Director of Learning - Primary (Doncaster / Wakefield areas)

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  • Delta Academies Trust
    Knottingley
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  • Required for January 2022
    Application Closes: 27/09/2021 12:00
    Interview Date: To be advised
    Job Length: Permanent
  • Weeks of work: 39
    Days of work: 5
    Hours of work: 32.5
  • Post: Director of Learning - Primary (Doncaster / Wakefield areas)
    Salary (FTE): 5 - £46,566.00 to 9 - £51,402.00 Salary subject to pro-rata
    Responsible to: Executive Principal
About Delta Academies Trust

Purpose of the job:

Delta Academies Trust are looking to appoint a Director of Learning to join us in January 2022 on a full-time permanent basis to work across the Doncaster/Wakefield areas.

The successful applicant will 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 post will also involve working alongside and supporting teachers particularly in Y6 across a group of four or five academies. The ultimate aim will be to improve the learning experience and increase the achievement of our key stage 2 pupils, whatever their ability.

Delta Academies Trust are looking to build an elite team of exceptional leaders, teachers, and support staff to transform education in the North of England, in line with our vision of ‘changing lives’.  Our vision is to transform education across the North of England and level up the playing field for those children who live in disadvantaged circumstances. Our high expectations of students has created a culture and climate conducive to learning and as a result the progress made by all students across the Trust is extremely positive. The support from school leaders allows for innovative practitioners to practice their craft. 

We are committed to investing in staff of all levels and we will ensure you have access to high quality professional development through a formal CPD programme. As part of career development, we will give you the opportunity to work with a wide range of senior leaders, as well as to undertake formal NPQs etc.

This is an exciting time in our development as we continue to work hard to drive improvement in our academies.  Through strong and purposeful leadership and high-quality teaching and learning, we are confident that we can have a positive impact upon the lives of young people, ensuring that all students achieve their potential, realise their aspirations; and are well prepared for the next stage of their lives.

If you share our vision and passion for young people, are passionate about raising educational attainment and standards, and helping young people reach their full potential, you can make the difference at Delta Academies Trust.

If you would like a conversation about this post, then please contact the Recruitment team by email at recruitment@deltatrust.org.uk or call 0345 196 0095.

Responsibilities:

To promote and be committed to Delta Academies Trust’s aims and objectives.

To maintain and contribute to the development of teaching strategies in Maths and English.

To promote and be committed to securing high expectations for learning and the raising of achievement within our academies by:

  • delivering highly effective teaching and impactful intervention
  • design curriculum plans appropriate to curricular and national tests
  • develop schemes of work, resources, teaching and learning strategies
  • mark work, assess, record, carry out gap analysis and report student progress
  • provide a stimulating learning environment
  • have due regard for maintaining health and safety and security in the area s/he uses
  • 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

Working with teachers within Delta Trust academies to improve attainment, classroom practice, and professional development:

  • as a model of outstanding teaching
  • raising pupil aspirations at all levels
  • raising attainment by leading improvements in teaching and learning

Working with 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 pupil learning styles
  • demonstrating model lessons
  • team teaching
  • developing strategies with colleagues to use with pupils experiencing difficulties
  • keeping abreast of the new teaching and learning strategies
  • identifying educational research to enhance existing practices
  • developing action planning based on identified needs  
  • Producing high quality teaching materials:
  • updating existing and create new schemes of work and supporting their introduction
  • leading the introduction of new technologies, white board technology, the internet and the academy learning platform
  • sharing good practice with members of staff

Producing high quality teaching materials:

  • updating existing and create new schemes of work and supporting their introduction
  • leading the introduction of new technologies, 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 in-service training days

Helping teachers experiencing difficulties:

  • observing and feeding back on the teaching of colleagues experiencing difficulties
  • providing a structured programme of advice and support
  • give 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:

  • provide workshops for pupils operating below expectations
  • provide targeted support for disaffected or more able students
  • support strategies for helping particular groups such as underachieving boys

Other specific duties:

  • 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 any other duty as specified by the School Teachers’ Pay and Conditions Document not mentioned in the above
  • To comply with any reasonable request from a manager 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

Essential

  • Graduate with qualified teacher status (A/C)
  • An awareness of current issues in Maths/Literacy education (A/I)
  • Knowledge of the new national curriculum requirements at KS2 (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)
  • Using GAP analysis to effectively teach intervention groups at KS2 (A/I)
  • 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)
  • Good ICT skills (A)
  • Flexible and committed to work across our group of partnership schools (A/I)
  • Takes the initiative (A/R)
  • Is self-motivated (I/R)
  • Work in ways that promote equality of opportunity, participation, diversity and responsibility (A/I)
  • A commitment to abide by and promote the Delta Academies Trust Equal Opportunities, Health and Safety and Child Protection Policies (A/I)
  • A commitment to the ethos and values of the Delta Academies Trust (A/I)
  • To display a responsible and co-operative attitude to working towards the achievement of the Delta Academies Trust aims and objectives (A/I)
  • An ability to respect sensitive and confidential work
  • Commitment to own personal development and learning (I)
  • Regular use of a car for business purposes (expenses reimbursed) (A)
  • The post holder will require an enhanced DBS (C)

Desirable

  • Hold AST / SLE status or equivalent experience (A/I)
  • Experience of KS2 marking / testing procedures (A/I)
  • Experience of leading, developing and enhancing the teaching practice of other staff (A/R)
  • Relevant management experience (A/I)