Subject leader Computer Science Tonbridge Grammar School, Tonbridge, Kent

Job description

Job Profile
Job Title: Subject Leader Computer Science
Line Managed By: Member of Strategy Group
Date: September 2020
Salary: MPS – UPS depending on experience.
Job Purpose
To provide professional leadership and management of Computer Science in order to secure an outstanding quality of teaching and learning and improved standards of student attainment and achievement and use of resources.
Key Areas of Impact
Key Responsibilities:
• To raise standards of achievement across Computer Science to ‘outstanding’.
• To ensure outstanding learning and teaching provision in SUBJECT.
• To establish short medium and long term plans for the development and resourcing of Computer Science in line with the strategic School Development Plan.
• To monitor the progress made in achieving Computer Science plans and targets, and evaluate and review the effects on teaching and learning.
Teaching and Learning
• To lead curriculum provision and development for Computer Science ensuring MYP and IBDP pedagogy and principles are embedded.
• To provide coherent curriculum enrichment experience.
• To ensure unit plans and schemes of work are current to enhance the learning of Computer Science and develop the skills of the learner profile.
• To ensure teaching strategies are differentiated in Computer Science to meet the learning needs of all students.
• To ensure assessment for learning is fully embedded across Computer Science in line with the TGS Assessment and Reporting Policy.
• To monitor and evaluate systems for recording individual pupil progress.
• To manage intervention strategies across Computer Science that challenge underachievement.
• To agree challenging student progress targets to make a measurable contribution to whole school targets.
• To collaborate with others as required on planning inter-disciplinary provision.
• To ensure full compliance with Health and Safety requirements for Computer Science.
Leading and Managing Staff
• To oversee and manage the effectiveness of all teachers of Computer Science in meeting the requirements of their role and their respective professional standards.
• To develop subject staff and technicians to improve student achievement.
• To challenge mediocrity of professional standards if evident in others.
• To create, maintain and enhance effective relationships.
• To lead the Performance Management of others and provide effective advice and training.
• To assist in the recruitment and selection of teaching and support staff where required.
• To ensure the effective induction of new staff in line with school procedures.
Quality Assurance
• To establish consistent standards of practice across the Computer Science team and develop outstanding teaching and learning styles in Computer Science.
• To monitor and evaluate standards of curriculum provision.
• To set targets for improvement
• To deploy the Computer Science team effectively for best value.
Resource Management
• Secure and allocate resources to support effective learning and teaching within Computer Science
• Monitor and control the use of resources
Knowledge & Skills
Subject Leaders should demonstrate knowledge, skills and experience of:
• Outstanding level of Computer Science expertise
• Exemplary standards as a classroom teacher
• The IB curriculum continuum.
• The IB learner profile.
• The Teaching and Assessment to Support Learning policy.
• School reporting structures.
• Outstanding teaching and learning.
• Rigorous monitoring evaluation and review processes.
• Principles of Self Evaluation of own leadership and management standards.
• Planning and Management of Change.
• Principles of Curriculum Provision.
• The application of information and communications technology to learning and teaching.
• Financial planning and management in relation to Computer Science.
• School Policy.
• Safeguarding.
• Health and safety.
Additional Duties
• To play a full part in the wider life of the school community, to support the school ethos and to encourage staff and students to follow this example.
• To actively lead and encourage others to follow school policy.
• To set a high standard of personal dress and enforce uniform and dress code in line with policy.
• To commit to continuous professional development of self and others.
• To actively engage in the staff review and development process.
• To undertake any other duty as specified by school teachers pay and conditions of service not mentioned in the above.
Professional Standards
It is important to recognise that Tonbridge Grammar School teachers must maintain professional standards at all times and to recognise that they are role models for the students in many respects.
Such professional standards would include:
• Dress: teachers are expected to wear suits or jacket and tie (or the equivalent for female teachers), except when involved in practical or external activities,
• Punctuality: this is expected in all aspects of work,
• Duty of Care: keeping our students safe and acting in the child’s best interest at all times,
• A position of trust, being seen to be demonstrably fair, even-handed and consistent in dealing with students,
• Propriety and behaviour: all teachers are expected to adopt high standards of personal conduct,
• Taking good care of the fabric of the school,
• Being aware of and carrying out the Acceptable Use of ICT policy when using the School network,
• Engaging in on-going professional development, in-school training, regular peer observation, and external courses (as appropriate).

Personal Qualities
Self awareness Self management
Emotional self awareness Emotional self-control
Accurate self assessment Integrity
Self confidence Adaptability
Achievement orientation
Initiative Optimisim

Social Awareness Relationship management
Empathy Developing others
Organisational awareness Inspirational leadership
Service awareness Change catalyst
Conflict management
Team work and collaboration

Additional Notes
Whilst every effort has been made to outline the main responsibilities of the post each individual task undertaken may not be identified.
Employees are expected to comply with any reasonable request from a manager to undertake work of a similar level that is not specified in this job profile.
The school will endeavour to make any necessary reasonable adjustments to the job and the working environment to enable access to employment opportunities for disabled job applicants or continued employment for any employee who develops a disabling condition.
This job profile is current at the date shown but in consultation with you may be changed by the Head Teacher to reflect or anticipate changes in the job commensurate with the grade and job title.

Commitment to Safeguarding
Tonbridge Grammar School is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children. This post is subject to an enhanced DBS check.

Essential educational requirements

Good Honours degree

Essential qualifications


Essential skills and experience

We are looking for an inspiring individual who will relish the opportunity to lead Computer Science at an outstanding school. You may be an experienced middle leader or can demonstrate leadership potential. You should be a good Honours graduate and be able to teach post-16 to the highest academic standard.

Employee benefits

Staff wellbeing and benefits

• Free access to wellbeing services including physiotherapy.
• Reduced number of after school meetings thanks to Academy Days.
• Opportunity for NQTs to be employed from July.
• Flu vaccinations.
• Teachers’ Pension.
• All teachers have a laptop.
• School-wide “out of office” in evenings, weekends and holidays to reduce emails.
• Cycle to work scheme.
• On-site parking for staff.
• Staff clubs including yoga.
• Free tea and coffee at breaktime!

About Tonbridge Grammar School

We are a high achieving selective grammar school with academy status, educating girls between the ages of 11 to 16 and girls and boys in the Sixth Form (1166 students on roll). The School prepares students for GCSEs and the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme following the Middle Years Programme in Years 7-9. Our students are encouraged to take part in an extensive range of extracurricular activities. TGS is situated in Kent ‘the garden of England’, close to Royal Tunbridge Wells. This location is ideal for trips to London and you will also find beautiful countryside on your doorstep. Excellent transport links to both London and the coast.

Deakin Leas, Tonbridge, Kent, TN9 2JR
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