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Director of Specialism - Modern Foreign Languages

New College Durham Academies TrustCounty Durham

Director of Modern Foreign Languages

£56k - £62k pa + up to £8k relocation expenses

New College Durham Academies Trust (NCDAT) is in a period of transformational change and is committed to school improvement.   Having recently appointed its inaugural Chief Executive Officer, we now need to drive rapid and sustained improvement in our Academies.  

Currently, the Trust comprises of two large, state of the art, multi-million-pound secondary schools in North West Durham.  Consett Academy, is a popular (NOR 1580) oversubscribed school.  North Durham Academy, located in Stanley (NOR 1020) is steadily increasing its student numbers.  Both Academies currently sit as ‘Requiring Improvement’ and to change that, we need outstanding leading practitioners, who are experts in their subject field.   

Reporting to the CEO, this newly established Director of Specialism, will form an integral part of the Trust’s initial School Improvement Team.  Your primary focus will be to work with Curriculum Leaders and teachers throughout the Trust and assist in accelerating the pace of improvement.  To do this, we need to increase the capacity for outstanding practitioners and this role is critical in helping us do just that.  By improving the Quality of Education, we can realise the potential of all our students, irrespective of their ability or starting point.      

The successful candidate will: -

• be a Specialist Leader of Education (SLE) or an outstanding practitioner with at least two years middle or senior leadership experience.

• be able to demonstrate successful leadership with significant curriculum experience in your respective specialist area. 

• have a proven track record of examination success and be able to evidence that you model the qualities required for this key leadership role. 

Your track record will be such that it gains the immediate respect of staff and leaders, who will then see you as an ‘expert’ in leading your subject area across the Trust and with that, a driving force for innovation. 

This is a rare leadership opportunity for someone to make their mark and contribute to securing NCDAT as an educational influencer.  We want to be an Employer of Choice in the region with a reputation of recruiting and retaining the best staff – our students and communities deserve it.  

Prospective candidates who would like to arrange a visit or have a preliminary discussion with Mrs Rodham (CEO) can email our HR Team at whereupon a mutually convenient date and time will be arranged.

Interested?  To download an application pack, including job description, person specification and application form, please visit  

Completed applications should be submitted to Human Resources via email to   CVs will not be accepted.

Closing date for applications:     Midday, Tuesday 28th September 2021

Interviews will take place:    Week commencing Monday 4th and/or week commencing Monday 11th October 2021

New College Durham Academies Trust recognises that it has a statutory and moral duty towards safeguarding the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff to share this commitment.  An enhanced DBS is required for this post and references will be taken up prior to interview. 

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