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Head of MFL

Closing Date: July 04, 2018 12:00

Location: Isaac Newton Academy - (London)

Salary: ARK MPS/UPS and TLR 2c

Hours: Full time

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Head of MFL

Isaac Newton Academy, Redbridge

Interim Principal: Jo Spencer

Head of MFL

Outstanding Head of MFL required, for September 2018 to lead an outstanding department in an outstanding new school.

Six form entry, mixed 4-18 comprehensive in Redbridge.


Start date: September 2018       

Salary: ARK MPS/UPS and TLR 2c

Location: Ilford, London

Nearest train station: Seven Kings

Deadline: 12pm on Wednesday 4th July 2018. 

OfstedOutstanding in all areas (2014)

Visits to our school are encouraged; to arrange, please call 0208 911 6666.

In September 2012 Isaac Newton Academy opened with its inaugural cohort of 180 year 7 students. The secondary school will grow, year on year, to become an 11-18 academy of 1250 students. The sixth form opened in September 2017. In 2014 the primary phase opened, welcoming 90 reception-aged pupils. This too will expand each year until full in 2020.

In June 2014 the school was judged to be outstanding in all categories by OFSTED.

We are looking to appoint an inspirational Head of MFL who shares our belief in the highest standards of academic attainment in a comprehensive setting. This is a rare opportunity to lead an excellent team of specialist French and Spanish teachers and to be centrally involved in developing our sixth form and primary provision.  

The ideal candidate will:

  • be a great and ambitious leader
  • achieve outstanding student attainment outcomes
  • possess the skills and determination to make a significant difference to the lives of Ilford residents.

The successful candidate will have the opportunity to:

  • build on the outstanding work of the current department
  • lead a strong and dynamic team of MFL specialist teachers
  • lead on the development of a curriculum that spans Year 1 to Year 13
  • play a strategic role in the evolution of Isaac Newton Academy
  • join the ARK Schools network, with comprehensive CPD provision.

If you are seeking a challenging and highly rewarding position, enriching the lives of the students who attend Isaac Newton Academy and members of the local community, then we are keen to hear from you.

If you have any technical issues with the application form or for further information or an informal, confidential discussion please contact our HR office, on 020 8911 6657 or

The deadline for applications is 12pm on Wednesday 4th July 2018. 

We reserve the right to close the application window early if we appoint a suitable candidate. Early application is strongly advised.

Ark is committed to safeguarding children; successful candidates will be subject to an enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service check.



Reporting to:                A member of the SLT

Responsible for:           Teaching staff within the subject area

Line Management of:    Staff within the subject area

Start date:                   September 2018

Salary:                         MPS + 2.5% and TLR 2c

Disclosure level:           Enhanced


The Role – key responsibilities

  • To lead and manage the subject area
  • To be accountable for student progress and attainment levels within the subject area
  • To ensure that strategies are in place to maximise levels of attainment in languages for all students
  • To develop and enhance the practice of other members of staff in the subject area
  • To contribute to the strategic leadership of the Academy, developing, implementing and evaluating systems, policies and procedures
  • To actively promote the Academy and liaise with outside agencies as necessary, representing the Academy or ARK as appropriate
  • To maintain a presence around the school to ensure that the highest standards of behaviour and site-usage are upheld
  • To contribute to discussions and decisions at Extended Leadership Team meetings
  • To communicate and liaise with staff, students, parents, governors and members of the local community as appropriate
  • To be active in issues of staff and student welfare and support
  • To maintain a teaching timetable, modelling outstanding practice in terms of classroom teaching, preparation, marking and assessment
  • To demonstrate a commitment to Equality of Opportunity for all members of the Academy’s community

Curriculum and Assessment

  • To design an engaging and challenging Languages curriculum at primary, KS3,4 & 5 that enables all students to enjoy the subject and achieve at the highest level, supported by detailed schemes of learning which ensure consistence and coherence across MFL teaching
  • To teach and model the delivery of outstanding lessons that motivate and inspire students, equipping them with the knowledge and skills needed to achieve at the highest levels
  • To review and develop the curriculum, involving subject staff and students
  • To keep up to date with national developments in the subject area at each key stage and teaching practice and pedagogy
  • To liaise with partner schools, feeder schools, universities and HE institutions, sharing and gleaning best practice and using it to inform the practice of the subject team
  • To actively monitor and respond to curriculum developments and initiatives at national, regional and local levels and to disseminate this knowledge to staff
  • To quality assure and give final approval to regular, relevant and diagnostic assessments for students ensuring that they are carried out consistently by all subject staff and standardised /moderated thoroughly
  • To ensure that all student data is understood, interpreted and utilised by all subject staff to modify planning and personalise support
  • To ensure that a range of enrichment and extension activities are offered to and taken up by students to enhance their languages skills, confidence in and love of the subject and attainment levels
  • To ensure that subject-related competitions, trips and visits take place regularly 
  • To play an active role in MFL teacher networks, e.g.  in Redbridge and at ARK
  • To ensure that statutory requirements are met
  • To ensure that all subject staff are marking, assessing and providing feedback in line with best practice and Academy policy at all times

