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  • Expected start date

    1 September 2021

  • Application deadline

    4 May 2021 at 12:00 pm

  • Date listed

    6 April 2021

Job details

Job role
History, Politics
Working pattern
Full-time only
Contract type

Job summary

Required for September 2021

Imagine what’s possible…

History has a vitally important role in the whole college curriculum at Newton Abbot College. It is a core and compulsory subject at key stage 3 and all students must study a Humanities subject (History or Geography) at GCSE. It has become increasingly popular as an A level subject at the College as standards and outcomes have improved and engagement has increased lower down the college.

The outgoing postholder took on the role when standards and outcomes in History were poor and it was listed in an historical ofsted report as a subject requiring improvement. In turn, back then, it was the ‘ugly sister’ in the Humanities department with poor examination results and low student numbers at Key Stages 4 and 5. Marked improvements in the History curriculum, the quality of teaching and outcomes for students now mean that History and Geography ‘compete’ more evenly.

This is an exciting time for the department, and the successful applicant, as the team look to ‘kick on’ to the next level. Politics A level was only introduced at the college this year and we are seeing our first cohort of year 12s really enjoy the subject. They will obviously move through to year 13, and the second year of their course, and we are hopeful to recruit good numbers to this course from the current year 11. Whilst it would be an advantage, the successful applicant need not necessarily teach Politics A level – any more than a Head of Science would be expected to teach all three Sciences to Key Stage 5. They will of course, however, be responsible for the team of History and Politics teachers (3 including the Team Leader) and be held accountable for the standards and outcomes in both subjects.

We are seeking an exceptional individual with drive, passion, enthusiasm and ambition to lead our History and Politics Department into the next phase of its development and beyond. Your challenge will be to lead the team to teach very highly quality lessons, leading to high levels of student progress and excellent outcomes.

Are you:
- an inspirational, dedicated and forward-thinking classroom practitioner
- able to teach excellent History lessons up to A Level (the ability to teach Politics A level would be an advantage)
- committed to raising standards
- creative and committed to driving improvements in learning
- able to lead the curriculum inside and outside the classroom and raise the profile of History and Politics in the College?

You will:
- demonstrate excellent planning, communication and organisational skills
- be able to ensure continuous progress and consistent high attainment for all students
- have incredibly high expectations
- be able to motivate your team to further progress with their teaching, results and professional development
- believe that all students are capable of success.

We welcome applications from those looking for their first promotion or those with middle leadership experience. If you think you can make a difference to our students and relish the idea of leading our highly motivated team in the delivery of excellence in education, then we want to hear from you!

Employee benefits

TLR 2b

Applying for the job

Details relating to the post and an application form are available via this link: https://www.eteach.com/careers/nacollege-devon/

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School overview

School type
Education phase
School size
1257 pupils enrolled
Age range
11 to 18
Ofsted report
View Ofsted report
Contact phone number
01626 367335

About Newton Abbot College

Our mission is to inspire, support and challenge every individual to be better than they ever dreamt they could be. This is a mission that we take very seriously and it applies to both adults and students. In order to support this mission, we have established an ethos of traditional values and incredibly high expectations and a culture of high quality teaching supported by exceptional pastoral care.

As an inclusive and comprehensive College, we are committed to broadening the horizons and improving the life chances of young people. We do this by increasing their opportunities and maximising their outcomes. We constantly strive for excellence: for all and in everything.

If you like what you see and read, and believe that you can support us in continuing to achieve great things here at Newton Abbot College, then do get in touch. We would welcome your support and involvement as we dare to Imagine What’s Possible...

- Paul Cornish, Principal

School location

Old Exeter Road, Newton Abbot, Devon, TQ12 2NF

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