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  • Closing date

    13 July 2023 at 11:59pm

  • Date listed

    24 May 2023

Job details

Job role

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

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Citizenship, English

Working pattern

Full time: Directed

Contract type


Pay scale

MPS (Outer London) + £1,500 Harris Allowance + TLR/Leadership Scale

Additional allowances

Performance and Loyalty Bonus + Pension Scheme (TPS) + Harris Wellbeing Cash Plan + Additional Harris Benefits

What skills and experience we're looking for

We are looking for a qualified teacher of English with an excellent track record in the classroom to join Harris Professional Skills Sixth Form and Aspire Academy as Subject Leader of English/Citizenship.

For the right candidate there is an opportunity for this post to be incorporated into a senior leadership role where they would become an integral member of the SLT with remuneration on the leadership scale

Alongside other members of the English team, you will be supported by an experienced senior leader who is a former Head of English. Your role will include ensuring outstanding teaching and learning in the subject, leadership of the curriculum at Key Stage 4 and 5 and ensuring a wide range of high-quality enrichment in English and Citizenship is available for our students.

There is a strong commitment to the importance of developing rigorous and exciting fieldwork opportunities for all of our students. We would welcome applications from candidates who are keen to develop this area of provision within the Academy. You will be supported with the leadership of trips and fieldwork and provided with training and practical support if this is your first time leading fieldwork.

The successful candidate will:

  • Hold QTS (or equivalent) and a relevant undergraduate degree
  • Have a minimum of three years' teaching experience
  • Understand theory and practice of effective teaching and learning
  • Have knowledge of National Curriculum requirements
  • Have experience of delivering INSET to teaching staff
  • Be able to prove success in raising achievement
  • Have experience of processes of monitoring, evaluation and review
  • Have experience of how new technologies can be used to raise achievement
  • Have recent experience of involvement in innovative curriculum development
  • Have ideas of how Language, Literacy and Numeracy can be used to raise standards
  • Have experience of embedding innovative strategies for improving teaching and learning

What the school offers its staff

Harris Professional Skills Sixth Form opened in September 2018 and will provide an outstanding vocational education and preparation for skills-based work or transition to university for students in Croydon and those from surrounding boroughs. This new academy with up to date, state of the art facilities, will recruit students from across Croydon and the wider London area focusing on the hard skills that will be needed in an area undergoing considerable reconstruction and rejuvenation. By focusing from the outset on the goal of employability within a number of sectors, we have created a curriculum that challenges and inspires, creating well rounded students who have the drive and ambition to succeed in their chosen area of work with additional skill sets that put them above others competing for jobs in their chosen vocation.

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.

In addition to the opportunities for career development and progression, we also offer a competitive rewards and benefits package which includesour Harris Allowance for teachers on MPS/UPS,a Performance and Loyalty Bonus, Pension Scheme with generous employer contributions, a Wellbeing Cash Plan including access to a virtual GP, electric car scheme, 26 days' annual leave (plus bank holidays) for staff who work across the full year, and many other benefits. Learn more aboutour benefitson our website.

Further details about the role

The main responsibilities of your role will be:

  • To establish outstanding provision within the subject area. This to include all programmes, systems and structures taking account of the academy's vision and values leading to outstanding teaching and learning.
  • To be accountable for student progress and development in the subject area across the Sixth form, including meeting student achievement targets for subject areas which are agreed by the Principal and the Governing Body.
  • To ensure high standards of teaching and learning across the subject area through continuously, developing and enhancing the quality of teaching and learning.
  • To ensure the provision of an appropriately engaging, relevant and differentiated curriculum for students in the subject area, in accordance with the academy aims and policies, as determined by the Principal and Governing Body.
  • To ensure that all school policies and procedures are implemented and applied consistently by all colleagues in the subject area.
  • To effectively and efficiently manage and deploy teaching/support staff, financial and physical resources across the subject area, with the support and working alongside the MLG/ALG.
  • To lead development for literacy, within subject areas, to raise standards of Literacy across the Academy.

Commitment to safeguarding

The Harris Federation and all our academies are committed to ensuring the highest levels of safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people, and we expect all our staff and volunteers to share this commitment. All offers of employment are subject to an enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check, references, an online search, and where applicable, a prohibition from teaching check will be completed.

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About Harris Professional Skills Sixth Form

School type
Free School, ages 16 to 19
School size
243 pupils enrolled
Age range
16 to 19
Phone number
020 3370 9238

Harris Professional Skills Sixth Form is a unique sixth form, established to provide an outstanding vocational education and preparation for skills-based work or transition to university for students in Croydon and the surrounding boroughs.

Part of the Harris Federation, which runs highly successful primary and secondary academies across London, Harris Professional Skills Sixth Form caters for students who may not suit the traditional pathways at post-16. With small class sizes and strong pastoral support, we offer excellent, focused vocational options as well as the opportunity to take or resit GCSEs – whether students choose to progress into a career or higher education.

Our academy offers a choice of Construction, Health and Social Care, Business, Media, Science and Art for students choosing a vocational pathway, and a curriculum that challenges and inspires them to develop the skills and confidence they need to compete successfully for jobs in their chosen vocation.

Croydon, like much of London and the South East, is undergoing a huge programme of construction and regeneration with the potential to benefit the area for generations to come. With a focus on hard skills and employability, Harris Professional Skills Sixth Form helps students develop the skills they need to be who they want to be – and be part of that success.

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