Director of Improvement - Science, Medway

Closing date:Expiring soon

Leigh Academies TrustMedway

Date posted:
Start date: September 2020
Contract type: Full Time
Salary: Leadership Scale; £55-65k commensurate with experience + performance bonus
Contract term: Permanent
Suitable for NQTs: No

Are you an ambitious and outstanding teacher and leader?  Are you at the peak of your teaching career and are seeking progression? Are you keen to join a growing multi-academy trust and make a difference? 

As one of the country’s most successful multi-academy trusts operating in North West Kent, Central Kent, Medway and South East London, we are looking to appoint a leading science practitioner to join the Trust and lead on innovation and improvement across all of our academies. Our successful candidate will have a key focus on science to complement our existing team; this is an additional position and a truly fantastic opportunity which will significantly strengthen our existing Academy Improvement Team even further.

If you thrive on challenge, autonomy and are keen to develop in your career, this is the role for you.  You will have no formal timetable of your own; your commitments will be rich and varied, working with science teams throughout the Trust to drive further improvements. If, as an existing middle leader or Assistant/Deputy Headteacher, you have an outstanding track record of success as both a teacher and a leader, we want to hear from you.

You will support and advise subject leaders and senior staff across our secondary academies with a focus on GCSE initially, and will also work with the wider Academy Improvement Team to develop a robust transition programme across all key stages and phases. The role will require a practitioner with a diverse skillset, exceptional knowledge of curriculum frameworks and first-rate leadership skills.  In return, we will provide a highly innovative and largely unique role that will give you very high levels of job satisfaction working across a group of academies in close geographical range. All of our schools are firmly committed to achieving ‘Outstanding’ and will embrace your excellent contribution on this journey.

To aid your success in the role, you will be part of a supportive group of senior colleagues and you will be given the opportunity to undertake further development wherever possible.  Please consult the Recruitment Pack for further information by clicking here. 

Our successful candidate will be:

  • An enthusiastic and energetic existing subject leader or senior leader with proven success in your current role
  • A motivational and engaging specialist with outstanding knowledge and high expectations of all staff and students
  • Confident, inspirational, and able to communicate and deliver a clear vision for science across the Trust
  • Committed to developing our children to reach their full potential regardless of background or circumstance
  • Approachable and willing to work with staff across the Trust.

In return, you will receive:

  • A competitive salary which reflects your experience and expertise
  • Excellent opportunities to develop your leadership skills and your overall career as a lead science educator
  • Freedom to drive science education to make a real difference to student outcomes and their long term employability
  • To be at the very centre of developments and to take science education to the next level.

Application process: Naturally, we are seeking to appoint the best possible candidate and therefore the application process will reflect our desire to undertake all necessary measures to achieve this.  Suitable and interested candidates are encouraged to make contact with our Education Director, Sharon Waterman, which can be scheduled by contacting Lauren Crawley, PA, on lauren.crawley@latrust.org.uk / 01634 412 203.  We welcome suitable and interested applicants to submit a full application via the 'Apply' button below.

The closing date for applications is Tuesday 21st April 2020. All applications will be acknowledged on receipt.  Shortlisting will be carried out shortly after and candidates will be notified to confirm their attendance at the interview stage.  Interviews and associated assessment activities will be conducted on Tuesday 28th April 2020.  Our successful candidate will join us in September 2020.

Queries:  If you have any queries on any aspect of the application process or need additional information please contact Olivia Couzins (Head of Recruitment) on 01634 412 240 or olivia.couzins@latrust.org.uk.

Diversity at our core: As a Trust, we are passionate about diversity and recognise that as individuals we all bring something unique to the role regardless of age, gender, race, beliefs or disabilities which is why we treat all of our people equally, without compromise. 

The  academy is committed to safeguarding children and successful candidates will be subject to an Enhanced DBS check. Our commitment to safeguarding is underpinned by robust processes and checks which are in place across the Trust.

Recruitment and hiring during COVID-19:  Despite the challenges we face, recruitment and hiring will continue for all Leigh Academies Trust vacancies with as little disruption as possible over the coming weeks and months.  This is for all senior, teaching and support staff appointments.  Applications will still be reviewed and interviews conducted in a timely manner, although interview activities may vary.  We will still conduct face to face interviews where possible, and will abide by social distancing protocols such as no hand-shaking, using large meeting rooms, etc.  Candidates will be given the option to interview via online video if you cannot attend in person - this can be discussed if your application is shortlisted.  If you have any queries or concerns, please get in touch with the LAT Talent Team - talent@latrust.org.uk.



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Leigh Academies Trust has gone from strength to strength since its creation in 2008 and is now one of the country’s most successful multi-academy trusts.  As of 1st January 2019, our Trust is comprised of 23 geographically organised academies (1...