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Director of Primary English

The Shared Learning TrustLuton

Director of Primary English

An exciting new position created to support The Shared Learning Trust’s primary academies and those which we work with externally.  The successful candidate will be responsible for the strategic lead and support of reading, writing and phonics across the primary academies ensuring that the teachers in each school have the knowledge and skills to deliver excellent learning opportunities in these areas.  This is a school improvement role with no teaching commitment, which will provide opportunity for regular time in each academy to review and develop the curriculum and practice in these areas.  The successful candidate will also assist with the delivery of externally commissioned training (in these subjects) and facilitate a trust group on HertsCam’s Educator-led development programme.

The role of Director of Primary English will suit an outstanding practitioner with a proven track record of improving outcomes within reading, writing and phonics.  You will work closely with all our Primary Curriculum Leaders for reading, writing and phonics, to drive up attainment and progress.  The successful candidate will have good interpersonal skills, be able to collaborate with colleagues, flexibility and enjoy working as part of a team.  You will build on existing good practice, strengthen partnerships, and ensure the primaries in our Trust are well supported to deliver an excellent education to all pupils.

It’s incredibly important to us here at The Shared Learning Trust that all our teachers feel valued, listened to, mentored, challenged and given adequate opportunities to develop. As a Teaching Trust, we offer exceptional teacher training and high-quality professional development programmes catered to your needs. Consequently, we have many success stories of teachers that have joined us and been given excellent CPD and training that has been a catalyst in them securing promotions.

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The successful candidate will

·        Qualified teacher status

·        Degree

·        Evidence of additional study/ qualifications e.g SLE / Masters

·        At least four years teaching experience 

·        Experience and evidence of successful leading English; reading, writing and phonics at a whole-school level

·        Involvement in self-evaluation and development planning

·        Experience of conducting training/leading INSET

·        Sound knowledge of the EYFS new framework and National Curriculum

·        Understanding of what an outstanding curriculum looks like and evidence of designing an effective curriculum

·        Ability to plan and consistently deliver strong, inspiring lessons

·        Data analysis skills, and the ability to use data to inform provision planning

·        Effective communication and interpersonal skills

·        Ability to build effective working relationships

·        Ability to influence and negotiate

·        Good IT skills

·        Commitment to getting the best outcomes for pupils and promoting the ethos and values of the school

·        Commitment to equal opportunities and securing good outcomes for pupils with SEN or a disability

·        Ability to work under pressure and prioritise effectively

·        Commitment to maintaining confidentiality at all times

·        Commitment to safeguarding and equality


Job Specifics


Start date          September 2021 or January 2022

Salary                L1 to L4 £42,195-£45,434 (depending on experience and previous success)

Job Role           Permanent, full-time


*The Trust reserves the right to interview and appoint a suitable candidate before the deadline date.

Safeguarding

‘We believe in the safeguarding and welfare of children and expect all staff to share this view’.

The Academy is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and expects all staff to share this commitment.  Applicants must be willing to undergo child protection screening appropriate to the post including checks with past employers and the Disclosure and Barring Service. We are an equal opportunities employer.

The Department for Education (DfE) has set out statutory guidance ‘Keeping Children Safe in Education’ for schools and colleges on safeguarding.

Safeguarding is defined in paragraph 4 as:  “Protecting children from maltreatment; preventing impairment of children’s health or development; ensuring that children grow up in circumstances consistent with the provision of safe and effective care; and taking action to enable all children to have the best outcomes.”

The definition of 'children' includes everyone under the age of 18.

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