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Head of Ks5 Maths - Full-time

The Canterbury Academy Trust

  • Ref:KCC-F83-60-T
  • Posted:31/08/2023
  • Pay:AT1 - AT9 (UPS/Main Scale), potential for ARA
  • Start Date:Term 2
  • App Close Date:09/10/2023 at 09:00
  • Interviews:TBC

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The mathematics faculty at Canterbury Academy would like to offer you an exciting opportunity to join the mathematics faculty leadership team. We are looking for a mathematics specialist who could confidently lead on Key Stage 5 mathematics within a forward-thinking and ambitious department.

The ideal candidate in this Head of Key Stage 5 role would oversee all students taking AS and A Level Mathematics. This would involve ensuring an appropriate curriculum is delivered, students are supported on their pathway, entered for the correct examinations and assessed appropriately throughout the course.
Another aspect of this role is overseeing students who are on a Functional Skills course, or resitting their GCSE examinations. The ideal candidate will be responsible for working with the Director of Teaching and Learning to ensure that students are entered into the appropriate examinations and monitoring their progress.

The Mathematics Faculty
We are a large team that strongly believe all students should be given the opportunity to master mathematics. This means we are striving for all students to acquire a deep, long-term, secure and adaptable understanding of the subject.

Within the faculty we see the benefit of continued professional development to help promote good outcomes for our students. We run development sessions three to four times a term focussing on various aspects of teaching mathematics through a teaching for mastery approach.
We are looking for someone who has the ability to put their vision for teaching and learning into practice. They will work closely with the Director for Teaching and Learning of Mathematics to support in the embedding of an engaging curriculum and will join us in continuing our positive trends in helping students reach their full potential.

We are looking for someone who could bring exciting ideas into the classroom and who has a passion for teaching mathematics. To put their vision for teaching and learning into practice, supported by an experienced team of staff. They will work closely with the Curriculum Leader for Mathematics to support in the development and delivery of an engaging and challenging curriculum for students of all abilities. They will model at least good teaching practice and inspire others through the delivery of effective and exciting lessons. A bespoke CPD programme will be tailored to meeting their needs.

The Mathematics department has seen lots of success in both pupil outcomes and Progress 8 in the past few years and would like to continue these positive trends. Time has been dedicated to upskilling the team in pedagogy and curriculum knowledge. This has resulted in an innovative and creative department who use evidence-based practice to develop their teaching and curriculum design.

We are a team that seeks to find new and interesting ways to allow pupils to learn and make progress. This is based on a supportive team ethos. As a department, we have successfully overseen massive changes to curriculum and assessment and are looking to continue to improve to ensure that pupils get the best possible grades and experience in Mathematics.



Information about the federation

Based in the heart of the historic City of Canterbury, The Canterbury Academy Trust came into existence in October 2010 when schools judged by Ofsted to be ‘outstanding’ were allowed to convert to academy status, benefit from greater freedoms and shape their futures.

Since then The Canterbury Academy Trust has grown and it now provides a variety of services ‘to improve the life chances of children and to help in the community’. These include: City View Pre-School and Nurseries Ltd; a newly built and expanded two form of entry The Canterbury Primary School; a Specialist Resourced Based Provision for primary ASD pupils; The Canterbury Academy, which has expanded to take an additional form of entry; a Specialist Resourced Based Provision for secondary Speech and Language students; The Cullum Centre, in partnership with The National Autistic Society; The Sixth Form, Enterprise and Employability Centre, which includes one of the largest Sixth Forms in Kent; The Canterbury Youth Commission, The Ashford Youth Commission, and area wide Inclusion and Engagement Service and Professional Learning and Community Centre with café.

The Canterbury Academy Trust consists of ‘schools for all the talents’. Our beliefs which underpin and drive all we do are simple. We believe that every learner matters and that every child is good at something – that all children walk with genius – and that school should be the place where children discover and build upon their own individual talents.

We believe in the comprehensive ideal. We believe that all students should be valued. We believe that academic excellence is important but that there are also other important things. We believe that art, music, drama, sport, practical skills, being a good person, caring for and working with others are all valuable. We believe in team work and that all of our students should have pride in themselves and their contribution to their school.

Our aim is to provide ‘as much as possible, as often as possible, for as many as possible’. We believe that education and learning can be fun. At the end of their time with us we aim for all students to leave as happy, positive, confident individuals, proud of what they have achieved, prepared to be life-long learners and ready to play an active and constructive part in society.

The Canterbury Academy Trust are committed to safeguarding and protecting the welfare of children and expect all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. A disclosure and Barring Service Certificate will be required for all posts. All posts will be subject to enhanced checks as part of our Prevent Duty. A satisfactory DBS disclosure must be presented to the Academy before any employment can commence. In line with KCSIE guidance, as part of the shortlisting process, The Trust reserves the right to conduct an online search on shortlisted candidates as part of our due diligence and any relevant information found, concerning a candidate's suitability to work with children, will be discussed at the interview stage.

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