This job expired on 4 October 2023

  • Start date details

    September 2024 or earlier

  • Closing date

    4 October 2023 at 9am

  • Date listed

    11 September 2023

Job details

Job role

  • Head of year or phase
  • Head of department or curriculum

Visa sponsorship

Visas cannot be sponsored

Key stage

Key stage 3, Key stage 4, Key stage 5


Citizenship, PSHE

Working pattern

Full time: Term time weekdays

Contract type


Pay scale


Additional allowances


What skills and experience we're looking for

Head of PSHE and Citizenship (PDC)

Permanent Role

Full Time


Start Date: September 2024 or earlier

PDC Teaching experience is not an essential requirement, applicants must have a keeninterest in developing leadership and management skills and be an outstanding and passionateclassroom practitioner.

Are you passionate about helping every child succeed and improve their life chances?

Are you prepared to work collaboratively for the benefit of young people?

If so, an exciting opportunity has arisen to join our successful PSHE and Citizenship (PDC) department as aHead of Department. We are looking to appoint a dynamic and outstanding Head of PSHE and Citizenship tohelp continue improving the life chances of our students. Why not apply to join us?

The successful candidate will have:

• The ability to teach inspirational and outstanding lessons

• A commitment to Barking Abbey’s high expectations and ethos

• Excellent subject knowledge

• A desire to work collaboratively and to make a real contribution to the future development of our departmentand the progress of our students

What the school offers its staff

Barking Abbey is a heavily over-subscribed dual campus secondary school in the London Borough of Barkingand Dagenham, with a well-deserved reputation for academic excellence and a supportive professionalenvironment.

The school is located less than 10 minutes walk from Upney tube and 15 minutes from Barking mainlinestation.

Barking Abbey celebrates its diversity, and we positively welcome applications from all sections of thecommunity. If you are interested in making a difference in young people’s lives whatever your background orhistory please apply.

In return we offer:

• A supportive and encouraging staff team

• The opportunity to access a wide range of CPD opportunities within and beyond school

• A school which understands the importance of staff well-being and workload management

• A positive ethos with excellent behaviour reinforced by highly visible SLT and centralised behaviour systems

“Pupils learn and achieve very well... Pupils across both sites are happy and safe at Barking Abbey School…Pupils are motivated to work hard and enjoy positive working relationships with staff... Students new to theSixth Form commented on how welcoming, inclusive and diverse the community is… Leaders prioritise aspirationand ambition.” (Ofsted, December 2022)

Please click here to find out more information about what it is like to work at Barking Abbey:


To find out more about how teachers can secure rented accommodation at a discounted rate of 20% pleasecontact: info@bdsip.co.uk

Barking Abbey is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and is an Equal OpportunitiesEmployer.

This post is exempt from the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 and a comprehensive screening process,including Disclosure check, will be undertaken on all successful applicants.

Online searches may be conducted for all shortlisted candidates and will be conducted for all successfulcandidates as part of our due diligence checks.

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 Barking Abbey School, A Specialist Sports and Humanities College

School type
Local authority maintained school, ages 11 to 18
Education phase
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School size
2323 pupils enrolled
Age range
11 to 18
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Welcome to Barking Abbey school and thank you for expressing an interest in applying for a position here.

For me there are three simple things that I want us to achieve at Barking Abbey school.

First, our motto ‘Give and Expect the best’ leads us to want to be the best in everything we do. We have some of the best results in the area, we have pupils at the best universities, we have the most pupils on apprenticeships in the entire country, we have basketball players in the best leagues and so much more. We have all of this because we push our pupils and each other to excel. All of us try to be our best every day.

Second, I firmly believe that if you can’t see it you can’t be it. We want to give our pupils the chance to see successful people of every religion, colour and background whilst they are at school. Whatever their dreams
we want to support them and provide the networks and contacts to help them to achieve.

Finally, we want our pupils to have a voice in the world. To be confident enough to express their views and also to have the knowledge to be able to make an effective contribution. The more you know the more
powerful you can be in the world.

Sir Tim Brighouse said “If a teacher makes the weather the school creates the climate.” and I firmly believe this. It is our role as a leadership team to create the best possible learning environment for our teachers
to teach in. In return we expect the best possible teaching from them and our results show this over time.

We have created systems and structures that support high quality learning, whilst minimising workload and maximising impact.
Our recent Ofsted report indicated that the school could be judged outstanding and so we are expecting them back to confirm this view. The report states; “Pupils learn and achieve very well. Pupils across both sites
are happy and safe at Barking Abbey School. Pupils are motivated to work hard and enjoy positive working relationships with staff. Students new to the sixth form commented on how welcoming, inclusive and diverse
the community is. Teachers feel listened to and well supported.” (Ofsted, December 2022)

If you share our ethos and values and absolutely believe in the potential of all young people then we can offer you the chance to make a difference and change our community for the better, and look forward to receiving
your application form and welcoming you to our school.

Arranging a visit to Barking Abbey School, A Specialist Sports and Humanities College

To arrange a visit and increase the chance of a successful application email jobs@barkingabbeyschool.co.uk.

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