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Head of Economics and Business

Swanlea SchoolWhitechapel, East London (E1 5DJ)

Salary:   Inner London MPS/UPS + TLR 1a (£8,291) + R&R
Required:   September 2021
Contract/Duration:   Permanent, Full-Time
Location:   Whitechapel, London Borough of Tower Hamlets (E1 5DJ)

We are excited to recruit a passionate Head of Economics and Business.  Applications are welcomed from experienced or aspiring Heads of Department.

We are an OFSTED outstanding school with a culture of high expectations based on our Swanlea Values. We are in the top 120 schools for progress at KS4 and have an ALPs score of 3, making us the best performing sixth form for progress in Tower Hamlets. The vast majority of our students progress onto top universities including Oxford and Cambridge. We have the best attendance and behaviour figures in the local authority. Despite our successes, we are not complacent and we believe that we have the capacity to further improve.

Swanlea students are proud of their school and we have extremely supportive parents/carers and governors. We are highly committed to the development of all colleagues as evident in our comprehensive CPD programme.

Swanlea School is located in one of the most deprived areas in the UK; 60% of our students are Pupil Premium. Our students may come from disadvantaged backgrounds but they do not lack ambition for their futures, and neither do we as reflected in our no excuses culture. Our highly motivated and hard-working staff are driven by the moral imperative that our young people are capable of achieving highly.

The BIS (Business, ICT and Social Science) Faculty has a strong record of academic achievement in delivering excellent outcomes across KS4 and KS5.  Business is delivered at KS4 as a BTEC Enterprise and Marketing course with Pearson, L3 BTEC is also Pearson.  Economics is one of the most popular subjects at KS5. The ALPs score for Economics (AQA) has been consistently high at 3.

The successful Head of Economics and Business will be required to teach A-Level Economics and will want to join us on our journey to be an exceptional school.  You will be able to demonstrate unwavering commitment to raising student progress and standards. Like us, you believe that social disadvantage is no barrier to achievement and that every student can share in the joy of education.  Most importantly, you will possess integrity, good humour and moral purpose.

In return, we offer:

- A competitive salary with inner London weighting and pension scheme;
- A highly regarded middle and emergent leadership programme;
- A broad and wide ranging staff development programme, delivered by outstanding experts;
- A central location with excellent transport links;
- Outstanding facilities and resources to support teaching and learning;
- A friendly and diverse student and staff community;
- Discount scheme that offers savings on purchases, including groceries, eating out, entertainment, etc;
- Season ticket loan scheme;
- Cycle to work scheme;
- Free eye tests and discounted eye-care scheme;
-Access to confidential emotional and practical advice support services.

How to apply

To apply, please request an application form from Ellie Field at or call Ellie on 0207 259 8770 for more information.

Your application is a direct permanent application to our school (not through agency), Hays is our recruitment partner and supports our advertising for this permanent position.

Closing Date:  12 noon on Thursday 25th February 2021

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Swanlea School is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. All posts are subject to a satisfactory enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service check and references.

*Applicants are strongly encouraged to apply early for this role. The school reserves the right to close this advert early should the right candidate be found.

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