CONFERENCE AIMS

Teachers new to the role of Head of Department have to quickly develop their skills in setting a departmental vision, leading high quality teaching and learning and performance-managing colleagues.  With an ever-increasing focus on student outcomes, the pressures on Heads of Department to produce impressive results are high.

Focusing on the key attributes of leadership, including assessing and developing your curriculum,  making your mark with the SLT, coaching your team and producing an effective Quality of Education for all students, this conference will provide methods and solutions for the differing issues new Heads of Department encounter when they progress beyond the role of subject teacher.

We are delighted that the day will be led by Paul Johnson (current Ofsted Inspector, experienced examiner, Deputy Headteacher and Head of Department), Jon Huddleston (Deputy Head and educational expert) and Emma Hollis (Education Consultant), who will demonstrate how to develop the qualities required to be an excellent Head of Department and point the way to more senior posts.

BENEFITS OF ATTENDING

  • Gain a full appreciation and strategies for what is expected of a new Head of Department
  • Discover the best ways for responding and adapting to the key challenges in front of you
  • Learn how to hold your staff to account and motivate them
  • Obtain approaches and methods for developing excellent curriculum models
  • Gain powerful strategies for leading outstanding teaching and learning across the Key Stages
  • Explore and develop the qualities and skills to make your department outstanding in every context
DATE London | Friday 5 July 2019
WHO SHOULD ATTEND? Newly Appointed Heads of Department
Aspiring Heads of Department
Senior Leaders in charge of recruitment
Deputy Heads and Assistant Heads
Senior Leaders in charge of results
Senior Leaders in charge of Teaching and Learning
Educational Research Professionals
Curriculum Managers
Heads of Department
CONFERENCE CODE 7476
INCLUDED
  • 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

 

10.00am – 10.05am 
Introduction and Welcome 
Paul Johnson, current Ofsted Inspector, experienced examiner, Deputy Headteacher and Head of Department


10.05am – 10.50am 
Moving to Middle Leadership: What is expected of a new Head of Department
Emma Hollis Brown Education Consultant
Jon Huddleston Deputy Head and educational expert

  • The challenges for you and your team as a new Head of Department
  • Your new responsibilities – responding and adapting to the key challenges in front of you
  • Setting out on your new role – easy wins in the first few weeks
  • What the SLT expect: behaviour, responsibility and your new relationship with them

10.50am – 11.10am
Break


11.10am – 12.00pm
Analysing your new department
Paul Johnson, current Ofsted Inspector, experienced examiner, Deputy Headteacher and Head of Department

  • Analysing the strengths and weaknesses of your new department: how does it compare with others in the school?
  • Evaluating your curriculum: does it cater for everyone, is there progress, the rigour of work scrutiny
  • Setting out your vision, goals and strategies: setting out to ensure outstanding
  • Data and tracking: what is the impact of your analysis on your department?

12.00pm – 12:50pm
Workshop Strand 1

1a Developing Curriculum Expertise in Your Department
Emma Hollis Brown Education Consultant

  • Quality of Education: getting the curriculum right
  • Key reflections on the OFSTED curriculum review
  • Evaluating your curriculum – is it right? Does it develop all students?
  • Fundamentals when developing your curriculum vision
  • Managing change effectively: a tricky skill

1b What are the Qualities and Actions of an Outstanding HOD
 Paul Johnson, current Ofsted Inspector, experienced examiner, Deputy Headteacher and Head of Department

  • Outstanding: who says so?
  • Characteristics of the outstanding Head of Department
  • Challenges for an outstanding Head of Department

1c Styles of Leadership and When to Use Them
Jon Huddleston Deputy Head and educational expert

  • Which style of leadership is best deployed for which issues and queries?
  • How to make a judgement on what type of leadership is needed, to what extent, and when?
  • Understanding the principles of what makes an effective leader
  • Know your strengths as a leader: What type of leader are you? What type of leader do you need to be?

12.50pm – 13.50pm

Lunch


1.50pm – 14.35pm
Workshop Option Strand 2

2a: Cutting through the Data for High Achievement
Paul Johnson, current Ofsted Inspector, experienced examiner, Deputy Headteacher and Head of Department

  • Assessing data as a Head of Department, not a teacher
  • Shared teaching groups how do you record? Recording meaningful grades
  • Strategies for setting challenging targets for the more able
  • Raising achievement with targeted students and agreed, meaningful actions

2b High Expectations: Leading with the Right Standards
Emma Hollis Brown Education Consultant

  • Aspirational target setting
  • Plans that raise achievement for all and targets that don’t demotivate
  • How to make strategies for targeted students work
  • Setting challenging targets for your more able
  • Really effective monitoring and evaluation – leading with the right standard

2c Matching Your Curriculum and Your Staff
Jon Huddleston Deputy Head and educational expert

  • Staffing and staff development: developing your team
  • Presence and tenor: building effective relationships with key people
  • Bringing your team with you – dealing with the challenging and the coasting
  • Professional development: what type, when, how and who?

14.35pm – 14.55pm
Refreshment break


14.55pm – 15:45pm
Workshop Option Strand C

3a Marginal Gains – High Performance in Exams
Paul Johnson, current Ofsted Inspector, experienced examiner, Deputy Headteacher and Head of Department

  • Making positive and pro-active use of assessment data
  • Mock and trial examinations: how to get the most out of them
  • Marking and feedback
  • Knowledge and technique: the two ingredients of examination success
  • Support and challenge for all your students and staff

3b New HOD, New Directions: Setting Your Mark
Jon Huddleston Deputy Head and educational expert

  • Ways of introducing more innovative, more creative thinking
  • New approaches, the importance of change management
  • Working across departments to improve your team
  • Producing a holistic curriculum

3C Using Coaching Strategies as the Head of Department
Emma Hollis Brown Education Consultant

  • What is effective coaching?
  • Using coaching and mentoring to develop the team
  • Dealing with ‘difficult’ colleagues – developing a range of problem solving tools
  • Effective performance management – how to use monitoring information to improve performance

15.45pm
Plenary and depart

Emma Hollis – Brown
Education consultant

Emma has wide ranging experience in quality assurance reviews of primary and secondary schools. She specialises in delivering curriculum solutions and leading high performing faculties to success. She has developed a career in leadership challenge and inspection and advisory work, supporting curriculum innovation and teacher training.


Jon Huddleston
Deputy Headteacher at Chancellor’s School and educational expert

Jonathan is a successful Deputy Headteacher at Chancellor’s school with specific responsibility for the Curriculum, and a Senior Leader for over ten years in a variety of roles encompassing Sixth Form Leadership and Teaching and Learning. He has delivered lectures and training courses for a wide-variety of organisations including the Advanced Learning Alliance, SSAT and the Goethe Institut and is strongly committed to the coaching and development of effective Middle Leaders in schools.


Dr Paul Johnson
Current Ofsted Inspector, experienced examiner, Deputy Headteacher and Head of Department

Paul is an experienced examiner, successful Deputy Headteacher and Head of Department and school governor, with more than 35 years’ teaching experience in a range of educational contexts. He has extensive experience as a senior leader in schools and he is a current Ofsted inspector, as well as training Teachers on their PGCE courses in History with Manchester University. He is highly experienced and regarded provider of national training courses and tutorials for teachers at all stages of their career and with students.