This job expired on 14 April 2024

  • Job start date

    1 September 2024

  • Closing date

    14 April 2024 at 11:59pm

  • Date listed

    22 March 2024

Job details

Job role

  • Head of department or curriculum

Visa sponsorship

Visas cannot be sponsored

Key stage

Key stage 1, Key stage 2, Key stage 3, Key stage 4, Key stage 5

Working pattern

Contract type


Full-time equivalent salary

Between £52,370 and £57,664

What skills and experience we're looking for

  • Lead Practitioner Mathematics Required: September 2024

    Full or part time hours considered Leadership scale L4 – L8

    £52,370 to £57,664 (inc Fringe)

    Would you like to be part of a community and progress your career within a school that is passionate about every individual child as well as their families?

    Are you ready to embrace the opportunity to be part of a passionate leadership team, committed to unlocking potential through our core values of compassion, opportunity, achievement and recognition, connection and belonging, and hope?

    We are a School dedicated to empowering young people with SEN to reach and unlock their potential. If you are passionate about making a positive impact on the lives of young people with special educational needs, and thrive in a dynamic environment where you can help shape the future for young people, we invite you to be a part of our team and make a difference!

    We are currently seeking a passionate, committed and experienced Maths Teacher from either a primary or secondary background to lead a dynamic team from primary to key stage 5. As a Leader at Castledon School, you will play a crucial role in helping pupils achieve their full potential, whilst supporting the wider school team as a model of excellent practice.

    Ideal candidates will have:

    • A versatile toolkit - Just like a magician with a bag of tricks, the perfect candidate should always be ready to innovate and adapt. Whether it's devising a new approach to curriculum delivery or revamping a struggling initiative, having a few tricks up your sleeve is invaluable.
    • Resilient spandex mentality - Education is an ever-evolving landscape, and challenges are inevitable. Like spandex, our senior leader must be resilient and flexible, able to stretch and mould strategies to meet the diverse needs of our students and staff.
    • An assortment of footwear - From leading a running club to exploring the enchanting Gruffalo woods, our senior leader must be prepared for any terrain. With an array of footwear at their disposal, they'll seamlessly navigate through various learning environments, whether it's in the classroom, outdoors, or among farm animals
    • Eureka moments aplenty - We thrive on innovation and creativity. Our ideal candidate should be a catalyst for lightbulb moments, where needed generating fresh ideas to enrich our curriculum, enhance extracurricular clubs, and invigorate social activities. Moreover, they should prioritise listening to stakeholders to ensure that these ideas resonate with and meet the needs of our school community.

    Why Castledon School?

    Join a community dedicated to empowering young people with SEND, making a positive impact on their lives and shaping their future. As part of our team, you'll benefit from:

    • Groups of learners between 10-14
    • A dynamic and collaborative teaching environment
    • Career progression opportunities within a passionate school community
    • A commitment to professional development with excellent CPD opportunities
    • Involvement in a highly effective multi-academy trust
    • A wide range of wellbeing initiatives


    To apply for the role please download the application form from the vacancy page on https://www.zenithmultiacademytrust.co.uk/vacancies/, completed applications should be submitted to recruitment@zmat.co.uk. CVs will not be accepted without a completed application form.

    You must complete the application form fully and give details of all employment, training and gaps in employment since leaving secondary school to the present day. Any additional information, which you wish to bring to the notice of the selection panel should be included in your letter of application (supporting statement). Please ensure you say why and how you meet the criteria from the person specification in your letter of application. Full job description and person specification can be found at the end of this pack.

    Shortlisted applicants may be screened prior to interview by checking social media sites. The purpose of such screening will be to ascertain whether a candidate demonstrates appropriate conduct, behaviour and suitability for employment in a school environment.

    Closing Date: 14th April 2024 Interview Date: TBC

    If you have any queries, wish to discuss the role informally or undertake a visit to the Trust, please do not hesitate to contact us via email recruitment@zmat.co.uk or telephone 01702 426707.

    We look forward to receiving your application. You will be notified of your application status within two weeks of the vacancy closing date.

    Safeguarding Children & Young People

    The Trust is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people. All staff and volunteers are therefore expected to behave in such a way that supports this commitment. Appointment to this post will be subject to the following satisfactory pre-employment checks:

    • Health
    • Identity
    • Relevant work qualifications
    • Right to work in the UK
    • Barred List Check (previously List 99)
    • Disclosure & Barring Service Check (for all staff and volunteers)
    • References
    • Childcare Disqualification Declaration Check (relevant Primary School posts only)

What the school offers its staff

Why Castledon School?

