Head of Department - ICT and Computing, Darlington

Closing date:

Longfield AcademyDarlington

Date posted:
Start date: September 2019 or sooner
Contract type: Full Time
Salary: Teachers' Main/Upper range £23,270/£36,646 to £35,008/£39,406 plus a TLR2b payment £4,532
Contract term: Permanent
Suitable for NQTs: No

Job Title:        Head of Department – ICT and Computing

Responsible to: Head of School and Leadership Team 

Location: Longfield Academy

Aims of the Post:

To manage, develop and lead the subject of ICT and Computing to ensure the highest possible standards of academic excellence for all students.

Responsible for:

Designated teaching staff and other relevant personnel within the Department.

Main Responsibilities 

(The job description below will be developed to suit the skills of the successful candidate)


To lead and manage with the provision of an appropriately broad, balanced, relevant and differentiated curriculum for targeted pupils in accordance with the aims of the policies of the school at KS4.

To lead and manage the development and enrichment of appropriate syllabuses, resources, schemes of work, marking policies, assessment and teaching and learning strategies in the Department.

To lead and manage the raising of standard of student attainment and achievement and to monitor, track and support student progress in relation to individual targets and ensure appropriate action is taken where necessary.

To lead and manage colleagues to implement appropriate and effective intervention strategies to ensure that the vast majority of all pupils within optimise their performance.

To lead and manage colleagues to formulate aims, objectives and strategic plans for the Department which have coherence and relevance to the needs of the students.

To lead and manage the maintenance of accurate and up-to-date departmental data on the management information systems and to produce reports and analysis on a range of activities.

To lead and manage colleagues through the implementation of all aspects of target setting, tracking and assessment.

To lead and manage with the effective communication/consultation as appropriate with the parents of students, other staff and relevant external bodies for intervention.

To support the management of the Department on a day-to-day basis and act as a positive role model, to promote teamwork and ensure effective working relationships.

To manage the Department’s quality control systems including setting targets, standardising and establishing common standards of practice in line with the Department’s plans and policies.

To keep up to date with national developments, teaching practice and methodology and to lead and manage the Department in responding to initiatives and developments.

To actively seek to improve standard of teaching and learning for progress within the Department.

To actively seek to implement the graduated response model for supporting pupils in this subject area.

To play a full part in the life of the school community, to supports its distinctive mission and ethos and to encourage and ensure staff and pupils follow this example.

To undertake any other duty as specified by STPCB not mentioned in the above.

To ensure that Health and Safety policies and practices, including risk assessments, throughout the Department are in-line with national requirements and are updated where necessary, therefore liaising with the School’s Health and Safety Manager.

To play a full part in the life of the school community, to support its distinctive mission and ethos and to encourage and ensure staff and students to follow this example.

Employees will be expected to comply with any reasonable request from a manager to undertake work of a similar level that is not specified in this job description

This job description describes in general terms the normal duties which the post-holder will be expected to undertake and has been compiled with reference to the Teachers’ Standards.  The duties should not be considered as exhaustive and may vary or be added to from time to time without changing either the level of responsibility or the financial remuneration associated with this post.

 We are passionate about safeguarding the welfare of pupils and maximising their life chances.  We expect all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.  This post is subject to an enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service criminal records check for work with children.


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More about Longfield Academy
Type: Mainstream School
Phase: Secondary
Funding status: State - Academy
Gender: Mixed
Age Range: 11 - 16 years
Address: Longfield Road, Darlington, County Durham, DL3 0HT, United Kingdom
Telephone: +44 1325 380815