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Head of Literacy, Oracy and Reading

Park High SchoolHarrow

Park High School is a fantastic place to work and develop as a teacher.  We’d love you to come and join us! 

We are now seeking to appoint a colleague who shares our passion for learning and our determination to change lives through the education we provide.

Applications from experienced teachers are warmly welcomed.  

“Teachers have outstanding subject knowledge and use imaginative and stimulating resources. They are very skilful at showing students how to work independently and think for themselves and at giving them time to work together and share their understanding.” Ofsted 

Permanent, Full time, Outer London pay scale + TLR 2c (£7,017)

Closing date:  17th May 2021 at 9am

Details and application forms may be downloaded from the school's website or may be made online.  Please submit a Supporting Statement of no more than 2 side of A4.  Applications should be returned to Sharon Malone, HR Officer

1. Introduction

We are looking for an enthusiastic Head of Literacy, Reading and Oracy following the appointment of the current Head of Department to a Senior Leadership position. We are seeking a primary specialist or secondary English teacher who is an outstanding practitioner and leader. This is an exciting opportunity to lead literacy and oracy across the whole school, while developing the ‘transformative’ work of our bespoke Reading and Literacy Department. In 2020, as part of the SSAT Framework for exceptional education, Park High was accredited as ‘transforming in a variety of teaching approaches’ for our work in this area.  

As Head of Literacy, Reading and Oracy you would work with the member of the Senior Leadership Team responsible for overseeing Literacy and Communication and alongside our Head of English. You would work with Heads of Department to develop our oracy curriculum at Key Stage 3 and you would line-manage our newly appointed Public-Speaking and Debating Co-Ordinator. In this role, you would work with the Senior Leadership Team and Continuing Professional Development (CPD) lead to ensure literacy and oracy are embedded in classrooms across the school. 

Successful candidates need to have a passion for reading, oracy and literacy and the drive to ensure that all students leave school able to communicate and read well.  Our aim is to foster a love of reading, while increasing students’ confidence, skills and literacy, as well as helping them to develop a rich vocabulary. You would be leading our innovative Literacy, Oracy and Reading Department, which works alongside our highly experienced and excellent English Department. 

This post is suitable for someone who would like to widen their experience, someone who will embrace the opportunities of working in a Leading Edge school.  This post offers real opportunities for professional and career development.

We can offer:

• An exciting learning environment where challenging, innovative and engaging learning is at the core of all we do. 

• An award winning vibrant school which continues to achieve extremely high standards, both in Harrow and beyond.

• A genuine and active pursuit of well-being for all members of our community.

• Outstanding outcomes with a significantly positive Progress 8 score and zero NEETS.

• Students who exhibit excellent behaviour for learning and a desire to acquire knowledge and improve themselves.

• A supportive, enthusiastic and inspiring team within which to grow and develop.

• An opportunity to develop your craft of teaching across three Key Stages.

2. Curriculum, staffing and resources

The successful candidate will be part of a strong team, which is made up of a primary specialist, HTLAs and highly experienced teachers from across the school. All staff receive ongoing training to ensure the successful delivery of these lessons. You would work within and alongside our English Department, which has 18 members of staff. 

Our Innovative Guided Reading Programme is offered to all students who arrive at Park High ‘not secondary ready’. We have 9 classes, who receive two lessons a week, across Years 7 to 9. We also teach discrete literacy lessons once a week in Years 7 and 8. 

In this role you would also work with a range of teaching staff, middle leaders and the Senior Team to develop oracy across the school.  

3. Staff development

Park High School recognises that its staff are our greatest resource and so we invest time and effort into everyone’s professional development. We offer an extensive programme of professional development, which offers a whole range of opportunities for colleagues to develop their potential within and beyond Park High School.   Professional development underpins all our work.

Staff development is widely regarded as “leading edge”: we have strong partnerships with universities and other higher education institutions and we actively support our staff in pursuing Masters and other higher qualifications.

“Park High School has an incredibly strong developmental culture, with a real focus on investing in staff to better student outcomes. It is highly valued by staff and brilliantly led, with positive support from the Headteacher and senior leadership who are also quick to advocate its importance within school.”  TDT Audit 2018

4. Tutor role

We are committed to the delivery of Personal Social Health Citizenship & Economic Education (PSHCEe) which all teachers as tutors are expected to teach. As part of a whole-school approach, PSHCEe develops the qualities and attributes pupils need to thrive both as individuals and members of society. We have a high quality provision of PSHCEe at Park which has been recognised nationally. 

Extensive support and CPD is provided for practitioners of the subject. Teaching this subject provides an invaluable opportunity to further develop your pastoral provision as a tutor, in addition to growing professionally by participating in the delivery of our outstanding provision.  

5. We are looking for:

1. Appropriate academic qualifications (to degree level), QTS and the ability to teach Reading, Literacy and Communication throughout the school.

2. Successful experience as a teacher of English or KS2 literacy in a current post and both the ability and drive to develop further. 

3. Ability to work and learn in a collaborative, innovative team with high standards committed to raising expectations and achievement of all students.

4. Evidence of excellent communication and organisational skills.

5. A good understanding of the research around reading, literacy and oracy.

6. The willingness to teach a second subject if required. 

7. Evidence of being able to build and sustain effective working relationships with staff, Governors, parents and the wider community.

8. The ability to contribute to the wider work of the school, including our work as tutors and other   activities. 

If you are a genuinely passionate and committed teacher who wants to work in a school where teaching is a pleasure, and in a school that puts learning at the heart of all it does, then we look forward to receiving your application.

The school is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people, and the successful applicant must provide satisfactory references and will be subject to an enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service check. 

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