Head of Art Outwood Academy Acklam, Middlesbrough

Job description

Are you passionate about Art and running a department?

MPS / UPS plus TLR 2.1 (£2,796)

Overall purpose of the post:
- Carrying out the professional duties of a teacher as circumstances may require and in accordance with Academy policies, under the direction of the Principal.
- Communicating clear purpose and vision to the Department/Faculty.
- Contributing to the strategic development of the Academy by implementing whole Academy new initiatives, monitoring and reporting on key outcomes, to ensure the Department/Faculty meets academic targets as well as meeting the requirements of Every Child Matters.
- Providing clear, cohesive leadership and direction in Department/Faculty and motivating teaching and support colleagues in developing innovative strategies to enhance the quality of learning, teaching and achievement.
- Promoting the achievement of high standards through effective teaching and learning within subject area(s), preparation, evaluation and action planning.
- Modelling the vision and values of the Academy;
- Implement the Department Development Plan/SEF to secure continuous improvement and quality outcomes for all students.
- Receiving and acting on feedback to build on the strengths and improve personal performance within the Academy systems.
- Taking into account and constantly reviewing Academy contextual factors and prior attainment when planning and teaching lessons.
- Working in a cross-curricular way to support subjects across the Academy in the use of active learning approaches to enrich curriculum and skills delivery.
- Recognising, promoting and celebrating diversity.

Responsible for:
- Line management of Department/Faculty staff.
- All department/faculty resources and budget.
- Supervision and progress of students in allocated classes.
- Supervision of work of any classroom support staff during times they are allocated to classes.

Develop and sustain DEEP LEADERSHIP across the Academy through:
- To develop and review syllabuses, resources, schemes of work, marking policies, assessment and teaching and learning strategies in the department.
- To oversee day-to-day management, control and operation of course provision within the department, including effective deployment of staff and physical resources.
- To actively monitor and follow up student progress
- To work with the Principal to ensure that staff development needs are identified and that appropriate programmes are designed to meet such needs.
- To be responsible for the efficient and effective deployment of the Department's support staff.
- To undertake Performance Management Review(s) and to act as reviewer for a group of staff within the designated department.
- To make appropriate arrangements for classes when staff are absent, ensuring appropriate cover within the department, liaising with the cover supervisor/relevant staff to secure appropriate cover.
- To participate in the interview process for teaching posts when required and to ensure effective induction of new staff in line with school procedures.
- To be responsible for the day-to-day management of staff within the designated department and act as a positive role model.
- To manage the available resources of staff, finance, space and equipment efficiently within the limits, guidelines and procedures laid down; including deploying the department budget.
- Maintain a departmental portfolio with evidence of departmental data, targets and trends.
- Be aware of targets for raising attainment within the Academy context.
- Lead on the development of the Department SEF.
- Champion best practice, demonstrating teaching skills and leadership qualities necessary to command respect, and encourage commitment to raising standards.
- Identify and applaud areas of success for individual teachers and the Department.
- Help create an effective team by promoting collective approaches to problem-solving and curricular development.

Develop and sustain DEEP LEARNING across the Academy through:
- To liaise with the Vice Principal to ensure the delivery of an appropriate, comprehensive, high quality and cost-effective curriculum programme which complements the Academy Development Plan.
- To be accountable for the development and delivery of the Department’s curriculum.
- To keep up to date with and respond to national developments in the subject area and teaching practice and methodology.
- To produce an annual examinations analysis and department review as part of the Academy’s self-evaluation cycle.
- Help devise, implement and monitor SoW to ensure they focus on consistent and effective learning and teaching to produce progression for all.
- Analyse and interpret data on students’ attainment and action plan accordingly, reviewing with teachers their assessments of progress for classes, groups and individuals.
- Work to student targets and ensure that progress is monitored and reviewed through a range of strategies.
- Take account and review Academy contextual factors and prior attainment when planning and teaching lessons.
- Reflect on the success of teaching strategies, individual lessons and SoW in meeting the needs of students.
- Apply current guidelines on effective learning and teaching.
- Take part in coaching and mentoring programmes to support colleagues and develop own practice.
- Strive for outstanding lessons.
- Deliver interactive lessons with students.
- Provide good quality assessment using formative and summative methods in conjunction with the Academy’s AfL policy.

