Head of Department - English
Purpose of the job:
Don Valley Academy is looking to appoint a Head of Department for English to join our academy in September 2020 on a full time, permanent basis.
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 Bev Edgar on 07944 269981 if you would like to arrange a visit. Please note calls to this number will not be answered between 21 December 2019 and 5 January 2020.
The role will involve;
- Carrying out the professional duties of a teacher as circumstances may require and in accordance with academy policies, under the direction of the Principal.
- Communicating clear purpose and vision to the department.
- Contributing to the strategic development of the academy by implementing whole academy new initiatives, monitoring and reporting on key outcomes, to ensure the department meets academic targets.
- Providing clear, cohesive leadership and direction in department and motivating teaching and support colleagues in developing innovative strategies to enhance the quality of learning, teaching and achievement.
- Ensuring the implementation of the intervention model following every data collection cycle across the department.
- Promoting the achievement of high standards through effective teaching and learning within subject areas, preparation, evaluation and action planning.
- Modelling the vision and values of the academy.
- Implement the department development Plan / SEF to secure continuous improvement and quality outcomes for all students.
- Receiving and acting on feedback to build on the strengths and improve personal performance within the academy systems.
- Taking into account and constantly reviewing academy contextual factors and prior attainment when planning and teaching lessons.
- Working in a cross-curricular way to support subjects across the academy in the use of active learning approaches to enrich curriculum and skills delivery.
- Recognising, promoting and celebrating diversity.
- Line management of department staff.
- All department resources and budget.
- Supervision and progress of students in allocated classes.
- Supervision of work of any classroom support staff during times they are allocated to classes.
Develop and sustain DEEP LEADERSHIP across the academy through:
- To develop and review syllabuses, resources, schemes of work, marking policies, assessment and teaching and learning strategies in the department.
- To oversee day-to-day management, control and operation of course provision within the department, including effective deployment of staff and physical resources.
- To actively monitor student progress and ensure appropriate intervention is put in place.
- To work with the Vice Principal to ensure that staff development needs are identified and that appropriate programmes are designed to meet such needs.
- To be responsible for the efficient and effective deployment of the department's support staff.
- To undertake Performance Management Review(s) and to act as reviewer for a group of staff within the designated department.
- To make appropriate arrangements for classes when staff are absent, ensuring appropriate cover within the department, liaising with the cover supervisor/relevant staff to secure appropriate cover.
- To participate in the interview process for teaching posts when required and to ensure effective induction of new staff in line with academy procedures.
- To be responsible for the day-to-day management of staff within the designated department and act as a positive role model.
- To manage the available resources of staff, finance, space and equipment efficiently within the limits, guidelines and procedures laid down; including deploying the department budget.
- Maintain departmental tracking data with evidence of intervention and impact.
- Champion best practice, demonstrating teaching skills and leadership qualities necessary to command respect, and encourage commitment to raising standards.
Develop and sustain DEEP LEARNING across the academy through:
- To liaise with the Vice Principal to ensure the delivery of an appropriate, comprehensive, high quality and cost-effective curriculum programme which complements the Academy Development Plan.
- To be accountable for the development and delivery of the department’s curriculum.
- To keep up to date with and respond to national developments in the subject area and teaching practice and methodology.
- To produce an analysis of data following every data collection cycle to identify students and staff who require intervention and support.
- Devise, implement and monitor SoL to ensure they focus on consistent and effective learning and teaching to produce progression for all, including appropriate differentiation.
- Analyse and interpret data on students’ achievement and attainment across the department and identify intervention strategies to improve these.
- Monitor the quality of learning and teaching across the department through the use of observation, work scrutiny, student data and student voice.
- Work to student targets and ensure that the impact of intervention is tracked through a range of strategies.
- Take account and review academy contextual factors and prior attainment when planning and teaching lessons.
- Reflect on the success of teaching strategies, individual lessons and SoL in meeting the needs of students.
- Take part in coaching and mentoring programmes to support colleagues and develop own practice.
- Strive for outstanding lessons across the department.
- Provide good quality assessment using formative and summative methods in conjunction with the academy’s AfL policy.
Develop and sustain DEEP EXPERIENCE across the academy through:
- To ensure all staff feel confident in the accurate assessment of students’ progress through departmental moderation procedures.
