Head of Department - Online

This course will enable participants to reflect on their current leadership style and build a range of best practice strategies to implement in the future.
Target Audience
Heads of Department - all states and territories.
332 reviews

Learning Areas

Teaching Standards

General Description

In this course you will be guided through, read about and respond to topics such as approaches to leadership, managing difficult staff and evaluation. You will think about how you have learned to lead and gain insight into a range of leadership styles pertinent to the Head of Department role. I will ask you to reflect on your current role and leadership style. Managing difficult staff requires you to consider a number of scenarios and possible resolutions. Evaluation is sometimes confronting, but the exercise is a very useful tool to improve best practice within your department. The course concludes with a case study and some helpful direction on creating a harmonious department. This course runs over 6 weeks.


Heads of Department – all states and territories.

Available Delivery Formats

Format Description

Most TTA online courses are available with an Online Subscription. For a little more than the price of one course, you can gain up to 20 PD hours per year. Learn more HERE.

A normal online course is delivered over 1-12 weeks and is worth from 3-12 PDhrs depending on the course content and its objectives. Participants will not need to take time off, the course date is the START date only, end dates will be advertised with course hours.

This course is always open and you can join at any time.

Please note that we run this online course on the Open Learning platform, and you should expect an invitation to the course within 2 working days. There are no set times when you must attend any webinars etc, everything you need will be ready to access inside the course. If you have any problems accessing the course please contact admin@tta.edu.au and we will assist you.

This course contributes to 5.0 professional development hours.


  Start Date Location Availability Price    
Enrol Now 01/03/2018 Online Places available $269 + GST Enrol Now


Leadership I

1 hour

•How have you learned to lead?
•Leadership Styles overview
•Leadership Styles activity
•Share your responses online
•Leadership Reflection

Leadership II

1 hour

•Reading 1: Cummins & Lambert
•Reading 2: Hammond
•Share your responses online

Managing Difficult Staff

1 hour

•Conflict Scenarios
•Share your responses online
•Assessment Tasks Mishaps & Difficulties
•Email your responses to ...


1 hour

•Evaluation of: T&L, the Department, the HOD
•Design your evaluation
•In-school Trial

A Harmonious Department

1 hour

•Reading 3: O’Neill
•A Harmonious Department
•Reading List

What To Bring


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Latest Reviews

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Head of Department - Online
by Nicole Martin on 15/08/2017

Very interesting. Easy to share. Lots of readings. Would have been nice to hear/read some anecdotal situations from HODs etc.

Head of Department - Online
by Monica Garcia-Ives on 31/07/2017

I found the course informative and valuable as it gave me the opportunity to reflect on the way I deal with staff under my instruction/supervision.

Head of Department - Online
by Lee Neville Harry Taylor on 30/07/2017
I have found the Head of Department course to be very informative and an excellent opportunity to assist me in the reflection upon my leadership style. The readings and resources supplied were up to date and stimulated much thought on my behalf and much discussion within my team. I would recommend this course to anyone wishing to take on the role of Head of Department or to reflect on their current position.
Head of Department - Online
by Melissa Musgrove on 26/07/2017

The course was very interesting and thought provoking. The articles and material we read as part of the course were insightful, relevant and provided in-depth exploration into a range of topics. I learnt a lot from not only reading the material but also reflecting on the opinions of others.

Head of Department - Online
by Maria Capobianco on 24/07/2017

I found the course topics and readings very interesting. They provided me with valuable insights into theories and models of leadership. Many of the tasks allowed me to put the theory into a practical context by reflecting upon the situations that I face everyday in my role as a leader.I feel that I have a clearer picture of my role and the type of leader that I would like to be.

Head of Department - Online
by Stefania Thomsett on 24/07/2017

The course content is rich and very helpful. It allows to learn new strategies to use within your department and it is also useful to share ideas with other participants.

Head of Department - Online
by Kristy Pugliano on 24/07/2017

This course was highly beneficial, it was collaborative and allowed me to engage in discussion with other head teachers which I often don’t have time to do. The content was appropriate, relevant and engaging.

