Developing subject leadership - creating curriculum cohesion Learning Cultures and Teaching Times have teamed up to create Developing Subject Leadership - a five module on-line CPD programme. Why buy this programme? One programme that will support subject leaders...
Subject Leadership Certification Coaching Programme
This Senior Leadership Programme is for senior, middle and subject leader who will learn how coaching is an essential leadership skill that unlocks the potential of others and cascades the highest quality learning and teaching
Subject Leadership Certification Coaching Programme
This programme is for heads of department, subject leaders or phase leaders who have responsibility for leading on the intricate task of defining and communicating the curriculum intent, rationale and ambition into coherent strategies for design and implementation that will ultimately lead to the delivery of the highest quality of education across all subjects, phases and key stages.
What does the Subject Leadership Coaching Programme consists of:
- Three in-depth modules that will walk through the complex role of ensuring teams subject experts can deliver the curriculum and relate it to the organisations vision for continuous improvement in curriculum and teaching and learning
- A focus on the pivotal role of the subject leader who must shape the vision and translate it into meaningful strategies for subject teams to use to plan and deliver a high quality deep and broad curriculum offer
- Managing the team or department to deliver a rich vein of curriculum knowledge, the ley concepts that are within and transcend subjects and the skills pupils need to access their learning
- Learning and using coaching skills to empower subject teams to work together to deliver a high quality deep and rich curriculum
- Exploring pedagogy in relation to active, participative and independent learning that ensures students are motivated to learn and are the recipients of innovative and creative teaching and learning strategies
- Understanding the power of coaching in relation to the process of formative assessment and positive feedback techniques
- Be a part of a growing number of educators who can see that coaching is the way to create an outstanding school or college where there is a synergy and belief in excellence and high – quality outcomes for all
Why learn to coach as part of becoming an outstanding subject leader?
- Ensures that there is a shared commitment to creating the highest quality curriculum in every subject and as part of a focus on cross-curricular collaboration
How is the Subject Leadership Coaching Programme is structured?
Module 1 – Leading and empowering to achieve the vision
Content: The first of three in-depth and challenging training opportunities that make up our Subject Leadership Coaching Certificate Programme. It will be delivered either as a full day or as two half days and we have the flexibility to offer in-house or online depending on circumstance and need.
This first module sets the scene by focusing on the pivotal role of the subject leader in translating the curriculum vision into coherent strategies for design and delivery that will be implemented consistently across the whole organisation. We look at how the subject leader can develop the coaching skills to support their deep understanding of curriculum design and how their own subject is part of the wider whole school strategy for curriculum quality. Creating opportunities for subject leaders to learn how coaching can be a powerful driver for effective communication that delivers a cohesive model of change and challenge will help them to create the right conditions for the complex nature that is curriculum implementation. We give the subject leader time to reflect on their own strengths as a leader and manager of teams and what is needed to ensure continuing professional learning develops subject expertise for all those involved.
How will this module be of benefit in you as a subject leader?
Subject Leadership is a pivotal role and the subject leader is the axis between the senior leadership team and their own subject expert teams. Having time to look in detail at the role provides the subject leader with the opportunity to think carefully about how they empower their teams to interpret the vision, define the knowledge content, the pedagogy to deliver it, and the strategies that will support deep learning.
The subject leader must has the relevant skills to create the evidence that the curriculum has depth and breadth, is relevant coherent and progressive. The curriculum imperative is to create an experience for every learner that allows them to access a range of knowledge rich concepts and use a range of relevant learning skills. This programme will support the subject leader to ensure that individuals work together to create coherence and a sense of continuity that defines the curriculum and how it is delivered. It is to coaching that we turn to build the skills that allow for this dialogue to emerge and provide real opportunities to build the highest quality curriculum and therefore the highest quality education for all.
Module 2 – Create a culture of excellence and deep learning
Content: This second module focuses on how coaching helps subject leaders to build a compelling and confident presence to support them to deliver cohesive and high quality subject specific knowledge that leads to evidence of the highest quality of education. We guide participants towards learning and using some highly effective coaching skills and strategies. We look at how subject leaders create a culture of excellence that focuses on ensuring learning is at the heart of planning subject content and how it will be taught.
