POST: Learning Director
GRADE: Leadership Group (L7-L11)
RESPONSIBLE TO: Associate Principal/Deputy Principal/Assistant Principal
RESPONSIBLE FOR: A team of teaching staff plus additional support staff as required.
WORKING PATTERN: Full-time and as described in the Secondary Teachers’ Pay and Conditions document
KEY RELATIONSHIPS: Academy Leadership Team; relevant teaching and support staff; LA representatives; external agencies; parents. Dotted line to other Oasis Academies and Oasis central staff.
- To lead the development, monitoring and continuous improvement of the curriculum area throughout the Academy, incorporating all ages and abilities and coordinated with the Academy Improvement Plan.
- To maintain clear vision, purpose and high expectations, focused on students’ achievement.
- To provide expert and innovative leadership of teaching and the curriculum; inspiring, motivating and influencing staff and students and facilitating effective teamwork.
- To promote the Oasis Academy Immingham ethos through delivery of the Oasis Community Learning purpose, ethos and values statement and 9 habits.
AREAS OF ACCOUNTABILITY:
- Student achievement within the Learning Area
- Performance of team members for whom you have line management responsibility
- Cross-curricular input and interface of the specialised areas
- Impact of your whole school responsibility upon student learning.
Knowledge and Understanding
- Maintain and develop broad and current knowledge of teaching and learning and disseminate this to other teachers.
- Maintain knowledge and understanding of the Academy’s aims, priorities, targets and action plans.
- Understand and promote the benefits and effective use of ICT.
- Understand and promote links between the subject and the wider curriculum.
- Be responsible for innovation in order to promote high standards and innovative approaches to learning.
- Lead risk assessments and keep appropriate records.
- Ensure best value for money by following Academy financial regulations.
- Ensure the effective deployment of all resources.
Teaching and Assessment – Planning
- Monitor and evaluate the planning of other teachers, providing regular feedback.
- Disseminate examples of effective planning practice within the Academy/subject.
- Ensure team is aware of the needs of inclusion of all students and groups and make provision for this in their planning.
- Ensure that feedback from lesson observation, work scrutiny and analysis of assessment data is appropriately reflected in teachers’ planning.
- Establish strategic planning for the development and resourcing of the Academy.
- Lead the development of appropriate syllabuses, resources, schemes of work, marking policies, assessment and teaching strategies within the designated area.
- Assist in the implementation of Academy policies and procedures where appropriate.
- Be accountable for the planning, monitoring and implementation of the Academy and Trust learning policy Teaching and Assessment – Teaching
- Actively monitor and respond to curriculum development and initiatives at national, regional and local levels.
- Ensure teachers are clear about the teaching of objectives in lessons; understand the sequence of teaching and learning, and communicate this to students following the Immingham Way.
- Observe colleagues teaching (through performance management arrangements and/or subject monitoring) and provide developmental feedback on their teaching strategies to develop practice.
- Identify and promote innovative and effective teaching strategies in the Academy/subject to meet the needs of all students.
- Co-ordinate/monitor the deployment of teachers, support staff and other adults to ensure their effective contribution to students’ learning.
- Ensure the effective and efficient management and organisation of learning resources including information and communications technology within the Academy/subject.
Teaching and Assessment – Monitoring Progress
- Analyse and interpret relevant national, local and Academy data, research and inspection evidence to inform policies, expectations and teaching methods.
- Monitor and evaluate assessment data across the Academy/subject to identify trends in student performance and issues for development.
- Define intervention strategies to address issues for development that are identified.
- Evaluate and report on the effectiveness of intervention strategies used to address identified issues and use assessment data to make comparative evaluation of students’ performance.
Promote student voice and keep records for the purpose of evaluation.
- Identify quantifiable and challenging student progress objectives with teachers within their performance management objectives.
- Support teachers in ensuring that agreed student progress target levels are achieved or exceeded for all sub groups.
- Encourage students’ motivation and enthusiasm in the Academy/subject, developing positive responses to challenge and high expectations.
- Lead all educational enhancement activities in line with Academy requirements, e.g. Academy transition activities, aim higher activities and extra-curricular learning activities.
- Monitor the objectives and targets for students with SEN, including those who are gifted and talented, and promote the importance of raising their achievement.
- Work within child protection procedures in line with Academy policy.
