This new 2018 course is designed for all Heads of Psychology who are looking to move their departments from ‘good’ 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 explore in –depth how to move your department from ‘good’ to ‘outstanding’ and delegates will take away a range of practical directions, approaches and strategies to achieve their vision. 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.


  • Explore in-depth how to move your department from ‘good’ to ‘outstanding’
  • Take away a range of practical directions and routes to successfully achieve this
  • Transform your teaching and learning attainment levels across your 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


COURSE DATE London Wednesday 17 October 2018
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



10.00 – 11.00am: Leadership and Vision

  • 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
  • Consider the qualities and skills of an outstanding Head of Psychology
  • Leadership styles and models for inspiring and motivating teams

11.00 – 11.15am: Discussion: coffee break


11.15 – 12.30pm: Leading Outstanding Teaching and Learning

  • Exploring ideas for modelling outstanding teaching and learning within the classroom
  • How to transform your department attainment levels
  • Exploring new curriculum options

12.30 – 1.30pm: Lunch and informal discussion


1.30 – 2.45pm: Assessing Teaching, Learning and Progress

  • 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

2.45 – 2.50pm: Discussion: afternoon tea


2.50 – 3.40pm: 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

3.40 – 3.50pm: Final questions and discussion

  • 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 Resourcd.com and her resources are frequently downloaded and used in other schools and colleges