Subject Leaders taking part will use a range of coaching models and tools and techniques to focus on imaginative approaches to managing change and challenge and build resilient and effective teams that ignite the spark of innovation, creativity and continuous improvement. We look to facilitate the creation of a culture where the power of conversation through the development of the professional learning community builds cohesion and a collaborative approach to whole organisation excellence.
Subject leadership requires a high degree of expertise in the ability to develop members of their team from early career teachers to experienced teachers who need time to learn more, to deepen their curriculum and subject knowledge and be well-informed of new policy. Coaching helps the subject leader to develop a range of highly effective feedback techniques, positive approaches to lesson observation and the ability to chair and be a part of meetings that lead to action and the achievement of goals and objectives.
How will this module be of benefit in you as a leader?
This module build on the learning in module 1. Here we focus on how to use coaching skills as the basis for developing subject teams understand the language and vocabulary of the curriculum and turn it into high quality outcomes for pupils.
We look closely at the potential for coaching to support the development of professional learning communities and action learning sets who can work together to develop curriculum cohesion. The curriculum is complex and this approach can support subject leaders to feel confident that their subject teams are planning a structure that builds on prior learning, sequences the learning over time, its knowledge rich and skills focused content is constantly building towards clearly defined end points that provide a picture of how well pupils are achieving against the benchmarks they have set.
Also there are opportunities through coaching for subject leaders to work together with other faculty members or where a cross-curricular group can share their ideas and plans for the delivery of a cohesive and well structured curriculum offer. The more opportunities there are for dialogue both within the subject area and across the whole curriculum the more it is easy to see the power of coaching as the catalyst for excellence and change.
Module 3: An in-depth focus on pedagogy, learning and assessment
Content: The subject leader has a role in ensuring that what is taught, how well pupils and students learn and how they progress leads to all learners achieving their full potential. Where subject leaders understand how pupils learn and which pedagogical approaches can make a significant difference to learning the potential for improved success is realised.
Departmental systems and structures need to be clearly defined in relation to quality outcomes and subject leaders need to lead their teams in the pursuance of excellence. This requires the subject leader to have the skills to motivate and inspire their teams to work together, to share ideas and to want to be a part of a culture that is looking to continuously grow and develop in their respective roles.
Coaching can inspire individuals and teams to work together to look at their own strengths, gaps and learning agenda and build a strong consensus as to how the phase, department or faculty can work to create the most powerful learning culture.
Coaching is about trust and creates for the leader the ability to be able to lead with confidence, to be able to nurture the potential of others and have the power to elevate and accelerate everyone within the organisation towards being an integral part of a learning culture.
We focus on how through coaching subject leaders can see the systems that ensure there is a continuum of learning that takes account of times of transition, understands the needs of all learners and creates policies and strategies that will build quality assurance and high levels of professionalism into every lesson, topic and across each year of learning.
How will this module be of benefit in you as a leader?
This module provides the subject leader with the opportunity look closely at what is working well as a starting but then to building a consensus as to how the department, phase or faculty can embed systems and structures that will empower positive change and challenge.
The opportunity to use coaching tools and techniques to look in detail at the management of change create for the subject leader an chance to focus on key subject specific issues such as transition, sequencing, conceptual learning and the core and metacognitive skills that learners need to access their learning. The importance of assessment is highlighted through the development of a coaching approach to questioning and positive feedback to both the teacher and the learner.
This module asks leaders to focus on the context within which their department is placed and the different elements a subject leader must focus on to maintain a process of continuous improvement.. These include, learning and teaching, professional development, coherence and consistency, working with parents, governors and the wider community and building powerful curriculum strategies that deliver excellence across all learning and for every learner. Coaching has the power to create the right approaches in all the above.
On Completion of the course
We offer a Certificate in Subject Leadership from Learning Cultures Limited on completion of this programme.
The programme will provide evidence of up to 30 hours of CPD for those who take part. The content complements but will not duplicate any of the National Professional Qualifications.
Who is this programme for?
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