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Great teachers are not automatically great leaders!

  • One of the problems though is that good teachers are often promoted into being subject leaders , with an assumption that they will be able to uplift other teachers in the school to their levels. This often is not the case however because subject leaders often lack leadership and communication skills.

  • The programme will:

    Enhance the potential of subject leaders and give them the skills and knowledge to influence their teams to be creative and innovative with their subject and deliver a planned sequence of learning that will ensure all pupils can achieve their full potential.

Programme's Description:

This Programme is for those middle leaders responsible for interpreting the school vision or intent . It creates opportunities for them to build the most powerful strategies for positive implementation. Each module looks in detail at elements of the role of the subject leader and includes a suite of resources subject leaders can use with their teams to deliver a sequential curriculum, woven together to deliver a knowledge rich and skills focused curriculum.

At the end of the programme teach participant will be:

  • More critical and creative

    when it comes to leadership’s drive for school improvement.

  • More confident in

    understanding the subject leader role and its complexities.

  • More capable of

    identifying areas needing change.

  • More able to

    implement effect change management.

  • More skilled in

    curriculum design.

  • Better able to

    revaluate progress in t he subject across the school.

  • Able to

    engage senior leadership in further drives for improvement.

Course curriculum

    1. Introducing the Course

    2. How to use this course

    3. Before you start the Course - Analysis Tool

    4. The Role of the Subject Leader

    5. Before we begin...

    1. Module 1 Introduction - What are the essential Leadership skills of a subject?

    2. Dimensions of Successful School and Subject Leadership

    3. Leadership and Curriculum Intent - what is the vision?

    4. Focusing on your own leadership style and qualities

    5. 7 Quality Assurance Indicators

    6. Quality of Education Key Indicators

    7. Components of Curriculum Design - OFSTED

    8. Where are we now? Where do we want to be? How do we get there?

    9. Towards outstanding

    10. Key learning from section 1

    11. Reflection - Questions to ask yourself

    1. Module 2 Intro

    2. Subject Leaders translating Curriculum Intent into Implementation

    3. Understand the key components of the National Curriculum

    4. Curriculum Concepts - making connections within subjects and across the curriculum

    5. Parity for pupils with SEND

    6. Define how assessment will inform future learning

    7. Characteristics of Change

    8. Managing Change Effectively

    9. The Change Continuum

    10. Kotter's eight stage change process

    11. Key Learning From Section 2

    12. Reflection - Questions to ask yourself

    1. Module 3 Introduction - Curriculum Knowledge, Skills and Sequential Learning

    2. The vocabulary of the curriculum

    3. Managing subject specific learning

    4. Creating a continuum of learning

    5. Skills at the heart of the learning journey

    6. Literacy and Numeracy

    7. Embedding literacy and numeracy

    8. General skills for learning

    9. Cognitive science and memory

    10. Qualities of a learning lesson

    11. Key Learning From Section 3

    12. Reflection - Questions to ask yourself

    1. Module 4 Intro - Building Successful Teams

    2. Developing Subject and Cross Curricular Teams

    3. Harnessing individual energy towards a common purpose

    4. Reflecting on the needs of the team

    5. Learning Cultures' Model of Intentional Change

    6. Who are you missing?

    7. Team roles as defined by Meredith Belbin

    8. Establishing and Retaining Team Protocols

    9. Reflecting on the process of Team Working

    10. Managing conflict

    11. John Heron's Intervention Analysis

    12. Key Learning from Section 4

    13. Reflection - Questions to ask yourself

    1. Module 5 Intro - Reflecting on High Quality Subject Leadership

    2. A triad to assess quality outcomes for curriculum implementation

    3. Planning for learning - assessing pupils' outcomes

    4. A Deeper Focus on Research into Pedagogy and Learning

    5. Create a Culture that Fosters Professional Learning

    6. Formative Assessment

    7. S.M.A.R.T.E. The passport to clearly defined goals

    8. The L.E.A.R.N. model for creating the right curriculum for learning

    9. Building success

    10. GROW coaching model

    11. Key Learning from Section 5

    12. Reflection - Questions to ask yourself

About this course

  • 66 lessons

The Five Modules

  • The programme is set out as five distinct modules that flow one from to the other. Each module is discrete and stands alone so that subject leaders can start at any point or take each module chronologically as part of a sequenced opportunity for their continuing professional development. It can be used by individuals who want to work at their own pace or, with a group of subject leaders who want to work together to learn from each other and build curriculum plans into implementation and impact.

