Lead Practitioner of Science Thomas Gainsborough School, Sudbury, Suffolk

Job description

This position is suitable for a highly capable, ambitious individual with a passion for developing teaching and learning within a Science department.

Working as part of a cross-trust team made up of seven secondary schools, you will play a key role in driving teaching and learning standards within Science. This role represents an exciting chance for career progression into a wide range of leadership roles within one school or beyond.

JOB PURPOSE
To develop and implement teaching and learning initiatives and strategies throughout the department and school which raise the teaching practice of all members of staff and therefore raise student standards and progress;
To be a model of excellent practice, maintaining a clear focus on outstanding delivery to learners, ensuring a centre of best practice and excellence;
a) To take a lead role, working closely with the senior leadership team and other leading practitioners in developing, implementing and evaluating policies and practice that lead to school improvement;
b) To undertake research into best practice in other schools;
c) To research and evaluate innovative curricular practices and draw on research outcomes and other sources of external evidence to inform own practice and that of colleagues;
d) To develop high quality teaching materials and schemes of learning;
e) To use local and national statistical data and other information, in order to provide a comparative baseline for evaluating learners progress and attainment, a means of judging the effectiveness of their teaching, a basis for improving teaching and learning;
f) To support underperforming teachers to enable them to improve their practice;
g) To lead on the induction, support and CPD of all newly qualified teachers and liaise with all relevant external organisations;
h) To support the Trust’s Initial Teacher Training

Essential educational requirements

Degree or equivalent
Established and evidenced practice as an outstanding teacher over a prolonged period

Essential qualifications

Qualified teacher status

Essential skills and experience

Outstanding classroom practitioner
Proven ability to raise standards in classrooms other than their own
Experience of leading teaching and learning initiatives beyond their own classroom
Excellent understanding of the components which comprise outstanding teaching and learning
Experience of giving effective feedback to colleagues about professional performance
Experience of coaching and mentoring colleagues
Experience of conducting lesion observations
Use of assessment and attainment information to improve practice and raise standards
Use of intervention strategies to address identified issues for development
Awareness of the latest developments and initiatives in education
The ability to lead and foster positive professional relationships and work effectively with teaching staff of varying experience
Evidence of developing and using high quality learning strategies and monitoring learner progress to raise attainment

Employee benefits

We will offer you:
• An ethos of innovation and experimentation. Education research is at the fore.
• The chance to be part of an extended team of over 70 like-minded science teachers from across Unity Partnership.
• Support to gain SSAT Lead Practitioner Accreditation and to become part of our excellent Science Lead Practitioner group.
• A wide range of opportunities through our partnership of 22 schools and associated Research School.


About Thomas Gainsborough School

Address
Wells Hall Road, Sudbury, Suffolk, CO10 0NH
Phase
Secondary
Type
Academy
Website
Thomas Gainsborough School website (opens in a new window)