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Subject Leader for Business Studies

Redborne Upper School and Community College, Bedford, Bedfordshire

Job details

Subject Economics
Working pattern Full-time only
Salary Main pay range 1 to Upper pay range 3, £24,371 to £40,489

Job summary

We are looking to recruit a full time, dynamic and enthusiastic Business Studies teacher to lead the subject from September 2020.

You will be experienced in teaching Business Studies at GCSE and A Level standard. Our aim is to appoint someone with the leadership skills and vision to take the department forward.

Business Studies is a successful and thriving department within the humanities faculty. It benefits from its own suite of rooms which are fully equipped with PCs. We currently run two A Level groups in both year 12 and 13, six option classes for GCSE in year 10 and five in year 11. In addition there are opportunities for sixth form students to gain qualifications for IFS courses.


1. Seeking to create positive attitudes and a sense of team work.
2. Formulate subject aims within the framework both of the aims of the faculty and the aims and curriculum policy of the school.
3. Producing or contributing to an annual School Development Plan, for the subject in the Spring Term, following audit and giving detailed plans and priorities for the following academic year.
4. Supervising the work of teaching and non-teaching staff within the subject area.
5. Producing a policy on homework in line with school policy; monitoring to ensure that homework is properly set and completed.
6. Implementing and monitoring the school policy on assessment.
7. Regular monitoring of the work of the subject.
8. Annual evaluation of the examination results of the subject as part of the school audit in the Autumn Term.
9. Involvement in the advertising, appointment and induction of new staff.
10. Identifying CPD needs and ensuring that these are known by the Head of Faculty and senior staff.
Teaching and Learning

1. The development of regularly up-dated syllabuses and schemes of work, appropriate to the needs of students, which seek to fulfil the aims of the subject, the faculty and the school.
2. The encouragement within the subject of a variety of good teaching strategies.
3. Responsibility for internal and external examinations concerning the subject; ensuring that papers are set according to schedule and that marking schemes are co-ordinated; deciding and checking entries according to school policy; arranging for the use of specialist rooms in some cases; analysing and evaluating results.
4. Promoting discussion of successes, problems, plans, activities, points arising from Parent Consultation Evenings, and ensuring effective communications.
5. Setting appropriate work in the absence of colleagues in the subject.
6. Promoting educational visits and extra-curricular activities associated with the subject.
7. Cultivating an attractive working environment.
Student Achievement and Progress

1. Discussing and preparing student groups and effecting changes to groups when necessary and publicising these.
2. Seeking to provide appropriate teaching and learning conditions for those students having special educational needs and those identified as gifted and talented.
3. Keeping accurate records of student performance within the subject.
4. Ensuring student reports are properly and informatively completed, and that deadlines are kept.

1. Keeping abreast of developments in the subject and ensuring that staff in the subject are similarly informed.
2. Liaising with the timetabler and the Head of Faculty in the allocation of staff to classes and room allocations.
3. Acquiring up-to-date information of further and higher education and careers associated with the subject.
4. Advising the Head of Faculty and senior staff on the staffing needs of the subject.


1. Liaising with the subject adviser, ASTs and colleagues in other schools.
2. Liaising with staff in middle schools who teach the subject.
3. Liaising with adult education where this would be appropriate.
4. Ensuring that the Head of Faculty and senior staff are aware of issues within the subject.

1. Responsibilities for the discipline of students when taught within the subject area.
2. Achieving common standards of behaviour and discipline in line with school policies.

1. Convening and chairing regular subject meetings, and ensuring the minutes of these meetings are distributed.
2. Responsibility for the organisation and good order of subject rooms.
3. Producing annual estimates of resource needs (stationery, books, materials, equipment, etc.)
4. Ordering within the limits of the resources provided .
5. Storage, maintenance, distribution and use of equipment.
6. Care of stock (eg ensuring textbooks are properly labelled, numbered and kept in good condition)
7. Ensuring compliance with the health and safety policies of the school.
8. Advise the librarian on the purchase of suitable resources.
9. Contribution to school publications as required.

