This is a rare chance for a candidate to apply for the position of Head of History at Balshaw’s – the role has not been advertised for many years. The position has become available as the current Curriculum Leader is stepping down to take up a part time post.
This is an exciting opportunity for an existing Head of History or a passionate Teacher of History to step up to curriculum leadership and really set out and shape a clear vision and path for the delivery of outstanding History lessons to the amazing students that we have at Balshaw’s. The department has experienced staff in senior positions within the school who are excited to be led in their subject specialism by the successful candidate.
At KS4 the department follow the AQA Specification and currently focus on the topics of Conflict and Tension: The First World War 1894-1018, Health and the People c1000 to the present day, Norman England 1066 - 1100 and America 1920-73: Opportunity and Inequality.
At KS3 the department currently follow a broadly chronological journey through British history starting with the Norman Conquest right up to significant events of the twenty-first century.
The History department has a wide range of resources but this is an ideal opportunity to audit and develop these further. All KS4 topics have relevant new specification textbooks which are used to enhance whole class teaching. There is a culture and tradition of trips and visits in the History department including an annual Battlefields Tour to France and Belgium (one of the most powerful and moving experiences in the school calendar), Skipton Castle and any other trips requested to enrich the historical experience of our young people. The History department also support the RE trip to Krakow and the Holocaust Museum.
Staff at Balshaw’s have an hour per week of dedicated Professional Development time which takes place on a Monday evening. Balshaw’s is also a member of a number of local Teaching Alliance networks and staff both deliver training and are able to take part in training across these networks.
All staff are provided with laptop computers, have a dedicated staffroom, staff silent working room, CPD library, Staff Health and Wellbeing Resource Library and various kitchen areas and departmental offices. Staff also benefit from the use of a fully-equipped fitness suite.
The closing date is Sunday 12th April, 2020.