Teaching & Learning Leader - Science Stanborough School, Welwyn Garden City, Hertfordshire

Job description

TEACHING & LEARNING LEADER: SCIENCE
JOB DESCRIPTION

Grade: TLR

Responsible to: Curriculum Leader: Science

Responsible for: Teaching and Learning in Science

Main responsibilities:

• To support the Curriculum Leader in ensuring that the team of staff in the faculty enables students to achieve at the highest possible level/grade.
• To support the Curriculum Leader for the leadership, management, performance and development of the faculty.
• To proactively plan, support and intervene to ensure the highest standards of teaching and learning and well-being of staff and students in the faculty.
• For all key stages you will support the Curriculum Leader to plan, implement and oversee a curriculum and appropriate courses to meet the needs of students, including appropriate resources and schemes of work including the development of the Curriculum Plan.
• To use data to monitor student progress within the faculty, identify effective strategies to tackle underachievement and support in the implementation of such strategies.
• To ensure that student achievement is recognised, celebrated and communicated effectively.
• To support the Curriculum Leader in leading the Gifted & Talented/STEM provision.
• To take a lead role in the Science Faculty by supporting the Curriculum Leader in day to day tasks as well as taking on responsibilities within the faculty.
• To share research in to science pedagogy with members of the science faculty.
• To develop Teaching & Learning in the science faculty so that all lessons are of the highest standard and secure students’ knowledge of science.

Job Context:

You will operate as a middle leader in the school, based in the faculty area which should be the focal point for your team. By helping to lead your team effectively you will engender a positive team spirit and sense of collective responsibility for the students that you teach. You will be expected to contribute to the effective operation of the school as a whole, leading by example and supporting the school ethos. As a member of the Curriculum Leadership Group you will be able to contribute to the development of school policy, practice and systems; sharing good practice and promoting new ways of working. Your work will be supported by other non-teaching staff within the school by arrangement.

How you do the job:

• Lead and promote high expectations in student achievement, ensuring that effective strategies are in place for each student to achieve their best
• Monitor standards in teaching, learning and assessment across the faculty through simple, shared systems.
• Ensure the effective and innovative delivery of the National Curriculum in your faculty, promoting high levels of student motivation and participation in lessons.
• Ensure that policies are consistently in place in every classroom to promote the tracking of student progress, and proactive intervention to maximise success for all.
• Evaluate the work and effectiveness of your team in raising student achievement through regular monitoring, frequent feedback and open channels of communication to ensure a tangible impact on teaching and learning.
• Lead, encourage and support the innovation of teaching and learning methods that promote the academic and social development of students.
• Support your team of staff, inducting new staff as necessary; inspiring and motivating them to achieve their best on behalf of the students.
• Lead, mentor, challenge and support Subject Leaders within your team, facilitating their success, delegating responsibility to them as appropriate and promoting their professional development.
• Conduct performance appraisal meetings and reviews with your team as arranged within the school ‘web’ structure, supporting their personal and professional development.
• Develop and promote links in the community, with other local schools and with outside agencies and local community groups and businesses as a way of developing learning for students in a broad and exciting context.
• Support the Curriculum Leader in managing the faculty resources and budget in accordance with school policy and in consultation with your team.
• Support the Curriculum Leader in ensuring the smooth running of the faculty on a day to day basis, including the effective deployment of staff and resources and the operation of school policies and appropriate Health & Safety requirements and practices.
• Proactively support and enhance all strategies to positively promote the school; through liaison with parents, outside agencies and the community; and through school events, Open Evenings and Parent Teacher Surgeries.

Knowledge, experience and training.

Teaching & Learning Leaders should have the necessary experience and capabilities to be ‘lead practitioners’ within the school.

Your professional development and training will be met within the context of your needs and those of the school, and supported by your ‘leadership support’ partner from the SLT.

As a successful Teaching & Learning Leader you will require excellent interpersonal skills and the ability to lead and manage through clear structures, effective two-way communication and the ability to inspire and motivate them to work as a team for the benefit of the students. You will be able to discuss, analyse, debate and formulate policy with other Middle leaders and with SLT. Your ‘passion for learning’ and team-working skills are central to the success of the role as are your understanding of students needs and of pedagogical issues. Above all your ability to work in an ‘emotionally intelligent’ way with staff and students, and to model the four principles of the school, will contribute to the wider success of the school as well as your team.

