Director of English

Wessex Learning Trust, Cheddar, BS27 3AQ

4 days remaining to apply

  • Expected start date

    1 January 2023

  • Application deadline

    3 October 2022 at 9am

  • Date listed

    14 September 2022

Job details

Key stages

Early years, Key stage 1, Key stage 2, Key stage 3, Key stage 4, Key stage 5

Working pattern

Contract type


Pay scale

Leadership Salary Scale 9-13 £51,402 - £56,720

Director of English job summary

The key purpose of this role is to be accountable for leading, managing and developing English across the Wessex Learning Trust schools creating an inspiring and engaging learning environment for all our pupils. The successful candidate will work closely with the Trust Director of Learning to contribute to the wider school improvement offer for improved outcomes.

Candidates will need to demonstrate the following: 

• An outstanding English subject knowledge and be able to demonstrate passion and enthusiasm for communicating this to others 

• Extensive experience of English teaching and curriculum at either primary phase or secondary phase 

• An excellent understanding of teaching and curriculum in non-specialist phase 

 • A proven track record of leading school wide reading strategies including reading for pleasure and developing a reading culture 

 • Proven experience of identifying and implementing effective strategies for improving outcomes in schools 

• Proven experience and credibility in leading others, including coaching teachers to improve English outcomes 

• Outstanding communication skills, with the ability to leverage influence with all levels of the organisation, and be able to work effectively with a team of subject leaders and staff responsible for enrichment linked to English 

 • Be excited to share knowledge and expertise across a wide range of schools and be able to travel to all the schools and academies within the Trust 

• The ability to combine rigour and high expectations with emotional intelligence and discretion 

• The ability to form and maintain appropriate and effective relationships and boundaries with young people and staff of all levels across the Trust, including Headteachers and the School Improvement Team 

• Be committed to ensuring that all learners in our schools receive an excellent education in a safe and stimulating environment

Applying for the job

To apply for this position, please complete a teaching staff application form, (which is available on our website), together with a letter of application for the attention of Mr Gavin Ball and Ms Sarah Hobbs, detailing your
experience and impact to date and why you are the best candidate for the position. Completed applications should be returned by email to

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Supporting documents

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About Wessex Learning Trust

Trust type
Multi-academy trust

The Wessex Learning Trust is a leading multi-academy trust in the South West of England, offering a world class, twenty-first century education for all young people aged between two and nine-teen.

We are passionate about providing the very best education for all the children in our care. Our ambition is that every student is helped to achieve their full potential so that they can make a positive contribution to our society and realise their lifetime ambitions.

Each individual Academy in the Wessex Learning Trust is encouraged to maintain its own distinctive ethos, be at the centre of their community and raise aspirations and achievement. This is achieved in two ways: firstly, through excellent teaching to inspire curiosity, unlock talents and realise potential; and secondly, by ensuring high quality care, guidance and support that ensures the personal development and welfare of each child.

By working together, we believe we can harness the talents of all our staff, share good practice between all our Academies and share resources that enable us to concentrate on delivering excellence in education.

About Wessex Learning Trust

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