Assistant Curriculum Leader for English, Leeds

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Leeds West AcademyLeeds
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Contract type: Full Time
Salary: MPS/UPS + TLR 2b
Contract term: Permanent
Suitable for NQTs: Yes

Academy: Leeds West Academy

Job Title: Assistant Curriculum Leader for English (Specific responsibilities within the department to be agreed on appointment)

Grade: MPS/UPS + TLR 2b

Accountable to: Curriculum Leader for English

Leeds West Academy is an over-subscribed 11-18 school. Thriving in a state of the art building with stunning views over the River Aire, our Academy is committed to delivering an outstanding education to each and every one of our students. We provide exceptional life training; harnessing the skills and fortifying the aspirations of young people, who we know will transform the region and provide a positive, progressive contribution to society. Our vision at Leeds West Academy is clear: we will be Ofsted rated as outstanding within three years. This role is ideal for a teacher wanting to take their first steps into curriculum leadership.


To contribute to leading the development of English in the curriculum at Leeds West Academy.

Purpose of job:

As part of a small team of middle leaders within English, the Assistant Curriculum Leader will

·         Be committed to supporting the achievement of all our young people in the English curriculum, both in lessons and through extra-curricular provision, through their learning from 11-18 and beyond.

·         Contribute to designing and developing an outstanding, innovative and creative English curriculum.

·         Develop, in all students and teachers of English, versatile skills and attitudes required for lifelong learning in a rapidly changing world.

·         Ensure that teachers within the English team are provided with high quality training opportunities, which enable them to be highly effective practitioners.

·         Hold teachers of English to account for their performance.

·         Develop positive external relationships at a local and strategic level, in partnership with The White Rose Academies Trust and others, to promote the continued development of the Academy, as a central resource for the community.

Developing constructive professional relationships:

·         Have high expectations of our students including a commitment to ensuring that they can achieve their full educational potential and to establishing fair, respectful, supportive and constructive relationships with them.

·         Communicate promptly and effectively with parent(s)1, conveying timely and relevant information about attainment, objectives, progress and well-being.

Professional skills:

·         Promote and model effective practice in teaching, learning and assessment relevant to the English curriculum.

·         Plan for progression across the age and ability range, designing effective learning sequences within lessons and across series of lessons informed by secure subject/curriculum knowledge.

·         Design opportunities for students to develop their literacy, numeracy and thinking and learning skills appropriate within their phase and context within the English curriculum.

·         Teach challenging, well-organised lessons and sequences of lessons across the age and ability range they teach in which they:

o   Use an appropriate range of teaching strategies and resources, including e- learning, which meet learners’ needs and take practical account of diversity and promote equality and inclusion.

o   Build on the prior knowledge and starting points of those they teach in order that students meet learning objectives and make sustained progress.

o   Develop concepts and processes which enable students to apply new knowledge, understanding and skills.

o   Adapt their language to suit the students they teach, introducing new ideas and concepts clearly, and using explanations, questions, discussions and plenaries effectively.

Strategic direction and development:

·         Support the Curriculum Leader for English, in the communication of the vision for English, its effective management and operational efficiency to fulfil the ethos of the academy.

Professional knowledge and understanding:

·         Have a good, up-to-date working knowledge and understanding of a range of teaching and learning strategies and know how to use and adapt them, including how to personalise learning to provide opportunities for all learners to achieve their potential.

·         Know the assessment requirements and arrangements for the subjects/curriculum areas they teach, including those relating to public examinations and qualifications.

·         Have a secure knowledge and understanding of the English curriculum area and related pedagogy including: the contribution that the subject area can make cross- curricular learning; and recent relevant developments.

·         Know and understand the relevant statutory and non-statutory curricular and frameworks for English and other relevant initiatives across the age and ability range they teach.

·         Understand how children and young people develop and how the progress, rate of development and well-being of learners are affected by a range of developmental, social, religious, ethnic, cultural and linguistic influences.

Part of The White Rose Academies Trust - the most rapidly improved family of schools in the region - Leeds West Academy is accelerating on a thrilling journey, which will ultimately see the school, its staff and its students, secure an Ofsted rating of outstanding by 2020.

We're securing our 2020 vision for Outstanding by growing our family of exceptional education professionals; dedicated specialists and passionate leaders with the shared the goal of transforming future prospects for the next generation of West Yorkshire.

The Trust employs over 370 outstanding professionals who are committed to unlocking the potential of the next generation.

We benefit hugely from our sponsor, Leeds City College Group, which is one of the largest and most successful FE/HE College Groups in the UK.   Our sponsor provides leadership and operational support and advice to all our Academies.  They also share our vision of creating a truly Outstanding Trust.

Wave 1

Closing date: Monday 11th February 2019 at 12 noon

Interviews: To be confirmed

Wave 2

Closing date: Monday 25th February 2019 at 12 noon

Interviews: To be confirmed

Start date: 1 September 2019 or earlier by negotiation

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Address: Intake Lane, Rodley, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS13 1DQ, United Kingdom
Telephone: +44 113 2295454