Subject Leader Development Programme (SLDP)

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What is the Subject Leader Development Programme?

The Subject Leader Development Programme is an online course for developing subject leadership in secondary history teaching. Led by a team of 6 experienced subject leaders, including Hugh Richards, Sharon Aninakwa, Ruth Lingard, David Hibbert, Elizabeth Carr and Catherine Priggs, this course will equip history leaders fully for the demands of the role and middle leadership.

The course is divided into ‘themes,’ ‘units’ and ‘segments’ to ensure some cohesion whilst still enabling it to be accessed in smaller or larger chunks to suit different delegates.

  • Introduction to the role
  • Curriculum Leadership
  • Improving teaching across your team
  • Working with SLT and Ofsted
  • Fireside chats and Soapboxes

The programme is partially self-directed consisting of 13 modules averaging at 2 modules a week over the course of 7-8 weeks. During the programme you will be part of a cohort and required to attend 3 Zoom meetings, including an assessment meeting. You’ll need to complete the assessment in order to be certificated.

Who can apply?

This programme is designed for teachers at any level of experience who. are aspiring to become a subject leader, have just been appointed as a subject leader or have are an experienced subject leader perhaps looking for fresh inspiration or direction.

What does it cost?

Registration for this Autumn programme is charged at £132 including VAT for HA members and £198 including VAT for non-members. 

Did you know it costs only £7 more to become a member and register at the membership rate? Find out more about secondary membership.

There is a small price increase from January 2025.

To register and access the content you will either need to have an active HA membership or a free basic account. You will need to be logged in to your account before you purchase this course.

Please note we do not issue VAT invoices for SLDP.

Payment must be made online by card, however you can request a VAT receipt following payment by emailing 

If you would like to become a member please click here. If you would like to register for a free basic account please click here.

Book now 

Autumn 2024 Cohort

- Start date Thursday 12 September, 4pm-5pm

Spring 2025 Cohort

- Start date Thursday 9 January, 4pm-5pm

Summer 2024 Cohort

- Start date Thursday 1 May, 4pm-5pm

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