“Writing is perhaps the greatest of human inventions, binding together people who never knew each other, citizens of distant epochs. Books break the shackles of time. A book is proof that humans are capable of working magic." - Carl Sagan, Cosmos
Our Lady’s Catholic College is a successful comprehensive school with an excellent sixth form provision situated in Lancaster, Lancashire. We are growing in popularity and currently oversubscribed due to recent improvements not only in results but also in pupils’ behaviour. Parents recognise the excellent standard of pastoral care and we have a culture of high expectations resulting in a happy school to work and learn in.
We belong to a Catholic Teaching Alliance and have a sharp focus on research based CPD which allows our staff to engage in the current approaches to understand how learning takes place. This inspires our staff to give the best possible learning experience to enable our pupils to be more effective learners.
- Are you passionate about driving whole school literacy?
- Are you a talented, enthusiastic and energetic Teacher of English?
- Would you like to join our innovative, supportive and dedicated department?
If you would like to be part of our success story please read on!
KS3 & 4 Literacy Development Lead
You will be instrumental in our mission to provide every student with a great education and real choices in life, regardless of their background. The role requires the individual to be an exceptional champion of whole school literacy development at key stage 3 and 4 as well as a model of best practice in this area. You will work with the Assistant Headteacher with the responsibility for teaching and learning and the English department in order to lead the development and improvement of literacy across Our Lady’s at key stage 3 and 4.
Leadership and management responsibilities
• Create, share and implement an inspiring and exciting vision and strategy for the development of literacy across the school that removes barriers to achievement for those affected by poor literacy skills and prepares KS3 and 4 students for the demands of beginning to study GCSEs
• Ensure the aims of the literacy development plan are put into practice and staff are challenged to uphold these so they improve all student outcomes at key stage 3 and 4
• Use research-based evidence to contribute to the leadership of ongoing innovative literacy approaches across the school that improve all student outcomes at key stage 3 and 4
• Be up-to-date with the latest national and local literacy developments and cascade these effectively to staff
• To be a model of best practice and contribute to whole school’s literacy CPD for staff
• To support and challenge Subject Leaders to support their staff to embed literacy strategies in all key stage 3 and 4 lessons
• Develop effective external relationships with the community and other stakeholders, including Year 6 primary colleagues, in order to support our students’ transition to Our Lady’s
• To lead the school in our reading project at key stage 3 ensuring it impacts positively on all key stage 3 students
• To support the literacy element of Catch Up Funding and Pupil Premium Grant and devise, implement and embed an appropriate strategy, monitoring and evaluating its effectiveness
• Facilitate projects, programmes or systems as directed by the Assistant Headteacher
• To deploy the use of our Bedrock programme across the school (liaise and work with the lead on Bedrock in the English department)
We are looking for:
• A teacher who has a mastery of their subject and a passion to ignite enthusiasm and intellectual curiosity in our pupils
• A teacher who will carry out a range of assessment strategies and provide high quality feedback to pupils that will enable them to make at least good progress
• A teacher who understands the process of learning and is committed to their own continuing professional development
• A teacher whose positivity will inspire and motivate students to lifelong learning, raise their expectations and enable them to embrace opportunities beyond their current experience
• A teacher to be an integral part of our Catholic community and establish good relationships, with pupils, parent and staff, that are built on the Gospel values
What we can offer you
• A strong family ethos with a happy and harmonious environment actively promoted by school leaders
• Well-equipped classrooms including five bespoke I.C.T. suites
• Comprehensive P.E. facilities with a climbing wall, sports hall, gym and dance studio
• The opportunity to be involved in a wide range of social activities with our school community: Workout Wednesdays, Football Fridays, talent shows, park walks, family barbecues, well-being group ... and we're always open to suggestions for more!
• Discounts at LCC’s leisure centre, local bars and restaurants
For more information, please refer to the attached documents and the ‘learn more about this school’ link at the bottom of this page.
Starting Date - September 2021
Closing date - Friday 26th February at 12 noon
Interviews – Wednesday 10th March (TBC)
Please apply via the 'quick apply' link - you can apply this way, even if you do not currently have a TES account.
For further information regarding the Literacy Lead role please contact Assistant Headteacher, Ciara Porter: firstname.lastname@example.org
for further information regarding the English teacher role please contact Subject Leader for English, Claire Monaghan: c.monaghan @olcc.lancs.sch.uk
Our Lady's Catholic College
- Mainstream school with state - voluntary aided funding
- Secondary with sixth form
- Students of mixed gender, age 11 - 18 years