This updated course will equip delegates with a clear knowledge and understanding of what constitutes an ‘Outstanding’ PE department. Join experienced Head of Department James, as you will consider what makes an outstanding Head of PE, be shown the most reliable methods of evaluating your department and will be shown successful, effective strategies for improvements. Particular attention will be paid to the key characteristics of what Ofsted is now looking for from the PE department and the part that is played in that by the leader themselves.


  • Consider the qualities and skills of an effective and successful Head of PE
  • Enhance your ability to lead, support and develop your staff and reliably assess the effectiveness of the department
  • Explore a range of strategies to improve the departments teaching and learning provision, what makes an outstanding department
  • Know how to monitor the quality of teaching and learning in lessons and the effectiveness of each teacher
  • Learn how to embed the new curricula, deal with change and maintain excellent results and sell yourself to the school and Ofsted especially within how wellbeing and PE are linked
  • Heads of Department for PE looking to improve
  • Newly appointed Heads of PE
  • Aspiring Heads of PE
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 – 11.15am
Leadership and Vision

  • Consider the qualities and skills of an outstanding Head of PE
  • How to become an inspirational leader and an effective manager
  • Defining and building a departmental vision
  • Reviewing and analysing the continuing impact of the new GCSE and A level specifications on Physical Education teaching
  • Making the most of the department strengths and adding value through training, initiatives and new staff
  • Driving the department forwards and using student voice

11.15 – 11.30am
Discussion: coffee break

11.30 – 12.00pm
Embedding outstanding Teaching & Learning in PE

  • Explore what makes an effective and successful Physical Education lesson and course
  • How to plan effectively to build on each student’s capabilities and prior knowledge
  • Improving practical skills – what the HOD should consider
  • Setting goals that stretch and challenge all groups of students
  • Encouraging innovation and risk taking
  • Ideas for filtering theory knowledge and target setting potential GCSE candidates

12.00 – 1.00pm
Lunch and informal discussion

1.00 – 2.00pm
Monitoring the quality of Teaching & Learning, tackling underperformance

  • Using data strategically to monitor and track performance
  • Giving effective feedback to experienced and new staff
  • Tackling staff underperformance: a range of practical strategies
  • How to have difficult conversations with staff
  • How to stretch and motivate your team
  • Supporting the professional development of your staff

2.00 – 2.10pm
Discussion: afternoon tea

2.10 – 3.30pm
Preparing for Ofsted, the rich curriculum and effective self-evaluation

  • Leadership and management judgment; the role of the middle leader
  • Evidence gathering for SLT and Ofsted; what do you need, where do you find it?
  • Update on the new Ofsted framework and the role of PE in meeting the criteria
  • Developing and delivering a rich PE curriculum at Key Stage 3 and beyond – what does that actually mean and involve?
  • Managing the inspection team

3.30 – 3.45pm
Final top tips

  • An opportunity to ask questions

James Bennett

James is an experienced teacher of 18 years. He is currently subject leader in an ‘outstanding’ department with consistently high results. He has 15 years’ experience of leading departmental, cluster school and whole school training on both subject specific and general teaching topics.

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