Achievement Director/Head of Social Science

Harris Academy Battersea, London, SW11 5AP

5 days remaining to apply

  • Expected start date

    1 September 2022

  • Application deadline

    23 May 2022 at 11:59pm

  • Date listed

    11 May 2022

Job details

Working pattern

Contract type

Permanent

Salary

MPS/UPS (Inner London) + TLR + £2,000 Harris Allowance

Achievement Director/Head of Social Science job summary

We are looking for an outstanding Head of Social Science (Achievement Director) to join our team at Harris Academy Battersea.

We are looking for a leader with energy, enthusing and expertise to develop our excellent Social Sciences team to continue to deliver brilliant outcomes for students. At Harris Academy Battersea, you will join a dedicated team of teachers and staff supporting our vibrant students. If you are looking for an opportunity to grow, inspire and develop, This may be the role for you.

Harris Academy Battersea will be in its 8th academic year in 2021-2022 and has established itself as one of the highest performing schools in London, judged to be Outstanding by Ofsted in 2018. In 2017, it was awarded the Evening Standard School of the Year as well as being named one of the Sunday Times Top 20 Schools in the country. We are immensely proud of our students’ achievements at Harris Academy Battersea, where their progress measures (1.08, 1.47, 1.22, 0.92, 1.39* and 1.36* P8) defy expectations and set out what it is possible to achieve with hard work from all stakeholders. This is achieved through high expectations for all stakeholders, a high-quality curriculum, brilliant teaching with each teacher wanting to get better every day and, most importantly, an embedded culture that drives every decision in the school. This strong culture wraps around the three key characteristics of the most successful schools: high aspiration, high motivation and strong social norms.

Main Areas of Responsibility
The purpose of your role will be:

To be accountable for leading, managing and developing the subject area.
To raise standards of student attainment and achievement within the whole subject/curriculum area and to monitor and support student progress.
To ensure the provision of an appropriately broad, balanced, relevant and differentiated curriculum for students studying in the department, in accordance with the aims of the academy and the curricular policies determined by the Governing Body and Principal.
To teach the relevant subject across the age and ability range.
To facilitate and encourage a learning experience which provides students with the opportunity to achieve their individual potential.
To effectively manage and deploy staff, financial and physical resources within the department.
To share and support the school’s responsibility to provide and monitor opportunities for personal and academic growth.
Your main areas of responsibility will fall under the areas of:

Operational and strategic planning (including formulating the subject and faculty improvement plans, and leading the development of appropriate syllabuses, resources, schemes of work, marking policies, assessment and teaching strategies)
Ensuring the delivery of an appropriate, comprehensive, high quality and cost effective curriculum and leading development of the subject and its delivery
Staff development (including recruiting, building and managing an effective team of motivated staff)
Student outcomes (including ensuring the effective operation of target setting, monitoring and evaluation systems and the input and maintenance of accurate student data)
Pastoral system (including being a form tutor to a selected group of students)
Teaching, including acting as an outstanding role model
Qualifications & Experience
The successful candidate will:

Hold QTS (or equivalent) and a relevant undergraduate degree, and, ideally, management training
Demonstrate successful teaching of GCSE at good or better level
Have experience of initiation and effective management of change
Show evidence of raising achievement in present post and showing good value added for groups
Have knowledge of current curriculum developments in subject and their implications
Have good knowledge and understanding of current educational thinking
Show good understanding of how children learn and how to raise standards of achievement
Have good communication skills in speech and writing
Display excellent organisational skills
Be able to build and sustain professional standards and relationships with students
Be able to contribute towards creating a safe and protective environment

Safeguarding Notice

The Harris Federation and all our academies are committed to ensuring the highest levels of safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, and we expect all our staff and volunteers to share in this commitment. All offers of employment are subject to an Enhanced DBS check, references, and where applicable, a prohibition from teaching check will be completed for all applicants. Before applying, please review our Policy Statement on the Recruitment of Ex-Offenders.

Equal Opportunities

The Harris Federation is an equal opportunities employer and welcomes applications from all suitably qualified candidates.

As a provider of employment and education, we value the diversity of our staff and students, and all our staff are equally valued and respected. We are committed to providing a fair, equitable and mutually supportive learning and working environment for our students and staff.

Additional allowances

Our people are at the heart of our success. We have developed a strong culture of collaboration and best practice, with professional development and career planning at its centre. We invest in our staff with support, coaching, mentoring, and a wide range of top-quality training programmes delivered at every level to senior leadership.

We look for talented individuals who share our vision for creating exceptional places of learning, and are committed to ensuring that every child in London has access to the best possible education.

In addition to the opportunities for career progression, training and development, we also offer a competitive rewards and benefits package which includes our Harris Allowance, a Performance and Loyalty Bonus, Pension Scheme, a Wellbeing Cash Plan and many other benefits.

Applying for the job

Please download the Job Pack via the job link for full details on the job responsibilities and person specification. You will need this when completing your online application.

If you have any questions about this opportunity, please contact us via e-mail, or call to arrange a conversation.

Please note: we may hold interviews as and when applications are received, and this job may be withdrawn without notice. We only accept applications submitted online via our careers website and which are completed before the closing deadline. With this in mind, we encourage you to apply as soon as possible and advise you check the job information as per the listing on our careers site.

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About Harris Academy Battersea

School type
Academy, ages 11 to 19
Education phase
View all Secondaryjobs
School size
1071 pupils enrolled
Age range
11 to 19
Contact phone number
020 7622 0026

Academy Culture

The development of our students academically, personally and professionally is at the heart of everything we do at Harris Academy Battersea. We have created a new vision for the school to reflect this: ‘We develop aspirational young people to thrive in a changing world’.

Our core values of Knowledge, Integrity and Resilience underpin this vision and will form an integral part of student’s daily school life. Students should leave us not only having fulfilled their personal best in terms of academic results, but also equipped with these core values to enable them to thrive in all stages of their lives. Equally, we wish for our school and young people to serve the community and a school that the community is proud to have on its doorstep.

The values of Knowledge, Integrity and Resilience embody the qualities we expect to see in our young people. Our definition of these values is outlined below.

Knowledge: ‘I want to learn something new every day’

I will gain knowledge to be able to confidently engage in any discussion, any time.
I will think carefully before I trust information I see, hear and read.
I will share knowledge to help others.
I will always seek to further my own knowledge, now and in the future.
I will make links between different pieces of knowledge and subjects.
Resilience: ‘Try, fail, try, fail, try, succeed’

I will give 100% effort 100% of the time.
I will understand my emotions and work hard to manage them effectively.
I will develop and maintain positive relationships with others even when it is tough to do so.
I will take any setback as a learning opportunity.
I will try new things outside my comfort zone.
Integrity: ‘I do the right thing even when it is difficult to do so’

I will do the right thing even when nobody is looking, and I will encourage others to do so too.
I will treat others as they wish to be treated.
I will take responsibility for my actions and encourage others to do so.
I will support others to be the best they can be.
I will respect the diversity, cultures, beliefs and differences of others.
If you are committed to these values and want to make a real difference to the lives of young people, then we would welcome an application.

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