This updated course for Autumn 2017 is designed for existing or aspiring Heads of Psychology who wish to move their departments to outstanding. The new Ofsted framework has redefined the role of the Subject Leader so that it is now part of the overarching judgement on whole school Leadership and Management.

It has never been more important for Subject Leaders to develop their skills in order to hold all staff to account and apply the new Performance Management systems to consistently improve standards of teaching and learning. This course will allow you to learn how outstanding leadership of a psychology department can be achieved and how to make sure that it leads to exceptional outcomes.


  • How to develop new strategies to rigorously self–evaluate and hold all performance to account
  • Review and evaluate the teaching and learning in the department
  • Use data to plan an outstanding curriculum
  • Move the department to consistent levels of outstanding teaching and learning and take away strategies to tackle underperforming staff in your department
  • How to make sure that scrutiny of teaching and learning does impact on outcomes and examination results


“Really useful and informative. I found the size of the group allowed a good intensity. Course Leader was fantastic, very knowledgeable and very approachable.” – Park House School, Friday 25th November 2016


COURSE DATE London Friday 24 November 2017
WHO FOR?  Current Subject Leaders of Psychology
Aspiring subject leaders
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
Job TitleSubject Teacher

10.00 – 11.00am: Effective self–evaluation and action planning to tackle the big issues

  • How to accurately assess the department’s performance and plan to improve outcomes
  • What do Ofsted look for in an ‘outstanding department’ – make sure your action focuses on what matters and how to lead well for exemplar progression, teaching and learning and improved examination results
  • Leadership styles and models for inspiring and motivating teams
  • The vision for your department: practical strategies to retain and embed your vision

11.00 – 11.15am: Discussion: coffee break


11.15 – 11.45am: Using data to plan an outstanding Psychology curriculum

  • What data do we use and how do we use it to plan an outstanding curriculum?
  • What are departmental priorities?
  • What new curriculum options are available currently and in the near future?
  • How do we demonstrate pupil progress through a suitably challenging curriculum?

11.45 – 1.00pm: Assessing learning and progress: systems for reviewing and evaluating teaching and learning

  • The latest from Ofsted on ‘outstanding’ Psychology lessons
  • The big picture of reviewing- observations, giving feedback, learning works, book scrutiny etc.
  • Examples of creative approaches to learning: planning, delivery, marking and feedback strategies and classroom techniques for outstanding psychology lessons
  • Data analysis on the performance of groups – keeping the exam results high through stretch and challenge and intervention strategies

1.00 – 2.00pm: Lunch and informal discussion


2.00 – 3.00pm: Accountability of your staff: drive improvements, challenge mediocrity and hold under-performance to account

  • How to use Performance Management outcomes to drive meaningful CPD to specifically tackle weak areas
  • Practical strategies: tackling underperformance in students and staff
  • How to stretch, challenge and motivate your team, don’t just focus on moving less than satisfactory to good, also move the good to outstanding
  • Difficult conversations and how to tackle them effectively for positive outcomes
  • Coaching staff who need support or who are reluctant to change

3.00 – 3.15pm: Discussion: afternoon tea


3.15 – 3.45pm: Final summary and top tips for outstanding middle leadership

  • Top tips / best practice: outstanding leadership
  • Final questions and depart

Deb Gajic

Deb has been teaching Psychology for the past 18 years. Her first teaching position in Leicester involved teaching both Sociology and Psychology which led her to undertake an MSC in Psychology with the Open University. She is currently Head of Psychology at an outstanding school and has recently become a Chartered Psychologist and a Fellow of the BPS (AFBPsS). She is also Treasurer of the Association for the teaching of Psychology and has delivered numerous workshops and CPD sessions both in her own school and at ATP and other National Events.  She has published many articles on the teaching of Psychology and has co-written and appeared in numerous Online classroom Psychology DVDs. She is an enthusiastic contributor to and her resources are frequently downloaded and used in other schools and colleges