 Monitoring and Evaluation

  • To lead on, coordinate and carry out S&D (monitoring and evaluation) within the subject area
  • To monitor the effectiveness of teaching and learning within the subject area, through regular lesson observations, book looks and other data collection methods
  • To ensure that all staff have short,  medium and long term plans to deliver highly effective lessons and schemes of learning
  • To regularly and forensically review the attainment and progress of all students,  groups and subgroups with subject staff and plan, implement and oversee support and interventions
  • To produce reports as required on student attainment and progress
  • To liaise with all appropriate personnel regarding support for student progress, including SENCO, SLT and parents/carers
  • To ensure that all Academy policies are implemented consistently by subject staff

 Strategic Leadership

  • To lead  colleagues in the subject area in formulating aims, objectives and strategic plans for the team which support and complement those of the Academy
  • To produce an annual Team Improvement Plan and monitor and evaluate its delivery and impact
  • To plan the deployment and development of staff expertise to achieve subject Team Improvement Plan objectives

Staff Development

  • To support the development and training of subject staff (teaching and operational), ensuring that their CPD needs are met
  • To establish a structure for mentoring, coaching and line managing staff in the subject area, including NQTs and ATTs as appropriate
  • To act as Performance Developer for members of the subject area, carrying out PD reviews in line with the Academy’s policy and setting challenging and appropriate targets
  • To support other members of the team in discharging their PD duties and to monitor the effectiveness of PD arrangements within the subject team
  • To participate in the recruitment process for members of the subject team
  • To ensure effective induction of new staff in line with Academy procedures
  • To promote teamwork and to motivate staff to ensure effective relations
  • To be responsible for the deployment of staff and the day to day management of subject colleagues, acting as a positive role model
  • To provide advice to colleagues on threshold progression, career development etc.
  • To support and challenge team members, including in circumstances when they are underperforming
  • To organise effective team meetings with relevant agendas centred on teaching and learning and raising attainment


  • To effectively manage and deploy teaching and operational staff in the subject area
  • To effectively manage the subject area’s budget in order to progress agreed team and Academy priorities, maximize attainment and ensure value for money
  • To effectively manage physical resources, stock and subject accommodation in order to maximise attainment levels and maintain an environment conducive to learning
  • To ensure that risk assessments and health and safety checks are carried out in line with Academy policy


  • To act as a tutor and BRIDGES mentor
  • To meet the expectations of all INA staff as laid out in the Staff Expectations Policy
  • To uphold all Academy policies with consistency and diligence
  • To undertake any other professional duties as set down in the ARK Schools pay and conditions of service document, and as directed by the Principal.


Person Specification


Qualification criteria

  • Qualified to at least degree level
  • Qualified to teach in the UK
  • Qualified to work in the UK


  • In-depth knowledge of the MFL National Curriculum, KS4 GCSE and KS5 A level specifications for French and/ or Spanish
  • Up to date knowledge of MFL curriculum developments
  • Ideally a dual linguist to GCSE (French and Spanish)


  • Experience of having worked successfully in at least one school in an urban, multi-cultural setting, teaching students from backgrounds of socio-economic disadvantage
  • Experience of delivering consistently outstanding lessons to students of all ages and abilities
  • Experience of implementing behaviour management strategies consistently and effectively
  • Experience of supporting students of all ages and abilities to make excellent progress and achieve impressive examination outcomes
  • Experience of having designed, implemented and evaluated effective, imaginative and stimulating Schemes of Learning
  • Experience of having contributed to policy formulation, implementation, evaluation and review

Skills, Behaviours and Qualities

  • Vision aligned with ARK and the academy’s high aspirations and high expectations of self and others
  • An understanding of the strategies needed to establish consistently high aspirations and standards of results and behaviour in an urban school setting and commitment to relentlessly implementing these strategies
  • The ability to create a united, committed and highly effective staff subject team
  • A confident and forensic use of data to inform and diagnose weaknesses that need addressing and ability to effectively action plan to raise individuals’ and cohorts’ attainment
  • An understanding of what outstanding teaching practice looks like and how to diagnose and implement effective strategies to raise learning standards
  • A passion for the subject
  • An effective leadership and management style that encourages participation, innovation and develops colleagues’ confidence
  • The ability to work in close harmony with all staff
  • The ability to lead, coach and motivate staff within a performance development framework, providing professional development and effectively challenging and managing any underperformance
  • The ability to develop the leadership skills of others as well as to learn from others
  • The ability to enthuse and inspire others
  • Excellent listening skills
  • Strong interpersonal, written and oral communication skills
  • Strong organisational and time-management skills and the ability to delegate appropriately
  • Passion, resilience and optimism to lead through day-to-day challenges while maintaining a clear strategic vision and direction
  • A firm and constant belief in the unlimited potential of every student and a commitment to inclusive educational provision
  • The ability to skilfully manage and maintain effective working relationships with parents, governors, community members and other stakeholders
  • The ability to consistently deliver outstanding lessons
  • A commitment to the safeguarding and welfare of all students
  • The ability to develop positive relationships with all young people
  • The ability to take personal responsibility, a readiness to reflect and self-evaluate and the ability to change, improve and develop
  • Confidence and self-motivation
  • The ability to work well under pressure
  • The ability to be decisive
  • High levels of honesty and integrity
  • A sense of humour and desire to have fun


  • This post is subject to an enhanced DBS disclosure.
  • The post holder must be committed to safeguarding the welfare of children and to providing equality of opportunity.
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