& Language College
“Learning and Achieving Together”
Meadowhead places great importance upon its Humanities provision. History,
Geography, RE and PSHE are well established in the school.
At KS3 all students experience Humanities in Year 7, which includes modules of History,
Geography and RE and in Years 8 and 9 these subjects are taught as discrete lessons.
PSHE is taught as a separate lesson from Years 7 to 9.
At KS4 Geography, History and RE are offered as GCSE options and all students take Life
Issues which is a course combining elements of RE and PSHE for which there is no exam.
The Teaching Staff
The Faculty is led by Catherine Vincent (Assistant Head), and comprises twelve teaching
staff. A number of faculty members have posts of responsibility for History, Geography,
RE, and PSHE.
Academic success within a supportive environment is considered to be the basic work of
the faculty. Staff are encouraged to work collaboratively in order to enable students to be
successful in their outcomes.
There are regular formal meetings as timetabled in the school calendar. Staff also meet
informally for workshop sessions designed primarily to encourage the sharing of ideas
and the development of resources.
Accommodation and Resources
The Humanities Faculty has its own wing based on the upper floor. The teaching takes
place in twelve fully equipped rooms, each having an interactive whiteboard. There is a
faculty office managed by a full-time member of the support staff, David Lochner, who is
the Faculty Assistant, where faculty resources.
All resources are on the J drive and the faculty is at present developing the Meadowhead
Learning Platform through Frog Teacher.
The faculty encourages a range and variety of trips and experiences for all students, and
guest speakers and events are a common occurrence.
The faculty continue to focus on the development of the VLE and on encouraging the use
of a wide range of teaching and learning styles.
The faculty is constantly reviewing performance and is always striving to ensure that
students fulfil their potential in all aspects of Humanities. The development of
Personalised Learning and e-Learning are a particular focus at the present time.
We are always looking for enthusiastic, innovative teachers who are committed to a
collaborative, cooperative approach both within the faculty and the classroom.
The Curriculum – Geography
In Year 7 students are taught Humanities which incorporates modules of work for
History, Geography and RE. Geography modules include OS mapwork, The World
and British Isles, National Parks, Settlement and Crime and Droughts and Floods.
All students attend a fieldtrip to Castleton to study various aspects of the local
community and landscape.
In Year 8 students have a discrete lesson of Geography once a week where they
study EU themed modules including the EU, Italy, Tectonics, Farming, Rocks and
Landscapes and Tourism. Students are taught as mixed ability groups. In Year 7
and 8 assessment is undertaken through end of module tests and milestone
In Year 9 students who are classed as potential GCSE candidates are put into
groups in order to study foundation GCSE work based on the theme of Global
Issues. Other students follow a more modular based course focussing on the
In Year 10 students will be taking the new OCR specification B syllabus as from
In Year 11 the present cohort will be completing their studies with AQA Syllabus
In September 2010, the department hopes to offer AS Geography and A2
Geography in the following year.
The department prides itself on enrichment opportunities for the students. In Y9
there has been a trip organised to the Eden Project which combined a study of
Tropical Rainforests with outdoor activities, and in Y11 students took part in a
revision weekend in North Wales. At present we are developing an emissions
experience for Y10 students.
DEPARTMENT Children and Young People's Directorate
DIVISION/SECTION Meadowhead School
POST TITLE Subject Leader - Geography
GRADE Main Pay Scale Plus TLR 2 - 2(b)
RESPONSIBLE TO The Headteacher/Senior Leadership Team
RESPONSIBLE FOR Staff within subject area
PURPOSE OF THE JOB To undertake a sustained responsibility in the context of the
school staffing structure for the purpose of ensuring continued
delivery of high quality teaching and learning for which the
teacher is accountable
EMPLOYMENT DUTIES To be performed in accordance with the provisions of the
School Teachers' Pay and Conditions Document and within the
range of teachers' duties set out in that document
This school is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and
young people and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment
The job description should be read alongside the range of professional duties of teachers
as set out in Part X11 of the Teachers' Pay and Conditions Document, sections 48 to 50.
The post-holder will be expected to undertake duties in line with the professional
standards for qualified teachers and uphold the professional code of the General
Teaching Council for England.
