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Lead Teacher of Geography

King Solomon AcademyKing Solomon Academy

Develop as an exceptional Geography Teacher at King Solomon Academy

We are looking for an individual with a genuine passion for teaching Geography at King Solomon Academy and a belief in the potential of every child and that through hard work all pupils can access and benefit from a university education.

KSA is a pioneering school looking to hire exceptional people. This is a unique opportunity for an ambitious and high-performing teacher who is committed to pushing themselves further and achieving amazing things with and for their pupils. We believe in high expectations and a sense of collaborative and positive enthusiasm which brings out the best in our team. Through weekly coaching and time allocated to professional development, we can help our teachers excel in creating a successful environment for our pupils. 

At King Solomon Academy, all pupils study Humanities as a discrete subject in Key Stage 3. We benefit from the vision and planning of the Ark Geography Mastery programme in Key Stage 3, a backwards planned curriculum which drives strong progress and encourages our students to think like geographers. In Key Stage 4 Geography is a popular Options subject, studied by approximately 70% of the current Year 10 cohort. 

In September 2021, we hope to offer Geography A Level for the first time in a number of years and look set to have a substantial and motivated A Level cohort. The successful candidate will have the opportunity to contribute to the teaching of Geography in GCSE and A-level, and to contribute to the planning of a rigorous curriculum at A Level which provides our students with the tools to be successful at university and beyond. This is a unique opportunity for a candidate who is ready to shape the A Level Geography curriculum from the ground up. The ideal candidate will have prior experience of planning and delivering A Level Geography, but we welcome applicants at all stages of their career.

To apply, and to see more information about the school and this role please visit http://kingsolomonacademy.org/current-vacancies. The deadline is 11am on Friday 21st May 2021. To discuss the role, please feel free to email the Principal’s PA, Shaheen Riaz (s.riaz@kingsolomonacademy.org) or phone on 02075636901. 


Job Description: Lead Teacher of Geography

Reports to: Relevant member of the Senior Leadership Team

Start date: September 2021

Salary: Ark MPS/UPS (Inner London): £32,960 - £52,976 dependent on experience, plus TLR 2a (£2,873) 


The Role 

To provide outstanding leadership, teaching and learning of Geography to ensure high attainment of their students.


Key responsibilities

• Build on the current Geography curriculum to extend and develop it further

• Devise and implement school wide standard based assessment programme for subject area 

• Maintain regular communication and collaboration with their Ark subject network 

• Model a nurturing and structured classroom and school environment that helps pupils to develop as learners 

• Model excellent pupil discipline and culture inside their classroom and across the whole academy

• Contribute to the effective working of the academy

• Be held accountable for all curriculum direction, teaching quality, and pupil attainment in their subject area

• Provide a nurturing classroom and school environment that helps students to develop as learners 

• Helping to maintain/establish discipline across the whole academy 

• Contribute to the effective working of the Academy 


Outcomes and activities

Subject Leadership

• To create and develop challenging and innovative schemes of work which are inspiring for learners and teachers alike. 

• Use regular, measurable and significant assessments to monitor progress and set targets

• Produce periodic assessments with marks schemes

• Ensure assessments are moderated internally 

• Ensure end of year assessments reflect each pupil’s overall level which is both externally valid and provides an accurate baseline for the next academic year 

• Analyse progress and attainment data to make data-driven changes to curriculum design, and pupil interventions

• Work in collaboration with classroom teachers and SENDCO to ensure pupils receive high quality interventions

• Through observation and feedback, coach subject teachers to ensure excellent teaching and learning in all lessons, ensuring that classroom teachers are utilising best pedagogical practice 

• To develop an exciting and motivating extra-curricular and enrichment offer including university links, trips and residentials


Teaching and Learning

• Meticulously plan and teach engaging and challenging lessons that pave the way for success in school and life

• Meet the needs of all learners by consistently planning and teaching carefully differentiated lessons

• Set and mark appropriate homework

• Use regular, measurable and significant assessments of their teaching

• Complete all reporting on time

• Closely monitor progress and attainment of their pupils and use it to inform their teaching 

• Provide content for and where necessary deliver high quality pupil interventions with direction from SENDCO and Head of Department

• Ensure that all pupils achieve academy targets

• Maintain regular and productive communication with parents about their child’s progress, behaviour and development, including attending after school parent meetings as required 

• Organize and participate in exciting and motivating trips and events

• Answer “homework help” phone calls from pupils until 8.30pm as required


Academy Culture

• Help create a strong academy community, characterised by consistent, orderly, caring and respectful relationships 

• Help develop a small school culture and ethos that is utterly committed to achievement

• Form teacher (teachers will usually be required to perform the role of form teacher):

• Create and sustain a positive class culture

• Care for each pupil as an individual and ensure that they succeed academically and develop emotionally and socially

• Hold each pupil to account in every aspect of their school life by maintaining frequent phone/email contact with parents 

• Write form teacher comments in reports


Person Specification: Lead Teacher of Geography


Qualification criteria


• Qualified to degree level and above 

• Qualified to teach in the UK 

• Right to work in the UK 


Experience


• Experience of raising attainment in a  leadership role in a challenging school

• Evidence of continually improving the teaching and learning of their subject though schemes coaching or staff

• Evidence of  leading and/or teaching KS5 is desirable


Skills and attributes


Skills and attributes 


We are looking for alignment to our KSA values or at the very least, a candidate’s clear, demonstrable capacity to develop them: 





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