Effective Leadership


Lead, manage and inspire your colleagues to achieve outstanding levels of performance
About this course

All our workshops are constantly updated to reflect the current - and ever-changing - circumstances in all schools relating to Covid-19

Do you want rigorous and effective systems of monitoring and evaluation?

Do you want proven strategies for maintaining long-term progress in your department?

Do you want real-world answers to the everyday questions that all subject leaders face?

Leading a subject area effectively is one of the most important elements in securing high-quality teaching and learning in all schools. By focusing on your role as a leader of learning, this course will help you to establish and maintain your vision, get the best out of your team and ensure high-quality outcomes - all whilst maintaining sanity and perspective about the role.


All our 3-hour online workshops include: 

  • practical classroom-ready ideas and resources
  • small group size to facilitate interaction and full engagement
  • group/pair work and discussion with the tutor
  • pdf of the course booklet 


As an award-nominated author (Best Secondary Resource at BESA Awards) for 'The Subject Leader' - Steve is uniquely placed to offer expert guidance, ideas and strategies on how to fulfil the role of Subject Leader effectively. Steve has delivered this course to several thousand teachers over the last ten years and it is Dragonfly Training’s most popular course. Delegate feedback is always massively positive with delegates regularly commenting that the course is ‘inspirational’, ‘grounded in reality’ and hugely relevant to their role.

Course Outcomes:
  • Acquire realistic and practical solutions to problems relating to staffing, resources and performance
  • Receive the very latest information regarding ways of working with data
  • Understand the importance of the leadership of learning as the core role of leadership
  • Come away feeling enthused and energised with increased confidence in your ability to lead
Course Outline:
Setting the Context

Skills, disposition and features

Priorities and focus

Schemes of work

Planning for learning


Interrogating data properly

Sampling - what does and doesn't work

Lesson observations - what they do and don't show and how to improve them

Subject meetings - getting more out of them

Leading, Managing and Coping

Leading and managing the differences

What kind of leader are you?

Types and preferences

Wendy Imperato

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029 2071 1787
Mary Chapman

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+44 (0)29 2071 1787

“Today was amazing! Steve provided the perfect balance between delivering content and facilitating discussion and answering questions. Everything we have learnt today has been applicable, relevant and inspiring - very engaging!”

Second in Department , New Hall School

Thank you for practical, useful tools and ideas that I can immediately apply to my role with regard to reducing variance and being an effective leader

Director of Learning , Cardinal Newman Catholic School & Sixth Form Centre

Thank you very much for a wonderful course packed full of practical ideas that can be implemented immediately.

Head of Department , Ysgol Gymraeg Bro Morgannwg

I found this course to be very interesting, information and inspiring. Steve was a brilliant course leader and made the day fly by!

Head of Department , Alleyn's School

This course will have been pivotal to my new leadership role next year. Forming, empowering and leading my team will be done with the knowledge gained from this course.

Teacher, PSHE , Bingham Academy, Ethiopia

Highly engaging, an eye-opener. Have learned a lot and feel more confident about stepping into this role.

Teacher , CIA First International School, Phnom Penh

An excellent course! Very well planned and organised. Looks at all angles of how to be an effective subject leader!

Head of PE , Shrewsbury International School