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How to be a Head of Languages

About the Session

Leadership Excellence in Language Departments: Strategies for Current and Aspiring Heads of Department


Description: This professional development session is designed to empower current and aspiring Heads of Language Departments with the skills, strategies, and insights needed to excel in their leadership roles. Participants will explore key areas including organisational effectiveness, strategic delegation, advocacy with senior leaders, curriculum development, student-centred approaches, data-driven decision-making, team management, quality assurance, time management, and change management.


Key Focus Areas:

  1. Organisational Effectiveness: Learn strategies for staying on top of departmental responsibilities, maintaining organisation, and overcoming challenges inherent in leadership roles.

  2. Strategic Delegation and Advocacy: Explore techniques for effective delegation and assertive advocacy with senior leaders to champion the department's vision, curriculum priorities, and student needs.

  3. Curriculum Development and Alignment: Gain insights into understanding student cohorts and communities to inform curriculum design, establish golden threads, and foster progress.

  4. Data-Driven Decision-Making: Discover how to strategically use data to inform curriculum planning, identify areas for intervention, and drive meaningful student progress.

  5. Team Management and Development: Learn best practices for nurturing team development, maintaining standards, and fostering a culture of continuous improvement among staff members.

  6. Quality Assurance of Teaching and Learning: Explore methods for establishing and maintaining high standards of teaching and learning through effective quality assurance practices.

  7. Establishing a Marking and Feedback Policy: Develop a sensible and effective marking and feedback policy that balances workload with meaningful student feedback.

  8. Time Management and Prioritisation: Acquire strategies for managing time effectively, setting priorities, and maximising productivity in a leadership role.

  9. Change Management: Learn techniques for effectively managing change within the department, fostering buy-in from staff members, and navigating transitions smoothly.


Duration: The session is structured to last 3 x 60 minutes to accommodate a comprehensive exploration of the key focus areas within a timeframe suitable for an in-depth discussion and interactive engagement.


Additional Benefits: Participants will receive access to resources, templates, and best practice guidelines to support their ongoing development as leaders of language departments. Additionally, permission to record the session and a downloadable PDF copy of the presentation will be provided for continued professional development and reference.


By engaging in this session, current and aspiring Heads of Language Departments will emerge equipped with the knowledge, skills, and confidence needed to lead their teams effectively, drive curriculum innovation, and promote student success in language learning.


The session can be customised to align with your specific needs, which will be thoroughly addressed during the booking process.


Cost: £85.00

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