Resources and guidance to support you in your role, whether you're new to subject or department leadership or more experienced.

Whether you're new to middle leadership (or subject/department leadership), or you've got a bit of experience under your belt, use these hand-picked resources to help you manage your responsibilities.

Evaluate your subject or department

Visit our curriculum resource hub for help with improving the curriculum for your subject/department, including subject-specific audit tools, case studies on innovative curriculum approaches from other schools and more.

Use the curriculum tools alongside our subject/department evaluation templates and guidance – they'll help you identify strengths and areas for development.

Plan for improvements

Once you've identified your strengths and areas for development, begin your improvement plan and set it in motion. 

Use our guidance on developing a subject action plan to help you prioritise effectively, set SMART targets and identify clear actions and success criteria.

Then, organise your monitoring schedule to help you track your initiatives throughout the year.

Prepare for Ofsted

Prepare for subject deep dives and get to grips with the '3 i's' of curriculum inspection: intent, implementation and impact. 

Share questions that Ofsted might ask with your teachers so they are prepared.

Write and review policies

Learn how to write a policy from scratch or review an existing one. Have a look at our model and example policies to help you develop the ones you need for your subject or department. 

Work with governors and support your staff

If your governing board has a link governor for your subject, learn how to develop an effective working relationship with them.

Plus, use our toolkit to understand how to support staff wellbeing as a line manager.