Head of Department - Online
by Jennifer Alfonso on 24/07/2017

I really enjoyed the content of the course and the mode of delivery. I found the interaction with other participants helpful.

Head of Department - Online
by Nicole Robb on 24/07/2017

The Head of Department course was fantastic. The content was clear and thorough and I learnt a lot of new information. Karina was an excellent presenter/mentor through the course and always provided comments to support our responses. I would recommend this course to others who are thinking about becoming a head teacher.

Head of Department - Online
by Nicole Jenkins on 12/06/2017

I really enjoyed the range of readings the course offered to delve deeper into leadership styles. It was excellent and would recommend it to other leaders in my school.

Head of Department - Online
by Roslyn Peters on 19/12/2016

Very informative look at styles of leadership in an education setting.

Head of Department - Online
by Jarrod Schindler on 01/11/2016

This was a good introduction to some of the broad ideas pertaining to teamwork and management within a school context.

Head of Department - Online
by Megan Wesley on 21/09/2016

The Head of Department Online Course provided lots of ideas and suggestions that apply to a range of staff/ student issues that arise in schools. It also reassured me of things that I already do in a positive way.

Head of Department - Online
by Jena Shaw on 13/09/2016

I participated in the course because I was hoping that it would give me some skills or ways of dealing with problems that would help me to get a HT position. I don’t feel like I have been given skills to help with gaining a HT position.

Head of Department - Online
by Drew Bickford on 13/09/2016

Kym Wilson’s Head of Dept course was extremely well managed, with possibilities for interaction with other participants. Kym’s level of contact with myself during the course was (when needed) fantastic I thoroughly enjoyed the readings and found them wholly applicable to myself at this stage of my trajectory.

Head of Department - Online
by Jesse Bolton on 12/09/2016

The course was relevant to my aims and objectives for completing the course. Course readings and materials were valuable, and I was able to share these reading with my department to better enhance our department objectives and goals as a team.

Being able to read other participants blogs and responses, really di resonate with me because it provided insightful feedback. It also comforted me that other Middle Leaders have the same difficulties and triumphs.

I also appreciated the extra time given for responses to tasks, as the original close date for the tasks was at a very busy time of term.

I would have like further feedback and interaction from the course provider/ facilitator. As this was very much self-directed, I felt that I was disconnected from potential learning opportunities.

Head of Department - Online
by Chivonne Gofers on 30/08/2016

This course was well structured and informative. I felt that the discussions were valid and useful and the course was helpful to me in my role as a head of department. This was a great course!

Head of Department - Online
by Jennifer Freeman on 30/08/2016

As a beginning HOD I found the course very beneficial. It gave me the opportunity to network with other teachers in a similar position and it prompted me to follow through and implement strategies to make the department more cohesive. I found the scenarios and comments on the ways to deal with situations very helpful. The readings were very informative and insightful.

Head of Department - Online
by Gabrielle Turnbull on 30/08/2016
A valuable course in leadership that looks at many different leading styles and how to focus your strengths in leadership in a positive manner.
Head of Department - Online
by Jo Lapointe on 30/08/2016

Overall I found this course intensely helpful. The readings were interesting and practical, offering some good ideas and suggestions about many facets relating to leading a department. The nature of the on-line course meant it was easy to fit into my schedule and the forums provided an opportunity for discussion and feedback.

About the team

Kim Wilson


Kim has been a Head of Department for 10 years. She has experience in leading a very small department of 4 history teachers and more recently a very large department of 17 HSIE teachers (History, Economics, Business Studies, Legal Studies, Geography and Studies of Religion). She is an experienced teacher of junior and senior History and has delivered many professional development courses. In 2005, Kim was recognized with a NSW Quality Teacher Award. More recently she has been awarded a doctorate from Macquarie University, her research focused on historical fiction for children and young adult readers. She has a number of publications including, her book, ‘Re-visioning Historical Fiction for Young Readers: The Past Through Modern Eyes’.

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