Lead Teacher - Early Years

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  • Willows Academy
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  • Required for September 2020
    Application Closes: 24/02/2020 Midnight
    Interview Date: 09/03/2020
    Job Length: Permanent
  • Weeks of work: 52
    Days of work: 5
    Hours of work: 32.5
  • Post: Lead Teacher - Early Years
    Salary (FTE): MPR 1 - £24,373.00 to UPR 3 - £40,490.00 Salary subject to pro-rata
    Responsible to: Associate Executive Principal
About Delta Academies Trust

Purpose of the job:

Willows Academy are looking to recruit an Early Years Lead Teacher to join the academy on a full time, permanent basis in September 2020. Your role will be to provide pedagogic leadership as an outstanding classroom practitioner, playing a key part in raising standards through the model of their 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.

Willows Academy may be a smaller than average primary academy but it has a very big heart! Our children are amazing and we are a team of enthusiastic, passionate and caring staff, who are welcoming, friendly and keen to support and develop any new comers to our family.

We have been on a huge journey of improvement from being in Special Measures, prior to converting to be an academy, to receiving our first ‘Good’ grading in 2015, which we retained during our Section 8 Inspection in March 2019.

We seek staff that are committed to improving the life chances of every single child in the academy by striving to ensure that they reach the highest possible standards. We welcome applications from talented individuals who find creative ways to enhance the children’s learning experiences across the curriculum. 

Visits to the academy would be warmly welcomed by appointment. Please contact the academy on 01472 328013.


  • To promote and be committed to the academy’s aims and objectives
  • To maintain the ethos and contribute to the development of strategies in Early Years
  • 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  academy enrichment programmes
  • To contribute towards the development of subjects within the academy by,
    • 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 SLT to improve attainment, classroom practice and professional development,
    • Providing a model of outstanding teaching
    • Raising student aspirations at all levels
    • Raising attainment across the academy 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
    • 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
    • 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
  • Working with Parents;
    • to actively involve them in school life
    • hold workshops to engage parents and develop their knowledge of the curriculum
  • 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 (A/C)
  • A teaching qualification together with qualified teacher status (QTS) (A/C)
  • Knowledge of teaching, learning and assessment at primary level (A/I)
  • A good understanding of curriculum developments within primary (A/I)
  • Understanding of use of data to assess and inform teaching and learning (I)
  • An excellent classroom practitioner that can model best practise (I/R)
  • Excellent classroom practitioner (A/I/R)
  • Good organisational and personal management skills (A/I)
  • Effective planning and teaching (A/I/R)
  • Effective behaviour/classroom management (A/I/R)
  • An ability to demand high standards (A/I/R)
  • Ability to lead (A/I/R)
  • Ability to work independently and be a team player (A/I/R)
  • Ability to develop and support other staff to develop a variety of teaching strategies (A/I/R)
  • Ability to enthuse and direct students and staff towards raising expectations and levels of achievement (A/I/R)
  • The ability to meet deadlines (A/I/R)
  • Good ICT skills (A)
  • Commitment to self and team development (A/I)
  • Takes the initiative (I/R)


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