Examine the responsibilities and characteristics of effective leaders in Post-16 science and introduce a wide range of strategies to effectively manage and turn around departments and improve people management skills.


  • Techniques to conduct department evaluations
  • Strategies to address a wide range of weaknesses
  • Understand your team: how to manage your staff


“I enjoyed the course very much. It was incredibly useful. I have found all the information that I needed. The course leader was great and proficient. The whole organisation was great too.” – NIS, Wednesday 16th November 2016


COURSE DATE London Wednesday 29 November 2017
WHO FOR?  Post 16 Heads of Science
Teachers aspiring to the role of Head of Science
Heads of Science looking to enhance their departments
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

LocationBirmingham, London
CategoryLeadership & Management
SubjectBiology, Chemistry, Physics

10.00 – 10.45am: Using effective techniques to identify areas of weakness

  • Understanding the importance of key documents including those for inspection
  • Utilising a range of reports and key documents to conduct a department evaluation and identify areas of weakness
  • Utilising student voice and complaints – how to encourage, assess and respond
  • Recognising causes of weakness

10.45 – 11.00am: Discussion: coffee break


11.00 – 12.30pm: Turning around areas of weakness

  • Implementing effective strategies to ensure a consistent and effective experience for all learners
  • Understanding when to be restrictive and when to allow creative autonomy
  • The importance of high expectations and discipline
  • Utilising a range of monitoring tools to track performance, recognise underachievement and motivate learners
  • Exploring early intervention strategies to effectively support and drive learners
  • Selecting appropriate pathways for learners: recognising exceptional circumstances and balancing the needs of the student and school/college

12.30 – 1.30pm: Lunch and informal discussion


1.30 – 3.00pm: Getting your team on board

  • Understanding the role of middle leaders and the characteristics of good leadership
  • How to run effective meetings, appraisals and observations; motivating to improve
  • How to introduce change: reducing resistance and addressing concerns
  • Managing your team: dealing with a range of personalities, roles and situations including underperformance
  • Supporting your team: understanding what they need and how you can help

3.00 – 3.15pm: Discussion: afternoon tea


3.15 – 3.50pm: Creating a Buzz: raising aspirations, engaging learners, and improving recruitment and progression

  • How to introduce STEM careers to raise aspirations, improve progression and motivate learners
  • Exploring enrichment & enhancement: opportunities both within and out of school/college to engage learners, develop skills and support progression
  • Exploring strategies to improve student’s confidence and effort
  • Inspiring and supporting the team to develop new initiatives and take on additional responsibilities

Michael Brown

Michael has been an examiner for 15 years and has worked in post 16 education for 23 years, initially as an A-level Biology Tutor before progressing to Head of Department and finally STEM and Quality Initiatives Manager.  He has had a positive effect on student’s aspirations and achievement; his Learner Voice results are always very positive and examination results have been consistently above benchmark for all KPI’s with excellent value added.

As a Head of Department, he completed an ‘Exceeding Expectations’ management training course and is a strong and effective leader. His Science provision was chosen as part of OFSTED’s Good practice survey: Improving Sciences in Colleges. Michael was then seconded to another campus to improve science results and turned around the department within 12 months. During this time his college also reached the finals of the National STEMNET Awards for three consecutive years.

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