- Salary negotiable
Head of Psychology job summary
• To ensure that all students make maximum progress.
• To ensure students of all ages are supported and challenged 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, 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 ensure the consistent delivery of the 10 Teaching and Learning non-negotiables.
• To effectively lead the department so protocols are consistently followed e.g. deadlines are met, registers are taken, 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 in the department where resources are shared, practices are discussed and peer lesson observations take place on a regular basis; typically, half termly.
• To communicate with parents on a range of issues, particularly where students are underachieving.
• 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 including specifications, examination requirements and teaching processes within the department.
• Regularly review specifications taught, initiating and leading change as required, thereby ensuring that students within the department follow appropriate specifications and schemes of work that meet legal requirements and provide challenge to enable pupils to fulfil their potential.
• 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 will provide students whilst they are at school and when they leave.
• Ensure vulnerable students can succeed through differentiation 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.
• Ensure school uniform is worn correctly and that the 10 non-negotiables on uniform are adhered to.
• 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 Department to ensure students with unique needs are effectively catered for.
• To analyse student data and to intervene swiftly, as necessary, communicating with parents of underachieving students 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 60 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 rather it will be part of a wider, whole school, extended day.
• The post holder will also contribute to the school’s co-curricular programme by delivering a vocational activity for the equivalent of 30 minutes per week.
• The post holder will be responsible for staffing the refection room for one lesson a fortnight.
• The post holder will be responsible for undertaking a Learning Walk for one lesson a fortnight.
• To reinforce consistently the school’s 10 school uniform non-negotiables.
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