Middle Leadership and Subject Management

This conference will be online:-

  • Julie is presenting via webcam, accompanied by slides and activities
  • Opportunities for delegate questions and comments
  • A short task between the two sessions
  • A copy of the slides will be made available after the course, along with further materials

Date change: This is a one day course split over 2 days, Thursday 18th and Thursday 25th November; sessions will be 4pm to 6:30pm on both days.

Your sphere of influence has begun to grow beyond you classroom. How do you champion your subject, monitor the progress of pupils and inspire your colleagues to deliver high quality lessons?

This online course will look at the different aspects of subject management (what an effective subject leader does) and middle leadership (how you promote positive influence). Bursting with strategies that will help you manage your time, remain relentlessly optimistic and increase your influence as a subject champion, this course is aimed at anyone who wants to be a high performing middle leader.

Drawing on recent research and revised expectations, this course will help you define the key priorities for your subject in your school. Planning for impact will enable leaders to monitor effectively and evidence the impact they have had on raising standards.


1 – Bring clarity to the differences between leadership and management
2 – Look at recent research that demonstrates what has an impact on learning
3 – Give practical examples of how to plan for action, monitor progress and evaluate impact
4 – Develop a better understanding of the current expectations of a middle leader

Session 1: Leadership & Management

  • The differences between leadership & management of a subject
  • As a leader what can you influence and what can’t you influence?
  • What is expected of a subject leader? Knowing your remit.

Session 2: Subject Leadership - How to be a subject champion!

  • Vision for your subject - leadership questions
  • Opportunities and threats to success
  • Adapting to your context - what are the needs of your community?
  • Action planning / Project work
  • Leadership behaviours that influence and support others

Session 3: Subject Management - how to work smarter not harder

  • Subject specific pedagogy - What makes great teaching in your subject?
  • Defining the key subject specific skills
  • Monitoring standards in your subject - how to gather evidence
  • Supporting colleagues with subject knowledge - how to facilitate the learning of others
  • Questioning for learning - supporting oracy & language development
  • Assessment beyond levels in your subject
  • Evidencing progress and impact in your subject

This course is suitable for current and aspiring Secondary subject leaders.

Presenter Profile

Julie Bloor has a career in education that spans over thirty years, with twenty of those in senior leadership. Her career saw her become a successful Head of Humanities before she was promoted to leadership. Over the past thirteen years she has been a Principal, Executive over several schools and an NLE, trained as an Ofsted Inspector, run a Teaching School, worked as a director for a large Multi-Academy Chain and Chief Education Officer for another.

In her first two Headships she took both schools from the bottom of their local authority league tables to the most improved schools, each with an Ofsted grade of Outstanding. She also became a Pupil Premium Reviewer due to the excellent outcomes her school achieved for their disadvantaged students. The School Improvement work she has undertaken, across a wide range of schools, has always had a significant impact. School improvement is Julie’s passion, as is ensuring all children have a first-class education that changes their life chances. Julie is currently a Trustee for Astrea Academy Trust and works delivering the new NPQHs for Ambition Institute. She lives in a village in Cambridgeshire with her husband, enjoying gardening, running and holidays to France when possible.

Cost: £250 per delegate which includes resources; £299 for 2 teachers from the same school booking on this course

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