Curriculum Area Leader - Design Technology

Oak Academy, Bournemouth, Dorset


Job details

Subject Design and technology
Working pattern Full-time only
Salary Lead Practitioners range 4 to Lead Practitioners range 7, £43,034 to £46,430

Job summary

The Curriculum Leader of Technology role is critical to the ensuring the strategic development of the Academy in developing into a centre of educational excellence. The postholder will ensure that teaching staff have high expectations, contribute to creative and expansive schemes of work and deliver high quality teaching and learning opportunities to students of all abilities, thereby improving student outcomes in all key stages in all technology subjects.

To effectively carry out the duties of a teacher and school leader as set out in the current Schoolteachers’ Pay and Conditions document and to meet the standards expected of a qualified teacher.

To provide high quality leadership and management of the Technology Department in order to drive up standards of attainment, achievement and progress at all key stages.

• To provide high quality leadership as Curriculum Area Leader for Technology and act as a lead practitioner in all aspects of the role.
• To line manage other Technology teachers, working with them to improve outcomes by delegating relevant tasks, providing consistent support and challenge and professional accountability for their work
• To ensure the consistent delivery of high quality teaching and learning across the curriculum area
• To improve standards of attainment, achievement and progress in Technology at all key stages.
• To develop, monitor, evaluate and review engaging, relevant and innovative schemes of work in each year group which will enable students of all abilities to make excellent progress and achieve the best possible outcomes.
• To promote high levels of academic performance and teaching pedagogy that enables students of all abilities to achieve excellent standards both in class and independently.
• To ensure robust and effective assessment takes place across the curriculum area which accurately reflects student progress and clearly informs students how to make further progress in their learning.
• To ensure that marking and teacher assessments are completed regularly and according to agreed academy deadlines and policies.
• To ensure standards of student behaviour and their attitudes to learning in the curriculum area are consistently excellent and in line with the Academy vision
• To analyse a wide range of internal and nationally benchmarked data sets in order to contribute to strategic target setting, develop a range of intervention programmes and track and monitor student performance (exam results; internal assessments; CATS etc…)
• To identify possible student underperformance at the earliest opportunity and ensure that action is taken in order to minimise the risk of students falling behind.
• To develop a range of strategies in order to improve the performance of student sub- groups as determined by a range of internal and national data sets.
• To ensure that curriculum area staff provide suitable opportunities for students to engage in enrichment activities as part of the extra-curricular offer that reflects the ethos of the academy.
• To ensure that students are offered opportunities to work collaboratively and to display and take pride in their work.
• To strategically plan, monitor and evaluate the work of the staff of the curriculum areas across the academic year, ensuring that all teaching is consistently good or better.
• To promote parental engagement in the work of the curriculum area and provide a range of opportunities for parents to be involved in supporting their child’s learning.
• To promote ICT, literacy and numeracy skills across the curriculum area.
• To contribute to the development of SMSC wherever possible through the work of the curriculum area, ensuring that students link their learning to the real world and therefore have the chance to engage in relevant activities that prepare them for life in modern Britain

• To improve student progress in the curriculum area
• To meet on a regular scheduled basis with the allocated Vice Principal or Assistant Vice Principal to report on progress and standards within the curriculum area, including (but not limited) the following: standards of attainment, achievement and progress by group and year; staff absence and performance; student behaviour; student rewards; enrichment activities and other curriculum area highlights and particular needs.
• To ensure value for money is achieved when allocating the curriculum area budget, linking strategic aims to financial resource.
• To ensure the best use of allocated INSET and curriculum area time to improve teaching and learning by linking it with the strategic needs of the Academy.
• To be responsible for the self-review cycle of the curriculum area by writing the curriculum area improvement plan and other self-evaluation documentation as required by the role.

