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  • Start date details

    1st September 2024

  • Closing date

    1 June 2024 at 12:59am

  • Date listed

    9 May 2024

Job details

Job role

  • Teacher

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Working pattern

Full time

Contract type


Full-time equivalent salary

£52,372.00 - £57,666.00 Annually (Actual) L4 - L8 (Fringe), scale is dependant on experience

Lead Practitioner of Science job summary

Job Description

Job Title:

Lead Practitioner (Science)


Grade: L4 - L8

Scale is dependant on experience



Contract Type:


Start Date:

1 September 2023

Reports To:

Senior Leadership Team (line manager)

Job Purpose:
  • To be responsible for delivering high quality teaching and learning in Science by modelling good practice and leading training in Science.

  • To contribute to the overall ethos, work and aims of the Academy.

Main Responsibilities:
  • To spread expertise of teaching Science using engaging pedagogies across the Faculty, developing resources, strategies and techniques using coaching, mentoring, modelling and team teaching as appropriate.

  • Work with the Head of Faculty, 2nd in Faculty and the link Senior Leader to establish a culture of professional development for all Science teachers.

  • Work with teachers across the Faculty to ensure all are meeting the teacher standards.

  • Provide expertise in the development of self-evaluating capabilities of the teachers within the Faculty in assessing standards of Teaching and Learning against current criteria.

  • Develop appropriate CPD strategies; including Science Mastery to enable teaching within the Faculty to become excellent.

  • Work with the Faculty’s leadership team to ensure that the curriculum and pedagogy meet the needs of our pupils leading to high-quality outcomes.

  • Support a smooth transition from KS2 to KS3 by establishing a link with feed primary schools to share expertise at each institution, including Westfield Academy.

  • Track effectiveness of the transition programme through baseline testing.

  • To contribute to high-quality CPD across the Academy.

Teaching & Learning:

“Modelling excellence in your own teaching”

  • Plan, prepare and deliver purposeful and productive lessons to assigned classes.

  • Be prepared to innovate and devise imaginatively varied ways of teaching their subjects to inspire pupils.

  • Encourage pupils and show enthusiasm for their subject in the classroom.

  • Mark work according to departmental and Academy marking policies, giving appropriate feedback and maintaining records of pupil’s progress in their subject.

  • Demonstrate an awareness of Assessment for Learning strategies and personalise the learning of all pupils, as appropriate.

  • Use teaching strategies that allow for the full range of ability and learning styles in each class, particularly considering the learning needs of Learning Difficulty or Disability pupils.

  • Undertake report writing and the award of internal grades as required.

  • Select and use a range of different learning resources and teaching styles, appropriate to subject and topic.

  • Contribute to an outstanding Faculty by developing the teaching of others.

  • Participate in mutual lesson observations both within and beyond their department as a part of sharing best practice.

  • Research new topic areas and maintain up-to-date subject knowledge.

  • Carry out any reasonable subject-related duties assigned to them by their Head of Faculty.

  • Attend department meetings and moderation meetings as requested by their Head of Faculty.

  • Contribute to the Faculty’s devising and writing of new subject materials when required.

  • Make themselves familiar with the contents of their Faculty Handbook and endeavour to follow closely the guidance and Schemes of Work provided in this document.

  • Contribute imaginatively to the co-curricular, extra-curricular programmes as required by the Head of Faculty or Senior Leadership Team, and be prepared to run or assist with activities beyond lesson times and on Saturdays when required.

  • Ensure that they are familiar with the Academy’s health and safety guidance and be responsible for their own health and safety and that of their pupils.

  • If full-time, be prepared to undertake the pastoral role of a form tutor.

  • Manage pupil behaviour in the classroom, establish an orderly working environment and ensure the safety and good conduct of the pupils, following the guidance in the Behaviour Policy (and the Disciplinary Framework) and to enforce the pupils’ Code of Conduct and Dress Code.

  • If present in the Academy, attend assemblies and supervise the pupils.

  • Support and foster the aims of the Academy.

  • Make themselves familiar with the contents of the Staff Handbook, the Academy’s aims and policies and endeavour to follow these closely.

  • Carry out such duties, including cover for absent colleagues as per the academy policy in line with reduced timetable as are allocated to them by their Head of Faculty or Senior Leaders, punctually and efficiently.

  • Attend staff meetings, parents’ evenings, INSET sessions and similar important functions both in and out of normal Academy hours, and participate in the main Open Day for prospective parents and pupils.

  • Notify their Head of Faculty and the Senior Deputy Headteacher as early as possible if they are going to be absent from the Academy and set rigorous, appropriate work and follow the Academy’s policy for notifying.

  • Attend relevant in-service training each year, after obtaining the consent of their Head of Faculty and the Senior Deputy Headteacher.

  • Take part in the Academy’s performance management scheme and appraisal.

The duties and responsibilities listed above describe the post as it is at present. This role will be reviewed annually as part of the performance appraisal process and the post holder is expected to accept any reasonable alterations that may from time to time be necessary.

Westfield Academy is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of Children and Young people. To meet this responsibility, we follow a rigorous selection process. All successful candidates will be subject to an enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service check.

Person Specification


Essential (or expected to train/qualify to that standard)



  • Polite, courteous, discretion, probity, honesty & integrity

  • Reliable, punctual, diligent and well-organised

  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills

Qualifications & Training

  • Related subject degree from a recognised university

  • Qualified teacher status with a minimum of 1 years’ experience

  • Master’s or equivalent

Relevant Experience

  • Successful experience in being a teacher of Science

  • Experience of a management role in Science

  • Experience of working with young people in a mentoring or tutorial capacity

  • Experience of working as part of a curriculum team to design and develop resources to support learning

  • Proven record of developing schemes of work and of raising attainment

  • Experience of leading CPD sessions in a school

  • Experience of leading Science CPD sessions

  • Experience of supporting / coaching staff

  • Previous experience in a multicultural setting

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

  • Knowledge of a range of pedagogic approaches to cater for different learning styles and ensure all students are engaged

  • Up-to-date subject knowledge

  • Can stretch the most able GCSE pupils

  • Understand what constitutes effective teaching for learning

  • Capacity to form positive learning-centred relationships with young people from diverse ranges of backgrounds

  • Inspiring colleagues to deliver best teaching possible

  • Excellent classroom practitioner and Science ability

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Personal Qualities

  • Commitment to improving teaching and learning, and continued professional development

  • Flexible approach and readiness to respond to individual pupil needs

  • Ability to work well as part of a team, to build trust and openness and be prepared to take direction

  • Open-minded and forward-thinking approach to the positive use of technology in education

  • Passion, enthusiasm, and ability to motivate and inspire pupils for the subject

  • Commitment to safeguarding and the welfare of pupils

  • Willingness to be involved in wider life of the Academy

Commitment to safeguarding

Westfield Academy and it's Trust Board fully recognise that they have a duty of care to ensure arrangements are in place for safeguarding and promoting the wellbeing of children. We recognise that all members of the school community, including volunteers and Trustees, will at all times play a full and active part in protecting our students from harm.

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About Westfield Academy

School type
Academy, ages 11 to 18
Education phase
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School size
1319 pupils enrolled
Age range
11 to 18

It is with great pleasure that I welcome you to Westfield Academy. We are an over-subscribed, high-performing, non-selective Academy. We have been a consistently "Good" OFSTED school since 2012, with our most recent inspection being December 2019. During my time as Headteacher, our students have consistently achieved some of the best exam results in South West Herts.

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