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Curriculum Development Lead - Green Ridge Primary Academy

  • Location: Aylesbury Vale
  • Ref: FS11811
  • Closing date: 4th March 2020
  • Contract type: Permanent
  • Working hours: Full Time
  • Salary: MPS / UPS


Are you a leader and teacher who believes in learning without limits and can demonstrate this in all that you do? Do you want the opportunity to be part of a unique team to set-up a brand new academy from scratch? Are you passionate that all children deserve the very best learning opportunities? If so, we would love to hear from you! At Green Ridge Primary Academy, we are looking for a Curriculum Development Lead who will be class-based and have a class responsibility. We are looking for a unique leader who is passionate about teaching, learning and the curriculum and is up for a challenge

Post Title: Curriculum Development Lead

Contract type: Permanent

Location: Green Ridge Primary Academy, President Road, Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire, HP18 0YA

Working hours: Full-time

Start date: September 2020 (or earlier, if mutually convenient)

Salary: MPS/UPS + TLR 2

About Us

Green Ridge Academy is a new primary school built on Berryfields, which opened in September 2017 in temporary accommodation on the site of the permanent building. The permanent school building opened in September 2018. The academy currently is two-form entry from Nursery through to Year Two, and with a single class in each Year Three and Year Four. The school will grow year-on-year, taking children from aged 2-11. The school will initially have a capacity for over 450 children, but is being built with the additional capacity to extend to a three-form entry school with just over 650 children.

At Green Ridge, we rightly pride ourselves on the high expectations we place on the academic achievements and behaviour of all children, whatever their need, as well as a broad, diverse and engaging creative curriculum which will underpin all that we do. Green Ridge is an inclusive setting, valuing all children’s achievements and ensuring that each child is given every opportunity to meet their full potential. There is no doubt that Green Ridge is an exciting place to be – for children, staff, parents and the local community!

As a Class Teacher and leader, you will be passionate about ensuring the best outcomes for children and giving them every opportunity to succeed, whatever their barriers may be. Green Ridge is an academy where every child is respected and treated as an individual, with no limits placed on their learning – just opportunities to continually improve with a growth Mindset approach. We do not ‘label’ children or group them by perceived ‘ability’; instead we give all children equal opportunities to challenge themselves through the range of tasks and activities presented to them – empowering children to take ownership and responsibility for their own learning.

The academy is now looking to appoint Curriculum Development Leads to join us and be part of the unique opportunity to build and grow the school from its infancy. There is no doubt about it, setting up the academy from scratch takes vision, dedication and hard-work, but being part of that exciting and rare journey will be very rewarding to see the academy take shape over the next few years. To see more information about the school, including design plans of the school, please visit our website www.greenridgeacademy.co.uk 

About the role

First and foremost, as a Curriculum Development Lead, you will be a Class Teacher with excellent skills in this area. You will need to be a model practitioner for others and continually be able to demonstrate good and outstanding practice. Class Teachers at Green Ridge are line-managed by an Assistant Headteacher for their phase. Class Teachers are responsible for the day-to-day teaching and learning provision for all children in their class, including those with Special Educational Needs, English as an Additional Language, those more-able learners and those eligible for the Pupil Premium Grant. You will receive coaching and mentoring from experienced leaders in the academy to ensure that you are supported in all aspects of what you do.

The role of Curriculum Development Lead is new to Green Ridge, and we are excited to offer a TLR 2 in remuneration for taking a greater role within the leadership of the academy by leading a team of curriculum leaders across the academy, as part of a faculty model. With the changes to the Ofsted framework in September 2019, we have evaluated the areas of leadership which need further enhancement and primarily this is within our curriculum development. We are not looking for someone to lead many subjects themselves; we are looking for a leader who can strategically lead a group of curriculum leaders, to advise and support them in developing their own curriculum areas. This will include having strategic oversight of all curriculum developments for all subjects within the faculty you lead and ensuring that the quality of education is of the highest quality for your faculty. There will be a need for coaching and mentoring of new curriculum leaders within your faculty, as well as those who are more experienced to bring connectivity to the faculty and its performance overall. This specific role would suit a teacher who has enough classroom teaching and curriculum leadership experience (either within EYFS, KS1 or KS2) to enable them to fulfil this role.

We are keen to develop staff such as through the National Professional Qualification programme and in-school coaching and mentoring and would really like to hear from you if you are keen to take your next step in leadership and make your mark! We would anticipate that the NPQML be undertaken in this role, if not already achieved before appointment.

