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Trust Lead English

Aldridge EducationIslington

Trust Lead English

Reports to: CEO

Start date: 1 September 2021

Salary: £50,000 - £60,000

Contract: Permanent 

The Role

The Trust Lead for English will promote and implement strategies for improving attainment in English across the Trust.  Working in partnership with the CEO, other Trust Leads, Principals, Heads of Department and Aldridge staff, the role involves a strategic overview of the subject across the Trust, involvement in planning and school improvement, alongside day to day involvement with English departments.  This will include activities such as coaching, planning, leadership development, supporting lessons and intervention, modelling strong practice, data analysis, curriculum development, support with student intervention and leading regional subject meetings.

Key responsibilities

• Provide the strategic lead for English across the region 

• Lead regional subject initiatives and meetings; sharing, innovating and disseminating good practice, including co-planning and moderation 

• Support Heads of Department in each allocated academy as needed, ensuring agreed best practice is being followed, training Heads of Department and providing extra support and capacity where it is needed at a leadership level 

• Support the development of teaching capacity within allocated academies, taking a lead in coaching staff and training others to coach also, in line with the Trust’s coaching model 

• Work with allocated academies to ensure that the curriculum, delivery model and assessments being used are in line with Trust policy and meet the needs of all students 

• Support regional and academy-level work to ensure that curriculum decisions are appropriate 

• Work with academy staff to promote raised attainment and progress measures in English, with a progress target for each academy that shows strong outcomes for students 

• Support staff with planning through co-planning sessions and train staff to close gaps using Trust agreed on strategies for achieving this 

• Provide support to academy leadership teams and subject leaders to address underperformance in English departments 

• Support intervention and take part in teaching where this is the most strategic use of time to rapidly raise standards 

• Identify best practice locally, nationally and internationally to refine or bespoke the practice to the needs of the region 

• Ensure that subject knowledge, curriculum understanding and pedagogy around GCSE and GCE specifications are facilitated in allocated academies 

• Take part in monitoring and review work across the Trust as requested by the CEO 

• Support recruitment work as requested by the CEO 

Person Specification

• Qualified to degree level and above  

• Qualified to teach in the UK 

• Able to teach as a subject specialist to at least GCSE level, preferably A level, in English as a specialism 

• Outstanding teacher 

• Proven record in delivering outstanding attainment and progress in English 

• Experience in identifying, implementing, monitoring and evaluating effective strategies for improving attainment in English 

• Experience in establishing strategic interventions of English across several departments or schools, or facilitating the sharing of best practice around effective academic intervention 

• Experience in leading, coaching and mentoring English teachers, as well as delivering staff training to support improved attainment and progress 

Knowledge and skills 

• Up to date knowledge of the current English curriculum and assessment requirements 

• Recent experience of delivering results in school 

• A highly effective style that is both consultative and influential 

• Excellent communication and presentation skills 

• Ability to consider both the detail and the ‘bigger picture’ 

• Self-motivated and resilient  

• Effective team worker and leader


This post is subject to an enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service check. 


Aldridge is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people in our academies. To meet this responsibility, we follow a rigorous selection process. All successful candidates will be subject to an enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service check. 

How to apply  

We aim to ensure that we recruit the right person for the job. We will ensure that the selection process is fair and without discrimination for or against any candidate based on age, ethnicity, sex, marital status, or sexual orientation. The person specification sets out the criteria used to assess candidates through the selection process.  

We are committed to safeguarding our pupils and will assess the candidate’s suitability for working with children as part of the selection process. We will check the accuracy of all information and investigate any perceived anomalies. We take up references before the interview and use these to verify the information you have given us. Firm offers of employment are never made without satisfactory references. All potential employees are subject to an enhanced disclosure from the Disclosure and Barring Service.  

Applications:  Please send a cover letter and application form ensuring that you demonstrate how your experience and skills make you suitable for the position Sunday 18 April 2021.    

Candidates: Candidates who best meet the person specification will be invited to an interview. Interviews and associated assessment activities are likely to be conducted on Thursday 22 April 2021. Our successful candidate will join us in September 2021. 

References: We request references for all candidates who are invited to interview. Please inform us if we should not contact your referees before the interview. Your first referee should be your current or last employer.  

Interview Process: The interviews will be held at Brighton Aldridge Community Academy (Lewes Rd, Brighton, BN1 9PW). The interview will consist of assessment activities and a formal interview. These are designed to allow you to demonstrate your skills and abilities. You will be asked to bring proof of qualifications and identity on the first day.   

Final Selection: Following the assessment activities and formal interview, we will use the person specification as a guide to select the most suitable candidate for our Trust. We will then telephone each candidate to inform them of the outcome. We will give brief feedback during this telephone conversation.  

Offer of Employment: We will make a verbal offer of employment by telephone within 48 hours of the interview and this will be confirmed in writing. Any offer is made subject to:  

• References satisfactory to us  

• A satisfactory DBS check  

• Provision of proof of identity and qualifications  

Probationary Period: The post is subject to a six-month probationary period. On successful completion of probation, the post will become permanent. 

Please return your application form and cover letter (no more than one side of A4) via email to: 

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