- To ensure that all members of the department are familiar with departmental aims and objectives within the framework of the Academy Development Plan.
- To disseminate information from HoD meetings.
- To ensure effective communication / consultation as appropriate with the parents of students.
- To liaise with partner schools / academies, higher education, industry, examination boards, awarding bodies and other relevant external bodies.
- Develop communications and training with staff in department methodology.
- Take responsibility for co-ordination, planning and execution of immersion days.
- Adapt lessons and identify next steps in response to evaluation of student progress.
- Set effective homework and extension work to encourage and enliven student learning.
- Ensure differentiation and personalisation of learning for all students.
- Co-ordinate displays with regards to events, opportunities and work which promote the department / academy.
Develop and sustain DEEP SUPPORT across the academy through:
- To secure accurate assessments are made for all students and that standardisation is undertaken across the department.
- To ensure that the intervention model is implemented across the department.
- To ensure that targeted intervention is put in place for all students who are not predicted to achieve their target grade.
- To comply with the academy's safeguarding procedures and to report concerns to the Designated Child Protection Officer.
- To ensure the behaviour management system is implemented in the department so that effective learning can take place.
- Take the leading role in upholding standards of behaviour and classroom management within the classroom and the academy environment.
- Through the role, develop systems which address the social health of students to raise standards.
- Promote the consistent and fair use of the consequences system within the classroom and the academy environment.
- Be the first line of contact for parents and carers concerns with regard to their child’s performance and well-being.
- Perform the duties of a Vertical Mentor Tutor if required, including the provision of impartial information, advice and guidance for students.
- Ensure that the department supports the academy’s implementation of all current statutory requirements e.g. SEN, Child Protection.
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 English or related subject (A/C)
- A teaching qualification together with Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) (A/C)
- A good understanding of curriculum developments in subject (A/I)
- Understanding of use of data to assess and inform teaching and learning (A/I)
- New technologies and their potential impact (A/I)
- Strategic planning processes, tools and techniques (A/I)
- Leading change, creativity and innovation (A/I)
- Experience of delivering curriculum at KS3, KS4 and KS5 (A/I/R)
- Excellent classroom practitioner that can model best practice (A/I/R)
- Principles of quality learning, teaching and assessment incl. Academy review and self-evaluation (A/I)
- Ways of applying effective practice and research evidence to improve outcomes (A/I)
- Use of external support and expertise (A/I)
- Behaviour and attendance management (A/I)
- New technologies to support learning and teaching (A/I)
- Strategies for improving outcomes and achieving excellence for all (A/I)
- Tools for data collection and analysis (A/I)
- Significance of interpersonal relationships, including impact on teacher performance and student learning (A/I)
- Performance management, continuous professional development and sustained Academy improvement (A/I)
- Building motivation, including the importance of celebrating achievement (A/I)
- Building and sustaining a learning community within a diverse workforce (A/I)
- Own performance, ways of obtaining feedback and how to improve (A/I)
- Support and development systems for individuals and teams (A/I)
- Willingness to undertake coaching with a small group of students (A/I)
- The post holder will require an enhanced DBS (C)
- Hold AST or Excellent Teacher Status (A)
- Developments in education at local, national and global levels (A/I)
- Models of effective leadership and organisational structures (A/I)
- Ways of achieving stakeholder and community engagement (A/I)
- Ways of achieving social inclusion, diversity and access (A/I)
- Curriculum design and management (A/I)
- Political impact of external, community or family factors on learning (A/I)
- Legal issues relating to leading and managing an Academy, derived from all relevant statutory and regulatory frameworks (A/I)
- Strategic financial planning, budget management and principles of best value (A/I)
- Organisational development, planning and implementing change (A)
- Employment market, effective recruitment, deployment and management of staff (A/I)
- Technology to enhance organisational effectiveness (A)
- Strategies to maximise contributions from the whole workforce (A)
- Accountability frameworks (A)
- Project management techniques (A)
- Developments in education at local, national and global levels (A/I)
- Extended service provision, commissioning and contracting (A)
- Diversity and community cohesion issues (A)
- Collaboration and partnership working (including Academy, home, community and business partnerships) (A)
- Wider curriculum beyond the Academy and opportunities it provides (A)