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research has revealed a number of key points that influence whether a
department will realise its full potential, or whether it will
underachieve. This theme has been taken up in the National Standards
for subject leaders, where it is noted that heads of department should
change the way they work to ensure constructive use of delegation,
successful development of working relationships, and improvement in the
quality of teaching and learning.
Realising the Potential of Each Department
sets out plainly and clearly how every head of department within the
school can use proven strategies to develop an environment which
improves every aspect of departmental life.
do this each head of department needs to undertake certain key tasks,
such as making explicit what is expected of each member of the
department, and what constitutes effective work within the department.
For example to achieve additional effectiveness the head of department
must motivate his or her team and develop good methods of working with
teachers who are not as motivated as they might be - something many
department heads find difficult.
these and other actions it is possible to fulfil the potential both of
the department as a unit, and of every individual within it. But real
effectiveness will not come unless the results of all changes and
improvements can be evaluated and monitored as they occur.
volume gives a highly practical approach to working with individual
pupils and members of staff, and to working as a whole department. It
reveals new ways that head teachers can become involved in the drive to
realise the potential of each department, and shows exactly how
departments that are underachieving can be turned around.
Cat No: 978 1 86083 536 0