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  • Start date details

    Easter/September 2024 start

  • Closing date

    15 February 2024 at 11:59pm

  • Date listed

    5 January 2024

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Key stage

Key stage 3, Key stage 4, Key stage 5

Working pattern

Contract type


Full-time equivalent salary

£60,838 – £82,884

What skills and experience we're looking for

The Astrea Curriculum Team is looking for a new National Lead for MFL to join our exciting and vibrant team. This is a very exciting time to join us. We are on a shared mission to tackle historic disadvantage and look to do this through a knowledge-rich approach to curriculum and pedagogy.

We are a growing team of curriculum experts that will support our teachers and leaders to deliver a brilliant curriculum taught expertly. You could be part of our journey as we look to codesign a common core curriculum across our nine secondary schools in Cambridgeshire and South Yorkshire.

The initial deployment for this post will be at Ernulf Academy in St. Neots where the post-holder will spend a significant period of their week driving up the standards of MFL in this school. This deployment is reviewed annually.

You will join a fantastic team of subject specialists who teach, design curricula, and deliver excellent professional development. Reporting to the Director of Curriculum & Assessment, you will strategically lead the development of a common core MFL curriculum and programmes of professional development. In this role your skills and experience will add to our team and provide even more support to our teachers, leaders, and children.

We are committed to a knowledge-rich curriculum and a traditional approach to teaching, behaviour and culture. We believe that schools must teach powerful knowledge, ’the best that has been thought and said’ and an ‘entitlement curriculum’ for all. We believe in explicit instruction and have been greatly influenced by Lemov’s ‘Teach Like A Champion’, Rosenshine and recent developments in cognitive science. We believe that the creation of a scholarly culture that is warm and strict, disciplined and joyful, where there is ‘purpose not power’, ensuring impeccable behaviour, where teachers can focus on teaching and pupils can focus on learning, underpins everything.

This position is open to experienced middle and senior leaders with an excellent understanding of curriculum and assessment and proven track record of school improvement. If you are aligned to our mission and values, have a strong track record of improving young people’s education and a drive to do more, we very much look forward to hearing from you.

We would encourage you to arrange a conversation with the Director of Curriculum and Assessment (Secondary), Matt Carnaby, ahead of the interview date in TBC. To arrange a telephone or Teams call, please contact matt.carnaby@astreaacademytrust.org

Astrea Academy Trust is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people. We expect all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. Posts are subject to enhanced DBS checks.

  • Currently a senior leader in an educational setting who has a track record of securing clear improvements within your areas of responsibility
  • Rapidly transformed and maintained the academic outcomes of students
  • Evidence of an ability to plan strategically, build and communicate a coherent vision in a range of compelling ways
  • Up to date, evidence-led knowledge of and engagement in curriculum development and formative/summative assessment systems
  • Excellent understanding and experience of how a knowledge-rich curriculum is developed and implemented: curriculum design, curriculum sequencing and assessment
  • Proven impact of successfully leading MFL curriculum design and implementation
  • Excellent understanding of recent developments in cognitive science and how this impacts curriculum design, sequencing and assessment
  • Developed and maintained effective line management relationships
  • Supported and coached different members of staff to improve their own performance and expertise •Understand and can demonstrate how you have developed teams to improve aspects of the quality of education
  • Experience of developing fruitful links with subject associations to provide subject knowledge enhancement courses for all teachers and educational support staff

What the school offers its staff

  • Teacher pension
  • Cycle to Work Scheme
  • Higher than average salary
  • Astrea Talent Programme
  • Excellent curriculum with a strong infrastructure of support

Commitment to safeguarding

Astrea Academy Trust is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people. We expect all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. Posts are subject to enhanced DBS checks. 

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About Astrea Academy Trust

Multi-academy trust

Astrea is a trust that is coming of age and moving beyond its foundational years into a mature phase of development, our aim is that every child gets a brilliant education. Our work starts and ends with a universal belief in high standards and expectations for every child, no matter what barriers they face.

Underpinning our vision is a commitment that knowledge and scholarship will be celebrated, we want our children to become resilient in the face of challenge and we commit to providing all Astrea children with rich opportunities and to supporting them every step of the way. I am incredibly proud of what the Astrea family has achieved and as the trust matures, we are in a strong position to embark upon this next exciting phase, where all of our energy will be focused on providing a brilliant education which helps children to learn, thrive and lead successful lives.

Arranging a visit to Astrea Academy Trust

To arrange a visit and increase the chance of a successful application email matt.carnaby@astreaacademytrust.org.

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