So you Want to be a Successful Head of Department ? | Lighthouse Professional Development

So you Want to be a Successful Head of Department ?

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The role, performance and vision of the departmental head are increasingly being recognised and acknowledged as being a key area determining the degree of success of the school. More is being demanded of such post holders both nationally and locally. They will need a vision of whole school needs and will be required to lead and manage the all-important process of learning and teaching. How do we achieve success in this vital area of school life and how can you be a dynamic, effective and successful Head of Department?

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

The successful Head of Department

Vision, leadership and management

What it takes to be an effective leader

Working through the school improvement plan

Keeping the focus on learning and teaching

The importance of doing the right things at the right time

The art of delegation

People and staff development

Current issues

11:15 Coffee Break 14:30

Dealing with Difficult People and Situations

Case studies for analysis

Success strategies


Leading and Managing teachers

Establishing clear educational direction

Change strategies, innovation and development

Time priorities to meet the demands of the department


Evaluation & depart

Keith B

Keith Briscoe Teacher Management Trainer

Keith has held senior positions in education over thirty years including headship and has wide experience in leading, managing, training and developing staff at all levels. He has been involved with the Open University, tutoring on their Leadership in Schools programme and has researched widely in the field of education.  Keith is an accredited educational consultant for the National College for School Leadership and has been heavily involved in the NPQH programme as a lead tutor and assessor. He has considerable experience working with middle and senior leaders in promoting quality school improvement and the professional development of staff. Keith has led National and International events and has considerable experience in advising school leaders in secondary, primary and special education in both the state and independent sectors.



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

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