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Head of Politics

Ashford SchoolKent

Head of Politics, Ashford School

Location: Ashford

Salary: Competitive

Closing date: Friday 7 January 2022 at 12 noon

Required from April 2022

We are seeking an inspiring and passionate Head of Politics to lead this increasingly popular A level subject at Ashford School.

This is an excellent opportunity for a dynamic and well-qualified Politics specialist. Reporting to the Faculty Leader for Humanities, the Head of Politics should be committed to stimulating students’ curiosity in the subject more widely, as well as equipping them with the knowledge and skills to succeed. You should be capable of stretching High Potential Learners, as well as supporting students across the ability range, including those who are learning the subject in a second language.

You will be able to commence their employment from April 2022 or as soon as possible thereafter. You will be expected to build on the department’s successful, engaging approach to teaching and learning, and will also be able to model and encourage academic rigour in the subject.

The position is a part-time one, teaching Years 12 and 13 only. However, the ability to teach other Humanities subjects would be advantageous and could lead to an increase in teaching allocation.

You should be familiar with IT and its use as a tool for learning, teaching and administration and also be prepared to develop their skills further.

Responding to the needs of the individual student – be it preparing for examinations in after-school classes or guiding the most able through the Oxbridge process – is at the heart of the Faculty’s ethos. The Humanities Faculty also contributes to the broader co-curricular life of the school with visits locally and to London, as well as seminars.

Please note that the Politics Department teaches the Edexcel specification at A Level. The subject is taught by the Head of Department only.

Heads of Department at Ashford School are responsible for completing an annual Department Review in the subject and they also attend an annual Year 13 Mock Review meeting. The postholder will run an annual budget and will show a strong understanding of the importance of data tracking. Furthermore, you will show an interest in the School’s Strategic Priorities and Curriculum Philosophy.

Teaching staff at Ashford School enjoy a welcoming, comfortable and well-resourced environment and are provided with assistance from a range of support staff. Teaching staff act as Form Tutors and are expected to contribute to the busy co-curricular life of the school.

Salary by negotiation and dependent on skills, attributes and qualifications of the successful candidate. The school provides extensive opportunities for employees to develop personally and professionally.

Note - We reserve the right to interview and offer to a strong candidate prior to the closing date. It is strongly recommended that candidates submit their applications as soon as possible.

Ashford School is part of United Learning, a large and growing group of schools aiming to offer a life-changing education across England. As a group, we achieve more by sharing than any single school could.

Ashford School is an equal opportunities employer and welcomes applications from all suitably qualified candidates.

We are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and expect all staff to share this commitment. An enhanced DBS check is required for all successful applicants.

Ashford School is a member of United Learning Registered Charity No. 1016358

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