Lead Practitioner - Humanities, Bolton

Closing date:

The Bishop Fraser TrustBolton

Date posted:
Start date: 1 September 2019
Contract type: Full Time
Salary: L4 – L8 £43,246 - £47,735
Contract term: Permanent
Suitable for NQTs: No

Are you passionate about helping every child succeed and improve their life chances?

Are you prepared to work collaboratively for the benefit of young people?

Will you offer children the opportunity to experience “life in all its fullness” by doing what it takes, no matter what their starting point or social challenges?

If so, The Bishop Fraser Trust would love to hear from you!

The schools of The Bishop Fraser Trust aim to offer:

• A high quality, inclusive and distinctive education

• A caring and nurturing environment based on our Christian values, recognising the uniqueness of each child.


This is a fantastic opportunity to join our young and evolving MAT at a time when you can make a significant contribution to our continued development whilst also making a real difference to the lives of our young people. 

The successful candidate will have the opportunity to enhance their pedagogy and practice through working closely with colleagues across the MAT and also taking advantage of career progression CPD offered through our associated Teaching School.  

Modelling the very highest standards of classroom practice and innovation, the initial focus will be to play a lead role in the continued improvement of the quality of teaching and learning in Humanities' subjects; through sharing your expertise and providing appropriate support to others. Being also a member of the Teaching & Learning Team leading on raising achievement and spreading excellence across the Trust, the successful candidate will:


  • be an acknowledged outstanding practitioner with a clear understanding of the characteristics of high quality teaching and proven experience of teaching across the whole age and ability range
  • work closely with the Humanities'  Leaders to agree strategies for improvements
  • be able to demonstrate experience and impact of working with colleagues to improve teaching and learning standards
  • be approachable and of empathetic character in order to engage and support colleagues in improving their practice but at the same time being fair and consistent in expectations
  • motivate both colleagues and students to work hard and try their best through passing on to them their infectious enthusiasm and passion for teaching!
  • ensure all students make at least expected progress irrespective of their starting point and individual needs
  • understand that behaviour management starts with the quality of teaching in the classroom
  • demonstrate leadership qualities including personal resilience, drive and initiative and role  model those personal qualities we wish to see in all our staff and instil in our young people 


In return we can offer:

  • the opportunity over time to develop your experience and pedagogy through working in a variety of schools with different contexts and cohorts
  • a supportive and encouraging staff team
  • a fantastic programme of continuous professional development and a pathway to senior leadership opportunities across the schools in the MAT, supported by relevant training via our Training School
  • a paid premium to a Healthcare Cash Plan to claim back contributions towards dental, optical and other medical costs
  • 24/7 access to an Employee Assistance Programme
  • a paid premium to a Healthcare Cash Plan to claim back contributions towards dental, optical and other medical costs
  • access to a Cycle to Work Scheme
  • a lunch allowance for colleagues volunteering to assist in lunchtime duties or activities
  • a trust culture that understands the importance of staff wellbeing and workload management 

To apply, please complete the TES online application form ensuring  that you indicate clearly in your application statement how you meet items on the person specification and explaining why you are applying for this post . Please also pre-empt any obvious questions your application or work history may pose by addressing these in your application. In the event of difficulty please contact the Trust’s HR Director Claire Wilkinson, wilkinsonc@thebishopfrasertrust.co.uk on 01204 332533.

The Bishop Fraser Trust is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.  The post is subject to child protection screening including an enhanced disclosure from the Disclosure and Barring Service and also past employment checks.  References will be sought prior to interview.  We are an equal opportunities employers.

Closing date: 8.00am Tuesday 23rd April. Interviews will be held week commencing 29th April. 



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Type: English Secondary Schools
Address: C/o St James's High School, Lucas Road, Farnworth, Bolton, Lancashire, BL4 9RU, United Kingdom. View in Google Maps
Telephone: +44 1204 333 000