These are exciting and challenging times to lead in Secondary Science. Science faculties have the most rewarding subject to teach, and benefit from many developments and resources for teaching on social media. However, Science can be a more difficult subject to lead than others within a secondary school with a complex curriculum offer, shortages of qualified subject specialists, health and safety responsibilities and practical work with large teams and non-teaching staff to lead.

To address these unique challenges this practical course has been developed to support new or aspiring leaders in Science. Together we will examine the complex tasks faced by leaders of Science and the strategies necessary for success. Delegates will take away practical strategies to enable them to hit the ground running, enabling them to keep on top of the day to day issues whilst developing their team and a shared strategic vision.


  • What does successful leadership in Science look like?
  • Examine the specific challenges of running a Science Faculty and share tips and hints for success
  • Building a successful team in Science
  • Developing a vision for Science and making it happen
DATES & LOCATION Online | Thursday 14 October 2021

London | Monday 24 January 2022

  • Newly appointed Heads of Science
  • Aspiring leaders in Science
  • Newly appointed subject leaders in Science
  • Newly appointed key stage leaders in Science
  • TLR holders in Science
  • Heads of Science Faculties
IN-SCHOOL You can also book this as an In-School Course
  • A specially prepared folder of detailed notes, practical advice and guidance
  • Notes prepared by the educational experts leading the course
  • Expert produced PowerPoint presentations
  • CPD Certificate of attendance


10 – 10.30am: Exploring the behaviours of an outstanding and inspiring Head of Science

  • Exploring the different skills needed to be personally excellent as a teacher, effective as a manager and inspirational as a leader
  • Exploring the behaviours of successful leaders
  • Understanding your natural style of leadership
  • Exploring different styles of leadership and understanding when each style is effective and what the pitfalls might be

10.30 – 11.00am: Getting started

  • What are the main duties and responsibilities as a middle leader in Science?
  • Identifying the challenges your department is facing
  • Getting to know your team and build quick relationships

11.00 =- 11.15am: Break

11.15 – 12.30 pm: Developing and implementing a shared vision

  • Developing a plan of action to address the challenges your department is facing
  • Curriculum: developing a vision and establishing your priorities
  • Assessment, data, monitoring and feedback
  • What you need to know about Timetabling and Rooming
  • The debate around Specialist teaching and Separate Sciences

12.30 – 1.30pm: Lunch

1.30 – 2.30pm Outstanding T&L

  • Approaches to effective student assessment
  • Effective tracking and intervention models
  • Implementing effective strategies to ensure the quality of teaching and learning is consistent and even improves
  • The importance of high expectations
  • Ofsted approved practices for T&L post pandemic

2.30 – 2.40pm: Afternoon Tea

2.40 – 3.40pm: Building your Team

  • How to build a team ethos
  • Establishing roles with TLR holders and the importance of delegating
  • Developing your team, how to communicate effectively, dos and don’ts.
  • Running successful meetings
  • Recruitment and HR, from writing job descriptions, to interview
  • Challenging underperformance and dealing with difficult conversations

3.40pm: Discussion and Depart