Leadership comes from vision; strategy concerns the mechanisms by which that vision becomes reality. This new course will encourage you to look at the qualities that make leadership effective and will help you work with others to develop outstanding leadership of your department. This course will focus on leadership, the curriculum, teaching and learning, target setting, monitoring and evaluating progress and attainment. It will also look at how your vision can be shared to promote an enabling curriculum that supports enquiry and curiosity as well as personal wellbeing and ultimately, employability. Led by a former Head of Department for Geography, Senior School Leader and former Chief Examiner, the course will provide detailed and accurate methods for making your department outstanding.


  • Explore the qualities and skills of an outstanding Head of Geography
  • Find out more about excellent department evaluation: identifying gaps and create strategies to fill these
  • Develop successful tracking systems to show progress in teaching, learning and attainment
  • Effectively assess your current curriculum models
  • Take away strategies, specific to Geography, to lead and inspire outstanding teaching and learning
COURSE DATE Online | Wednesday 13 October 2021

London | Wednesday 12 January 2022

  • Heads of Department (Geography)
  • Lead Geography Teachers
  • Teachers leading trips for the first time
  • NQT’s
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
Excellent Leadership and Vision in Geography

  • Reviewing the qualities and skills of an outstanding Head of Geography
  • Why vision comes before strategy and producing an excellent vision
  • Evaluating your department and acting upon this effectively
  • What will Heads of Department now have to demonstrate to Ofsted – looking at the new inspection system
  • Reflecting upon and developing ways of approaching the key challenges faced by Heads of Geography
  • Dealing with the problem of drop-off at A-level: ideas and strategies to retain students to Key Stage 5

11.15 – 11.30am: Discussion P.1

11.30 – 12.30pm
Leading outstanding Teaching and Learning for Geography

  • What the highest quality Geography Departments look like
  • Strategies for establishing, maintaining and promoting high quality Teaching and Learning
  • How a Head of Department can model outstanding teaching and learning across the department
  • Supporting your colleagues with innovative teaching within the Geography department
  • Using data effectively for monitoring and feedback, to lead to excellent performance
  • Boosting attainment of the least able across the Key Stages
  • Stretching and challenging the most able – key strategies and approaches
  • Working with partners and outside agencies, including the National Trust, RGS, GA and Field Studies Council

12.30 – 1.30pm: Lunch

1.30 – 2.15pm
Developing the Geography department

  • Identifying gaps in your department and creating strategies to fill these
  • Strategies for maintaining the highest quality of teaching and student performance over time
  • Working with the SLT; the confidence to champion and compromise
  • Making the right appointments and coaching for successful performance
  • Managing the budget to create the conditions for Outstanding performance

2.15 – 3.15pm
Developing a successful Curriculum for Geography

  • Assessing your current curriculum models against the need to create a successful environment which supports teaching and learning excellence
  • Developing a rich curriculum for Geography: creating the best experience for all students
  • Ensuring progress for all students across the Key Stages
  • How to support appropriate and relevant tracking and assessment to promote student outcomes
  • Ensuing the inclusion of activities which promote learning, independence and a love of Geography

3.15 – 3.20pm: Discussion P.2

3.25 – 3.45pm
Promoting the Geography Department

  • New media approaches to sell and support the department, within and outside the school
  • Making sure Geography is seen as a leading department
  • Working across the curriculum and promoting geographical ideas

3.45 – 4.00pm
Plenary & Finish

James Foster

James has been Head of Geography at Xaverian Sixth Form, Manchester College for over nine years. He has been a senior examiner since 2010 and worked on both the 2008 and the 2016 specifications, specifically the human and physical papers and AS Physical paper. He has been a Chartered Geographer since 2012 in recognition of his work and has written extensively for both Edexcel and GeoFactfsheet. Additionally, he is a reviewer on Routesjounal.org, an online journal which aims to showcase the best abilities of A-level and undergraduate students.