Additional information:

All staff at Stanborough have a comprehensive package of support, training and performance management, giving scope for personal and professional development.

It is a requirement of all staff that they sign the IT Acceptable User Policy, and all staff will be expected to attend Safeguarding and Prevent training.

Whilst every effort has been made to explain the main responsibilities and duties of the post, each individual task to be undertaken will be not identified. Employees will be expected to comply with any reasonable request from a manager to undertake work of a similar level that is not specified in this job description. The job description is current to the date shown but, in consultation with you, it may be changed by the Headteacher to reflect or anticipate changes in the job commensurate with the grade and job title.

January 2020

Essential educational requirements

First Degree in a relevant subject

Essential qualifications

Qualified Teacher Status

Essential skills and experience

• Understanding of child safeguarding issues and successful measures that promote and ensure the safeguarding of children
• Knowledge of current legislation, guidance and developments relating to the subject area
• Meets National Standards for NQT
• The ability to demonstrate good subject and curriculum knowledge
• Successful experience in teaching science
• The ability to manage behaviour effectively to ensure a good and safe learning environment
• An understanding of the principles of good classroom management and planning.
• Ability to challenge and support all students to do their best
• Holding positive values and attitudes and adopt high standards of behaviour in a professional role
• An understanding of and commitment to equal opportunities for all students
• Ability to challenge and support all students to do their best
• Leadership of key developments within a science faculty

Employee benefits

What can we offer you at Stanborough?

• The chance to work in a thriving, developing and expanding school that puts the student at the heart of everything it does.

• The chance to work with some amazing staff who are passionate about developing the young people in their care.

• A well developed and personally tailored staff development offer that meets the needs of individual staff members.

• An expanding school with great facilities with two current building projects to improve these even further.

• An opportunity to be involved in the 16 – 19 Welwyn Hatfield Consortium, one of the oldest and well-established of its kind in the UK. This involves close links and collaboration with four local schools.

• Great resources for staff, including free parking on site, a laptop loan scheme, good rail and road links to the school and an attractive edge of town location next to Stanborough Lakes and Gosling Sports Park.

• A change to take part in the nationally recognised OTI (Outstanding Teacher Initiative) Scheme which is offered to all staff members on an annual basis.


About Stanborough School

Stanborough School Stanborough School is an 11-18 co-educational Academy that sits on the southern fringe of Welwyn Garden City. The school currently has 1099 students. Due to parental demand for places at the school, from September 2019 the school expanded to 8 form entry. This has required a substantial amount of new premises work to be completed which includes a new teaching block as well as a drama and music block. We pride ourselves in being a fully inclusive school that serves our local community and on being a school that does its best for each individual student so they can achieve their potential during their time at Stanborough. Stanborough is proud of its community involvement. We work closely with the four other local Secondary Schools as part of the Welwyn-Hatfield 16-19 Consortium. We also take a leading role in hosting and developing a number of other key community developments such as the Handside Schools Partnership with a local special school and primary school. The school boasts excellent facilities including our first-rate IT resources, a legacy of our Specialist Computing Status. With a dedicated Technology block, Sports Hall, Sixth Form Centre and recently refurbished outdoor sports pitches, the students enjoy some outstanding facilities. Our excellent resources in all curriculum areas also show our commitment to giving students a wide variety of curricular opportunities including technology, the performing arts and computing. Our greatest asset at the school is our staff. We want the best educators for our students and through exceptional retention we have a stable staff with very low turn-over. A number of staff who started at the school as NQTs now find themselves in senior positions at the school. With the appointment of a new Headteacher from September 2018, this is an exciting time to join the school and become part of an ambitious and hard-working team dedicated to moving the school forward. We are looking for teachers who will embody our four principles of High Expectations; Mutual Respect; Quality Learning and Success for All.

Address
Lemsford Lane, Welwyn Garden City, Hertfordshire, AL8 6YR
Phase
Secondary
Type
Academy
Website
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