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Curriculum Leader of Humanities

Backwell School, Bristol, BS48 3BX

This job expired on 24 January 2022

  • Expected start date

    1 September 2022

  • Application deadline

    24 January 2022 at 9am

  • Date listed

    7 January 2022

Job details

Working pattern

Contract type

Permanent

Salary

£25,714 - £41,604

Curriculum Leader of Humanities job summary

This is a rare opportunity to take a vital role at one of the most sought after schools in the South West. We are seeking an outstanding teacher to lead our Humanities Department on a full time basis from 1 September 2022. The successful candidate will be able to teach History at all key stages, lead and manage History as Subject Leader, as well as the wider Humanities department as Curriculum Leader. It would be beneficial if the successful candidate could offer another subject within Humanities or the Social Sciences. We are looking for someone who has a proved track record of providing excellent outcomes for students and developing staff along the way to improve the quality of education. We are looking for a leader, confident in their knowledge and experience of nurturing success with the ability to take department staff with them. The successful candidate will work with all staff in the department, especially subject leaders, and the post includes responsibility for leading teaching and learning within the area as well as managing staff, resources and budget, modelling and ensuring participation in school initiatives and processes. Curriculum Leaders at Backwell School have a specific member of the Senior Leadership Team to work with for support. The Humanities Curriculum Area comprises of History, Geography and Philosophy and Religion and each subject is led by a Subject Leader, overseen by the Curriculum Leader. The Humanities Curriculum Area is a large and successful part of Backwell School, currently consisting of 20 teachers. History, Geography and Philosophy & Religion are taught separately in all Key Stages and teachers largely teach within their own subject specialism. Teachers of Philosophy & Religion also teach some PSHE content including Sex and Relationships (SRE) and are also expected to teach Social, Moral, Spiritual and Cultural education (SMSC) to Ks4 students and play a role in its organisation. All three subjects are popular and successful both at GCSE and A Level. Outcomes for students are very high in all subject areas and there is a strong tradition of students going on to study Humanities subjects at University. This is an exciting time to join our school as a Curriculum Leader. Our school development priorities focus on establishing a shared ‘toolkit’ of research-based pedagogy, effective use of assessment, the progress of vulnerable students and a whole school ethos around anti-discrimination. The successful candidate should be excited by the prospect and challenge of developing a curriculum and culture which enables pupils of all abilities to excel in this essential aspect of their education. Backwell School is a large comprehensive school with over 1700 students of which 350 are in the Sixth Form. Judged by Ofsted as Good in January 2020 the school has an excellent reputation in the local area and is oversubscribed in regards to student applications. Our latest Ofsted report can be read here. Backwell School offers its staff a vibrant and stimulating teaching environment and there is a broad range of professional support available for new members of staff both within the department and in the wider school. At Backwell School, we prioritise staff wellbeing; planning time is generous with full time teachers teaching a maximum of 51 lessons out of 60. There is considerable support available from other Curriculum Leaders as well as the Senior Leadership Team. The school has thriving extracurricular activities in all areas, and staff are encouraged to play a full part in the life of the school. Teachers are encouraged to run clubs for students around either personal interests or subject areas and the school has a wide range of these taking place. We also provide a fantastic benefits package to our employees including a contributory pension scheme, a broad employee assistance programme and benefits (offering discounts on shopping), cycle to work scheme and on-site parking. Backwell School is part of the Lighthouse Schools Partnership. This offers us curriculum collaboration and support opportunities with Chew Valley and Gordano School. We also have a Trust wide Professional Development Team organising a wide range of staff training and development. All members of teaching staff are expected to act as tutors within the pastoral unit system. We have a 20 minute tutor period at the start of each school day which comprises of student wellbeing checks, administration and teaching of Personal Development (PSHE) materials as well as assemblies from the Heads of House and the School Leadership Team. Before making an application candidates are asked to match their qualifications, experience, skills and abilities against the criteria listed on the job and person specification below. We are committed to providing a comprehensive education for all our young people and this ethos is summarised in the Backwell School Charter. To make an application please visit the: Backwell School Eteach page The closing date for applications is 9.00 am on Monday 24 January 2022. Those who are successful following shortlisting, will be contacted regarding interview arrangements. Interviews will take place before the end of Term 3. Due to the ongoing COVID-19 situation prospective visits to the school, prior to application, are being limited. You are welcome to contact the Head’s PA ecapeldavies@backwellschool.net to arrange an informal phone conversation, or possible visit, if you so wish. We are also happy to arrange an online meeting for candidates based outside the local area who wish to know more about the school and the role. Please be assured that all shortlisted candidates will be given the opportunity to look around the school as part of the interview process.

Additional allowances

TLR 1B £10,082 per annum

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About Backwell School

School type
Academy, ages 11 to 18
Education phase
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School size
1725 pupils enrolled
Age range
11 to 18
Contact phone number
+441275463371

Backwell School is a large, vibrant, very popular mixed comprehensive school situated in Backwell, North Somerset, about 6 miles south of Bristol. We have a long-standing reputation for combining academic success for students of all abilities with a fully rounded and enriching educational experience. In 2008 and again in 2013 both the school and the Sixth Form were rated as “outstanding” by Ofsted.

Backwell School became an academy in 2011 and joined the Lighthouse Schools Partnership (LSP) multi-academy trust in January 2018. The LSP currently consists of two other large local secondary school as well as many primary schools in the local area. We have strong links with colleagues in the Trust which allows us to create CPD, collaboration and information sharing opportunities. For many years, Backwell has placed great importance on providing high quality teacher training and professional development. It became a Training School in 2003 and a Teaching School in 2012, leading the North Somerset Teaching Alliance.

Backwell School is situated in an attractive semi-rural location to the south of Bristol. Backwell itself is a village with a strong sense of community and the school is located next door to the leisure centre with swimming pool. Other nearby towns include Nailsea, Yatton and Portishead (listed in the top 10 suburbs in the UK) and staff live in locations such as these or in Bristol itself. The South West is a beautiful part of the world with excellent links to London and the North. Devon, Cornwall and Wales are within easy reach and Bristol Airport is only 3 miles from Backwell.

Arranging a visit to Backwell School

Due to the ongoing COVID-19 situation prospective visits to the school, prior to application, are being limited. You are welcome to contact the Head’s PA ecapeldavies@backwellschool.net to arrange an informal phone conversation, or possible visit, if you so wish. We are also happy to arrange an online meeting for candidates based outside the local area who wish to know more about the school and the role. Please be assured that all shortlisted candidates will be given the opportunity to look around the school as part of the interview process.

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