Excellent leadership can transform the experiences and outcomes of staff and students. Building a united team with consistently strong teaching, learning and assessment is fundamental in being a successful Head of Sociology. This new course examines the knowledge, tools and strategies needed to transform your department to deliver expert teaching and outstanding outcomes for your students. Delegates will review the curriculum offer in their departments and techniques to sustain excellence in Sociology resources, delivery and assessment. In response to the current pandemic, this course will examine the challenges faced by Heads of Sociology and how to close the disadvantage gap caused by the lockdown. Delegates will take away practical strategies to maximise student experience and outcomes in their own departments.


  • Understand the attributes of an excellent Leader in Sociology in the contexts of the present challenging educational landscape.
  • Examine the challenges faced by Heads of Sociology today and develop strategies for effective leadership.
  • Transform your leadership skills and expertise to maximise student outcomes in Sociology.
  • Review the performance of your department and take away changes to drive up standards.
  • Obtain strategies to run a successful Sociology department including improving teaching, learning and assessment, tracking student progress and managing underperformance.
  • Examine ways to enhance student experience in Sociology to facilitate outstanding student outcomes.
  • Evaluating the impact of your actions and decisions as a leader on staff and student performance.
COURSE DATE Online | Friday 8 October 2021
  • Heads of Sociology
  • Aspiring/Newly appointed Heads of Sociology
  • Teachers with responsibility for Sociology
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 – 11.00am: What makes an Outstanding Head of Sociology?   

  • Reviewing the qualities and skills of Outstanding leadership
  • Addressing the challenges faced by Heads of Sociology in the current pandemic: Supporting students post-lockdown, effective intervention strategies to close any gaps, strategies for accelerated learning and new teaching methods in the socially distanced classroom.
  • Producing an excellent vision that is shared by the whole team
  • Evaluating your department and devising a plan of action: Making effective use of examiners reports to identify specific areas for development and working collaboratively with your team to make this happen.

11.00 – 11.15am: Break

11.15 – 12.15pm: Transforming a Sociology department to deliver outstanding outcomes

  • Review curriculum resources: Are your students drowning in content? Do resources include contemporary, up-to-date research and concepts? What kinds of resources would be best to maximise student outcomes?
  • Obtain strategies to best prepare students for examination success that encourage students to take ownership of their own revision: Personalised revision plans, student-led study groups, self-assessments and reviews.
  • Review delivery of the curriculum to improve memory for learning in the linear world: Effective use of interleaving and retrieval assessment.
  • Assess the effectiveness of current tracking systems to monitor student progress across the department.
  • Develop the student experience to enhance engagement and student outcomes.

12.15 – 1.15pm: Running a successful Sociology department

  • Fostering a team ethos and parity of student experience
  • Strategies for establishing, maintaining and promoting high quality teaching, learning and assessment in Sociology
  • Managing your Sociology team in the current pandemic: Overseeing consistent, high quality remote learning work and teaching in the socially distanced classroom.
  • Supporting your team with innovative and engaging teaching
  • The importance of delegating and utilising the strengths of your staff
  • Using data effectively for monitoring and feedback, to lead to outstanding student outcomes
  • Generate a “buzz” around Sociology through enrichment provision

1.15 – 2.15pm: Lunch  

2.15 – 3.00pm: Managing underperformance

  • Strategies to re-engage demotivated teachers
  • How to best support staff to become more effective teachers
  • Dealing with difficult conversations

3.00 – 3.15pm: Afternoon break

3.15 – 4.00pm: Evaluating the impact of your leadership  

  • How to monitor the performance of staff in order to maximise student outcomes.
  • Examine strategies to maintain the highest quality of teaching, learning and assessment over time – how to sustain excellence
  • Analysing what exam boards expect of Sociology students to achieve the highest grades.

4.00pm: Depart

Catherine Eariss

Catherine Eariss is a successful teacher and leader of Psychology and Sociology, consistently achieving high value added scores. For over 9 years, she has led departments across England, transforming student experience and outcomes. She is passionate about developing teaching and learning in Psychology and Sociology, attending teacher conferences and establishing networks.

Catherine currently leads a large Psychology and Sociology Department at a sixth form college in the North East of England.