Head of Geography

Ark Schools

About this role

Brixton, Greater London, SE24 0QN

Job Description: Head of Geography

School:  Evelyn Grace Academy

Reports to:  SLT

Start date:    September 2022

Contract:      Permanent

Salary:          Ark Main pay scale: AM1-AM6 + TLR2B

The Role

  • To take a lead role in the creation of a transformational school community by developing and leading an exciting Geography curriculum which enables the highest level of pupil progress and attainment.
  • To lead and manage teaching and support staff working in the geography department
    • To be part of a middle leadership team that are sharply focused on improving standards at the academy
    • Lead the development of all subject teachers and support staff in the Geography department
    • Develop and maintain an outstanding quality of teaching and learning
    • Ensure rigorous monitoring and assessment across the Geography department to enable students to achieve challenging targets

Key responsibilities

Outcomes and Activities

Leadership of the Geography department

  • Lead and develop the department through the provision of CPD, inset training days, supervising NQTs, ITT students and support staff, etc.
  • Monitor, evaluate and continually improve the quality of planning, teaching, and assessment of the Geography Department
    • Manage departmental budget and resources effectively and efficiently
    • Lead behaviour management in the department, securing strong routines for learning, consistent with the academy’s policy, and liaising with tutors and parents when necessary
    • Develop strong partnerships and ensure regular communication with parents and carers

Curriculum setting and assessment

  • Ensure all staff have medium and long term plans to teach rigorous and rewarding lessons
  • Ensure that the curriculum in Geography is appropriate yet stretching for all
  • Implement regular and robust assessments that provide valid measures of student achievement
  • Embed effective moderation of assessment practices to ensure reliability and validity
  • Ensure all pupil data is understood and analysed by each member of your team so that it can be used to inform planning and intervention for sub-groups and individual students

Accountability

  • When required, participate in recruitment, selection and induction activities
  • Take responsibility for the line management, performance management and appraisal of staff in the department in line with Academy policy
  • Manage the departmental budget and resources effectively and efficiently
  • Model outstanding teaching and lead collaborative planning and development, including the sharing of resources and best practice within the department
  • Be responsible for tracking student progress across the faculty, analysing all relevant data to make data-driven changes to the curriculum design and intervention strategies and using the data to monitor the performance of subject staff
  • Be accountable for student progress in Geography across the school at all key stages, ensuring that all students achieve results in line with, or better than, value-added predictions
  • Monitor the work of the department through rigorous and regular lesson observations, work scrutinise, and provide detailed, constructive feedback
  • Lead joint practice development across the faculty subject teams, ensuring that outstanding practice is shared with all staff in the faculty and the wider school, and work with other department heads to exploit cross-year and cross-curricular links
  • Plan, deliver, monitor and evaluate the curriculum provision and enrichment for all year groups within the department, consulting with the relevant subject leaders
  • Monitor the identification of and provision for students with individual needs, and develop differentiated learning and teaching methods and schemes of learning
  • Participate actively throughout the network, by attending relevant meetings, and, as appropriate, delivering network-wide training and initiatives

Improving Teaching & Learning

Academy Culture

  • Contribute to the development of an Academy culture and ethos that is utterly committed to high achievement and exemplary behaviour
    • Live the values of the academy by modelling caring and respectful behaviour
    • Support the academy’s vision by contributing to the development and implementation of policies practices and procedures
    • Work alongside other middle leaders to help create a strong community of learners, characterised by everyone seeking advice on how to improve and develop
    • Support, work in collaboration and share best practice with colleagues and other professionals in and beyond the Academy

 

 

Head, of, Geography

Key Information

£32,167 — £50,935 per Year

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