Head of Department: The Art of Success | Lighthouse Professional Development

Head of Department: The Art of Success

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Heads of Department are the engine of a successful school, directly impacting on the quality of learning in the classroom. New initiatives have added to the job, with data analysis, target setting and performance management all requiring new skills. How should a HoD be both challenging and supportive?

This intense interactive course will develop the skills and confidence of your middle leaders, with practical techniques and strategies for the more challenging aspects of the job, such as addressing underperformance, managing challenging colleagues, coaching, motivation and giving critical feedback.

Delegates will:

consider the importance of vision, expectations and culture in their department

learn how to give clear feedback and negotiate meaningful targets

develop both coaching and conflict management skills

practice techniques for ‘courageous conversations’

consider how to establish a positive culture back in their department 

  • Who is it suitable for?

    This course is aimed at those who aspire to a leadership role as head of department; those who have been recently appointed – as well as experienced heads of department/subject leaders in both primary and secondary sectors who would like to refresh and update their skills.

  • What will you learn?

    Skills and confidence in key aspects of leadership, from team building and delegation to addressing challenging issues of underperformance and resistance to change

    How the style of leadership you adopt needs to vary according to individual circumstances and the professional maturity of your team members. 

  • Who Should Attend?

Current and Aspiring Heads of Department in Schools and Colleges


9:30 Arrival, registration and coffee 12:30 Restaurant Lunch
10:00 Leadership, Choosing a Management Style and Team Building 13:30 Addressing Underperformance and Conflict Management 
11:15 Coffee 14:15 Dealing with Difficult People and Situations
  • Case Studies for Analysis.
  • Top tips for Success.
11:30 Delegation, Motivation, Data and Target Setting 15:45 Evaluation & depart

Edward G

Edward is a former headteacher with 25 years’ teaching experience.  He has since specialised in all aspects of school leadership, change and conflict management as an independent consultant leading courses and consultancy on team building, middle leadership, change management, difficult conversations and coaching; all clearly focused on improving school effectiveness. Edward’s books ‘Tackling Underperformance’ and ‘Successful Middle Leadership’ were published in 2012 and 2013.


In 2014 he sailed over 26,000nm in the Clipper Round the World yacht race and had the chance to experience the comparisons between ocean yacht racing leadership and school leadership.

Suitable for: 
Preparatory/Primary, Senior/Secondary, Special Schools, Post 16/FE Colleges
Scheduled Events, In-school Training

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