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 inhibiting leadership in 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 | Friday 18 June 2021
  • Experienced teachers of Science
  • TLR holders in Science
  • Aspiring leaders in Science
  • Newly appointed subject leaders in Science
  • Newly appointed key stage leaders in Science
  • Newly appointed Heads of Science
  • Heads of Science
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

10.00 – 10.45am: 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
  • Tips for successful Leadership in Science

10.45 – 11.00am: Discussion: coffee break

11.00 – 11.45am: Identifying some quick wins

  • Working with external support
  • Practical work, Health and Safety
  • Managing the budget and how to get most for your money
  • Managing the Prep Room; practical guidance for efficient running

11.45 – 1.00pm: 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

1.00 – 2.00pm: Lunch and informal discussion

2.00 – 3.30pm: 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

Dr Liz Nourshargh

Dr Liz Nourshargh taught Science, specialising in Physics, for eighteen years at several 11-18 schools in Milton Keynes, Bedfordshire and Buckinghamshire, including roles as Head of Physics, Lead Tutor for Science within a SCITT and two stints as Head of Science.  She has lead the Science Subject Leader Network within Milton Keynes for four years and has examined both GCSE and A-level Physics for AQA and OCR.  She was a Teacher Network Coordinator for the Institute of Physics for almost ten years before becoming a part-time Teacher Support coach in 2019.  Liz is a Lead Facilitator for STEM Learning.