Middle Leadership

Woodard Leading Effective Teaching and Learning

A programme for middle leaders responsible for faculties and departments

Programme Overview

This programme for faculty and departmental leaders helps participants to reflect upon and develop their leadership skills so that they can ensure teaching and learning are functioning as effectively as possible in their areas of responsibility. The course allows leaders to focus in detail on their core responsibility and interest, recognising that if teaching and learning are right then this will help ensure that most of the department's objectives are achieved.

The programme is based on the persuasive evidence that there is a body of skills and knowledge which all of the best heads of faculty and department should possess. It is, however, also recognised from the outset that al school contexts are different. The programme will give participants exposure to the best practice and then allow them to apply it in their own school's circumstances.
We intend that this programme should be professional development in its widest sense, thought provoking and intellectual as well as of significant practical benefit. It will above all be relevant to middle leaders wanting to perform at the highest level and to make their faculties or departments as successful as possible.

Elements of the programme

During the programme participants will learn more about and reflect upon the following areas. This will help them to develop both their own performance and that of their faculties and departments:
  • how can middle leaders develop a detached and accurate view of what is happening in their areas of responsibility?
  • what is effective teaching and learning? Is it about academic attainment, progress, engagement, enjoyment, all of these or something else?
  • how do you lead teaching and learning with credibility?
  • how do you create a general environment within your faculty or department which facilitates the highest quality of teaching and learning?
  • what should you be looking for when evaluating teaching and learning?
  • how should you collect and analyse information?
  • what interventions can you use to improve the quality of your faculty or department's practice?
  • how can you engage colleagues, including senior leaders, in progressing your vision?

Other important information

  • the programme will provide participants with a bank of practical approaches to develop the leadership of teaching and learning in their areas of responsibility.
  • after the face to face professional development day, participants will link with another colleague on the programme to share their experiences of developing their faculty or department's approaches to teaching and learning. Guidance from a Wren Academy colleague will be available as part of this discussion.

Forthcoming Professional Development Dates

Leading Effective Teaching and Learning
Our next course is on Thursday 17 May 2018.
To book yourself on one of our courses or to find out more about any of our professional development programmes or other opportunities provided by the Hub please contact Susan.Hannigan@wrenacademy.org

Training Dates

Strategic Leadership of Teaching and Learning
Tuesday 15 May 2018

Leading Effective Teaching and Learning
Thursday 17 May 2018

To book yourself on one of our courses or find out more about any of our professional development programmes please contact Susan.Hannigan@wrenacademy.org