Lead Teacher Science

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  • Don Valley Academy
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  • Required for September 2020
    Application Closes: 02/03/2020 12:00
    Interview Date: TBC
    Job Length: Permanent
  • Weeks of work: 39
    Days of work: 5
    Hours of work: 32.5
  • Post: Lead Teacher Science
    Salary (FTE): 5 - £45,319.00 to 9 - £50,026.00 Salary subject to pro-rata
    Responsible to: The Principal
About Delta Academies Trust

Purpose of the job:

Don Valley Academy is looking to appoint a Lead Teacher of Science to join our academy in September 2020 on a full time, permanent basis. Your role will involve providing pedagogic leadership as an outstanding classroom practitioner, playing a key part in raising standards through the model of your own excellent teaching and by supporting the professional development of their colleagues. The ultimate aim will be to improve the learning experience and increase the outcomes of students, whatever their ability.

Don Valley Academy is proud to be rated Ofsted GOOD (April 2019) for the first time in its history!  This has been achieved by having dedicated and enthusiastic staff who are committed to giving our community an extraordinary educational experience. 

We are a vibrant 11-18 Academy with 1074 students on roll, including 72 at Post 16.  We benefit from a new building which opened in November 2016 enabling our students and staff to use state of the art facilities. We serve a significantly deprived community with 42% of students being pupil premium and 38% being in the bottom 10% for deprivation. Despite these challenges, you will find Don Valley students to be polite and engaged with learning.

As a community we embrace all opportunities and strive to support and challenge each other.  We have a comprehensive professional development calendar which is tailored specifically to meet the current needs. Staff enjoy the leadership opportunities found within our ‘DEEPs’ model and are able to gain experiences of roles across the Academy from Aspiring Leaders to Associate Assistant Principals.

Collaboration is at the heart of the Academy for both students and staff and you will find Don Valley Academy to be positive and reflective towards their own professionalism, with wellbeing as a pivotal aspect of our Academy ethos.

Visits to the academy would be warmly welcomed by appointment. Please contact the academy on 01302 651035 if you would like to arrange a visit.


  • To promote and be committed to the academy’s aims and objectives
  • To maintain and contribute to the development of strategies on subject
  • To promote and be committed to securing high expectations for learning and the raising of achievement within the academy
  • To effectively teach National and Academy curriculum
  • To set appropriate homework
  • To mark work, assess, record and report on student progress
  • To provide a stimulating learning environment
  • To have due regard for maintaining health and safety and security in the area of use
  • To contribute to department and academy enrichment programmes
  • To assist with the effective operation of subject teams by, individually and with others,
    • Developing schemes of work, resources, teaching and learning strategies
    • Contributing to review, monitoring and evaluation and the development of working practices
    • Participating in working groups and projects
    • Taking part in other professional development activities
  • To work with the subject department to improve attainment, classroom practice and professional development,
    • Leading the subject team as a model of outstanding teaching
    • Raising student aspirations at all levels
    • Raising attainment across the department through leading improvements in teaching and learning
  • To work with other teachers on classroom organisation and teaching methods/providing model lessons,
    • Leading continuing professional development activities
    • Holding workshops on classroom management, differentiation, pace and challenge, co-coaching
    • Matching teaching approaches to student learning styles
    • Demonstrating model lessons
    • Team teaching
    • Developing strategies with colleagues to use with students experiencing difficulties
    • Keeping abreast of the new teaching and learning strategies
  • Disseminating best practice based on educational research,
    • Identifying educational research to enhance existing practices
    • Developing action planning based on the needs of the department
  • Producing high quality teaching materials,
    • Updating existing and create new schemes of work and supporting their introduction
    • Leading the introduction of new technologies, such as video conferencing, white board technology, the internet and the academy learning platform
    • Sharing good practice with members of staff
  • Advising on professional development;
    • Designing and delivering professional development activities
    • Participating in the planning and delivery of focused professional learning days
  • Helping teachers experiencing difficulties;
    • Observing and feeding back on the teaching of colleagues experiencing difficulties
    • Providing a structure programme of advice and support
    • Giving constructive criticism
  • If required, mentoring Newly Qualified Teachers;
    • Providing a weekly discussion and overseeing personal action planning
  • Initial Teacher Training;
    • Providing exemplar lessons for trainee teachers
    • Contributing to the assessment of students’ teaching practice
    • Participating in the training of teachers within teacher training institutions
    • Acting as mentor to trainee teachers
  • Intervention;
    • Providing workshops for identified students
    • Providing targeted support for disaffected or more able students
    • Supporting strategies to help particular groups such as underachieving boys
  • Data processing and security;
    • To ensure strict confidentiality in all areas of work.
    • To work and process personal and sensitive information in accordance with Data Protection Act 2018 including the General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR) 2018.
    • To ensure work is conducted in a way that protects the safety and security of information (e.g. strong passwords, reporting breaches, securing paper records, securely disposing of records).
  • General;
    • To understand and comply with the statutory guidance regarding safeguarding of children, ensuring the safeguarding and promotion of children’s welfare at all times, reporting any concerns to the Designated Safeguarding Officer immediately.
    • To comply with the Trust and academy’s policies and procedures at all times.

This job description will be reviewed annually and may be subject to amendment or modification at any time after consultation with the postholder. It is not a comprehensive statement of procedures and tasks, but sets out the main expectations of the academy in relation to the postholder’s professional responsibilities and duties. Elements of this job description and changes to it may be agreed at the request of the Principal or the incumbent of the post.

This post is subject to the current conditions of employment for Teachers contained in the School Teachers' Pay and Conditions Document.

Postholders will be expected to comply with any reasonable request from a Senior Leader to undertake work of a similar level that is not specified in the job description.

The Trust is committed to safeguarding the welfare of its students and the successful applicant will be subject to an enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service certificate and checks of the relevant barred list / prohibition lists.

Experience and Knowledge

Key: A = Application, I = Interview And Assessment, R = Reference, C = Certificate


  • A good honours degree in related subject (A/C)
  • A teaching qualification together with qualified teacher status (QTS) (A/C)
  • Knowledge of teaching, learning and assessment at KS3, KS4 & KS5 (A/I)
  • A good understanding of curriculum developments in subject (A/I)
  • Understanding of use of data to assess and inform teaching and learning (A/I)
  • An excellent classroom practitioner that can model best practise (A/I)
  • Teach intervention groups at KS3 and KS4 (A/I)
  • Excellent classroom practitioner (A/I)
  • Good organisational and personal management skills (A)
  • Effective planning and teaching (A)
  • Effective behaviour/classroom management (A/I)
  • An ability to demand high standards (A/I)
  • Ability to lead (A/I)
  • Ability to work independently and be a team player (A)
  • Ability to develop and support other staff to develop a variety of teaching strategies (A)
  • Ability to enthuse and direct students and staff towards raising expectations and levels of achievement (A)
  • The ability to meet deadlines (A)
  • Good ICT skills (A)
  • Commitment to self and team development (A)
  • Takes the initiative (A/I)
  • Is self motivated (A/I)
  • Work in ways that promote equality of opportunity, participation, diversity and responsibility. (A)
  • A commitment to abide by and promote the Academy’s Equal Opportunities, Health and Safety and Child Protection Policies (A)
  • The post holder will require an enhanced DBS (A/C)


  • Hold AST or Excellent Teacher status (A)
  • Experience of leading, developing and enhancing the teaching practice of other staff (A)
  • Relevant management experience (A)