Lead, manage and develop a subject or curriculum area; or to lead and manage pupil
development across the curriculum
To provide strategic leadership for the development and management of subject area
throughout the school
To identify areas for development and improvement linked to the school improvement
plan and national and local initiatives
To develop and monitor schemes of work for subject area across the whole school and
ensure successful implementation which meets curriculum requirements
To have an overview of, and contribute to the planning and delivery of continuous
professional development and training related to subject area
To develop strategies for the use of subject area to promote new teaching methods
and improve learning throughout the school and monitor effectiveness in raising
standards of teaching and learning
To monitor and evaluate pupil progress across the school in subject area
To use ICT effectively in delivery of teaching and learning
Impact on the educational progress of pupils other than the teacher's assigned classes or
groups of pupils
To ensure the provision of an appropriately broad, balanced, relevant and
differentiated curriculum for pupils in subject area
To identify clear, appropriate targets for attainment and/or achievement across the
To monitor and evaluate pupil progress and achievement against targets
To lead evaluation strategies to contribute to overall school self-evaluation
To undertake lesson observations and provide constructive feedback and support as
To implement school quality procedures and to ensure adherence across the school
Leading, developing and enhancing the teaching practice of other staff
To ensure the establishment of common standards of practice across subject area and
develop the effectiveness of teaching and learning styles
To plan and implement strategies to improve teaching where needs are identified
To provide induction, support and monitoring for new staff
To act as a role model of good practice for other teachers, modelling effective
strategies with them
To act as a performance management team leader for identified teachers
To ensure all staff in school are familiar with the aims and objectives of (fill details)
Specific duties relating to:
Managing staff in the Faculty
To be involved in appointments procedures
To be involved in timetabling
To be involved in job descriptions
To co-ordinate work for absent staff
To provide support for supply staff
Development Groups - representation of Faculty
Promoting good practice
Liaison with other Subject Leaders within the Faculty
Specific duties relating to:
Managing pupils within the curriculum area, to share responsibility for:
Testing / Exams / Assessment
Reporting to parents
Parents Evenings / Open Evenings
Record of Achievement
Improving exam results
The teachers and teaching of subject area throughout the school
Schemes of work
NQTs / students - subject specific
Promotion of Information Technology
Assisting with Faculty Development Planning
Ensuring that there is a wider understanding and appreciation of subject area
throughout the school and to promote it in its wider context
Managing subject capitation and liaise with Faculty Co-ordinator with regard to
timetabling, rooming, staffing and resources
Using appropriate means of communication in order to disseminate information
including the running of the school
Setting work for absent colleagues
Organising the setting, marking and standardisation of internal assessments and
Ensuring that the requirements of external examination boards are met in relation to
syllabus content, standardisation, assessment and pupil entry procedures
Taking line management responsibility for members of staff in conjunction with the
Specific duties relating to:
Whole school issues
Assist in implementing whole school policies
Promoting the Faculty
Maintenance of display and fabric in language areas
To deputise for the Faculty Co-ordinator in their absence, e.g. at meetings as and
With the Faculty Co-ordinator, to ensure the smooth and effective running of the
To take on line-management responsibilities within the Faculty.
To assist the Faculty Co-ordinator in the administration of the Faculty including
timetabling, options (if appropriate), and assessment procedures.
To assist the Faculty Co-ordinator and take a lead in the areas of curriculum and staff
To promote the Faculty within the school and wider community.
To carry out specific tasks as negotiated with the Head of Staff Development and
The above duties are not exhaustive and the post-holder may be required to undertake
tasks, roles and responsibilities as may be reasonably assigned to them by the Senior
To be aware of and comply with policies and procedures relating to child protection,
health, safety and security, confidentiality and data protection, reporting all concerns to
an appropriate person.
To take responsibility for the implementation of and compliance with policies and
procedures relating to child protection, health, safety and security, confidentiality and
data protection, reporting all concerns to an appropriate person.
This job description will be kept under review and may be amended via consultation with
the individual, Governing Body and/or Senior Management Team as required. Trade
union representation will be welcomed in such discussions.
Completing your Application
Every individual has potential and is, therefore, capable of achievement. It is the school’s
task to present the fullest possible range of opportunities so that each individual may
discover just where their talents lie. It is inevitable, therefore, that the school opens
those opportunities to all and makes no assumptions based on gender, nationality, race,
ability, disability or creed.
Meadowhead Equal Opportunities Statement
As an applicant you should:
a) complete the enclosed application form for the attention of Ms C E James, stating
title of post
b) write a statement of interest which amplifies past experience, develops specific
aspects of the job description, indicates your personal philosophy of education
(briefly!) and generally illustrates your suitability for the particular post.
Closing date for receipt of applications: Friday 12 June 2009
If you are being called for interview you should receive notification by: as soon as
Date of interview: to be confirmed
Interviews for main scale posts will usually be conducted by:
a member of the senior management team
the person to whom the successful applicant will be directly responsible.
For posts of additional responsibility and certainly those at TLR 1b or higher, there will be
at least one representative from the Governors’ appointments panel.
Applicants who are not called for interview are thanked for the time, thought and effort
that they have put into their application. Due to high costs involved the school is unable
to acknowledge this via individual replies.