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Director of Learning for Geography and Travel & Tourism - Full-time

Hugh Christie School, Tonbridge

  • Ref:KCC886-5431-233T
  • Posted:22/03/2023
  • Pay:MPS / UPS (+ TLR2)
  • Start Date:September 2023
  • App Close Date:17/04/2023 at 12:00
  • Interviews:Shortly after the closing date


Hugh Christie School 

Director of Learning for Geography and Travel and Tourism 

We are seeking a motivated, organised and effective Director of Learning for Geography and Travel and Tourism with the ability and enthusiasm to deliver both subjects. 

Hugh Christie is a mixed wide ability 11 to 18 high school based in Tonbridge, Kent. Hugh Christie is ‘the place to be’ happy, successful and where pupils are well prepared for adult life.  Hugh Christie is a good school with a stable and well-motivated staff. Staff are supported well through a bespoke INSET programme led by our Lead Practioner Group. Staff are encouraged to progress with most the Senior Leadership Team being former middle leaders in the school. The school finishes at 1-35pm on a Friday and has a two week holiday at the end of Term 1 to promote wellbeing. 

The ideal candidate will be required to: 

  • To help lead curriculum development in collaboration with Leader of Geography and Travel & Tourism and other department members.
  • To help lead resources development for the curriculum.
  • Attending Pupil Progress Meetings.
  • Monitoring, implementation and improvement of Pillars of Excellence Practice.
  • To monitor and recommend published resources which would support the learning and progress of students.
  • Writing and updating departmental action/development plans (in collaboration with Leader of Geography and Travel & Tourism)
  • Implementing department improvement strategies following recommendations from Deep Dives.
  • Leading moderation of work and assessment to ensure consistency of standards.
  • Ensure the recording and analysis of progress data to identify strengths and weaknesses within the department and its curriculum, so that improvements can be made.
  • To be an effective subject mentor for ITT and ECTs.
  • To organise cover for absent colleagues when necessary and help monitor classes taken by guest teachers.
  • To monitor department relearning environment is tidy and displays are refreshed. Liaise with department staff and the Art Technician to ensure that these displays are refreshed and maintained accordingly.
  • Quality assurance of exercise books and RoPs.
  • Liaise with SEND Department regarding the needs of students and staff,
  • To coordinate a programme of school visits and experiences for the department. To ensure that behaviour management is adhered to within the department and support colleagues accordingly.
  • Attend relevant school meetings and events.
  • Lead department CPD in accordance with school expectations. 

Please contact Mrs N Riddle nriddle@tonbridgefederation.co.uk for further information or refer to the school’s website: www.hughchristie.kent.sch.uk

Closing date for applications: Monday 17th April 2023

Salary: Main / UPS Pay Scale + TLR2 

The School is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff to share this commitment.  All appointments are subject to an enhanced DBS disclosure.



Information about the school

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The Tonbridge Federation comprises of;

Hugh Christie School

Hugh Christie opened in 1957 as a co-educational school for children of all needs and abilities. Based in Tonbridge with excellent transport links, the school is housed in well maintained buildings on an attractive campus, with excellent facilities.

It is our aim that every child at Hugh Christie is happy, successful and well prepared for adult life. This website provides you with all the important information about how we try to achieve this.

Long Mead Community Primary School

Long Mead Primary School serves an estate in the north end of Tonbridge. The local ward it serves has relatively high levels of deprivation for the area. As a result, the school has higher than average number of disadvantaged children on its roll.

The school has a population of around 170 children, including a nursery. The school roll has fluctuated over time and this had made stability a challenge. One priority area is to increase numbers attending the school in the nursery and reception by broadening the appeal of the school to the local community.

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We are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of all our students. You are advised that this post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 (Exceptions) Order 1975 (Amendment) (England and Wales) Order 2020 and therefore this post is subject to an Enhanced Disclosure Application to the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS). Please be aware that schools are also required to undertake online recruitment checks on shortlisted candidates under changes to Keeping Children Safe in Legislation.