This book highlights issues which underpin the professional capabilities of existing and aspiring subject leaders. The content is designed to build on the skills, knowledge, understanding and attributes which serving Heads of Department and subject co-ordinators already possess. Sections are provided on:
    *essential knowledge and understanding for the role
    *strategic planning and development
    *monitoring and evaluating teaching and learning
    *leading and managing staff to raise achievement.
    The emphasis throughout is on corresponding with the National Standards set by the Teacher Training Agency. Through focused activities the book aims to set challenges in practical contexts and to help subject leaders to plan ahead and improve subject provision in order to raise standards.

    Section One: Essential Knowledge and Understanding for Subject Leadership; Introduction; 1. Statutory Requirements: Curriculum and Assessment 2. Special Educational Needs and the Code of Practice 3. The Place and Value of Cross-curricular and Extra-curricular Activities; Section Two: Strategic Leadership and the Development of the Subject; Introduction; 4. Establishing the Purpose and Place of the Subject Curriculum (Why?) 5. Creating Goals for Teaching and Learning (What?) 6. Towards a Strategic Plan (How, Whom, When?) 7. Strategic Monitoring, Evaluation and Review; Section Three: Managing Teaching and Learning; Introduction; 8. From Strategic Planning to Policy Writing 9. Sustaining Improvement in Subject Knowledge and In-service Training 10. Monitoring and Evaluating to Improve Teaching, Learning and Motivation 11. Managing Resources; Section Four: Leading and Managing Staff to Raise Achievement; Introduction; 12. Communication 13. Building, Developing and Sustaining Teams; Section Five; 14. Challenges and Opportunities for the Future


    Kit Field, Phil Holden, Hugh Lawlor

    'This is a worthwhile book and valuable reading for aspiring heads of department.' - The Times Educational Supplement