Literacy Centre Manager
Purpose of the job:
Darton Academy is looking to appoint a Literacy Centre Manager to join our academy in April 2020. The successful candidate will manage and develop the Literacy Centre, to ensure that all students develop a passion for reading which will increase literacy skills needed in order for students to achieve their full academic potential.
Darton Academy is a happy and vibrant school which serves the communities of Darton, Kexborough and surrounding areas. We are within easy reach of Leeds, Wakefield and Sheffield, as the academy is located minutes from J38 of the M1. All students are valued, regardless of their background or ability. We treat our young people with respect, and give them all the opportunity to achieve their potential. Our goal is for all our students to leave us as happy, well-qualified, confident young adults who go on to excel in the local sixth-forms, colleges, universities, and the wider world.
Our amazing building offers exceptional facilities, we have superb sports facilities, modern science labs and excellent performance spaces. The school is continuing to develop its ICT infrastructure and use of mobile and new technologies to support and enhance learning.
Visits to the Academy are warmly welcomed by appointment. Please call the academy to arrange your visit on 01226 232306.
Duties and responsibilities:
- To manage the development of the Literacy Centre on a daily basis
- To manage the Accelerated Reader programme
- To work with individuals and small groups of students identified as having barriers to learning, primarily literacy skills
- To develop and deliver individual and group intervention and learning programmes and to create Literacy Plans for students
- To form effective relationships with designated students and their parents/carers
- To implement the monitoring, evaluating and reviewing of student progress against literacy targets
- To liaise with academy staff and give advice on student reading strategies
- To develop initiatives which engage parents and carers in the learning process (reading)
- To ensure the Literacy Centre is of maximum benefit to students both for their curricular needs and for their recreation and leisure needs
- To be responsible for promoting a positive attitude towards reading and stimulating curiosity, through individual advice, displaces, curriculum involvement and special events in conjunction with the Head of English
- To select and acquire materials for the Literacy Centre, ensuring that a balance is maintained in the light of the range of genre, fiction and non-fiction, curricular and non-curricular requirements, different age groups and different levels of difficulty
- To ensure that the acquisition of resources is carefully planned and accurately related to the Accelerated Reader Programme within the limitations of the Literacy Centre budget
- To ensure the cataloguing on new stock, maintenance of existing stock, regular updating of the book database and completion of the annual stocktake
- To initiate and develop (in conjunction with the Head of English) a planned introduction to resources, particularly for the Year 7 intake, instructs students how to make a full and proper use of the Literacy Centre by using knowledge of the range of material, which is available and expertise in such matters as indexing and retrieval
- To advise and assist individual students to find the books and information they require
- To prepare relevant display materials
- To be responsible for the training and supervision of student librarians
- To supervise students in small groups or one to one learning activities in the academy away from the main teaching area
- To help promote student good behaviour and discipline through positive interactions with students
- To share with colleagues, supporting professionals and parents, issues of concern and positive feedback about student achievement
- To promote and ensure the health and safety of students, staff and visitors at all times
- To contribute to the overall ethos/aims of the academy
- To treat all users of the academy with courtesy and consideration
- 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).
- 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.
To undertake other reasonable duties (with competence and experience) as requested, in accordance with the changing needs of the organisation.
External: suppliers, parents/carers, other Trust staff
Internal: students, staff, parents, AAB members and any other visitors to the academy
This job description may be subject to change, following consultation between the post holder and the academy.
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
- Minimum of GCSE grade C, or equivalent, in both English and Maths (C)
- Understanding of order processing and stockholding procedures (A/I)
- A good working knowledge of supporting literacy tasks, including Accelerated Reading Programme (A/I)
- Ability to maintain appropriate records (A/I)
- Awareness of the learning activities undertaken and the ethos of the academy (A/I)
- Excellent communication and listening skills (A/I)
- Ability to respect and maintain confidentiality (A/I)
- Working knowledge of standard computer packages (word processing, email and spreadsheets) (A/I)
- Good time management and organisation skills (A/I)
- Ability to use tact and demonstrate empathy and understanding with a range of visitors, students, facility users and staff (A/I)
- Ability to participate and contribute to continuous improvement and development of the facilities and academy (A/I)
- Satisfactory Enhanced DBS (C)