How to Be an Outstanding Subject Leader

Lead, manage and inspire your colleagues to achieve outstanding levels of performance. 15th consecutive year for this globally recognised course

Steve Garnett

Steve Garnett has been a teacher for 24 years. He has delivered INSETs to over 7,000 teachers over the past 10 years in the UK, Ireland and across Europe, the Middle East and the Far East. Teachers who have attended Steve's courses have regularly described them as 'inspirational'. trainer profile

Bethany Kelly

Bethany is passionate that teachers should make their own learning a priority alongside that of their students. Her approach brings together her philosophical background, experience of a wide variety of independent schools, a creative method and an interest in popular culture. Bethany has worked in education for over 20 years in all, spending all but the first three years in leadership roles. trainer profile

Alan Jervis

Alan has delivered over 1,600 courses to roughly 11,000 teachers. With over 30 years of teaching experience - including seven as an assistant headteacher responsible for teaching, learning and assessment - Alan has extensive experience of employing new teaching and learning strategies. trainer profile
  • Do you want rigorous and effective systems of monitoring and evaluation?
  • Do you want proven strategies for maintaining long-term progress in your department?
  • Do you want real world answers to the everyday questions that all subject leaders face?

Leading a subject area effectively is one of the most important elements in securing high quality teaching and learning in all schools. By focusing on your role as a leader of learning, this course will help you to establish and maintain your vision, get the best out of your team and ensure high quality outcomes - all whilst maintaining sanity and perspective about the role.

What other teachers have said about the course

  • Really refreshing to have a leader giving and making suggestions rather than 'telling' me what to do. A real personal delivery

    Tracey Costin, Goodwin School
  • No-nonsense approach, excellent venue and host. Excellent opportunities to converse and give opinions. Brilliant interaction with trainer and participants

    Valerie Berchel, James Allen's Grammar School
  • Excellent course leader, friendly, engaging, well organized course. Activities were helpful and the course always had a practical focus

    Mark Newbury, Corpus Christi High School
  • Excellent! A really friendly but practical course. Great strategies and clear parts to help with understanding the role

    Shelley Owen, Brynteg Comprehensive School
  • Fantastic course - really enjoyable! Feel more confident about my new role and am looking forward to a new term. Steve was great - very knowledgeable and answered our questions well

    Emma Kelly, Shrewsbury School
  • Probably the best CPD I have ever been on - Steve was great. Practical and approachable

    Katy James, Caterham School

Full Course Content

This Course Aims to:

  • Offer realistic and practical solutions to problems relating to staffing, resources and performance
  • Provide delegates with the very latest information regarding ways of working with data
  • Focus on leadership of learning as the core role of leadership
  • Leave you feeling enthused and energised with increased confidence in your ability to lead

Course Outline:

Setting the Context

  • Skills, disposition and features
  • Priorities and focus
  • Schemes of work
  • Planning for learning


  • Interrogating data properly
  • Sampling - what does and doesn't work
  • Lesson observations - what they do and don't show and how to improve them
  • Subject meetings - getting more out of them

Leading, Managing and Coping

  • Leading and managing the differences
  • What kind of leader are you?
  • Types and preferences