This job expired on 6 October 2022

  • Job start date

    1 January 2023

  • Closing date

    6 October 2022 at 9am

  • Date listed

    16 September 2022

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No, visa sponsorship not available

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Key stage 3, Key stage 4, Key stage 5

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Head of Department - Geography job summary

We value our people and are dedicated to making sure that everybody feels empowered to bring their authentic self to work. We have an outstanding opportunity to work at Washwood Heath Academy as a Head of Geography.

We promise to treat all candidates fairly, consistently and with respect throughout the application, assessment and selection process.

We are also “happy to talk flexible working” subject to the operational requirements of the role. 

This post is exempt from the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 and the amendments to the Exceptions Order 1975, 2013 and 2020. Which means that when applying for certain jobs and activities certain spent convictions and cautions are ‘protected’, so they do not need to be disclosed to employers, and if they are disclosed, employers cannot take them into account. Further information about filtering offences can be found in the DBS filtering guide.

Washwood Heath Multi Academy Trust is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff to share this commitment.  An enhanced DBS check is required for all successful applicants.

This post is covered by Part 7 of the Immigration Act (2016) and therefore the ability to speak fluent spoken English is an essential requirement for this role.We have an outstanding opportunity for a highly effective and motivated experienced Geography teacher to lead a vibrant, successful department at the core of our friendly and forward thinking Humanities Faculty.

Are you an inspirational and enthusiastic Geography Teacher looking for a new challenge? Do you have the teaching skills and personality required to motivate and energise learners? Are you passionate about the Geography Curriculum and nurturing the next generation of Geographers?

The Geography department at Washwood Heath Academy is celebrating a fantastic set of GCSE results this year, the first year since 2019 that public examinations have taken place. Despite enduring an extremely disruptive couple of years due to periods of lockdown, self-isolation and illness, we saw a significant increase in the number of students achieving a ‘strong pass’ (grade 9-4), from 39% in 2019 to 60% this year.

This is an awesome and exciting time to join our enthusiastic, passionate Geography team as their leader. The team are highly motivated and dedicated to improving learners’ outcomes, and as such have been developing a knowledge-rich curriculum, rooted in research. As Head of Geography, your focus will be on leading a team of Geography experts and supporting them in developing their Geographical knowledge and classroom practice. You will also have the opportunity to work collaboratively with the Head of Religious Studies and Head of Humanities Faculty.

As we stand firm in our belief that staff well-being is a priority we do not unnecessarily add to workload or bring about multiple initiatives at the drop of a hat. Everything we do is rooted in research with a clear evidence base. As such we have: regular teaching & learning CPD following the Walkthrus programme and Instructional Coaching, a ‘feedback’ policy; not a marking policy (no need for repetitive comments in learners’ books), a clear focus on teachers as experts.

The successful candidate will be capable of inspiring learners through their passion for the subject and have an excitement and drive for teaching and learning and a desire to make a difference to leaners’ achievement. Due to Washwood Heath Academy being an All through Academy, there is potential to teach learners in Key Stage 3, 4 and 5 and work with colleagues in the Primary phase to develop a better understanding of how learners develop geographical skills in Key Stage 1 and 2.

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About Washwood Heath Academy

School type
Academy, ages 4 to 18
School size
1745 pupils enrolled
Age range
4 to 18

Washwood Heath Academy is a relatively new All Through Academy (Primary, Secondary and Sixth Form) in the East of Birmingham. This is a fantastic opportunity to join an established Geography team and contribute to a Faculty that seeks to provide a first class education for all of its learners. In order for all learners to achieve academic excellence, we deliver a knowledge-rich curriculum where teachers are the experts and their role it is to convey their knowledge and expertise to pupils. We believe that all pupils are entitled to learn about ‘The best, which has been thought and said’ (Matthew Arnold).

Our school is in a central location, with wonderful and enthusiastic students, amazing staff who always go the extra mile for their classes. Our friendly, family feel is part of the reason that parents choose Washwood Heath Academy for their children and a significant number of staff are long term employees. We are part of the Washwood Heath Multi Academy Trust which is a family of local schools located within 15 minutes of one another: 4 Primary schools, 2 Secondary schools and 1 All-through school. This will give you the opportunity to grow and develop professionally with a fantastic Academy Trust that is very supportive and collaborative with a strong sense of community.

We can offer you:
• A welcoming and positive school with children who are respectful and willing to learn.
• A school that is fully dedicated to developing every child to reach their potential, irrespective of their ability.
• A supportive and forward thinking Leadership team, consisting of ‘Leaders that know their school very well’ Ofsted 2020.
• A supportive and forward thinking Core Team of Directors and Trustees.
• A dynamic, dedicated and hard-working team of teachers and support staff who want the best for children.
• Confident, friendly and aspirational children who are willing to learn.
• A commitment to your continued professional development and wellbeing.
• Be part of the Washwood Heath Multi Academy Trust that provides a full suite of benefits and rewards to support wellbeing including 24/7 Employee Assistance Programme, access to wellbeing advice, cycle to work scheme, contribution to glasses for DSE users.
• Onsite parking.
• A wonderful opportunity to make your own mark!

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