Research School Lead, Hastings, East Sussex

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Ark Blacklands Primary AcademyHastings, East Sussex

Date posted:
Start date: 1st September 2018 (or earlier if available)
Contract type: Full Time
Salary: L1 - L5 £39,374 - £43,453
Contract term: Fixed Term
Suitable for NQTs: No

Research School Lead 

Leadership Scale (negotiable for right candidate)

Hastings Research School

Ark Blacklands Primary Academy

Start date: 1st September 2018 (or earlier if available)

Fixed Term contract until August 2020

Ark Blacklands Primary Academy has recently been awarded Research School status and we are looking to appoint a senior leader to lead this area of our academy. This is a unique and exciting opportunity for a great teacher who has an interest in supporting schools, and shaping the educational landscape, within the Hastings Opportunity Area through evidence based practice. The successful candidate will drive our work to offer local schools exceptional training, professional development and high quality support to develop their own practice.

The Hastings Research School is part of the Research Schools Network – a collaboration between the Education Endowment Foundation (EEF) and the Institute for Effective Education (IEE) to create a network of schools that will support the use of evidence to improve teaching practice.  We are one of 22 providers nationally who make up the Research Schools’ network: https:\\

Research Schools act as regional hubs for the Research Schools Network. Through the network, they share what they know about putting research into practice and support schools to make better use of evidence to inform their teaching and learning so that they really make a difference in the classroom.

Our Research School aims to lead the way in the use of evidence-based practice and bring research closer to schools in Hastings. Through the network we will share what we know about putting research into practice and support schools to make better use of evidence to inform their teaching and learning so that they really make a difference in the classroom.

Key aspects of the role:

  • Encourage other schools in Hastings to      make use of evidence-based programmes and practices through regular      communication and events
  • Provide training and professional      development for senior leaders and teachers on how to improve classroom      practice based on the best available evidence
  • Support schools to develop innovative      ways of improving teaching and learning and provide them with the      expertise to evaluate their impact


• Opportunity to benefit from expertise and support from within the national Research School community

• Access to high quality professional development from the Research Schools around the country

• By joining one of the highest performing multi academy trusts in the country, you will have the opportunity 

to broaden your own knowledge, understanding and professional experience 

• Play a vital role in changing the future of education in Hastings 

Experience required

• Qualified teacher status 

• Extensive teaching experience essential of either primary, secondary or Further Education

• Proven leadership skills

• Experience in developing classroom practice and supporting and developing teachers and middle leaders

*** Experience of working in research is not essential but a keen and genuine interest in making best use of evidence based practice is crucial.

Interested in this exciting opportunity? We strongly encourage you to visit one of our academies if you are interested in this post. Please contact Mrs. G Hulls on 01424 429279 or to arrange to arrange a visit to the academies.

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Closing date: 9am, Monday 22nd January 2018
Interviews: Thursday 1st February 2018
Salary: Leadership scale -  negotiable for right candidate (please call for further details)
Contract: Fixed until August 2020, with the opportunity for extension if significant impact and successful outcomes are achieved.

Location: Hastings

Start date: 1st September 2018 (or earlier if able)

Ark Hastings Primary Academies are committed to safeguarding children; successful candidates will be subject to an enhanced DBS check.

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More about Ark Blacklands Primary Academy
Type: Mainstream School
Phase: Primary
Funding status: State - Academy
Gender: Mixed
Age Range: 3 - 11 years
Address: Osborne Close, Freshwater Avenue, Hastings, East Sussex, TN34 2HU, United Kingdom
Telephone: +44 1424 429279
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Ark Blacklands Primary Academy joined the Ark network in 2014, we are a 3 form entry school, increasing to 90 pupils in each year group, ranging from Early Years and Foundation Stage through to Year 6.  

Our vision for our pupils is that every c...