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  • Job start date

    2 September 2024

  • Closing date

    24 June 2024 at 3pm

  • Date listed

    13 June 2024

Job details

Job role

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Key stage

Key stage 1, Key stage 2



Working pattern

Full time

Contract type


Pay scale

COREM1-EXCELM3 (MPS/UPS) £31,350-£47,839

Additional allowances

TLR 2B £5345 + SEN1 £2539

What skills and experience we're looking for

Duties and responsibilities

Head of English

Teaching and Learning:

  • evaluate and implement the curriculum to ensure students experience the full breadth of the subject and are able to make progress;
  • lead the development of whole school literacy with demonstrable impact across the curriculum
  • oversee the provision and delivery of whole school reading
  • monitor the progress made in achieving subject plans and targets, evaluate the effects of teaching and learning, and use this to guide further improvement;
  • establish provision of structured schemes of work, ensuring curriculum coverage, continuity and progression in the subject for all pupils;
  • provide guidance on the choice of appropriate evidence-informed teaching and learning methods to meet the needs of the subject and of different pupils;
  • establish and implement clear policies and practices for assessing, recording and reporting on pupils’ achievement, and for using this information to recognise achievement and to assist pupils in setting targets for further improvement;
  • evaluate progress and achievement in the subject by all pupils;
  • systematically monitor the quality of teaching through observation of lessons and adherence to the School’s monitoring systems, and act to improve further the quality of teaching through professional debate based on good practice;

Management of People:

  • establish clear expectations and constructive working relationships among staff involved with the subject through team working and mutual support; devolving responsibilities and delegating tasks, as appropriate; evaluating practice; and developing an acceptance of accountability;
  • audit training needs of staff;
  • lead professional development of subject staff through example, coaching and support and coordinate the provision of high-quality professional development, drawing in other sources of expertise as necessary;
  • assist colleagues to achieve expertise in their subject teaching and to meet targets;
  • work with the SENCO to ensure curriculum implementation is inclusive, allowing all students to thrive and make progress;
  • ensure you operate as a role model through meeting deadlines and modelling best practice;
  • establish and maintain good lines of communication within the Department and with other stakeholders, including staff, pupils, parents, Governors and appropriate outside agencies

Management of Resources:

  • establish resource needs for the subject and advise senior management/line management of likely priorities for expenditure;
  • manage available resources to meet the objectives of school and subject plans;
  • Source, promote and support the delivery of enrichment opportunities for students
  • For the full job spec please view the recruitment pack via the Abbey School website www.abbey.surrey.sch.uk

What the school offers its staff

The Abbey can offer:

  • Amazing students who want to learn
  • A brand new, state of the art, English classroom
  • Excellent IT facilities in a modern school fit for 21st century teaching
  • A range of CPD opportunities to support professional development inside and outside the classroom.
  • A range of evidence-informed strategies to support teaching and learning inside the classroom.
  • A consistent approach to behaviour which ensures learning is not disrupted.
  • A welcoming and supportive staff community
  • Opportunities to collaborate across a range of mainstream and specialist provision schools within the Weydon MAT.
  • External leadership/NPQ opportunities, including supporting masters’ applications and aspiring senior leader’s development programme
  • On site car parking
  • Westfield Health Cash Plan


Further details about the role

The English department at The Abbey School is a fun, dynamic and stimulating place to work. We currently number six teachers who boast a fantastic range of experience and expertise and we pride ourselves in being a highly supportive and progressive team. We love to challenge each other on how we best support our learners and celebrate each others’ successes on a regular basis.

Over the past couple of years, we have rewritten and reorganised our curriculum so that it provides a broad and balanced offer for our students as well as being flexible enough to work for learners of all abilities. Schemes of learning include clear learning objectives for each week and our shared English department Google drive contains all our resources, ensuring maximum collaboration on resources and minimal ‘re-inventing the wheel’.

Our students’ needs vary considerably so we offer a range of qualifications to suit all. These include AQA unit awards, Pearson Edexcel Functional Skills Entry Levels 1-3 and Level 1 as well as Eduqas English Language GCSE for a few. This means that your day might include learning activities ranging from: colourful semantics, phonics, spelling strategies, inference skills for reading, PEE paragraphs, hot-seating characters from novels, and many more. We specialise in breaking learning down into very small steps with as much support as possible from visuals, modelling, repetition and regular retrieval.

No two days are ever the same in the English Department at The Abbey and our wonderful learners always delight and surprise with their willingness to learn and sense of humour. It is a pleasure to teach English in a setting where the whole approach to learning is so much more holistic and broad than many other schools. We look forward to welcoming someone who is as passionate as we are about helping students to be successful and to learn the English skills that are most relevant to them for later life.

Commitment to safeguarding

The Abbey is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expect all staff to share this commitment. Enhanced DBS, Children’s Barred List and Right to work in the UK checks are required for all posts. further details including relevant policies are available on the school website: https://www.abbey.surrey.sch.uk/1209/key-information/category/42/safeguarding-and-esafety

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About The Abbey School

School type
Academy, ages 11 to 16
School size
145 pupils enrolled
Age range
11 to 16
Phone number
01252 725059

Located in south Farnham, The Abbey is an outstanding secondary special school with just over 130 students who have learning and additional needs (LAN). About 40% of our students have autism or other social communication difficulties, a quarter have speech and language needs and others have physical challenges or complex health care needs. Expectations for student outcomes are high, but helping them overcome barriers to learning is an equally important part of our role.

The school has been part of the Weydon MAT since 2018. Over the next 2 years The Abbey will be undergoing significant investment as we expand from a 2 to 3 form entry school to support Surrey County Council’s SEND Sufficiency Strategy 2020 – 2025.

Our staff are our greatest asset and we are extremely proud of our whole school ethos.
Our 20 teachers and 35 associate staff are highly motivated, mutually supportive and come from all walks of life.

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To arrange a visit and increase the chance of a successful application email recruitment@abbey.surrey.sch.uk.

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