  • Module 1 - What are the essential leadership qualities subject leaders should have to deliver the highest quality educational outcomes for all

    Here we are focusing on leadership as a skill that all those with responsibilities in a school need to have. We have a needs analysis tool that subject leaders can use to assess their strengths and areas where they know they can continually develop their leadership potential. We look at the concept of quality and the role of the subject leader in ensuring that he or she is the catalyst for ensuring that the seven pillars of total quality management create outcomes that will deliver whole school improvement. We take a deep dive into the components of curriculum design and then define how to plan the journey towards curriculum excellence and continuous improvement.

  • Module 2 - The role of the subject leader or department head in influencing change and challenge

    Module 2 delves more deeply into the pivotal role of the subject leader. We look at the language of curriculum intent and how the subject leader must translate the ambition and rationale into coherent implementation strategies. We look at the substance of the curriculum through the lens of the key concepts that define curriculum design and delivery. We focus on the imperative to ensure that there is parity for all pupils, the sequencing of learning over time and consistency of assessment. We also within this module look at the need for the subject leader to know the effects that change can have as in order to manage the delivery of cohesive and deep learning, understanding how to lead individuals and teams towards inevitable change is essential. Next, a group of enthusiasts can become pilot coaches, leading the way by taking further training offered in the next section of this programme. These staff (and they may be teachers, leaders, admin staff or Teaching Assistants) can lead the way by coaching each other for half a term, before rolling out the coaching to others who would like a coach. They can set up a Forum too so that the project is monitored and evaluated for impact over time.

  • Module 3 - Curriculum Knowledge, Skills and Sequential Learning

    In this module we are bringing to life the threads that weave the curriculum together so that in every subject the different strands bind together to create a tapestry of deep learning for every pupil. We look at the vocabulary of the curriculum and the different elements that all need to be woven together to create depth of knowledge and understanding that develops over time. We provide a range of resources and tools for the subject leader to use to ensure there is a shared understanding of how to implement and manage subject specific pedagogy and learning and create a continuum that will create sequential pathways. This includes the need to focus on literacy, numeracy and the wider thinking skills in all subjects, how memory plays an important part in learning and finally we look at classroom management and pedagogy and the strategies that ensure learning is active, participative and challenging.

  • Module 4 - Building Successful Teams

    One of the most important roles for a subject leader is to manage his or her team or teams. It is the ability to motivate, organise and build successful teams that will lead to powerful learning and the achievement of clearly defined goals for high quality outcomes for individuals, the team and the whole school. We look in some detail at how subject leaders can harness the energy within their teams, focus on the qualities needed to create successful teams and the communication that is needed to build towards a common purpose. We look at the roles that create the ideal team, the essential protocols and processes that deliver success and the need to build trust into the process. We also look at how to manage conflict, both healthy and unhealthy.

  • Module 5 - Reflecting on High Quality Subject Specific Leadership

    In this final module we bring together some resources and research that delves into the quality of education and what the subject leader needs to focus on to ensure their subject teams and those that form wider cross curricular groups are working together to create a cohesive curriculum that delivers excellence and continuous improvement. We look specifically at classroom practice, pedagogy for learning and what to look for in relation to what pupils are producing and learning. We focus on research from Ofsted and other important commentators to create the platform for the professional dialogue that will lead to cohesion and a shared commitment to the highest quality of education. Finally we have a suite of planning tools so that subject leaders can reflect on their learning and define their next steps that will lead them towards achieving their own goals and vision for outstanding curriculum, teaching and learning.