• To be a collaborative, strategic and supportive member of the middle leadership team, playing an important role in the progress of the Academy in its development as an innovative, high performing, and emotionally intelligent learning community that has ‘every student has the right to learn, grow and achieve’ at the heart of everything it does.
• To contribute to the development and consistent implementation of Academy policies and practices that promote high achievement, attainment and inclusion through effective teaching and learning.
• To play a key role in creating an environment within which students and staff develop and maintain positive attitudes towards each other, their environment, their community and their teaching and learning experiences.
• To provide a regular and wide range of opportunities for staff within the curriculum area to work collaboratively, develop independence and grow in confidence in preparation for career progression.
• To work with the relevant Vice Principal in order to allocate appropriate duties and responsibilities amongst the curriculum area staff according to workload, experience, interest and pay level.
• To keep the Vice Principal, senior staff and other relevant colleagues advised as appropriate concerning the provision of resources or concerns about the working environment.
• To co-ordinate the work of the curriculum area staff team, holding regular meetings according to agreed schedules with agendas and minutes circulated and to promote collaborative working across the curriculum area.
• To use national, local and Academy data effectively to monitor, evaluate and analyse student progress; planning and implementing effective intervention to support all students to achieve highly, to develop self-esteem and to inform Academy policies and practices, expectation and teaching methodologies.
• To contribute to the Academy Raising Achievement Plan and the annual cycle of related documentation as required by the Senior Leadership Team.
• To communicate clearly and effectively with all stakeholders including parents and carers, members of the Academy Advisory Committee, feeder schools, secondary schools and colleges, business and community partners, and the wider community as appropriate, all in line with the Academy’s strategic objectives.
• To work in partnership with other Academies within and beyond the Trust, other relevant schools and agencies in order to learn more about the ways that other institutions are successfully effecting change and transformation.

• To pursue personal and professional development opportunities to meet the changing demands of the role.
• To engage in cross-Academy events and strategies in order to foster greater awareness of whole school strategic planning.
• To take part in relevant Leadership Development programmes where possible in order to develop expertise and plan for future promotion.

• To organise and encourage appropriate school trips/visits/fieldwork linked to the curriculum area and to foster and promote links with other schools locally, nationally and internationally.
• To encourage and enable the visits of professionals relevant to the curriculum are to the Academy.
• To carry out a share of supervisory duties in accordance with published rotas.
• To participate in the Academy performance management arrangements as appropriate.
• To adhere to published academy policies and procedure.
• To attend regular meetings with the allocated line manager.
• To undertake such other duties, training and/or hours of work as may well be required by the Principal within a reasonable workload and which are consistent with a substantial, core subject curriculum leader role.

Essential educational requirements

Relevant degree, ideally 2:1 or higher

Essential qualifications

Qualified teacher status

Essential skills and experience

- Ability to teach good and outstanding lessons to 11-16 students
- Ability to build, lead and motivate a dedicated team
- Ability to contribute to the development, communication and implementation of a shared vision and values
- Ability to coach colleagues to support their development and improve outcomes
- Ability to clearly set, monitor and achieve challenging targets
- Ability to develop good relationships with parents to improve student progress
- Clear understanding of the principles of effective teaching and learning
- Current knowledge of local and national subject developments
- Effective understanding of Health & Safety principles and legislation

- Leading an activity, year groups or key stage
- Setting/monitoring/reviewing standards at subject level
- Commitment to high expectations/high achievement in all areas
- Commitment to continuous professional development for all colleagues

Employee benefits

Ambitions Academies Trust (AAT) comprises schools from all sectors: mainstream (primary and secondary) and special. AAT secures outstanding achievement and improved life chances of all our pupils. All our Academies have high expectations as the focus of their work. We are strongly committed to supporting colleagues in developing their careers further and offer excellent CPD opportunities.

We are looking for candidates who are passionate and ambitious with a drive and commitment to improve the life chances of young people. You will have a dynamic, exceptional and creative approach to improving teaching and learning in a way that benefits all children.

School overview

School type Academy
Education phase Secondary
School size 464 pupils enrolled
Age range 11 to 18
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Website Oak Academy website (opens in a new window)
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School location

Duck Lane, Bournemouth, Dorset, BH11 9JJ