Head of Faculty - Mathematics

Saltley Academy, Birmingham, West Midlands


Job details

Subject Mathematics
Working pattern Full-time only
Salary Upper pay range 1 to Upper pay range 3, £37,654 to £40,490

Job summary

Required: May, but would consider September start for the right candidate

Job description

Job Title: Head of Mathematics
Reports to: Deputy Headteacher
Hours: Full Time
Salary: Academy Trust Scale, dependent on skills and experience

Mathematics at Saltley Academy
All pupils in years 7 to 11 have nine Mathematics lessons over a two week timetable, demonstrating the school’s commitment to this core subject. The department utilises the technology available such as Ipads and laptops to inspire pupils and demonstrate concepts in innovative ways. A full programme of Mathematics support and challenge is offered through the school’s Targeted Academic Support Programme at Key Stage 4. We also have dedicated members of staff who support in the Mathematics department in their roles as Mentors and two Lead Practitioners. The Mathematics department has eleven dedicated classrooms and have their own staff base and is managed by this Head of Department role, with a Ks4 and Ks3 coordinators supporting on a day to day basis.

Context of the post

As a faculty leader, the post-holder has a key responsibility for contributing to the development and leadership of the strategic direction of the academy and ensuring that it is effectively put into action within the mathematics department.

● To cultivate the Maths Department into a high performing team through the promotion of high levels of communication, contribution and collaboration, with a strong focus on staff development
● To provide effective direction to the Maths Department so that teaching and learning is consistently good or better
● To ensure that all young people make at least expected progress and that ambitious targets for student performance are met in both Key Stages.
● To continue to develop an innovative and progressive curriculum in Maths lessons which is supported by a vibrant programme of extracurricular and enrichment activities.
● To performance manage robustly all leaders, teachers and support staff in the Maths Department so that ambitious targets are met and there is a clear link between pay and progression.

Main Responsibilities

● To inspire and enthuse members of the team, with a clear vision for the future direction of the Maths Department. To act as a role model to others, demonstrating high standards of professionalism in all aspects of leadership.
● Focus on the raising of standards, especially the achievement of all students, and have high expectations of learning and behaviour within the faculty.
● To provide regular reports on student performance based on internal assessment data as well as externally verified examination results and to plan effective interventions as appropriate.
● Line manage the post-holders within the faculty to ensure that practice and pedagogy are of the highest standards and aligned to the ethos of the whole school, challenging under-performance and celebrating success, in line within their job descriptions.
● Seek ways of improving leadership structures and collective responsibility based on empowering colleagues, rigorous self-evaluating and development planning within the faculty, ensuring the completion of the subject reviews cycles, implementing the SIP and the effective professional development of staff.
● To lead the department’s strategic planning and self-evaluation processes.
● To undertake regular audits and quality assurance checks within Maths to ensure that the highest standards are being achieved in all aspects of the department’s work.
● To oversee and support the professional development of all staff within the department through training and sharing of good practice opportunities
● To keep up-to-date about subject development and to take part in relevant CPD for this purpose, disseminating to other staff where appropriate.
● Ensure and promote a high standard of assessment, teaching and learning, curriculum planning and student experiences (including work with stakeholders, any out of hours provision, off-site-MAT moderation sessions and on Dimension Days) within the work of the faculty.
● To promote and lead on the delivery of all extra-curricular activities and interventions
● Lead on, contribute to and implement key developments within our MAT partner schools
● Ensuring schemes of work and the work of the faculty effectively promote the ethos of the school, and particularly the well-being of students and their spiritual, moral, cultural and social development, improving their life-chances.
● To safeguard young people by ensuring that all aspects of Health and Safety are adhered to in lessons and preparation areas.
● To co-ordinate the resources of the Department, giving support and guidance to relevant staff.
● To complete all administrative tasks in a timely and accurate manner and that deadlines are met
● To ensure all procedures, meetings and reporting are effectively and efficiently carried out.
● To ensure that appropriate arrangements are made for examination entries and statutory requirements
● To contribute to wider whole academy policy making as appropriate.

Curriculum Management:
● To design an appropriate and progressive curriculum in Maths that reflects the ethos of the Academy and meets the needs of all students.
● To lead the development of differentiated schemes of work at KS3 and KS4 so that every young person makes progress in their learning.
● To make sure that teaching and learning meets the needs of all students including those with additional needs, for example those with ASD, a low skill base, hearing or visual impairment and the very able.
● To maintain an up to date knowledge of new initiatives and incorporate elements into the Maths strategy as appropriate.
● To ensure that all statutory requirements of the National Curriculum are met including the promotion of SMSC.
● To review, evaluate and improve the design and delivery of the Maths curriculum on an ongoing basis.
● To incorporate assessment into all aspects of curriculum planning.

Financial Management:
● To be responsible for the completion of the Maths Development Plan so that the Department is appropriately and effectively resourced.
● To oversee the department’s budget.
● To ensure that the use of financial resources has a clear impact on improving student outcomes.

