Key purpose of the job
To provide leadership and management of the department.
In addition to the requirements of a class teacher (available in the additional attachments for this role), areas of responsibility and key tasks include:
Strategic direction and development of the department
Develop and implement policies and practices which reflect the school’s commitment to high achievement through effective teaching and learning
To have an enthusiasm for the subject which motivates and supports other staff and encourages a shared understanding of the contribution the subject can make to all aspects of pupils’ lives
Use relevant school, local and national data to inform targets for development and further improvement for individuals and groups of pupils
Develop plans for the subject which identify clear targets, time-scales and success criteria for its development and/or maintenance in line with the school development plan
Monitor progress and evaluate the effects on teaching and learning by working alongside colleagues, analysing work and outcomes
Chair meetings of subject staff (including provision of agenda and minutes) and provide other briefings as necessary.
Teaching and learning
Use your own class as an example of high quality teaching and learning in the subject;
Ensure continuity and progression in the subject by supporting colleagues in choosing the appropriate sequence of teaching and teaching methods and setting clear learning objectives through an agreed scheme of work, developed in line with the school development plan;
Establish clear targets for achievement in the subject and evaluate progress through the use of appropriate assessments and records and regular yearly analysis of this data;
Evaluate the teaching and learning of the subject by the monitoring of teachers’ plans and through work analysis, identify effective practice and areas for improvement, and take appropriate action to improve further the quality of teaching;
Develop effective links with the local community including parents, business and industry;
Ensure that teachers are aware of the implications of equality of opportunity which the subject raises;
Assist in the efficient organisation of internal assessments ensuring that assessments are started, changed and finished in accordance with the schools assessment policy;
Ensure that entries for all external examinations are submitted to the examinations officer by specified deadlines.
Leading and managing staff
Enable all teachers to achieve expertise in planning for and teaching the subject through example, support and by leading or providing high quality professional development opportunities;
Ensure that the Head of School, S.L.T. and governors are well informed about policies, plans, priorities and targets for the subject and that these are properly incorporated into the school development plan.
Effective deployment of resources
Support the Head of School by maintaining efficient and effective management and organisation of learning resources, by developing or identifying new resources including ICT applications to the subject;
To be aware of and respond appropriately to any Health and Safety issues raised by materials, practice or accommodation related to the subject;
Support the Head of School by maintaining efficient and effective management of the expenditure for the subject;
Help colleagues to create a stimulating learning environment for the teaching and learning of the subject;
Take on any additional responsibilities, which might from time to time be determined.