Key Stage Leader for English
• Strategic direction and development of the curriculum area
• Within the context of the school’s aims and policies, work with the curriculum leader to develop implement, monitor and evaluate subject policies, plans, targets and practices, which relate to your curriculum area of responsibility.
• Foster a climate which helps staff in your curriculum area to maintain a positive attitude to the teaching of the subject;
• To monitor the progress of students in the curriculum area through the effective use of data and implement intervention programmes where necessary;
• Use information on local and national initiatives to update policies and practices in the subject;
• Work with the curriculum leader to establish short, medium and long term plans for the development of the subject and monitor and evaluate their progress;
• Implement, monitor and evaluate school policies as they relate to the subject;
• Establish a clear understanding of how the curriculum area contributes to students’ spiritual, moral, emotional, cultural, social development and race awareness;
• Highlight those aspects of the curriculum area which prepare the students for the opportunities and responsibilities of adult life.
Teaching and Learning
Secure and sustain effective teaching, evaluate standards of students’ achievements and set realistic and meaningful targets for improvement.
• Review schemes of work to ensure subject coverage, continuity and progression for all students in an environment that fosters student enjoyment and engagement;
• Provide guidance on a variety of teaching and learning methods to meet the differing needs of all students;
• Contribute to the development of students’ literacy, numeracy, citizenship, ICT and study skills;
• Establish and implement clear assessment, reporting procedures within the school’s assessment, recording and reporting policy and assist staff and students in setting targets for improvement;
• Ensure information on students’ prior attainments and achievements are used effectively to secure good progress;
• Set targets for student attainment and achievement in the key stage and monitor and evaluate progress against those targets;
• Monitor and evaluate the quality of teaching and learning in the department and use the analysis for further improvements;
• Establish a partnership with parents involving them in and informing them of their child’s progress;
• Develop opportunities for students to express their views and have the opportunity to take on more responsibility:
• Develop effective links with the local community, including feeder schools, business and industry, to enhance teaching and learning in the subject and prepare students in their economic well-being:
• To ensure a working environment in which learners feel safe and adopt safe practices.
Leading and managing staff
Provide the support, information and opportunities for development necessary for all those involved in the teaching of the curriculum to sustain motivation and improvement of standards.
• Deputise for the Curriculum Leader as needed.
• Help staff achieve constructive working relationships with students and parents;
• Establish clear expectations and constructive working relationships among staff;
• Take responsibility for your own CPD and audit the training needs of staff and play a leading role in their continuing professional development;
• Work with the curriculum leader to lead curriculum workshops and training.
• Ensure that trainees and Newly Qualified Teachers are appropriately trained and supported via liaison with Senior Leadership Team staff.
• Support the SENCO to ensure the implementation of an appropriate one page profile for students with special needs;
• Ensure that Curriculum Leader and Leadership Team Line Manager are well informed about developments relating to the department;
• Establish best practice procedures in curriculum;
• Sustain your own motivation and that of the staff within the curriculum area.
Efficient and effective development of the staff and resources
The Curriculum Leader will identify appropriate resources for the Department and ensure they are used effectively, efficiently and safely.
• Support the Curriculum Leader with timetabling and the deployment of staff;
• Establish staff and resource needs and likely priorities for expenditure and advise the Curriculum Leader;
• Ensure resources including capitation and ICT are effectively managed;
• Use departmental accommodation to the best effect to create an effective and stimulating environment for the teaching and learning of the curriculum area;
• Ensure there is a safe working and learning environment;
• Support the curriculum leader in being pro-active in attracting additional funding and resources for the curriculum area;
• Play a full part in the recruitment of new staff to the curriculum area.
Essential educational requirements
• Graduate or equivalent in appropriate subject.
• Qualified Teacher Status.
• Recent evidence of subject based training.
Essential skills and experience
• Significant successful teaching experience in a secondary school.
• Teaching English across the full ability range in KS3 and KS4.
• Up to date knowledge and understanding of current educational issues.
• ICT competence and interest in using ICT in the classroom.
• The ability to inspire students and staff.
• The ability to lead a team towards a common goal.
• Good oral and written communication skills.
• The ability to solve problems and make decisions.
• The ability to take responsibility for continuous professional self-development.
• The ability to work under pressure and to meet deadlines.
• The ability to analyse, understand and interpret relevant information and data.
• The ability to set standards and provide a role model for pupils and other staff, in the teaching and learning of the subject.
• The ability to prioritise and manage own time effectively, particularly in relation to balancing the demands made by teaching and involvement in school development.
TLR 2.1 which equates to £2,761
About Thamesmead School
- Manygate Lane, Shepperton, Middlesex, TW17 9EE
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