People Management:
● To adopt a strong, caring and flexible leadership style as to influence and motivate staff and students to achieve their objectives and those of the Academy.
● To create an environment of open-mindedness, fairness and harmony so that all individuals can achieve their potential.
● To work proactively with the Senior Leadership Team to create an open, valuable working relationship that thrives on using the knowledge and expertise of individuals and groups to produce optimal outcomes.
● To advise the Senior Leadership Team about the recruitment and retention of high-calibre staff.
● To implement the Academy performance management processes so as to provide a positive framework for staff development and achievement.
● In conjunction with all staff, organise activities/processes that encourage team development (including parents/carers and community partners).
● To ensure that all staff receive departmental as well as whole school induction and training and fully understand all relevant policies and their implementation.
● To provide support to staff to enable them to effectively implement the policies of the Academy and Maths Department.
● To monitor and evaluate attendance and absence management policies for Maths staff and students.
● To create an environment where there is visible acknowledgement that everyone’s contribution is valued.

Community and MAT Links:
● To develop initiatives to outreach to the community and feeder primary schools
● To assist the SLT line manager to create and implement ways of actively involving parents and carers in the learning process.
● To network with schools across the MAT to share best practice.
● To facilitate a broad range of activities in conjunction with staff, students and the wider community so as to deepen and broaden learners’ experiences in Maths.
● To contribute to the implementation of whole school STEM projects and experiences.

Facilities Management:
● To ensure that physical resources to deliver the curriculum are acquired and are maintained effectively.
● To make sure that the accommodation is used in the most effective way to meet the needs of all students and of the curriculum.
● To ensure that the interior of the building is maintained to a high standard that reflects the ethos of the Academy and promotes learning.
● To be aware of the need for security and of the importance of implementing Health and Safety policies.

General Management:
● To provide appropriate, accurate and timely management information to enable continuous evaluation of performance.
● To check that information required by various external bodies is produced within the given time scale and is of excellent quality.
● To design and implement departmental policies that complement Academy procedures.

Accountability and Key Performance Indicators:
● To ensure that all teaching is consistently Good or better.
● To meet aspirational targets at GCSE in relation to student performance, including key groups of students, at grades 9-7, 9-5 and 9-1.
● To monitor the progress of other staff in the department and put systems in place to ensure performance grades within the department are of a high standard
● To manage the department’s financial budget prudently.

Responsibilities as a member of the Wider Leadership Team to:

● Contribute to the evolution of the vision for the academy, and to it being clearly articulated, shared, understood and acted upon effectively within the faculty and beyond.
● Demonstrate the vision and values in everyday work and practice.
● Motivate and work with others to create a shared culture and positive climate.
● Help build a culture which values the richness and diversity within the academy.
● Treat people fairly, equitably and with dignity and respect.
● Encourage a professional learning culture which enables staff to achieve high standards.
● Review own practice, set personal targets and take responsibility for own personal development.
● Think strategically and act positively.
● Contribute to the effective leadership and management of the whole school, through whole school responsibilities, including leading duty teams, and other tasks as directed by the Head of Academy.
● To attend all Middle Leader meetings and, when appropriate, SLT meetings.

Essential educational requirements

● Education to degree level
● GCSE Maths and English (grade A*-C) or equivalent

Essential qualifications

● Qualified Teacher Status (QTS)

Essential skills and experience

● Outstanding practitioner
● Outstanding subject knowledge
● Knowledge and application of Assessment for Learning (AfL)
● Recent experience of successful teaching, leading to high achievement for pupils of all abilities
● Thorough knowledge of current subject requirements related to the National Curriculum and Examination requirements (GCSEs)
● Experience of leading and managing teams
● Experience of the collection, analysis, and use of data to inform the planning and delivery of teaching and learning
● Ability to motivate, inspire and support all pupils to achieve and succeed
● Ability to reflect and develop your practice for the benefits of all learners
● Ability to work collaboratively
● Able to communicate effectively with a wide range of audiences
● Commitment to Saltley Academy’s core values and ethos.

Employee benefits

A TLR 1 payment is attached to this post.

As an Academy, we:
• Are expanding yearly in pupil numbers
• We are building a state of the art resource base which will support over 40 pupils with autistic needs.
• are committed to continuous improvement
• offer an excellent induction programme within a friendly and supportive environment
• offer a whole range of opportunities to further develop colleagues’ teaching skills and leadership potential
• are creative and innovative in our approach to all aspects of school life
• have motivated, vibrant, multi-ethnic students and staff
• have a strong family ethos where individuals are respected and valued
• are well resourced and ICT rich
• are part of the WHA Trust that provides numerous professional development opportunities, on-site parking and Perkbox benefits, which include discounted restaurants and free mobile phone insurance.

More on how to apply

School overview

School type Academy
Education phase Secondary
School size 1097 pupils enrolled
Age range 11 to 16
Ofsted report View Ofsted report
School website Saltley Academy website (opens in a new window)
Contact email recruitment@whmat.academy

School location

Belchers Lane, Birmingham, West Midlands, B9 5RX