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Head of Psychology

Closing Date: June 04, 2018 11:00

Location: Bolingbroke Academy - (London)

Salary: Ark MPS or UPS (Inner London) £28,799 - £39,195 or £44,261 - £47,998, depending on experience + TLR Competitive

Hours: Full time

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Head of Psychology

An exciting opportunity to lead and develop psychology provision in our new sixth form.

Bolingbroke Academy, a secondary school for 11-18 year olds, welcomed its first year 7 pupils in September 2012, with another 120 pupils joining every year until the school is fully subscribed in 2018. This is a rare opportunity to join a growing team in a growing academy, located in refurbished Bolingbroke Hospital buildings next to Wandsworth Common, and play an important part in its success.

We are looking for an outstanding Head of Psychology who will be committed to academic excellence and to helping every child succeed. The successful applicant will be a strong and engaging teacher who will deliver outstanding teaching and learning that supports all pupils to achieve their full potential. You will be involved in the design and development of an engaging and challenging curriculum that inspires children to appreciate and enjoy psychology, instilling in them a love for the subject and a desire to learn and understand.

Our ideal candidate will:

  • be an outstanding teacher, able to motivate and challenge learners of all abilities
  • have experience of teaching psychology at A Level
  • have a proven track record of success, and raising pupil attainment in psychology
  • have some experience of leading and coaching others
  • exude a passion for the subject which is evident in your day to day classroom practice
  • demonstrate high levels of ambition and optimism regarding what the academy and its students can achieve
  • have the resolve to make a real difference to the lives of pupils
  • be committed to Bolingbroke Academy’s ethos of high expectations and no excuses

The successful candidate will have the opportunity to:

  • teach within the growing academy and help to develop Psychology provision
  • set up the curriculum for the sixth form
  • join a network of Ark academies and gain access to an exclusive range of benefits including reduced gym membership and a comprehensive CPD provision.

Deadline:    11am on Monday 4th June 2018.

Location:    Wandsworth, London

Start date:   September 2018

Salary:         Ark MPS or UPS (Inner London) £28,799 - £39,195 or £44,261 - £47,998, depending on experience + TLR Competitive

Please apply  by 11am on Monday 4th June 2018.

Applications will be reviewed on an on-going basis so early applications are encouraged. Strong candidates may be invited to interview prior to role’s closing date

For any queries relating to your application, please contact the recruitment team on recruitment@arkonline.org or 020 3116 6345.

 

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

 

Job Description

Reports to:           Head of Department

Start date:            September 2018

Salary:                  Ark MPS or UPS (Inner London) £28,799 - £39,195 or £44,261 - £47,998, depending on experience + TLR Competitive

The Role

  • To deliver outstanding teaching and learning of psychology and therefore help pupils achieve excellent academic results, and be a role-model/impact the academy more widely
  • To design an engaging and challenging curriculum that inspires children to appreciate the subject and its application.

Key responsibilities

  • To plan, resource and deliver lessons and sequences of lessons to the highest standard that ensure real learning takes place and pupils make superior progress
  • To provide a nurturing classroom and academy environment that helps pupils to develop as learners
  • To help to maintain/establish discipline across the whole academy
  • To contribute to the effective working of the academy

Outcomes and Activities

Teaching and Learning

  • Enrich the curriculum with trips and visits to enhance the learning experience of all pupils
  • With direction from the Subject Leader and within the context of the academies curriculum and schemes of work, plan and prepare effective teaching modules and lessons
  • Teach engaging and effective lessons that motivate, inspire and improve pupil attainment
  • Use regular assessments to set targets for pupils, monitor pupil progress and respond accordingly to the results of such monitoring
  • To produce/contribute to oral and written assessments, reports and references relating to individual and groups of pupils
  • Develop plans and processes for the classroom with measurable results and evaluate those results to make improvements in pupil achievement
  • Ensure that all pupils achieve at least at chronological age level or, if well below level, make significant and continuing progress towards achieving at chronological age level
  • Maintain regular and productive communication with pupils, parents and carers, to report on progress, sanctions and rewards and all other communications
  • Provide or contribute to oral and written assessments, reports and references relating to individual pupils and groups of pupils
  • Direct and supervise support staff assigned to lessons and when required participate in related recruitment and selection activities
  • Implement and adhere to the academies behaviour management policy, ensuring the health and well-being of pupils is maintained at all times
  • Participate in preparing pupils for external examinations.

Academy Culture

  • Support the academies values and ethos by contributing to the development and implementation of policies practices and procedures
  • Help create a strong academy community, characterised by consistent, orderly behaviour and caring, respectful relationships
  • Help develop a school/department culture and ethos that is utterly committed to achievement
  • To be active in issues of pupil welfare and support
  • Support and work in collaboration with colleagues and other professional in and beyond the school, covering lessons and providing other support as required.

Other

  • Undertake, and when required, deliver or be part of the appraisal system and relevant training and professional development
  • Undertake other various responsibilities as directed by the Subject Leader or Principal.

 

Person Specification

Qualification Criteria

  • Qualified to degree level and above
  • Qualified to teach and work in the UK.

Experience

  • Experience of raising attainment in a challenging classroom environment
  • Experience of reflecting on and improving teaching practice to increase pupil achievement
  • Evidence of continually improving the teaching and learning of their subject though schemes of work and extra-curricular activities.

Knowledge

  • Up to date knowledge in the curriculum area
  • Understanding of the strategies needed to establish consistently high aspirations and standards of results and behaviour.

Behaviours

Leadership

  • Effective team worker and leader
  • High expectations for accountability and consistency
  • Vision aligned with Ark’s high aspirations, high expectations of self and others
  • Genuine passion and a belief in the potential of every pupil
  • Motivation to continually improve standards and achieve excellence
  • Effective listening skills that lead to a strong understanding of others
  • Commitment to the safeguarding and welfare of all pupils.

Teaching and Learning

  • Excellent classroom teacher with the ability to reflect on lessons and continually improve their own practice
  • Effective and systematic behaviour management, with clear boundaries, sanctions, praise and rewards
  • Thinks strategically about classroom practice and tailoring lessons to pupils needs
  • Understands and interprets complex pupil data to drive lesson planning and pupil attainment
  • Good communication, planning and organisational skills
  • Demonstrates resilience, motivation and commitment to driving up standards of achievement
  • Acts as a role model to staff and pupils
  • Commitment to regular and on-going professional development and training to establish outstanding classroom practice.

Other

  • Commitment to equality of opportunity and the safeguarding and welfare of all pupils
  • Willingness to undertake training
  • This post is subject to an enhanced Disclosure & Barring Service check.

 

Ark is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people in our academies. In order to meet this responsibility, we follow a rigorous selection process. This process is outlined here, but can be provided in more detail if requested. All successful candidates will be subject to an enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service check.

 

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