Job Title: Primary Curriculum Trust Lead
Responsible to: Head of the Curriculum Centre
Responsible for: Primary Curriculum Writers and Leads
Location: Head Office
Start date: September 2022 or earlier
Future Academies is a multi-academy trust consisting of three primary and seven secondary academies across London and Hertfordshire. Established by Future Academies in 2012, the Curriculum Centre leads on the development of a common curriculum and its implementation across our academies. It currently employs 15 full and part time Curriculum Writers and Subject Leads who produce a wide range of high-quality textbooks and teacher guides, and provide subject-specific coaching and development for our teachers.
This is a high-profile position in our multi-academy trust, working to the Head of the Curriculum Centre and with the Primary Executive Leadership team. We welcome applications from candidates with a range of backgrounds, including secondary experience.
The ideal candidate will have a strong track-record in school or subject leadership, or school improvement, and have a clear understanding of how a high-quality, subject-specific, and knowledge-rich curriculum can be transformative for primary schools.
The primary responsibility of the Primary Curriculum Trust Lead is to oversee the development and implementation of our common curriculum across our three primary academies through a team of Curriculum Writers and Subject Leads. Wider responsibilities include working with academy leadership to support accurate self-evaluation and academy improvement, leading training and CPD for academy staff, and supporting the work of our SCITT.
The role also has a broader brief as Deputy of the Curriculum Centre. This includes drafting policy papers, research summaries, and progress reports, as well as representing the Curriculum Centre at external events. As such, the role requires an excellent understanding of knowledge-rich curriculum design, evidence-informed approaches to pedagogy and teacher development, and a good insight into the national education policy landscape (such as the role of MATs and Ofsted inspection frameworks). The role will also support a wider programme of work to grow curriculum partnerships with schools outside of our Trust.
In addition to a strong track record in the classroom, the ideal candidate will be aligned with our vision, values and approach to education. Excellent communication skills are essential for the role, specifically the ability to write with clarity and precision and the capability to be an engaging and persuasive public speaker.
PRIMARY CURRICULUM LEADERSHIP
- To deliver the Trust’s vision for education by providing inspirational and effective strategic leadership of the implementation of our common primary curriculum.
- To line-manage the work of Curriculum Leads, ensuring that they drive improvements in the implementation of Future Academies’ key stage 2 curriculum through regular monitoring and evaluation, providing teachers with on-going and impactful guidance, support and training.
- To support the work of the Executive team, principally by contributing to Academy Review Days and academy improvement plans, reporting on the quality of education across our academies, and providing updates about the work of the Curriculum Centre throughout the year.
- To report to the Head of the Curriculum Centre and provide updates and recommendations on curriculum priorities, as required.
- To oversee the management and use of an internal intranet to make digital curriculum material and training resources available to staff online.
- To identify, cultivate and share best practice from primary academies and teachers across the Trust.
- To oversee the further development of subject networks, ensuring that Curriculum Leads continue to lead impactful meetings throughout the year that foster collaboration, share best-practice, provide high-quality training, and set shared subject priorities.
Future Academies 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. To this end both an Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service check and a Barred List check are required for this role. We particularly welcome applications from under represented groups including ethnicity, gender, transgender, age, disability, sexual orientation or religion.