Key benefits

  • Looks in detail at the current drivers that equip subject leaders with the knowledge and information they need to create powerful curriculum content, high quality pedagogy and learning outcomes that ensures all pupils make progress and achieve.

  • Each module has a wealth of materials, resources and references that will give the subject leader all they need to create the right platform for cohesive planning, subject specific delivery and a focus on cross – curricular collaboration.

  • At the heart of a school’s success is its staff and of course its pupils. We build into each module opportunities for senior and subject leaders to share a dialogue about curriculum and the school’s ambition for every pupil.

  • The programme is designed to offer a flexible and easy to use digital platform that will enhance the learning experience of all those who use it. All of the resources are downloadable and provide useful tools for subject leaders to use as part of continuing professional learning.

  • This programme is a comprehensive and practical guide for all those who have a responsibility for translating curriculum intent into implementation. Each subject expert can use the content here to overlay their subject expertise and weave deep learning for all pupils. Because it can be used for all subject leaders ( and broader leadership roles like SENCO) it is an extremely cost effective route for spending on CPD and school improvement.

Who you will learn with

Glynis Frater

Course Director

Glynis has been a leader in the development of curriculum thinking and associated strategies for developing leaders and teachers to be equipped with the skills and knowledge to plan and deliver the highest quality of learning and teaching. In 2010 Glynis co-founded Learning Cultures, an organisation dedicated to providing the highest quality continuing professional development and learning (CPDL) to the education profession across all its phases. She is a qualified teacher and coach, has profound experience of leading in education and is the author of several books and articles. She has recently published the first of two books about the curriculum. Primary Curriculum Design and Delivery is available now and her second sister publication, Sequencing the Secondary Curriculum will be published in 2024. Prior to launching Learning Cultures Glynis was part of the leadership team at the Specialist School and Academies Trust (SSAT) working on the development of a series of strategies to enhance the curriculum for pupils aged 14-19. She also worked with Nord Anglia leading a talented team in the development of a nationwide coaching programme for leaders and teachers in education. Glynis also worked closely with the Welsh Assembly Government through their programme DYSG to help schools focus on curriculum design across the primary and secondary sectors.

Pricing Option 1

£1750 + VAT

What you will get if you subscribe to this package:

Access to all five modules. Able to view all the videos and presentations and to use them for individual subject leaders from any subject to learn and grow in their role or with colleagues. Also, to use with colleagues collectively as a means of creating cohesion and consistency in how to translate curriculum intent into implementation. The modules stand alone or can be run as a course or programme over an INSET day or series of twilights. They are designed as generic across all subjects and are relevant to both the primary and secondary sectors. All of the resources are available to download and use again and again.

All purchases include 12 months access to our Creative Teaching & Learning content and our Leadership content via www.teachingtimes.com

Pricing Option 2

£2550 + VAT

What you will get if you subscribe to this package:

As for option 1 but also to have the benefit of one of Learning Cultures’ team of curriculum experts to work with individuals or teams to coach and support them in using the tools, materials and resources to enhance how their own potential to deliver powerful professional development for their teams or for teams of subject leaders where they are working together to develop a cohesive curriculum offer for all subjects. This option provides eight hours of dedicated time for professional coaching for a group or for an individual.

All purchases include 12 months access to our Creative Teaching & Learning content and our Leadership content via www.teachingtimes.com

Pricing Option 3

£3450 + VAT

What you will get if you subscribe to this package:

As for option 1 but also to have the benefit of one of Learning Cultures’ team of curriculum experts to work with individuals to coach and support them in using the tools, materials and resources to enhance their own potential to deliver powerful professional development for their teams of teachers or for subject leaders where they are working together to develop a cohesive curriculum offer for all subjects. This option provides sixteen hours of dedicated time for professional coaching for a group or for an individual.

All purchases include 12 months access to our Creative Teaching & Learning content and our Leadership content via www.teachingtimes.com

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