Head of Mathematics

Newmarket Academy, Newmarket, Suffolk


Job details

Subject Maths
Working pattern Full-time only
Salary Main pay range 1 to Upper pay range 3, £24,373 to £40,490

Job description

Newmarket Academy, rated 'good' by Ofsted in May 2017, wants you to join this small, happy, ambitious school and be part of the next stage of our journey to excellence.

General Teaching Responsibilities
1. Engage in identifying and implementing the priorities of the School Improvement Plan, participating fully in school self-evaluation;
2. Comply with and uphold the policies of the school;
3. Fully understand and comply with the school's policy on safeguarding. Remain alert to students’ pastoral needs and provide support, in conjunction with school’s SENCo and Learning Support Assistants (LSAs);
4. Proactively uphold the school’s behaviour policy establishing class rules and setting out clear and fair sanctions in accordance with the school’s systems; high standards of behaviour should be expected at all times;
5. Work as part of the school’s teaching team and actively behave as a team member to support colleagues;
6. Oversee and work closely with LSAs, setting out tasks appropriate to the assistant's role and ability; supervise the work of support staff, students and voluntary helpers as required;
7. Ensure that the learning spaces provide a welcoming and stimulating environment to students and adults. Classrooms will be vibrant, well organised and serviceable. Work should be attractively displayed and be clearly and appropriately labelled;
8. Make effective use of PPA time to raise standards;
9. Lead assemblies as required;
10. Play an active role in the full life of the school.
Specific Responsibilities
Class / Subject Teacher:
1. Teach the designated class / subject group(s), implementing agreed planning, assessment and target setting; work with others to provide Curriculum Enrichment for students.
2. Plan students’ work to provide an inclusive and personalised curriculum which meets the needs of the children, including those with Special Needs and those who are Able, Gifted and Talented;
3. Carry out regular assessment, recording, monitoring and record keeping according to school policies, maintain appropriate records which monitor the progress of the students; mark students’ work regularly in accordance with the school’s marking policy;
4. Develop home-school links with parents/guardians of students in the class / subject group(s);
5. Complete termly and half-termly assessment records for the class / subject group(s), using the school’s systems, including preparation of Student Progress Reports for presentation to the Principal, Senior Leadership Team and Governing Body, as appropriate;
6. Complete student reports for presentation to parents (academic report and the achievement, effort and social report); meet students’ parents at parent evenings, 3 times per year;
7. Manage and monitor the work of other adults in the classroom (including volunteers);
8. Liaise closely with the SENCo regarding the learning needs of students;
9. Liaise closely with the Designated Teacher for Safeguarding regarding students’ welfare needs.
The post of Head of Department carries significant leadership responsibility for the curriculum area and the staff working therein. The post has a broad responsibility, as a Middle Leader within the school, to promote and support the wider educational progress of all students.
Line Management responsibility
1. Monitor the effectiveness and impact of Performance Management arrangements within the Department;
2. Provide input to Performance Management of individual staff within the Department in terms of setting objectives, monitoring and assessing work performance;
3. Provide interventions as necessary with staff colleagues to improve teaching and learning.
Curriculum and Assessment
1. Develop / update schemes of work as required, ensuring that teachers are clear about the teaching objectives in lessons, understand the sequence of teaching and learning in the subject, and communicate such information to students;
2. Provide input as required on the choice of appropriate teaching and learning methods, including ICT, to meet the needs of the subject and of different students;
3. Implement and monitor policies and practices for assessing, recording and reporting student achievement, and for using this information to recognise achievement and assist students in setting targets for further improvement, consistent with school policy;
4. Support teachers and support staff in maintaining a strong culture of behaviour for learning within the Department, ensuring that systems of reward and sanctions are consistently applied and their effectiveness regularly evaluated by the team;
5. Work with teachers and support staff in the Department to help ensure effective development of students’ individual and collaborative study skills necessary for them to become increasingly independent in their work and to complete tasks independently when out of school;
6. Help Teachers in the Department to establish a partnership with parents to involve them in their child’s learning of the subject, as well as providing information about curriculum, attainment, progress and targets;
7. Actively assist and be pro-active in developing effective links with the local community, including business and industry, in order to extend the subject curriculum, enhance teaching and to develop students’ wider understanding;
8. Seek and implement ways of developing and promoting out of hours learning for students in relation to the subject area.
Monitoring and evaluation
1. Monitor the quality of work throughout the Department through regular book scrutiny, in accordance with the relevant school’s policy;
2. Identify appropriate attainment and/or achievement targets;
3. Monitor student standards and achievement against annual targets;
4. Monitor planning, curriculum coverage and learning outcomes;
5. Monitor standards of student behaviour;
6. Plan and work with staff colleagues to implement strategies where improvement needs are identified;
7. Ensure that relevant attainment / achievement targets are met;
8. Monitor the quality of marking and reports;
9. Monitor implementation of the Department’s Extended Learning policy [or equivalent];
10. Lead evaluation strategies to contribute to overall school self-evaluation
Leading staff development
1. Identify relevant curriculum area improvement issues;
2. Contribute to the professional development of colleagues using a range of strategies including coaching and mentoring;
3. Evaluate the impact of all improvement activities on the quality of teaching and learning;
4. Provide staff in the Department with relevant subject, curriculum area or student performance information;
5. Support staff to maintain the highest standards of behaviour for learning;
6. Keep up-to-date with new developments and initiatives in the relevant areas of curriculum and assessment and work to continuously improve knowledge and best practice amongst all teachers and support staff
7. Maintain and develop personal professional expertise and share this with other teachers;
8. Act as a role model of good classroom practice for other teachers, modelling effective strategies with them.

Essential educational requirements

Second class degree or higher in relevant subject area.
English and Mathematics at G.C.S.E./’O’ Level or equivalent and/or sound Literacy and Numeracy skills (ITT accreditation test level)
ICT QTS accreditation test level or European Computer Driving License (ECDL)

Essential qualifications

Relevant Teaching Qualification

Essential skills and experience

High levels of secondary subject knowledge and knowledge of statutory requirements relating to the relevant Key Stage(s) curriculum;
Evidence of positive impact on student outcomes in the relevant Year / Subject group(s);
Evidence of successful leadership of a project or initiative;
Evidence of effective team working.
Ability to promote and ensure the school/academy vision is understood and acted upon by individuals in their team
Understanding of the management of change processes
Ability to maintain a consistent and continuous focus on student achievement
Ability to delegate appropriately and hold others accountable while at the same time accepting accountability for the designated Year / Subject group(s) Key Stage(s) student outcomes.
Able to develop genuine, empathetic relationships with young people
High personal standards in terms of attendance, punctuality and meeting deadlines
High level of personal organisation skills

Employee benefits

The Academy offers:
• Well-being day each year
• Opportunity for career progression into senior leadership
• Professional development qualifications
• Access to the training and professional development programmes of the Teaching and research schools in the Trust

School overview

School type Academy
Education phase Secondary
School size 694 pupils enrolled
Age range 11 to 16
Ofsted report View Ofsted report
Website Newmarket Academy website (opens in a new window)
Contact email nick.froy@newmarketacademy.co.uk

School location

Exning Road, Newmarket, Suffolk, CB8 0EB