This job expired on 8 April 2024

  • Job start date

    1 September 2024

  • Closing date

    8 April 2024 at 9am

  • Date listed

    14 March 2024

Job details

Job role

  • Head of department or curriculum

Visa sponsorship

Visas cannot be sponsored

Key stage

Key stage 3, Key stage 4

Working pattern

Contract type


Full-time equivalent salary

£30000 - £46525 + TLR2B £5529

Pay scale

M1 - UPS 3 + TLR2B

Additional allowances

TLR2B - £5529

What skills and experience we're looking for

Leading, developing and enhancing the teaching practice of others:

• Maintain personal teaching expertise to a high standard and share expertise

with others

• Act as role model of good classroom practice for other teachers, modelling

effective strategies with them

• Plan and implement strategies to improve teaching, identifying areas for


Working with relevant managers and teachers:

  • Identify appropriate attainment and achievement targets
  • Monitor and evaluate student standards and achievement against annual

targets and over time

  • Monitor planning, curriculum coverage and learning outcomes
  • Monitor standards of student behaviour and application of school policies and


  • Lead evaluation strategies to contribute to overall school self-evaluation
  • Ensure that relevant attainment and achievement targets are met
  • Define intervention strategies to address issues for development that are


  • Evaluate and report on the effectiveness of intervention strategies used to

address identified issues

  • Identify quantifiable and challenging student progress objectives managers and

teachers their performance management objectives

  • Support teachers in planning appropriate strategies to achieve student progress

against target levels and objectives

  • Ensure that agreed student progress target levels within the subject area are

achieved or exceeded

  • Monitor the objectives and targets for all students including those with SEN, EAL

and promote the importance of raising their achievement

What the school offers its staff

Birches Head Academy is part of the Frank Field Education Trust and we work collaboratively with others in our FFET family, allowing our students and staff many opportunities to develop. This is embodied in the FFET vision: ‘Social Justice through Excellence in Education’ and in the Academy motto: ‘Aspire to be More’.

Birches Head Academy is looking to appoint a suitably qualified and experienced Head of MFL (Modern Foreign Languages) who will play a vital role in helping us to ensure our students receive a world-class education, thereby enabling each child to reach their full potential.

The Head of MFL will be an exemplar of implementation and aspiration in the classroom, who will work closely with the Senior Leadership Team and colleagues throughout the department, to drive continuing improvement in students’ progress, as well as the quality of Teaching and Learning within the MFL department.

The successful candidate should be an outstanding practitioner who is looking for the next step in their career, experienced in teaching both Key Stage 3 and Key Stage 4.You should have a proven track record of successful outcomes and delivering on your plans.

An innovative teacher, you should be passionate about Teaching and Learning and developing pedagogical approaches that inspire learners. The ability to be a highly successful team player in a very busy and fast-paced environment is essential. You will have the capacity and energy to drive improvement, to lead by example and to develop collaboration within the department.

This is an exciting opportunity for an ambitious individual to demonstrate their ability to champion the Academy’s development and to be part of our exciting journey.

We welcome applications from all parts of our community as we aspire to have a staff body that matches the social and cultural diversity of our student intake.

Closing date for applications: Monday 8th April 2024, 9.30am

Interviews to be held either: Wednesday 10th / Thursday 11th / Friday 12th April 2024.

For further information, including the recruitment pack and application form, please visit our website at:https://www.ffet.co.uk/join-our-team. Alternatively, you can contact the school for an information pack.

Completed application forms should be emailed tojbracegirdle@bircheshead.org.uk

Birches Head Academy requires an application form to be completed in order to be considered for this role. Please note that CVs alone will not be accepted.

Birches Head Academy is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people. Applicants will, therefore, be subject to stringent vetting and induction processes, including an enhanced DBS disclosure.R eferences will be requested prior to interview.

All applicants will be considered on the basis of suitability for the post regardless of age, sex, race or disability.

Further details about the role

Monitor and evaluate the planning of other teachers, providing

constructive feedback on a regular basis

• Disseminate examples of effective planning practice

• Ensure that teachers aware of the needs of inclusion of all students

and groups and make provision for this in their planning

• Ensure that feedback from observations, scrutinies and analysis of

data is appropriately reflected in teachers planning

• Ensure teachers are clear about the teaching of learning objectives,

outcomes, understand sequence of teaching and learning in the

subject and communicate this to students

• Observe colleagues and provide evaluative feedback of effectiveness

Accountability for leading, managing and developing the


• Identify relevant school improvement issues

• Define and agree appropriate improvement targets

• Co-ordinate CPD needs and opportunities

• Evaluate impact of all improvement activities on the quality of

learning and teaching

• Provide the Principal with relevant performance information

Line Management responsibility:

• Ensure performance management arrangements are effectively


• Monitor and evaluate contribution and impact of other staff to

school improvement in relation to subject

• Plan the deployment of staff expertise to achieve school and subject

improvement objectives

• Take responsibility for pastoral care of team

• Manage departmental budget effectively

Commitment to safeguarding

Our organisation is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults. We expect all staff, volunteers and trustees to share this commitment.

Our recruitment process follows the keeping children safe in education guidance.

Offers of employment may be subject to the following checks (where relevant):
childcare disqualification
Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS)
online and social media
prohibition from teaching
right to work
satisfactory references
suitability to work with children

You must tell us about any unspent conviction, cautions, reprimands or warnings under the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 (Exceptions) Order 1975.

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About Birches Head Academy

School type
Academy, ages 11 to 16
Education phase
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School size
1024 pupils enrolled
Age range
11 to 16
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