Head of Year

Harris Academy Battersea, London, SW11 5AP

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  • Expected start date

    1 September 2022

  • Application deadline

    16 May 2022 at 11:59pm

  • Date listed

    4 May 2022

Job details

Working pattern

Contract type



MPS/UPS (Inner London) + £2,000 Harris Allowance + TLR

Head of Year job summary

We are looking for experienced teachers with energy, enthusiasm and expertise to lead a Year Group supporting the academy staff team to continue to deliver brilliant outcomes for students. If you are looking for an opportunity to grow, inspire and develop, this may be the role for you.

Main Areas of Responsibility
Core Duties

To demonstrate and instil in staff and students the value of knowledge and the mindset of ‘wanting to learn something new every day.’
To demonstrate and instil in staff and students the value of integrity and the mindset of ‘doing the right thing even when it is difficult to do so.’
To demonstrate and instil in staff and students the value of resilience and the mindset of ‘try fail try fail try succeed.’
Data and Intervention Support

Communicate high aspirations and expectations to students in your year group.
Liaise and co-operate with SEN and inclusion staff and outside agencies on the academic, pastoral, social, vocational and behavioural needs of students in the year group
To make referrals to the SENCO/Safeguarding Lead for pupils regarding mental health concerns or concerns which may require counselling or meetings with health professionals
Student Welfare Support


Support in implementing the consistent application of the behaviour and rewards policy and any relevant policies related to pupil behaviour to ensure high standards of behaviour and expectations in your year group.
To actively implement the uniform policy with the SLT-lead and take daily firm and consistent action to ensure that pupils wear appropriate uniform at all times.
To promote excellent standards of pupil behaviour

To make referrals to the Safeguarding Team in person/via CPOMS for pupils regarding concerns about their safety/wellbeing.
Work with the Safeguarding Team and SLT-lead to support students feeling safe in the academy in line with academy guidance.
Work with the Safeguarding Team and SLT-lead to ensure vulnerable students receive the internal and external support required when needed.

To support in using sanctions, praise, rewards and interventions to ensure 95% attendance in your year group.
To support the work of the SLT-lead and Attendance Officer to ensure that pupils’ attendance is improving and meeting expectation
To support in following the academy attendance policy and escalation policy in regards to attendance of students in your year group

To support with the accurate record of all student files, both electronically and in paper form, in accordance with government and academy guidelines.
Deliver assemblies with SLT-lead and other staff where appropriate
To support with the induction of new pupils, particularly mid-term arrivals.

Undertake whole academy duties as outlined in responsibilities agreed each year.
Monitor and support the overall progress and development of students as a teacher.
To engage actively in the performance review process, addressing targets set in conjunction with the line manager each Autumn term.
Qualifications & Experience

Qualified Teacher Status
Honours degree or equivalent
Clear knowledge and understanding of current educational issues.

Management training

Knowledge of school curriculum, the age-related expectations of pupils, the main teaching methods and
the testing/examination frameworks in the subjects and age ranges in which they are involved.
Understanding of the aims, content, teaching strategies and intended outcomes for the lessons in which
they are involved, and understanding of the place of these in the related teaching programme.
Knowledge of the key factors that can affect the way pupils behave.
Knowledge of the statutory frameworks relevant to their role.
Knowledge of the legal definition of Special Education Needs and familiarity with the guidance about
meeting SEN given in the SEN Code of Practice.
Knowledge of a range of strategies to establish a purposeful learning environment and to promote good
Knowledge and experience of dealing with students with behavioural and learning
Practical knowledge of equipment, including IT equipment where appropriate, to support learning.
Essential Skills

Display an awareness, understanding and commitment to the protection and safeguarding of children and young people.
Ability to recognise changes in pupils' behaviour and report to relevant staff.
Ability to prioritise, plan and organise themselves as well as others
Track record of setting and achieving ambitious, challenging goals and targets
Ability to lead and work within a large team
Ability to inspire, challenge, motivate and empower others to carry the vision of the school forward
To be pupil-focused in all regards
To be courteous and professional to visitors and telephone callers.
To develop positive and mutually supportive working relationships with all colleagues
To promote learning through the full range of extra-curricular opportunities and community events
To build positive relationships with parents
Excellent oral and written communication skills
Ability to establish a positive presence in the school
Personal Qualities

