Director of History

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  • Delta Academies Trust
    Knottingley
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  • Required for January 2022
    Application Closes: 18/10/2021 09:00
    Interview Date: To be advised
    Job Length: Permanent
  • Weeks of work: 39
    Days of work: 5
    Hours of work: 32.5
  • Post: Director of History
    Salary (FTE): 7 - £49,019.00 to 11 - £54,091.00 Salary subject to pro-rata
    Responsible to: Executive Principal
About Delta Academies Trust

Purpose of the job:

Do you want to work in a forward-thinking and aspirational academy group that places learning at the heart of everything it does?

Delta Academies Trust are looking to appoint a Director of History to join us in September 2021. Working alongside our team of experienced Trust Subject Directors, you will be deployed in 2 or 3 of our academies during the academic year.  We are passionate about our specialism and want all our pupils to develop a love of History and be taught by the very best in our profession, giving them every opportunity to excel.

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.  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.

The Director of History is part of a team of lead professionals that take responsibility for the quality of individual subject provision, curriculum teaching and assessment. Directors of History are jointly accountable for History performance improvement, attainment, and progress in their discreet subject areas. The Director of History will work across the Trust Academies and have a target group of assigned Academies in a geographical area where they work closely with the Senior Leadership and Subject Leadership Teams to accelerate improvement and raise standards. Directors of History plan and teach high quality lessons, deliver intervention programmes, and challenge and support subject teams to achieve stretching targets for outcomes. Directors of History analyse performance data to ensure that students are appropriately targeted for support and work across the Trust to ensure consistency of subject quality and delivery throughout the network of Academies.

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 your career development, we will give you the opportunity to work with a wide range of senior leaders, as well as to undertake formal National Professional Qualifications.  We also have an employee benefits scheme.

If you share our vision, are passionate about raising educational attainment and standards and helping young people reach their full potential, you can make a difference with 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:

Duties and Responsibilities will include:

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

To maintain and contribute to the development of strategies on History.

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

To assist with the effective operation of History teams by, individually and with others to:

  • deliver highly effective teaching and impactful intervention
  • design curriculum plans appropriate to curricular and exam board requirements
  • developing schemes of work, resources, teaching and learning strategies
  • mark work, assess, record 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
  • contribute to department and academy enrichment programmes
  • 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 the Subject departments in Delta Trust academies 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

Working 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
  • 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 in-service training daysHelping 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 students on key borderline grades
  • 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/R/C)
  • An awareness of current issues in History education (A/I)
  • Knowledge of national curriculum requirements at KS3 (A/I)
  • Knowledge of courses and requirements at KS4 and KS5
  • Understanding of use of data to assess and inform teaching and learning (I)
  • An excellent classroom practitioner that can model best practise (I/R)
  • Teach intervention groups at KS3 and KS4 (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 (I/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 (I)
  • Commitment to own personal development and learning (I)
  • The post holder will require an enhanced DBS (C)

Desirable

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