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Curriculum Lead - Head of English - Full-time - Special Needs Position

Rivermead Inclusive Trust

  • Ref:KCC-F80-25-T
  • Posted:21/02/2024
  • Pay:MPS/UPS plus TLR
  • Start Date:As soon as possible
  • App Close Date:06/03/2024 at 12:00
  • Interviews:Week commencing 11th March 2024

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Are you a passionate and experienced English teacher with a commitment to supporting students with special needs? Are you ready to take on a leadership role in a dynamic and inclusive educational environment? If so, we have an exciting opportunity for you!

About the role
We are seeking a Head of English to lead and inspire our English department. As a key member of our leadership team, you will play a crucial role in shaping the academic and personal development of our students. You will have the opportunity to design and deliver an engaging English curriculum that caters to the individual needs of our students, fostering their love for literature, writing, and communication. You will be an innovative, reflective practitioner who can teach to GCSE. The successful candidate will be based at Rivermead School and will support colleagues at our two provisions Rivermead Routes for Re-Integration and Midkent College.
Key Responsibilities
• Lead the English department, providing guidance, support, and training to your team of dedicated teachers.
• Lead on the development of English policy and procedure
• Take part in the school’s staff development programme by participating in arrangements for coaching and mentoring, further training and professional development.
• Develop and implement a specialized English curriculum that caters to the diverse learning needs of our students.
• Monitor and assess student progress, working collaboratively with staff to develop and implement effective intervention strategies. Identify, implement, and monitor appropriate literacy-based interventions for pupils requiring additional support.
• Leading on projects and initiatives that promote English across the curriculum.
• Foster a supportive and inclusive learning environment that promotes creativity, critical thinking, and effective communication skills.
• Collaborate with other department heads and the school's senior leadership team to achieve our school's mission and objectives.
• In consultation with the Headteacher and Senior Leadership Team undertake other identified areas of responsibility as necessary to ensure effective delivery of the school’s curriculum.
• To share the school’s responsibility to support and promote the learning, personal development and well-being of all students.
• Contributing to the school’s quality assurance and self-evaluation processes.


• A qualified teacher with QTS (Qualified Teacher Status).
• Experience teaching English at a secondary level.
• A deep understanding of the needs of students with special educational requirements.
• Leadership experience, or the demonstrable potential for leadership.
• Strong communication and interpersonal skills.
• Commitment to inclusive education and a passion for supporting students with special needs.

Why Join Us?

• Competitive salary and benefits package.
• The opportunity to make a real impact on the lives of students with special needs.
• A supportive and collaborative working environment.
• Ongoing professional development and career advancement opportunities.
• A chance to be part of a dynamic and innovative educational community

Offer of employment is subject to a satisfactory enhanced Disclosure and Barring and a Health Declaration.

For further information please contact Mrs Melinda Bate (PA to the Headteacher 01634 338348).



Information about the federation

Rivermead Inclusive Trust, strives to be diverse and inclusive and a place where we can ALL be ourselves. We welcome applications from all diverse and ethnic groups.

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.

Any offer of employment will be subject to receipt of an enhanced DBS check, Health Declaration and satisfactory references

If you require access arrangements to complete an application form please contact Rivermead Inclusive Trust who will cater to your needs ie. large print, coloured forms and an audio version.

Job Contact Information

  • Name:Trust Office
  • Address:Long Catlis Road,
    ME8 9TX
  • Telephone: 01634 961080
  • Email: dstammers@r-i-t.org


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 Education.