Head of Mathematics - Job Description The job as described here looks impossibly huge and demanding. The Head will ensure that the final ‘agreed’ job description will be realistic and achievable. Introduction In essence, the function of the Head of Mathematics is: (a) to set an example to colleagues in the department, to get the best out of them, and to encourage them to work effectively and pleasurably together as a team (b) to interest the pupils in the subject and ensure that they are challenged academically (c) to show enthusiasm for the subject and convince others of its lasting value (d) to provide stimulating learning environments in all classrooms where Maths is taught (e) to represent the subject generally; and specifically at Common Entrance and Scholarship levels (f) to ensure that the administrative business of the department is carried out effectively. (g) to liaise with the Curriculum Coordinator in the Pre-Prep to ensure continuity of approach and standards (h) to articulate a clear vision for the development of Maths teaching at Heath Mount. (i) to support and further develop the Virtual Learning Environment for mathematics education (j) to support the development of the SIMS database (1) QUALITY OF TEACHING AND LEARNING Teaching. Ensure that the highest possible standards of teaching are achieved within the department. The Head of Mathematics’ role is central to the academic success of the School, and it includes: (a) ensuring that colleagues are up to-date and on top of their subject (b) promoting departmental discussion of teaching methods, so that lessons may be (as far as possible) interesting; effective and multi-sensory (c) systematic monitoring of teaching standards (d) encouraging lesson observation of/by other colleagues within the department (e) ensuring that appropriate work is set, marked with consistency and in line with the School’s marking policy, and returned promptly (f) ensuring that staff respond to ‘Transforming Learning’ feedback from pupils (g) Lead the development of Maths on the Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) Learning. Monitor pupils’ competence and confidence in the subject. This includes: (a) seeking to fulfill the potential in the subject, of each pupil, of whatever ability (b) recording pupils’ overall progress in the Prep School; (c) analysing ‘assessment’ data as appropriate, initiating action when pupils’ performance is unsatisfactory (d) producing annual reports on, and analysis of, CEE and Scholarship results. (e) ensuring that IEPs are followed (f) ensuring that anomalies between Quantitative and Non-Verbal CAT scores are understood and interventions effected where necessary (2) THE DEPARTMENT AS A TEAM Being leader of a department that flourishes as a team includes: (a) consulting and/or informing members of the department in respect of all matters of departmental policy, planning and organisation (b) determining the teaching programmes of colleagues on an equitable basis (c) holding regular meetings where departmental issues are discussed, and minutes are taken (d) participating in appraisal of colleagues when this is due. (e) providing advice and support to members of the department concerning their teaching (f) following up with a colleague any complaint coming from and advising on the School’s response (g) promoting the wider involvement of colleagues in the life and work of the School, and being aware of colleagues’ overall responsibilities, e.g. in view of annual consideration of their period allocation (h) encouraging colleagues to take INSET opportunities (i) participating in the appointment of new teachers of Mathematics (j) organising and monitoring the work of any ancillary staff allocated to the department. (3) RELATIONS WITH (OTHER) SCHOOL MANAGEMENT Good communication with other departments and other members of management is essential for the harmonious functioning of the School. This includes: (a) working closely with the Director of Studies - the senior manager responsible for academic monitoring and for the work of Heads of all Subjects - and making her fully aware of departmental issues (b) forwarding to the Headmaster records/minutes of departmental meetings (c) working closely with the Director of Studies on matters of departmental budgets and staffing and timetable matters (d) communicating any departmental concerns regarding whole school issues to senior management (e) working closely with tutors/form teachers when pupils’ performance is unsatisfactory (f) attending Head’s of Department, and ‘Academic Leadership Team’ meetings (g) being aware of cross-curricular initiatives and resources (e.g. in IT; the libraries) (h) to be part of the Academic Leadership Team (4) DOCUMENTATION: SYLLABUSES AND SCHEMES OF WORK This dimension of the job includes: (a) being aware of change and development in public, Common Entrance and Scholarship examination syllabuses (b) maintaining a Maths departmental Handbook (c) maintaining a Scheme of Work, which summarises the content of work to be covered in each year, and gives guidance on teaching strategies and the availability of teaching resources (d) developing Maths as a part of the new Internet Learning Platform (e) developing a subject-specific marking and prep and carrying out an annual departmental marking audit (f) maintaining, and acting on, a departmental development plan (g) contributing subject synopses the School’s academic course booklet (h) seeing that the subject is properly presented at open days etc. (5) RESOURCES The Maths Department should create an environment which promotes learning; and accumulate resources to help make teaching Maths interesting and effective. For the Head of Maths this includes: (a) maintaining departmental teaching areas in good order (b) submitting annual ‘estimates’ of departmental needs to the Bursar (c) ensuring that there are appropriate resources for each Year group (d) keeping annual departmental expenditure within approved limits (e) making proper arrangements for the maintenance of equipment (this includes the checking of returned textbooks) (f) monitoring the provision of resources in the libraries and advising regarding acquisitions (g) liaising with the ICT Steering Group concerning the provision of IT facilities appropriate to the department’s teaching and administrative needs. (6) HEALTH AND SAFETY Under the direction and guidance of the School’s safety officer (the Bursar), the Head of Maths must ensure that the department complies with all current Health and Safety legislation, in the light of the School’s policies. Risk assessments need to be updated on a regular basis, and colleagues reminded that everyone has an important responsibility in this area.