leadership Skills for Excellence

  • Examine key characteristics of an outstanding leader
  • Understand your strengths and development needs as a leader
  • Become an inspirational leader and effective manager

11.45 – 12.45pm: Growing Outstanding Departments

  • Developing an effective working atmosphere and developing your team
  • Making sure there are no ‘passengers’ in your departmental team
  • Monitoring staff to achieve consistency of high standards
  • Prepare your vision for an outstanding department
  • Lesson observations and practice feedback for growth
  • Understand challenging colleagues and learn how to deal with difficult situations

12.45 – 1.45pm: Lunch and informal discussions


1.45 – 2.45pm: Improving the quality of teaching, learning and assessment

  • What does an outstanding mathematician look like?
  • What does an outstanding maths classroom look like?
  • Strategies to improve teaching, learning and assessment
  • Develop a growth mind set to support problem solving in Maths
  • Effective marking and feedback systems for Maths departments which impact well on learning

2.45 - 3.00pm: Break


3.00 – 3.45pm: Making It All Happen!

  • SWOT analysis and professional development
  • An honest approach to self-evaluation
  • Raising the profile of the department/faculty in your school

Ros French

Ros is a passionate maths teacher, sharing outstanding practice through her role as an AST and SLE. She has worked in 4 diverse schools, across the OFSTED spectrum and understands what it means to be outstanding. She was a dynamic Curriculum Leader of Maths for over 12 years and praised by OFSTED for outstanding leadership, teaching and achievement of students. Ros is now an Assistant Head Teacher with responsibility for staff development and teaching, learning and assessment. She has worked extensively as a coach and is recognised as an inspirational leader, having led national training courses for over 5 years. Her current school is at the forefront of classroom based research and Ros is committed to improving the teaching and learning of young people by supporting the professional development of staff and empowering colleagues. Her courses have been described as ‘stimulating’, ‘wonderful’ and ‘insightful’.

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