• To ensure that all students make maximum progress. The successful candidate will work closely with senior colleagues both academically and pastorally to ensure this.
• To support and challenge students as necessary and achieve optimum levels of engagement with school life.
• To support and challenge members of the department as necessary thus ensuring that the student experience and progress is maximised.
• To help maximise student attendance by the department delivering creative, innovative and rewarding lessons.
• To role model excellent practices, actively encouraging other members of the department to do the same, going ‘above and beyond’, intervening with students outside the curriculum so they ‘catch up’ as quickly as possible.
• To support and challenge Heads of Year so that underachieving students have barriers removed from their learning and regularly show good learning behaviours including being properly equipped for lessons.
• To effectively lead the department so protocols are consistently followed e.g. deadlines are met, registers are taken, iPads are dropped off at the front of the class at the start of each lesson, students’ have challenging starter activities, the main parts of lessons involve students applying their newly acquired skills or knowledge regularly and expediently etc.
• To ensure lessons are well planned and follow schemes of work with regular and consistent assessments providing students with high quality feedback which they are accountable for acting upon via DIRT marking.
• To encourage a culture of shared practice where resources are shared, practices are discussed and peer lesson observations take place as detailed in the curriculum schedule.
• To communicate with parents on a range of issues. This particularly applies where students have achieved well and recognition is warranted through praise to their families. Communication regarding a lack of progress in the curriculum is equally important with the necessary intervention strategies being clearly explained and implemented to all concerned.
• To communicate appropriate information to teaching and support staff.
• To contribute to a confidential record of issues affecting the educational progress of students.
• To be highly visible and a point of contact for students.
• To keep abreast of national developments in specifications, examination requirements and teaching processes within the Department.
• Produce well informed imaginative and focussed schemes of work that not only fulfil specification requirements but also provide optimum differentiated challenge to enable students to fulfil their potential.
• Regularly review the specification(s) taught, initiating and leading change as required.
• To be familiar with school policies, in particular safeguarding procedures, and promote the welfare of children.
• Be a champion for the department advocating its place in the curriculum and the benefits it provides students.
• Work closely with Sixth Form students to communicate the various career paths that A level Geography offers.
• Ensure all students succeed through differentiated and stimulating lesson delivery.
• Be a highly visible point of contact for students and families when they require assistance or information relating to the department.
• Lead department meetings.
• Attend whole school meetings.
• Ensure school uniform is worn correctly.
• Produce internal and external reports as necessary.
• Work within school systems to inform teaching and non-teaching staff about students’ progress.
• Communicate effectively and purposefully with parents so they are well informed about the department’s procedures, expectations and upcoming events.
• Promote positive attitudes to learning and behaviour for learning with vulnerable students.
• Liaise with the SEND and EAL Departments to ensure such students are effectively catered for.
• To analyse student data and to intervene swiftly, as necessary, communicating with parents on a regular basis.
• Uphold and promote the values and ethos of the school.
• The post holder will be expected to run after school, each week, at least one voluntary 45 minute academic ‘clinic’ on their own subject to a group of KS4 or KS5 students as identified by the Head of Department, Deputy Head (Curriculum) or Headteacher. This clinic will not be part of the role of Head of Department rather it will be part of a wider, whole school, extended day.
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