The New Head of English | Lighthouse Professional Development

The New Head of English

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This practical course supports delegates in identifying the strengths and weaknesses of their departments and offers suggestions on how to make improvements. It focuses on the role a Head of English plays in producing an effective department: Interpersonal skills; ways of supporting staff; keeping up to date with curriculum developments; time management and administrative efficiency are all explored.

Aims of the course are to:

  • Examine key features of effective leadership in an English Department
  • Offer guidance on managing people and resources
  • Offer practical suggestions on raising achievement in your department
  • Explore how to develop a culture of innovation and success in your department
  • Demonstrate effective planning and monitoring

Who should attend?
New or aspiring Heads of English in Secondary Schools


9:30Arrival, registration and coffee12:45Restaurant Lunch
10:00What Makes an Effective English Department?
  • The OfSTED perspective and characteristics of an effective Subject leader
  • Analysing your leadership style
  • Characterisics of an ‘Outstanding’ English Department - the OfSTED subject report
13:45Developing Your Emotional Intelligence and Interpersonal Skills
  • Emotional Intelligence assessment
  • Practical case studies using our emotional intelligence - dealing with difficulties
  • Giving and receiving feedback
Organising Your New Department Effectively
  • Efficient Departmental administration
  • Holding effective meetings
  • Monitoring learning and teaching - self evaluation and improvement plans
11:15Coffee15:35Evaluation and close of course
11:30Active Use of Data
  • Using subject data effectively
  • Identifying strengths and areas for development
  • Using data to inform intervention strategies to improve learning and teaching

Natalie R

Natalie has wide-ranging experience of teaching English across the ability range with 12 years’ teaching experience in comprehensive schools.

She has worked with a range of exam boards such as AQA and OCR and has proven success at Key Stages 3, 4 and 5 in English Literature, English Language and Media Studies. Natalie has previously been a Head of English in an 11-18 comprehensive school during which time her experience included preparing the English Department for a five day Ofsted inspection; Ofsted rated Natalie’s leadership/management of the English Department as “excellent”.

Natalie currently teaches in a HPSS school and is working with other English Departments as part of the Raising Achievement Partnership School status which the school holds. This involves developing innovative practice in teaching and learning within English. Natalie has completed an M. Ed Leadership and Management module focusing on NQT Induction, and is currently completing an MA in Teaching and Learning.

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

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