Head of Music, London

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Charles Dickens Primary SchoolLondon

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Start date: September 2018
Contract type: Full Time
Salary: UNQ1-6 (£20,701 - £30,573) or M1 - M6 (£28,660-£39,006) depending on qualifications and experience
Contract term: Permanent


Charles Dickens Primary School is an outstanding central London primary school, which places creativity and academic excellence at the heart of everything we do. 

Our pupils understand nature by growing vegetables in the school gardens and looking after our school chickens. They develop a love of literature through working alongside actors from renowned theatres such as the Unicorn Theatre and Shakespeare's Globe. Creative skills are nurtured through working alongside an artist in residence as well as our talented teachers who organise a packed calendar of creative projects. 


1. To plan work for the designated pupils in accordance with the national and school curriculum policies and in co-operation with subject and phase leaders in order to ensure that the children experience a broad, balanced, relevant and stimulating curriculum 

2. To ensure a close match between the learning experiences offered and the individual needs of the designated children, so as to give each child an opportunity to achieve to the maximum of his/her capability 

3. To arrange appropriate education provision for children with SEN, EAL and for those children identified as Gifted and Talented, following the support and guidance of the Inclusion Manager 

4. To make sure, where possible, that the majority of the children’s work is closely linked to first-hand, practical experience 

5. To provide children with opportunities to manage their own learning and become independent learners 

6. To create a secure, happy and stimulating environment, maintaining the highest standards of organisation and discipline 

7. To foster each child’s self-image and esteem and establish relationships that are based on mutual respect 

8. To maintain a high standard of display, both in the classrooms and in other areas of the school 

9. To arrange for resources, equipment and materials to be available in such a way that they are properly cared for, easily accessible and will encourage the children to become more responsible for their own learning 

10. To work closely with colleagues to undertake medium and short-term planning and to implement agreed schemes of work 

11. To assess children’s progress, maintain records and provide written reports to parents and carers in accordance with school policies 

12. To communicate and consult with parents and carers as well as with outside agencies, as necessary, about children’s progress and attainment 

13. To ensure that the school’s aims and objectives in relation to the curriculum, equal opportunities and discipline are promoted in every day classroom organisation and practice 

14. To liaise with support staff - both school-based and from other external bodies - as required 

15. To take up the opportunity for continuous professional development through self-directed reading, courses and in-service training 

16. To undertake any other reasonable and relevant duties in accordance with the changing needs of the school 

Particular Specific Responsibility – Music 

17. Teaching music to designated groups and individuals across EYFS, KS1 and KS2. 

18. Providing support and advice to colleagues for cross-curricular music. 

19. Leading music ensembles. 

20. Liaising with the Head of music whole school musical events, performances and visits. 

21. Providing other general class teaching duties as directed by the Headteacher. 

22. Lead group lessons as required by the Headteacher 

23. Giving every child the opportunity to reach their potential 

For Skills, qualifications and experience required, please see attached Job Description.

To apply for this role please contact office@charlesdickens.southwark.sch.uk for an application form. Please submit your completed application form by email to office@charlesdickens.southwark.sch.uk  

Closing date for applications is 23rd May 2018.

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More about Charles Dickens Primary School
Type: Mainstream School
Phase: Primary
Funding status: State - Community
Gender: Mixed
Age Range: 3 - 11 years
Address: Toulmin Street, London, SE1 1AF, United Kingdom
Telephone: +44 20 7407 1769
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Based in Southwark, south-east London, Charles Dickens Primary School takes pride in teaching children aged 3-11 how to care for the environment, as well as each other. Around 295 students attend the mixed-gender community school. It is a large schoo...