SUBJECT TEACHER: Main duties and responsibilities
LINE MANAGER: Head of Faculty

1. To plan and prepare courses and lessons.
2. To teach, according to their educational needs, those students assigned to the teacher.
3. To set and mark homework.
4. To assess, record and report (including oral and written assessments, reports and references) on the development, progress and attainment of students, in each case having regard to the curriculum of the school.
5. To communicate and consult with the parents/guardians of students.
6. To communicate and cooperate with persons or bodies outside the school.
7. To participate in meetings arranged for any of the purposes described above.
8. To review from time to time teaching methods and programmes of work.
9. To participate in arrangements for further training and professional development.
10. To advise and cooperate with other colleagues (individually or in groups) on the preparation and development of schemes of work and materials for teaching and/or assessment.
11. To ensure good behaviour amongst students and safeguard their health and safety both when they are authorised to be on school premises and when engaged in authorised school activities elsewhere.
12. To participate in meetings and briefings at the school relating to the curriculum or the administration or organisation of the school.
13. To participate in arrangements for preparing students for public examination, recording and reporting relevant assessments, participating in arrangements for student presentations and supervision during internal and external examinations.
14. To assist, where appropriate, in the induction of students and newly qualified teachers.
15. To participate, as required, in the review, development and management of activities relating to the functions of the school.
16. To register the attendance of students in class.
17. To supervise students as a member of one of the duty teams identified each term.

FORM TUTOR: Main duties and responsibilities (years 9 to 11)
LINE MANAGER : Head of Year

• Get to know the students in your tutor group and foster positive working relationships in order to help guide them to success.
• Assist the year team with the pastoral care of the students in your group.
• Promote positive attitudes to school and the wider community through effective delivery of a tutorial programme.
• Support and encourage the learning of all students in your group.
• Promote the ethos of the school – ‘Be Ready, Be Respectful, Be Safe’ and help students become TERRIFIC.
• Take the register once a day during morning registration.
• Assist the year team in promoting good attendance and punctuality and check uniform compliance regularly, taking action in line with the uniform protocol
• Attend tutor meetings when required.
• Attend parents evenings when required.
• Contribute a pastoral comment to the reports of your students.
• Liaise with parents /carers and be the first port of call for parental enquiries.
• Facilitate and assist students in achieving the Redborne Award.
• Contribute to the cleanliness of the school by carrying out a litter pick with your group as the rota demands.

1. To comply with Redborne’s commitment to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people.
2. To maintain confidentiality at all times in respect of school-related matters and to prevent disclosure of confidential and sensitive information.
3. To undertake any other duties of a similar level and responsibility as may be required.

Essential educational requirements

We intend on appointing a teacher with experience. The person appointed would be expected to teach across age and ability levels appropriate to a 13-18 Upper School

Essential qualifications

Qualified Teacher status
Honours Degree in related subject

Essential skills and experience

Experience of teaching across age and ability levels appropriate to a 13 – 18 Upper School
Experience of leading a team
Experience of strategies for the raising of student achievement / attainment
Knowledge of current curriculum developments and assessment procedures
Ability to manage
Ability to operate effectively as part of a team and to offer a vision for the development of that team
Knowledge of different teaching strategies/initiatives
Knowledge of National Curriculum Development KS4 and KS5
High level of interpersonal skills and the ability to form good relationships with students, colleagues and parents
Confident and pro-active approach to problem solving
Sense of humour
Ability to work on own initiative
Able to suggest strategies to motivate others
Interested in personal and professional development
Capable of improving/developing a learning environment
Resilient and able to work under pressure

Employee benefits

TLR2B £4,528.00
From September 2020 successful candidates may be eligible for brand new, subsidized, fully- furnished accommodation in Ampthill, sponsored by the Connolly Foundation. More details will be available following your appointment to the post. Details of the scheme can be found on the RTSA website.

More on how to apply

School overview

School type Academy
Education phase Secondary
School size 1603 pupils enrolled
Age range 13 to 18
Ofsted report View Ofsted report
School website Redborne Upper School and Community College website (opens in a new window)
Contact email eva.hobson@redborne.com

About Redborne Upper School and Community College

School location

Flitwick Road, Bedford, Bedfordshire, MK45 2NU