This updated course for Autumn 2018 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.


  • Review, evaluate and improve the teaching and learning in the department
  • Develop new strategies to rigorously self–evaluate and hold all performance to account
  • Enhance your ability to recruit, lead, support and develop their staff
  • 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
COURSE DATE London Wednesday 17 October 2018
  • Current Subject Leaders of Psychology
  • Aspiring subject leaders
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: Leadership and Vision

  • Consider the qualities and skills of an outstanding Head of Psychology
  • Leadership styles and models for inspiring and motivating teams
  • 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
  • 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: Staff Development: Recruiting, Leading, Supporting and Developing Your Staff

  • Inspiring, motivating and developing members of the department
  • Implementing and managing departmental systems and paperwork
  • Effective lesson observation and monitoring and practical strategies for tackling underperformance
  • Strategies to manage difficult situations in a range of contexts
  • Recruiting the best teachers for your department
  • Supporting the professional development of your staff

3.00 – 3.30pm: Leading Outstanding Teaching and Learning

  • Exploring ideas for modelling outstanding teaching and learning within the classroom
  • Encouraging innovation
  • Pupil voice, reflection and target-setting for effective progression

3.30 – 3.45pm: Discussion: afternoon tea


3.45 – 4.00pm: Final summary and top tips for Outstanding Middle Leadership

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

Deb Gajic

Deb has been teaching Psychology for over 20 years and is currently a freelance educational consultant. 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 was formerly 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 Resourcd.com and her resources are frequently downloaded and used in other schools and colleges. Deb is also an examiner for a major awarding body.

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