Head of English

Shirebrook Academy, Mansfield, Nottinghamshire


Job details

Subject English
Working pattern Full-time only
Salary Lead Practitioners range 10, £51,311

Job summary

Specific responsibilities of the post

1. To provide leadership and direction and ensure that the department is managed and organised to meet the aims and objectives of the Academy and the department.
2. To have responsibility for securing high standards of teaching and learning in the department as well as playing a major role in the development of Academy policy and practice.
3. To lead the Whole School Literacy Strategy.
4. To actively monitor and respond to the curriculum development and initiatives at national, regional and local levels.

Monitoring, Evaluation & Review
1. To monitor and evaluate the quality of education within the department and use this to inform future priorities and targets.
2. To produce reports within the quality assurance cycle.
3. To ensure that student progress in the department is accurately assessed, moderated, recorded and reported.

Leading People
1. To line manage TLR holders within the department.
2. To undertake performance management review(s) and to act as reviewer for an identified group of teaching staff.
3. To support, guide and motivate teachers and support staff within the department.
4. To participate, when required, in the Academy’s ITT programme.
5. To participate in the interview process for teaching / support staff posts, when required and to ensure effective induction of new staff in line with Academy procedures.

1. To ensure the production and maintenance of appropriate schemes of work and policies for the department.
2. To ensure that appropriate homework is being set and marked.
3. To be responsible for the allocation of resources for the department, maintaining inventories and ensuring the security of equipment.
4. To be responsible for the area budget and ensuring that finances are administered in accordance with the Academy’s procedures.
5. To ensure that health and safety policies and practices, including risk assessments, are in line with Academy, local and national requirements.

Student Behaviour & Attitudes
1. To ensure effective liaison with the Inclusion Team.
2. To support colleagues in managing student behaviour and attitudes, liaising with the Pastoral and Student Welfare Teams.
3. To undertake supervision of students during social times, including lunchtime.

1. To develop links with partner primary schools, post-16 providers and Stubbin Wood School.

Essential educational requirements

Good honours degree(s) in the relevant subject
Qualified Teaching Status

Essential qualifications

Good honours degree(s) in the relevant subject
Qualified Teaching Status

Essential skills and experience

Proven record of excellent teaching at KS3 and KS4
Evidence of continuing professional development
Knowledge and understanding of current educational and curricular developments
Understanding of the needs of young people
High standards of classroom management
Experience of leadership
Excellent subject knowledge and skills
Clear vision, strong motivation and an innovative approach
The ability to lead, to inspire, and to think creatively
The skills to analyse and interpret data effectively
Awareness of child protection issues, SEN practices and DDA requirements
Knowledge and effective use of ICT in teaching and learning
Knowledge and effective use of ICT for administrative purposes
Ability to track student progress
Ability to manage change
Effective communication skills and the confidence to deal with staff, students, parents and governors
Ability to meet deadlines
Commitment to a ‘team’ ethos

Employee benefits


More on how to apply

School overview

School type Academy
Education phase Secondary
School size 839 pupils enrolled
Age range 11 to 16
Ofsted report View Ofsted report
School website Shirebrook Academy website (opens in a new window)
Contact email bnorman@shirebrookacademy.org

About Shirebrook Academy

School location

Common Lane, Mansfield, Nottinghamshire, NG20 8QF