Backwell School has a fantastic opportunity for a creative and driven teacher to lead our Performing Arts Department – which has one of the best reputations in the South West. This is a full time position from 1 September 2022. The current post holder is leaving at Easter so there is the possibility of an earlier start if convenient for the right candidate.
The successful candidate will be able to teach Music at all key stages, lead and manage Music as Subject Leader as well as the wider Performing Arts department as Curriculum Leader. It would be beneficial if the successful candidate has experience of teaching another subject within Performing Arts but this is not essential.
We are looking for someone has a proven track record of providing excellent outcomes for students and leading and developing staff along the way to improve the quality of education. You will work with all staff in the department, especially the Drama subject leader, and the post includes responsibility for leading teaching and learning within the area as well as managing staff (including organisation of peripatetic lessons), resources and budget, modelling and ensuring participation in school initiatives and processes. Compliance with Health and Safety rules, regulations and school guidelines is particularly important within this department. Curriculum Leaders at Backwell School have a specific member of the Senior Leadership Team to work with for support. The Performing Arts Curriculum Area covers Drama, Music, Music Technology and Dance and the Subject Leader for Drama is already in post at the school.
Co-curricular activities connected to Performing Arts are popular, wide ranging and very important to the school. Staff run multiple orchestras, bands and drama clubs during and after school hours for all ages. Backwell School students are polite, friendly and many are very enthusiastic and talented performers. We strongly believe that the skills and benefits gained by partaking in performance activities thoroughly enhance a young person’s sense of self and improve confidence. For example all Year 7 students take part in a concert within their first few weeks at Backwell School.
This is an exciting time to join our school as a Curriculum Leader. Our school development priorities focus on establishing a shared ‘toolkit’ of research-based pedagogy, effective use of assessment, the progress of vulnerable students and a whole school ethos around anti-discrimination. The successful candidate should be excited by the prospect and challenge of developing a curriculum and culture which enables pupils of all abilities to excel in this essential aspect of their education.
We provide a fantastic benefits package to our employees including a contributory pension scheme, a broad employee assistance programme and benefits (offering discounts on shopping), cycle to work scheme and on-site parking.
To find out a lot more about the role and before making an application candidates are asked to read the full job details linked below so you can match qualifications, experience, skills and abilities against the criteria required for this position.
The closing date for applications is 9.00 am on Monday 24 January 2022. Those who are successful following shortlisting, will be contacted regarding interview arrangements. Interviews will take place before the end of Term 3.
Backwell School and the Lighthouse Schools Partnership are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of all students and expect all staff to share this commitment. Safer recruitment practice and pre-employment background checks will be undertaken before any appointment is confirmed. Appointment is subject to an enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check for regulated activity.
We particularly encourage applications from underrepresented groups.