(22) Preparing to Lead Academic Departments (Wolverhampton Grammar School, 18 March 2020)

This course is designed for aspiring Heads of Academic Departments. Heads of Academic Departments-designate may also find this course of interest, but are asked to note that some of the course content concerns the application and interview process. Heads of Department who are already in post may wish to consider the Independent Schools’ Qualification in Academic Management, details of which can be found at www.hmcpd.org.uk.


Course objectives: by the end of the course delegates will:

  • Understand the characteristics of excellent academic leadership
  • Gain clarity on what is expected of a middle leader in an academic role
  • Have learnt about the application, interview and recruitment process
  • Understood how to make an effective transition to an academic middle leadership role
  • Have developed insight into scenarios you are likely to face in an academic leadership role, and how to approach them into practice

09:45 - 10:10

Arrival, registration and coffee

10:10 – 10:15

Welcome and introduction


Julia Burns, former Head and educational consultant

10:15 – 11:15

Session 1: What does the best academic leadership look like?

Julia Burns, former Head and educational consultant

11.15 – 11.30


11:30 – 12:30

Session 2: Scenarios

Julia Burns, former Head and educational consultant

12:30 – 13:30


13:30 – 14:30

Session 3: Making the transition to the role of Head of Department

Liz Harris, Head of Modern Foreign Languages, Wolverhampton Grammar School
Emma Bowater, Head of Art, Wolverhampton Grammar School

14:30 – 15:30

Session 4: What is expected of a Head of Department

Kathy Crewe-Read, Head, Wolverhampton Grammar School

15:30 – 15:45

Closing remarks and depart


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