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Essential Skills for New and Aspiring Leadership (4 half day sessions)

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Working with an experienced science leader, you will develop your vision and leadership skills to enable you to lead an effective and vibrant science team.

Module 1: Vision for Subject Leaders

Module 1: Vision for Subject Leaders

10th November 2020, 12:30 - 16:00
This professional development experience willhelp participants understand the importance of articulating a departmental vision.Participants will learn about the nature of vision and consider how to formulate a personal vision. From knowing what leadership traits are most effective, they will be able to develop a more collegiate and effective departmental vision.

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Module 2: Self Evaluation and Lesson Observations

Module 2: Self Evaluation and Lesson Observations

10th November 2020, 12:30 - 16:00
This professional development experience outlines why self-evaluation is important and looks at best practice for observing lessons. This is to help participants draw on best practice in terms of self-evaluation and lesson observations; provide them with ideas of how they can develop further; give them a chance to practice new strategies and highlight tools available to assist them with the process.

Module 3: Leading Teams

Module 3: Leading Teams

15th December 2020, 12:30 - 16:00
This professional development experience outlines how to start bringing a team together from a group of individuals. This is to help participants engage with a number of different theoretical frameworks that provides ideas of how high performing teams are grown. It will also look at how the characteristics of the individuals in them team can be used to maximise the team's overall performance. The session will also look at how a leader can change and adopt different roles depending on the scenario for the benefit of all.

Module 4: Health and Safety

Module 4: Health and Safety

15th December 2020, 12:30 - 16:00
This professional development experiencewill help participants gain an introductory understanding of the health and safety awareness which Heads of Science need. Participants will learn about the provision which they can receive from CLEAPSS, the Association for Science Education and the Health and Safety Executive to help them provide a healthy and safe environment for science education. They will learn about the distinction between hazards and risks, and how to carry out risk assessment. They will also learn about good practice for science departments. The session features a blend of group discussion and trainer input.

Module 5: Leading Change

Module 5: Leading Change

19th January 2021, 12:30 - 16:00
This professional development experience outlines reasons for change within organisations, and presents theoretical models to promote successful leadership of change. This is to help participants understand the processes involved in successful organisational change. Firstly the need for change is established, followed by exploration of the way people respond to innovations. The characteristics of successful innovations are discussed, after which participants use a theoretical framework to consider how they will implement a change within their own organisation.

Module 6: Effective Use of Data

Module 6: Effective Use of Data

19th January 2021, 12:30 - 16:00
This professional development experience will help participants understand the role of data and its effective management in the science department. Participants will consider the key questions which data can answer, as well as prioritising which the most important questions are. They will share effective data management practices, and learn how to transform data into targets and action points.

Module 7: Outstanding Teaching and Learning in Science

Module 7: Outstanding Teaching and Learning in Science

2nd March 2021, 12:30 - 16:00
This professional development experience outlines, how to get a team to develop a collaborative vision for outstanding teaching in science. This is to help participants collectively think through a number of different perspectives as to what constitutes outstanding teaching and learning in science. By engaging in dialogue that interrogates the various evidences, the subject leader will be able to draw out from the team the key characteristics and distil these into a corporate vision. Once this has been produced time can then be spent action planning how the vision can be monitored andevaluated through full stakeholder engagement ensuring an impact for all involved.

Module 8: Effective Action Planning

Module 8: Effective Action Planning

2nd March 2021, 12:30 - 16:00
This professional development experience outlines how to drive forward school improvement through effective action planning with your team. This is to help participants think about how they can effectively plan team improvement. For many teams action planning can be a ‘dry’ exercise carried out by the subject leader in isolation, it can though be the ‘life-blood’ of the department if done well. It can focus all team members on the key areas to work on and be a document regularly referred to which ensures that time is invested wisely and makes a difference.

Meeting the New Ofsted Framework in Secondary Science

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The new Ofsted framework, to be introduced from September 2019, will require leaders and teachers of science to have a clear curriculum vision for the subject, this course will guide participants through a review of the science curriculum offer to ensure that your students meet the Ofsted 3 Is (Intent, Implementation and Impact). The course will look at how to identify gaps in teaching and learning and how to ensure that they are filled, how to broaden your thinking beyond working to exam specifications and linking learning to the world of work, society and real-world contexts

These modules will help you to:

  • Reflect on the intent of the science curriculum and how to plan to improve outcomes for students
  • Look at how to identify gaps and how to implement strategies to bring about change
  • Prepare an action plan with timescales for delivery for impact
  • Link learning to real-world contexts

Module 1: The Ofsted EIF and Curriculum Design

Module 1: The Ofsted EIF and Curriculum Design

27th April 2021, 12:30 - 16:00
This PDE provides a background to the 2019 framework sufficient to clarify what Ofsted mean by ’curriculum’ and the 3Is.

It also focuses on the importance of sound curriculum design and key considerations in this regard.

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Module 2: The Implementation of the Science Curriculum

Module 2: The Implementation of the Science Curriculum

27th April 2021, 12:30 - 16:00
This PDE builds on the previous to provide a series of considerations for implementing a science curriculum in practiceIt also prompts thoughts about the science leadership role in all this.

Module 3: The Impact of the Science Curriculum

Module 3: The Impact of the Science Curriculum

15th June 2021, 12:30 - 16:00
This PDE builds on the previous to develop ideas about where to look for evidence of impact for a science curriculum. It allows time for final preparation by a science leader for an inspection and prompts thoughts about the science leadership role in all this.

Module 4: Action Planning

Module 4: Action Planning

15th June 2021, 12:30 - 16:00
This PDE is the final one in the series and provides an opportunity for participants to reflect and plan a suitable strategy to improve the curriculum.

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