Termly tasks for secondary heads of department/subject: checklist

Download our checklist to help you keep on top of your termly tasks. It includes tasks to help with preparing for exams, managing staff, and monitoring your subject.

Last reviewed on 18 June 2024
School types: AllSchool phases: SecondaryRef: 8941
  1. Downloadable list of termly tasks
  2. Find further resources and guidance for subject leaders

Downloadable list of termly tasks

Develop a schedule for managing and monitoring your department/subject with our list of termly and ongoing tasks.

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This checklist should be treated as a guide only. The list of tasks performed by a department head will differ from one school or department to another.

Depending on the systems and structures in place at your school, some of the tasks outlined in the list may be undertaken by other members of staff, such as subject leaders, or they may be done centrally.

This checklist was designed with help from our associate education expert, Jonathan Block.

You can also use our 2024/25 planner and interactive online calendar to plan for the year ahead.

Find further resources and guidance for subject leaders

Use our resource hub for middle leaders. It includes a checklist for the new academic year, as well as resources to help you:

  • Plan for improvements
  • Monitor your subject
  • Prepare for Ofsted
  • Write and review policies
  • Work with governors and support your staff


Jonathan Block has extensive experience of school leadership as an interim head and education consultant.

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