- Produce, or assist in the production of, reports as necessary.
- Assist in the identification of exam entries.
- Ensure effective appropriate communication with the parents of students.
- Liaise with partner Academies and other relevant external bodies
Wider Professional Effectiveness – Personal Development:
- Maintain ‘leading edge’ knowledge through reading, INSET, research and other relevant Oasis development opportunities to inform own practice, demonstrating impact in teaching and on students’ learning.
- Assimilate and implement new curriculum guidance to lead change within the Academy.
- Identify own personal and professional development needs and achieve own challenging professional objectives.
Wider Professional Effectiveness – Academy Development:
- Co-ordinate strategies to achieve relevant Academy improvement priorities.
- Provide reports as and when required for Inspectors, Academy Council, Oasis Community Learning Directors, Principal, parents and other appropriate groups.
- Oversee creation of Department Development Plan in line with ADP and based on evaluation evidence.
- Oversee the performance management of a team of staff and their subsequent professional development plan.
- Ensure thorough analysis of departmental performance in line with Academy SEF.
- Evaluate and report on the effectiveness of practice in the Academy annually.
- Lead professional development in the Academy through example and support and co-ordinate the provision of high quality professional development for staff via Subject Development Planning.
- Build effective links with the local community.
- Participate where necessary in the selection of new staff.
- Create a climate which enables staff to develop, challenge and support each other.
- Mentor and coach staff and students to develop confidence and maintain positive attitudes.
- Communicate effectively and with professional integrity within and beyond the Academy community.
- Build and maintain effective teamwork with high expectations of outcomes.
Marketing and Liaison:
- On behalf of the Academy to attend relevant meetings in order to promote collaboration within LA and the Oasis Community Learning family of Academies.
- Contribute as required to the Academy’s liaison and marketing activities.
- To co-ordinate relevant aspects of the Academy’s work with other schools and external agencies.
- Monitor and support the overall progress and development of students.
- Help to monitor student attendance together with students’ progress and performance in relation to targets set for each individual; ensuring that follow-up procedures are adhered to and that appropriate action is taken where necessary.
- Liaise with pastoral managers to ensure the welfare of students in the Academy.
- Contribute to PSHCE, citizenship and Work Related Learning.
- Assist in the implementation of the Behaviour for Learning system.
Other specific duties:
- Play a full part in the life of the Academy community.
- Support the Academy in meeting its legal requirements for worship.
- Promote actively the Academy’s corporate policies.
- Other such duties as may from time to time be reasonably required.
- Whilst every effort has been made to explain the main duties and responsibilities of the post, each individual task undertaken may not be identified.
- Employees will be expected to comply with any reasonable request from a manager to undertake work of a similar level that is not specified in this job description.
- The Academy will endeavour to make any necessary reasonable adjustments to the job and the working environment to enable access to employment opportunities for disabled job applicants or continued employment for any employee who develops a disabling condition.
- Oasis Academy Immingham is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.
Leader of Standards
Oasis Academy Immingham exists to provide a rich and balanced educational environment which caters for the whole person - academically, vocationally, socially, morally, spiritually, physically, emotionally and environmentally. Our task is to serve our students as well as to provide a learning hub for the entire community. In this way we will raise aspirations, unlock potential and work to achieve excellence. By encouraging a ‘can do’ culture we will nurture confident and competent people.
Oasis Community Learning Ethos
Our ethos is an expression of our character - it is a statement of who we are and therefore the lens through which we assess all we do. The work of Oasis Community Learning is motivated and inspired by the life, message and example of Christ, which shapes and guides every aspect of each of our Academies. This is foundational to our belief that all people are created and loved by God and to our commitment to model inclusion and compassion throughout all aspects of the life and culture of the Academy community. It is vital, therefore, that our staff own our Christ-centred ethos and the values which flow from it.
For further information, please refer to the Oasis Community Learning Purpose, Ethos and Values document which can be downloaded from www.oasiscommunitylearning.org/about_ocl.html.
Leadership and management
Experience, skills and knowledge
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 This applies to all new Oasis Community Learning staff. In the case of staff members’ employment being transferred (by TUPE) from a predecessor school to Oasis Community Learning, the expectation will be that these staff should ‘respect and honour’ the ethos, if unable to fully ‘own’ it.