Lead Practitioner of Mathematics, Croydon

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Harris City Academy Crystal PalaceCroydon

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Start date: January 2020
Contract type: Full Time
Salary: Leadership Scale (Outer London)
Contract term: Permanent

We are seeking to appoint a highly skilled, experienced and motivated practitioner, who will inspire other math’s teachers to develop their practice. The role of the lead practitioner in math’s is essential in our drive to achieve the highest standard of teaching and learning in every classroom, through individual coaching and mentoring and delivering INSET or training as required. As HCACP is a teaching school you may also have the opportunity to work in other schools supporting best practice in mathematics.

Your opportunity

Mathematics at Harris City Academy Crystal Palace The Mathematics team is a dynamic and innovative department with a consistent track record of delivering excellent progress and results for students. The department currently consists of fifteen teachers under the leadership of joint Faculty Directors, a Head of Maths and a Second in Charge of Maths. The department is a well-resourced Curriculum area with ten classrooms. The Mathematics Department is committed to stimulating and inspiring students to be enthusiastic about the natural patterns in the world around them. We aim to encourage and equip all students with a broad range of mathematical skills in order to be successful in a highly competitive environment. Within the Mathematics department, we:

  • Set high expectations for all learners and staff alike, recognising and celebrating achievements;
  • Develop learners’ basic mathematical skills and numeracy to enable them to become confident mathematicians and to take responsibility for their own economic prosperity;
  • Develop learners into considerate, confident, ambitious and motivated individuals;
  • Use ICT and regular homework to extend subject knowledge, develop independent learning skills and enrich learners’ learning experience;
  • Provide an inclusive and differentiated curriculum that develops learners socially, morally, spiritually and culturally;
  • Identify opportunities to advance students’ literacy levels;
  • Create a positive learning ethos in which staff and learners feel supported and cared for.

The Key Stage 3 Curriculum is a three year course between Years 7 to 9, with the view of giving students a good grounding in Mathematical skills and applying them. Students benefit from the use of traditional textbook and worksheet resources, as well as electronic and interactive resources, which aims to cover the KS3 National Curriculum. The content of the course has been grouped into the key topic areas of Number, Algebra, Shape, Data handling and Functional Maths.

Key Stage 4 students commence the AQA 9-1 GCSE Mathematics course from Year 10 through to Year 11. The GCSE Mathematics course encourages students to develop confidence in, and a positive attitude towards, mathematics and to recognise the importance of the subject in their own lives and to society. This course prepares students to make informed decisions about the use of technology, the management of money, further learning opportunities and career choices. 

What we are looking for:

We look for talented individuals who want to be a part of transforming education in London, and helping create exceptional places of learning.

Please download the job pack for a full job description and person specification.

About Harris City Academy Crystal Palace:

Harris City Academy Crystal Palace is a pioneering academy for 1,300 students aged 11-18, and celebrated its 25th anniversary last academic year. The founding academy of the Harris Federation, it has three consecutive outstanding judgments by Ofsted, most recently finding the academy to be outstanding in every aspect in 2014. It is one of the most oversubscribed comprehensive schools in the country and in the top 5% for performance.

Why work at Harris City Academy Crystal Palace?

  • A long established and highly successful school: one of the most oversubscribed in the country and the top school in Croydon at Attainment 8 2017
  • As a Teaching School, we are able to offer all teachers an extensive programme of first class professional development and a vibrant learning community giving all the opportunities to excel.
  • All the advantages of a successful academy group, including a strong central team of support, teaching and leadership staff
  • Generous Harris rewards and benefits package

Come and see us in action: visits to Harris City Academy Crystal Palace are strongly encouraged and very welcome. Please call 0208 771 2261 or info@harriscrystalpalace.org.uk to arrange a time to come in or an informal conversation with the Principal.

Harris Benefits

As part of the Harris Federation, we can offer you a range of benefits, including:

  • Access to a diverse network of phase and subject specialist groups
  • Support and mentoring from some of the best leaders in education
  • A performance and loyalty bonus
  • Pension scheme (TPS) and access to our Harris Wellbeing Cash Plan, covering a range of health and wellbeing benefits
  • The opportunity to work with our amazing students!

Click here for a full list of Harris benefits. 

About Harris City Academy Crystal Palace:

Harris City Academy Crystal Palace is a pioneering academy for 1,300 students aged 11-18, and celebrated its 25th anniversary last academic year. The founding academy of the Harris Federation, it has three consecutive outstanding judgments by Ofsted, most recently finding the academy to be outstanding in every aspect in 2014. It is one of the most oversubscribed comprehensive schools in the country and in the top 5% for performance.

The Harris Federation

Our academy is part of the Harris Federation, the leading large Multi Academy Trust in the country for both primary and secondary education. Harris has an unrivalled track record in raising standards and achieving success for the children in our academies.

Professional development and sharing best practice are a key part of the Harris Federation success, and we can draw on this to offer you top quality training at every stage of your career path, from Beginner Teacher to Middle Leader. We will invest in you with coaching, mentoring, and can offer a wide range of training programmes, delivered by our Teaching School Alliance.

We look for talented teachers who are passionate about their subject and making a difference. You can help us transform education in London, and create exceptional places of learning.

Please note: academies may hold interviews as and when applications are received, and this job may be withdrawn at any point without notice. You will still be able to add information until the closing date, but you will not be able to submit your application. With this in mind, you are encouraged to apply as early as possible.

Harris academies are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and expect all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. All offers of employment are subject to an Enhanced DBS check, and where applicable, a prohibition from teaching check will be completed for all applicants. In line with our commitments to safeguarding, the Harris Federation uses preferred agencies and is unable to work with any agencies where Terms of Business have not been agreed by both parties prior to an engagement. Harris Federation is fully committed to equality and to valuing diversity as an employer and a provider of education.



More about Harris City Academy Crystal Palace
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Type: Mainstream School
Phase: Secondary with sixth form
Funding status: State - Academy
Gender: Mixed
Age Range: 11 - 18 years
Address: Maberley Road, Upper Norwood, London, SE19 2JH, United Kingdom. View in Google Maps
Telephone: +44 20 8771 2261
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Harris City Academy Crystal Palace opened as Harris CTC in 1990 and converted to an academy in September 2007. The academy is a mixed school for 1,300 students aged 11-18 recruiting students from Croydon, Bromley, Lewisham, Southwark and Lambeth. The...