Join a community dedicated to empowering young people with SEND, making a positive impact on their lives and shaping their future. As part of our team, you'll benefit from:

  • Groups of learners between 10-14
  • A dynamic and collaborative teaching environment
  • Career progression opportunities within a passionate school community
  • A commitment to professional development with excellent CPD opportunities
  • Special Education Need (SEN) Allowance - currently £2539

  • Involvement in a highly effective multi-academy trust
  • A range of wellbeing initiatives

Further details about the role


  • Leading and managing staff working within the curriculum area focusing on school improvement
  • Establishing the learning climate of the curriculum area in line with whole school policy
  • Ensuring priorities within the curriculum area are developed and implemented though curriculum focused development in line with whole school priorities
  • Contributing significantly to raising standards in every aspect of school improvement
  • Contributing to the School Development Plan
  • Regular tracking and monitoring of students through Review Days and Learning Walks
  • Ensuring schemes of work, long and medium term are established
  • Review maths displays to showcase achievement across the school


  • Working with the maths teachers to ensure maximum impact (some non specialist)
  • Working with the DH to ensure maximum impact.

Teaching and Learning

  • Overseeing the implementation and regular reviewing of curriculum maps (ensuring adaptive teaching is evidenced) in line with changing cohorts
  • Setting and monitoring progress towards curriculum area targets
  • Monitoring the use of displays in all curriculum areas
  • Contributing to cross curricular work
  • Ensuring the highest standards of teaching, learning and progress throughout the curriculum area, in line with school targets and School Development Plan. (ie lesson observations, learning walks and work scrutinises)
  • Overseeing accurate assessment at KS1 to KS5.
  • Early identification of underperformance and recovery of progress
  • Ensuring regular tracking and monitoring (1/2 termly)
  • Ensuring impact in students’ progress and attainment
  • Analyse student progress and attainment.
  • Managing behaviour for learning within the curriculum area including behaviour and safety.
  • Ensuring quality assurance in all aspects of the curriculum area.
  • Development of a calculation policy
  • Attend special school cross moderation
  • Attend Zenith Mathematic Community of Practice subject networks


  • Prioritising, allocating and monitoring the curriculum area budget to impact student progress and meet student need
  • Managing the curriculum area budget effectively
  • Ensuring the curriculum area fulfils health and safety requirements.
  • Ensure budget proposals are written annually in line with annual subject development plans for Maths

People and Relationships

  • Identifying and communicating curriculum area staff development needs with DHT in line with whole school policy
  • Liaising with school governors
  • Appraising staff as required in line with the school’s performance management policy
  • Building a curriculum area ‘team’
  • Liaising with industrial, commercial and community contacts for the curriculum area
  • Co-ordinating links with Special Educational Needs Staff
  • Inducting new staff within the curriculum area.
  • The Governing Body is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people, and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.
  • Whole staff training

Person Specification in addition to that for a Mainscale Teacher


  • Evidence of professional development relevant to the role and linked to teaching standards expectations.

Knowledge and Understanding

  • Excellent knowledge of the National Curriculum for English at KS3 & KS4 in order to help other curriculum areas as necessary
  • Excellent understanding of the assessment processes at KS3 and KS4 and how to use these to support planning and raise student achievement
  • Excellent knowledge of a wide range of pedagogic approaches to cater for different learning styles and ensure that all students are engaged
  • Excellent understanding of what constitutes effective teaching for learning
  • Excellent knowledge and understanding of strategies for promoting good relationships with students and effective behaviour management techniques
  • Excellent knowledge of a wide range of software for use with interactive technologies and the application of these to engage and interest students
  • Excellent knowledge of Ofsted requirements, ensuring keeping up to date.


  • Experience of leadership roles within a team including designing and developing resources to support learning
  • Experience of working with other teachers and support professionals to extend their understanding of educational issues.
  • Experience of robust self-evaluation and development planning linked to this
  • Experience of coaching other staff so that their classroom practice develops
  • Experience of preparing and leading training sessions.

Skills and Attributes

  • Excellent communication skills orally and written, including confident presentations
  • Excellent use of ICT to make learning engaging and dynamic and to support assessment and management functions
  • The capacity to form positive learning - centered relationships with other professionals at different stages in their careers
  • The capacity to consistently perform to a high level of success and act as a role model for other professionals.

This job description is not intended to be an exhaustive list of duties and responsibilities. The job description will be reviewed and updated as the needs of the business evolve at the discretion of the Headteacher or Deputy Headteacher.

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 Castledon School

School type
Academy, ages 5 to 19
School size
223 pupils enrolled
Age range
5 to 19
Phone number
01268 761252

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