You may be an existing Class Teacher who has led one or more subjects successfully, either at the same time or over a period, giving you greater experience of curriculum leadership. We are looking for new leaders with skills and experience to complement the leadership team at Green Ridge, and so whatever your background or experience, we would really like to hear from you. However, a pre-requisite for the role will be having led at least one subject previously as part of a curriculum leadership role.

The role will be classroom-based with a teaching commitment likely of at least 0.8, with leadership time given each week in order to fulfil the requirements of the job role. As a member of the academy’s Middle Leadership Team, you will participate in the strategic leadership and management of the academy and will be responsible for the quality of education for the faculty of subjects you lead, as well as overseeing the effective management of academy resources within the faculty and the different budgets.

The position will oversee a team of curriculum leaders across the academy and be responsible for undertaking performance appraisal for those staff you manage as necessary. A large part of the Curriculum Development Lead role includes coaching and mentoring leaders across the academy within your faculty to ensure that the quality of leadership in each of the curriculum areas within your faculty is at least good or better.

About you

We are looking for an outstanding classroom practitioner across the primary range who has leadership experience within their setting. You will be someone who is highly driven and motivated, has an eye for detail, and can work flexible and creatively.

We have not yet formalised the make-up of each of the faculties (e.g. Humanities, the Arts etc.) and this will be somewhat dependent on applicants experience and curriculum priorities each year. We would ask that any candidates applying clearly state which curriculum areas they feel they would be best suited to leading, based on their experience or interests. However, please note that faculties or curriculum areas cannot be guaranteed. In your application, please make it clear about which curriculum areas you have most suitability for, as well as which subject areas you have most experience of. It is anticipated that over time, Curriculum Development Leads may lead different facilities to develop their leadership experience, and so a willingness and openness to move between faculties is crucial.

The successful candidate will have:

  • The motivation to achieve the very best for the children in our care and be relentless in the pursuit of excellence
  • Excellent inter-personal and leadership skills as well as the ability to inspire and challenge colleagues
  • Proven experience as an effective good and outstanding classroom teacher
  • Experience of working with children of different ages within the primary range
  • Have the ability to lead aspects of school improvement and ensure that all children are given opportunities to excel
  • Excellent communication skills and a good sense of humour

In return we can offer:

  • A firm commitment to you and your professional development
  • Friendly, supportive, enthusiastic and hardworking colleagues, staff and Governors
  • A growing learning community
  • Encouragement to develop new ideas and the opportunity to make a real difference
  • Coaching and mentoring from the academy’s Senior Leadership Team
  • Fantastic trust-wide CPD opportunities
  • Vast opportunities for career progression

The ideal candidate will be a practitioner who is zealous about the quality of education and willing to drive forward learning and teaching in order to continually improve and secure outstanding outcomes for all pupils. There is no doubt that you will need drive and determination to join us as this crucial time in our school’s journey.

Other Information

We hope you will take the time to find out more about our new academy and experience our warm welcome. For further information about the role, or to arrange an informal discussion, please contact Aaron Wanford, Headteacher at admin@greenridgeacademy.co.uk or telephone 01296 326320.

Completed applications should be sent via e-mail to admin@greenridgeacademy.co.uk by 12 noon on Wednesday, 4th March 2020. Please be aware that we reserve the right to interview ahead of the closing date if suitable applications are received, and so we strongly advise all candidates to contact the school and visit before making an application.

Green Ridge Primary Academy is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. The successful applicant will be subject to an enhanced DBS check.

In applying for this post you are required to submit:

  • A completed REAch2 Academy Trust Application form which contains the Person Specification form; and
  • A supporting letter of application; not to exceed two sides of A4

The person specification contains the criteria that the selection panel will use in the selection process. In addition, the panel will place considerable emphasis on your supporting letter, which should not exceed two sides of A4. When completing the application please follow these guidelines:

  • You may choose to provide your details by hand or use a computer, but please complete all sections in black ink.
  • Please submit the application form (containing the Person Specification Form) with your supporting letter. Do not submit a CV instead of an application form.
  • When e-mailing your application, please ensure it is marked ‘Confidential’.

Green Ridge Primary Academy has a rigorous Child Protection policy and is committed to the welfare of every child. Consequently, all short listed candidates will be asked for two references before interview and these could be followed up with a verbal discussion with your referee. If successful, your enhanced DBS check will be carried out irrespective of any previous checks and a Disqualification Declaration form will also be required. Candidates will be expected to self-disclose information to us should there be any current or historical convictions, hearings or allegations.  

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