English Development Leader Buckler's Mead Academy, Yeovil, Somerset

Job description

An exciting opportunity for someone with ambition who wishes to make a genuine difference to our students.

We are looking for an English subject specialist with a track record of successful teaching and leadership experience to develop the culture of a love for English across the academy. The successful candidate will teach English across the 11 – 16 age and ability range, working with the Head of Department to raise standards and to build positive, enduring relationships based on high expectations. Responsibilities will also include primary to secondary English liaison and developments.

THE ROLE

Leadership
• Lead the department in evaluating, improving and co-ordinating provision in Year 7 and Year 8.
• Lead on modifications required to the KS3 curriculum in line with the new GCSE specification.
• Lead and co-ordinate all activities linked with curriculum enrichment including students who are gifted at English.
• Lead on delivery of ITT provision within the department (PGCE and SCITT), including responsibilities for mentoring beginning teachers

Students
• Allocate students to teaching groups in Year 7 and Year 8.
• Monitor student progress and attainment across identified age groups; analysis of the attainment, progress and performance of groups of learners, including Pupil Premium.
• Liaise with Head of Department to implement and monitor intervention strategies to support underperforming individuals and groups.
• Support departmental behaviour policy at Year 7 and Year 8, including monitoring of students on English report.
• Co-ordinate extra-curricular events for selected students
• Form tutor for a mixed ability tutor group (year group to be decided).

Teaching and Learning
• Assist the Head of Department in implementing the department’s key priorities for improving teaching and learning. Take a lead role in developing and sharing specific strategies identified and agreed with the Head of Department to challenge students in Year 7 and Year 8.
• Ensure that opportunities are built into Schemes of Learning for the application of strategies; modelling and demonstrating good practice. Develop and trial appropriate resources.

Curriculum
• Lead and co-ordinate the development and provision of all long and medium term learning plans (Learning Mapping, Schemes of Learning) and resources (Year 7 and Year 8).
• Monitor and implement national curriculum and statutory requirements. Synthesise learning plans with programmes of study and examination syllabi.

Assessment, Recording and Reporting
• Ensure that assessments meet the requirements of the department and students with diagnostic feedback.
• Evaluate the effectiveness of diagnostic feedback and therapy, acting on outcomes.
• Identify, share and model the most effective AfL practices

Quality Assurance
• Carry out performance management and target setting.
• Under the direction of the Head of Department, participate in quality assurance activities and evaluation. This will include:
- Lesson observation
- Students’ work sampling and scrutiny
- Learning walks
- Teacher and department records
- Data analysis

Planning
• Jointly implement the department development plan; provide and act upon specific Raising Achievement plans and action plans to raise attainment, organise and sequence intervention activities, the curriculum and professional development.
• Assist the Head of Department in the planning and delivery of department development time.

Resources and Administration
• Exam/test entries and administration for Year 7 and Year 8.
• Effective deployment of Teaching Assistant to have the greatest impact on learning.
• Manage and organise teaching resources, students’ work and department records.

Working with partner schools and organisations
• Be involved in networks to support developments in the curriculum and support for trainees.
• Primary/secondary English liaison.

Essential educational requirements

Qualified Teacher Status
Appropriate academic or professional qualification at degree or higher level.

Essential qualifications

Qualified Teacher Status
Appropriate academic or professional qualification at degree or higher level.

Essential skills and experience

• English subject specialist with a track record of successful teaching as evidenced by GCSE attainment and figures in line with or exceeding national expectations.
• Strong VA/P8 for own teaching groups.
• Successful leadership experience (within a department, pastoral team or extra-curricular initiative).
• High expectations of all learners.
• Commitment to and belief in the ability of all students to be successful learners.
• Ability to work within a team and lead others.
• Ability to build positive, enduring relationships based on high expectations.
• Solutions focused with a ‘can do’ attitude.
• Hardworking, enthusiastic, positive attitude.

Employee benefits

TPS/UPS +TLR2C (£6,341)
We offer you the opportunity to work with motivated students, the full support of a dedicated and committed team of staff, a supportive induction programme and ongoing professional development, plus the opportunity to work in a successful academy in a beautiful area of the South West. In addition to this, all permanent staff appointed to Buckler’s Mead are enrolled in our Health Care package, are entitled to discounted gym membership and are part of a national discount scheme. The academy is an 8 times ‘Investor in People’ and candidates can be assured of excellent support at all times.


About Buckler's Mead Academy

Buckler’s Mead Academy is a caring and inclusive 11-16 community academy of approximately 800 students in the east of Yeovil. Our vision as an academy is that all community members are happy, achieve and have limitless aspirations. Our job as professionals is to ensure this happens. We all want the very best for every student and we constantly strive to improve. All our staff sign up to these aspirations and play a full role in contributing to this vision through inclusive teaching. We seek to recruit dedicated and talented staff, highly committed to making a difference. At Buckler’s Mead we recognise young people develop at different rates, have differing hopes, ambitions and career paths. Here, young people are exposed to a wealth of opportunities both within and beyond the classroom in an academy that places a strong emphasis on the development of well-rounded individuals of whom the staff and parents can feel justifiably proud. We are very clear that the gender, background, race, poverty, wealth or social state of a student should have no bearing on how well they perform and staff here work extremely hard in trying to close that gap between the different groups of students. We have an excellent reputation for our inclusive work with EAL and SEND students. Visitors often comment on the warm, friendly and positive relationships between staff and students and within the staff body itself, which are an immediately apparent hallmark of Buckler’s Mead. Our teachers have high expectations of themselves and of our students. Regardless of their ability, students are set challenging and ambitious targets for their academic progress. Over the past 5 years the quality of Teaching and Learning has risen at Buckler’s Mead. We also have high expectations in relation to attendance, punctuality, uniform and behaviour, so everyone has the opportunity to succeed. Our academy environment is positive, engaging, supportive and purposeful. Ofsted visited us in June 2018 and we were delighted to receive a ‘Good’ judgment. We have a policy of investing in staff with support, care and training, and are recognised “Investors in People”, having been eight times awarded the prestigious national accolade for the quality of our staff development and personnel practices. We are also currently providing two staff benefit packages for permanent staff: Edenred discounts and Simply Health. The Academy is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. All appointments are subject to references and a full Disclosure and Barring Service check before confirmation Buckler’s Mead Academy is an equal opportunities employer. The campus is a no smoking site.

Address
St John's Road, Yeovil, Somerset, BA21 4NH
Phase
Secondary
Type
Academy
Website
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