Curriculum Area Lead for Media, Brighton and Hove

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DV8 Sussex - Brighton CampusBrighton and Hove
Date posted:
Start date: ASAP
Contract type: Full Time
Salary: £27 - £29k pro-rata (based on an equivalent 35-hour p/w, 52 weeks per year full-time post)
Contract term: Permanent
Suitable for NQTs: No

Context: Dv8 Sussex is seeking a Curriculum Area Lead (CAL) to teach and manage Media programmes across Dv8. The CAL will oversee the Creative Digital Media curriculum at Levels 1-3 and will support media tutors to deliver high quality teaching and learning experience  and ensure that students achieve and progress on their chosen course. 

Course details: 

Key Responsibilities

Curriculum Planning and Design

  • Co-ordinate the Creative Digital Media Production (L2 & L3) and the Foundation in Creative learning (L1) curriculum delivery, assessment and  planning across Dv8 ensuring that the curriculum is designed to meet the needs of all students and provides a clear plan for assessment, internal verification, and progression.
  • Ensure all course delivery and assessment meets the criteria set out by awarding bodies, ESFA study programme funding guidelines and that these are met in a timely manner.
  • Liaise with the Senior Management Team to sign off curriculum design prior to the commencement of study programmes each academic year.
  • Ensure that student profile information from the admissions process is used to develop and inform curriculum design, and individualised planning for learning.
  • Quality assure the assessment timeline, group profiles, LPs & SOW documentation for the curriculum.
  • Support senior managers (SMT) with the design, implementation and monitoring of the Quality Calendar and Academic Calendar. Ensure that staff meet the deadlines and requirements outlined in both documents. 
  • Create a positive environment for learning and set high expectations for the teaching teams in relation to standards of student attendance, punctuality, achievement and the quality of teaching, learning and assessment.

Management of Learning programmes 

  • Line manage teaching staff in the Media team. Conduct timely appraisals (PDRs) and establish clear, performance-related targets, professional Teaching and observation processes and provide support and coaching to the team.
  • Ensure that staff in own curriculum area complete all required documentation. Assist the Quality Manager with periodic, strategic sampling of documentation to support QA processes.
  • Organise Course Meetings in the relevant curriculum area to coordinate the teaching team and Learning Support staff. Keep accurate records of discussion points and assigned actions, ensuring actions are duly followed up and completion recorded.
  • Oversee the creation of SAR and QIP documentation for own curriculum area, ensuring relevant input from tutor teams.
  • Proactively monitor course performance data including attendance and tracking information derived from Arbor. Use this information to effectively manage performance and maximise learner retention and achievement.
  • Prepare for, and undertake periodic Course Performance Reviews in partnership with senior management to monitor and improve the performance of courses in own curriculum area. This will be in line with dates set out in the Quality and Academic Calendars.
  • Organise teaching cover as required for the designated curriculum area.


Teaching Learning and Assessment

  • Plan, deliver and assess RSL Creative Digital Media qualifications.
  • Ensure all students receive an effective initial assessment, accurately identifying any additional learning needs. Ensure that this process supports and informs the learning process, supports individualised target-setting and goal setting and the mapping of progress throughout the programme. 
  • Where additional learning support needs are identified, ensure that a clear plan is put in in collaboration with the Learning Support Manager to meet these needs and monitor accordingly.
  • Ensure that all student pre-enrolment information and initial assessment information (including prior attendance & attainment) is used to plan for effective delivery and differentiation of learning.
  • Oversee and report to SMT on work experience planning and delivery and quality assure that all destinations (of students) are recorded accurately.
  • Ensure all learners in the curriculum area successfully secure and complete a work experience placement as a required part of their study programmes. 
  • Oversee the timetabling of additional “catch-up” sessions for students as and when required.
  • Quality assure ILPs, student live files and 1-2-1 progress reviews to support learning and evidence progress for every learner.
  • Ensure assessment of learning is ongoing, effective and delivered as per the assessment plan/ schedule. Where actions to improve are identified, ensure that a clear plan of action is put in place and followed with demonstrable impact on the quality of assessment, including evidencing and tracking of student progress.
  • In conjunction with Tutors, conduct and document learner progress reviews every half term .
  • Ensure that all staff are aware of, and plan for key assessment dates identified on the assessment plan/ schedule.
  • Work with the English and Maths team to ensure that English and Maths are embedded throughout the curriculum and that opportunities to embed are implemented and built into the curricula. 
  • Liaise with Heads of Centres to ensure RSL registration, unit delivery and assessment are achieved in a timely manner.
  • Liaise with Heads of Centres and other CALS s to ensure there is consistently high standards of teaching learning and assessment across the curriculum areas.
  • Plan for delivery of Personal Social Development  tutorial sessions across the academic year to ensure learners develop beneficial attitudes and approaches to life and work.

Student Services / Student Welfare

  • Liaise with parents and carers as and when required to support student achievement.
  • Monitor, promote and ensure the safety of all learners (safeguarding), ensuring formal recording of any concerns and subsequent reporting/referral to the Designated Safeguarding Lead.
  • Attend parents evenings to ensure parents are engaged in the young person's learning journey and aware of progress, including targets, throughout the year.

Other Duties

  • Attend Dv8 staff meetings and CAL meetings regularly and ensure all targets and OFSTED improvement targets are met.
  • Maintain and update the Dv8 MIS system (Arbor) for all curriculum aea students and record all communications, intervention, slearner targets and progress  on this system
  • Demonstrate a commitment to promoting and complying with, all college policies and procedures with particular reference to Equality, Diversity and Inclusion, Safeguarding, Prevent, Financial regulations, Quality and Health and Safety. 

This is not an exhaustive list of duties and responsibilities. The post holder will be expected to undertake other tasks commensurate with the role.

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