Enthusiasm for and commitment to the achievement of the Academy’s overall vision of supporting students ‘to develop into aspirational young people who thrive in a changing world.’
The academies core values of Knowledge, Integrity and Resilience are significant strengths.
Willingness to work hard.
Record of excellent attendance and punctuality.
Flexible, adaptable, results orientated and able to prioritise, resilient under pressure.
Awareness of and commitment to equal opportunities and valuing diversity.
A genuine reflective practitioner
Belief in the responsibility of a school to include pupils with a diverse range of educational needs
Ability to demonstrate sound judgement and make considered decisions
Able to respond positively to pressure
To be solution instead of problem-focused
To be a ‘team player’
Is highly credible and can model excellent behaviours

Safeguarding Notice

The Harris Federation and all our academies are committed to ensuring the highest levels of safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, and we expect all our staff and volunteers to share in this commitment. All offers of employment are subject to an Enhanced DBS check, references, and where applicable, a prohibition from teaching check will be completed for all applicants. Before applying, please review our Policy Statement on the Recruitment of Ex-Offenders.

Equal Opportunities

The Harris Federation is an equal opportunities employer and welcomes applications from all suitably qualified candidates.

As a provider of employment and education, we value the diversity of our staff and students, and all our staff are equally valued and respected. We are committed to providing a fair, equitable and mutually supportive learning and working environment for our students and staff.

Additional allowances

Our people are at the heart of our success. We have developed a strong culture of collaboration and best practice, with professional development and career planning at its centre. We invest in our staff with support, coaching, mentoring, and a wide range of top-quality training programmes delivered at every level to senior leadership.

We look for talented individuals who share our vision for creating exceptional places of learning, and are committed to ensuring that every child in London has access to the best possible education.

In addition to the opportunities for career progression, training and development, we also offer a competitive rewards and benefits package which includes our Harris Allowance, a Performance and Loyalty Bonus, Pension Scheme, a Wellbeing Cash Plan and many other benefits.

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About Harris Academy Battersea

School type
Academy, ages 11 to 19
Education phase
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School size
1071 pupils enrolled
Age range
11 to 19
Contact phone number
020 7622 0026

Academy Culture

The development of our students academically, personally and professionally is at the heart of everything we do at Harris Academy Battersea. We have created a new vision for the school to reflect this: ‘We develop aspirational young people to thrive in a changing world’.

Our core values of Knowledge, Integrity and Resilience underpin this vision and will form an integral part of student’s daily school life. Students should leave us not only having fulfilled their personal best in terms of academic results, but also equipped with these core values to enable them to thrive in all stages of their lives. Equally, we wish for our school and young people to serve the community and a school that the community is proud to have on its doorstep.

The values of Knowledge, Integrity and Resilience embody the qualities we expect to see in our young people. Our definition of these values is outlined below.

Knowledge: ‘I want to learn something new every day’

I will gain knowledge to be able to confidently engage in any discussion, any time.
I will think carefully before I trust information I see, hear and read.
I will share knowledge to help others.
I will always seek to further my own knowledge, now and in the future.
I will make links between different pieces of knowledge and subjects.
Resilience: ‘Try, fail, try, fail, try, succeed’

I will give 100% effort 100% of the time.
I will understand my emotions and work hard to manage them effectively.
I will develop and maintain positive relationships with others even when it is tough to do so.
I will take any setback as a learning opportunity.
I will try new things outside my comfort zone.
Integrity: ‘I do the right thing even when it is difficult to do so’

I will do the right thing even when nobody is looking, and I will encourage others to do so too.
I will treat others as they wish to be treated.
I will take responsibility for my actions and encourage others to do so.
I will support others to be the best they can be.
I will respect the diversity, cultures, beliefs and differences of others.
If you are committed to these values and want to make a real difference to the lives of young people, then we would welcome an application.

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