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  • Job start date

    2 September 2024

  • Closing date

    20 May 2024 at 9am

  • Date listed

    9 May 2024

Job details

Job role

  • Head of department or curriculum

Visa sponsorship

Visas cannot be sponsored

Key stage

Key stage 3, Key stage 4


Art and design

Working pattern

Full time: 32.5 hours per week

Contract type


Pay scale


Additional allowances

TLR 1a

What skills and experience we're looking for

Core Purpose: In addition to the role of classroom teacher and form teacher, the role of Head of Department is to raise standards of student attainment and achievement within the curriculum area in line with national and school policies/priorities. This will include leading, developing and managing the quality of teaching; monitoring and supporting student progress to raise standards in the quality of learning and making strategic evaluations of teaching, learning, personnel, finance and premises issues in the curriculum area of Science.

Main Duties

Professional Requirements and Responsibilities

To support the aims and ethos of this Catholic school by adherence to its policies and practices.

Achievement / Teaching and Learning

To raise the attainment and progress of all pupils in the subject area

To champion best practice demonstrating teaching skills and leadership qualities to command respect and encourage commitment to raising standards.

To lead, develop and enhance the quality of teaching and learning within the department by:

  • Setting and maintaining high standards of teaching and learning across the age and ability range.
  • Developing strategies to monitor and promote effective transition arrangements to ensure continuity and progression for all pupils across the key stages, and to liaise with the appropriate Head of Year in this respect.
  • Reviewing, developing and refining schemes of work for Key Stage units by leading and managing other staff in the department to extend and improve our current resources.
  • Developing and co-ordinating curricular links with primary schools and external agencies.
  • Managing and developing high quality teaching resources to match the needs of the curriculum and the different abilities of learners.
  • Managing the finance and resources of the department
  • Monitoring, reviewing and developing all departmental policies and strategies in line with the strategic aims of the school.
  • Leading curriculum development for the whole department as required.
  • Updating professional knowledge and expertise as appropriate to keep up to date with developments in teaching practice and methodology, in general, and in the subject area in particular.
  • Promoting learning through out of hours activities.
  • Ensuring a high quality learning environment within the department by managing, improving and monitoring classroom behaviour and ensuring that department policies on rewards and sanctions are consistent with the agreed school Behaviour and Pastoral Policy and its systems.
  • Promoting the Home/School Partnership and the school Homework Policy.
  • Liaising with Senior Managers to support teachers within the department by identifying their CPD needs which will enhance teaching and learning; induction of new teachers to the faculty, including Early Careers Teachers (ECTs), and the support of trainee teachers.

Recording, Reporting and Assessment

1. Monitoring, developing and enhancing the assessment arrangements within the department at KS3 and KS4, in line with the school’s “Assessment for and of Learning” targets. This will involve co-ordinating and monitoring strategies to raise pupil achievement and ensure continuity of progress, making best use of assessment information.

2. Managing, setting and co-ordinating the results of examinations, or other assessment instruments; liaising with the School Data Manager and other staff

3. Being accountable for monitoring, developing and co-ordinating strategies to raise pupil achievement.

4. Monitoring and reviewing long, medium and short term planning within the department to ensure coverage, provision of a range of learning experiences.

5. Liaising closely with Head of Year to ensure continuity and progression across the Key Stages.

6. Ensuring the departmental reports on students are completed to a high professional standard, by appropriate deadline dates and are consistent with the school’s reporting arrangements.


1. Develop self-evaluation strategies within the department to monitor, evaluate and improve the quality of teaching and learning through:

  • A structured, rigorous and recorded programme of lesson observation for all staff; providing feedback and advice on improvement as appropriate
  • Completing self-evaluation to identify strengths and areas for improvement
  • Ensuring that this process informs improvement planning within the department
  • Developing and formalising arrangements for the scrutiny of pupil’s work and staff planners.

2. Manage the performance management process in the department, working to enhance the skills of others for continued professional growth and career development including sharing good practice.

3. Mentor and coach colleagues providing effective feedback and advice in order to contribute to the overall effectiveness of the department. Liaising with Senior Managers to support teachers within the department by identifying their CPD needs which will enhance teaching and learning; induction of new teachers to the faculty, including Early Career Teachers (ECTs), and the support of trainee teachers.

4. Produce a detailed School Improvement Plan in line with agreed whole school priorities.

Standards and Quality Assurance

1. Ensure that the department’s quality procedures meet the requirements of the school’s self-evaluation strategy and the Improvement Plan.

2. Attending and participating in parent evenings/prizegiving.

3. Attending team and staff meetings

General Responsibilities

  • Be aware of, and comply with all Trust policies and procedures, in particular those relating to child protection, health, safety and security, financial management, confidentiality, and data protection.
  • Contribute to the overall ethos, work, and aims of the Trust
  • Committed, passionate, dynamic, and supportive.
  • Innovative and high performing.
  • Commitment to the principle of working collaboratively with other schools within the St Teresa of Calcutta Catholic Academy Trust.
  • Ability to relate well to children and adults.

These duties are neither exclusive nor exhaustive, and the post holder will be required to undertake other duties and responsibilities, which the Trust may determine. Please note that the successful applicant will be required to comply with all Trust Policies.

What the school offers its staff

We will offer you, the systems, and structures of the school to ensure good order and the health and safety of pupils and students. An agreed system of performance management operates throughout the school and all colleagues are encouraged to further their own skills through continuous professional development

Commitment to safeguarding

St Monica's RC High School is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of young
people and expects all staff to share this commitment. Appointment is subject to a satisfactory
enhanced disclosure from the Disclosure and Barring Service.

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About St Monica's RC High School, a Voluntary Academy

School type
Academy, Roman Catholic, ages 11 to 16
Education phase
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School size
1111 pupils enrolled
Age range
11 to 16
Phone number

St Monica’s RC High School is a comprehensive High School welcoming pupils aged 11-16 in
Prestwich north of Greater Manchester. We are part of the St Teresa of Calcutta Roman Catholic
Multi Academy Trust.
Our Headteacher is committed to continuing the rapid improvement which is now taking place within
the school.
As a Catholic school we pride ourselves as a community to follow our school mission statement:
At Saint Monica’s we are a Catholic family, diverse and different, supporting each other in all we do
through prayer and service.
We seek to live out the gospel values of justice, forgiveness and peace recognising the potential of
each person in our community.

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