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Subject leadership: checklist for the new academic year (primary)

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updated on 27 June 2018
School types: All · School phases: Primary
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Use our downloadable checklist of tasks to help get your subject in line for the new academic year.

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  1. 1 Download our checklist 
  2. 2 Develop your subject action plan
  3. 3 Plan your termly schedule

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Download our checklist 

We worked with Nina Siddall-Ward, Jeremy Bird and Martin Owen, 3 of our associate education experts, to create this checklist.

Develop your subject action plan

Download our subject action plan template to help you plan and evaluate improvements in your subject.  

Plan your termly schedule

Plan your key tasks for each term to help you manage and monitor your subject. We set out some examples of items that may come up below:

Autumn term Spring term Summer term

Set curriculum targets and objectives, and identify priorities for the year

Ensure teachers are aware of targets, objectives and priorities for the year

Review medium- and long-term planning and make changes where necessary

Plan CPD activities for both teaching and support staff

Review progress against targets, objectives and priorities, and make changes where necessary

Discuss progress against targets, objectives and priorities with teachers

Set targets for the term

Carry out an audit of resource and support needed

Analyse test results and assessment activities

Ensure relevant senior leaders and teachers are made aware of the results

Set new objectives and priorities for the following year

Create an action plan for the following year

You can find additional examples of termly tasks for subject leaders in another article. 


Nina Siddall-Ward is an education consultant. She is the former head of standards and learning effectiveness for a large local authority. She has been a headteacher in three schools.

Jeremy Bird has extensive experience of primary headship. He has also worked with local authorities and published guidance for new and aspiring headteachers and senior leaders.

Martin Owen is a qualified chartered accountant (CPFA). He has more than 20 years' experience of working with schools to improve their governance, leadership and management of financial, business and operational processes.

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