Develop and sustain DEEP EXPERIENCE across the Academy through:
- To establish the process of the setting of targets within the department and to work towards their achievement.
- To ensure that all members of the department are familiar with departmental aims and objectives within the framework of the Academy Development Plan.
- To disseminate information from HoF/HoD meetings.
- To ensure effective communication/consultation as appropriate with the parents of students.
- To liaise with partner schools, higher education, industry, examination boards, awarding bodies and other relevant external bodies.
- To represent the department’s views and interests.
- Be responsible for identifying and reporting issues and developing solutions.
- Develop communications and training with staff in Department/ Faculty methodology.
- Develop use of ICT within the curriculum.
- Provide means of gathering information for Self Evaluation: Student Voice, questionnaires, view-points of stakeholders, and use opportunities for co-construction of the curriculum.
- Take responsibility for co-ordination, planning and execution of Immersion Days.
- Adapt lessons and identify next steps in response to evaluation of student progress.
- Set effective homework and extension work to encourage and enliven student learning.
- Ensure differentiation and personalisation of learning for all students.
- Be aware of the KS2 curriculum and the standards of progression and attainment for KS3 students.
- Co-ordinate displays with regards to events, opportunities and work which promote the Department/Faculty/Academy.

Develop and sustain DEEP SUPPORT across the Academy through:
- To comply with the Academy's Child Safeguarding Procedures and to report concerns to the Designated Child Protection Officer.
- To ensure the Behaviour Management system is implemented in the department so that effective learning can take place.
- Take the leading role in upholding standards of behaviour and classroom management within the classroom and the schools environment.
- Through the role, develop systems which address the social health of students to raise standards.
- Promote the consistent and fair use of the Consequences system within the classroom and the Academy environment.
- Be the first line of contact for parents and carers concerns with regard to their child’s performance and well-being.
- Perform the duties of a Vertical Mentor Tutor if required, including the provision of Information, Advice and Guidance for students.
- Ensure that the department supports the Academy’s implementation of all current statutory requirements e.g. DDA, SEN, Child Protection, ECM.

Essential educational requirements

A degree in an appropriate discipline related to relevant subject.

Essential qualifications

Teaching qualification together with Qualified Teacher Status (QTS).

Essential skills and experience

- Recent and relevant teaching experience in employment or training.
- Experience of assessment at Key Stage 3 and 4.
- Able to use a range of teaching and learning strategies.
- An understanding for how Assessment for Learning can improve student performance.
- Confidence in the use of standard computer packages (word processing, email and spreadsheets) and how these can be used to enhance student learning.
- Able to use student level data to raise standards.
- Able to work independently and collaboratively as a member of a team.
- Creative in problem solving together with willingness to take on and try new approaches and ideas.
- Ability to relate to students in a pleasant and sympathetic manner and to recognise potential child safeguarding issues.
- Ability to communicate high expectations to all students.
- Able to communicate both orally and in writing to students and their parents.
- Sharing good practice across the department.

Employee benefits

This is a fantastic opportunity for enthusiastic, driven professionals to join our Family of Schools. An excellent knowledge and understanding of Art is essential. You must possess the skills and determination to make a significant difference to the lives of our students and share our single goal of ‘students first’.

The Outwood Grange Family of Schools offers:

- The opportunity to work and progress across the Family of Schools.
- The chance to apply for leadership roles in the Deeps working across the whole Academy.
- A full and detailed programme of support and development for NQTs.
- A further comprehensive programme of professional development is provided through the Outwood Institute of Education.

About Outwood Academy Acklam

Hall Drive, Middlesbrough, TS5 7JY
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