Head of Music – Job Vacancy

Head of Music

TLR 2b – £4,657.00


(possibility of 1.0fte for the right candidate)

Required for September 2020; we are seeking to appoint an experienced and ambitious part time practitioner to take on the leadership of the Music Department – a subject which offers a range of extra-curricular provision, performances and events.  The successful candidate will work alongside our current Head of Music who will be relinquishing this role to assume the role of SENCO.  We would consider negotiating a full time appointment for an outstanding candidate.  This is an exciting time to be joining Ferndown Upper School.

A suitable candidate will be an experienced teacher who can teach Music at KS3, GCSE and ‘A’ Level.  Knowledge of Music ICT based programs is desirable.  The department is located in the Creative and Expressive Arts area and contains a fully equipped Music classroom, practice rooms and the use of extensive performance and practice spaces. There are well-established schemes of work with excellent resources.

We are seeking a teacher who:

  • Is passionate about their subject and able to deliver excellent lessons that are exciting, engaging and inclusive.
  • Is able to motivate and inspire students to raise achievement across all ability ranges.
  • Is an enthusiastic, positive professional with strong interpersonal and team working skills.
  • Has experience of curriculum development.
  • Has experience of teaching Music at KS3, KS4 and KS5 is highly desirable.
  • Has a proven record of a consistently high level of teaching and results.
  • Has the ability to work in a team environment.
  • Will be able to implement and deliver an appropriately broad, balanced, relevant and differentiated curriculum for all students.
  • Will bring innovative ideas and vibrancy to the classroom.
  • Will be able to promote Music learning and performance in school and the wider community.

What we offer:

  • Great students who want to learn, so you are allowed to teach.
  • Tight, robust behaviour systems.
  • Centralised detentions, including homework detentions (so you do not need to organise, run or chase detentions).
  • Highly visible and supportive senior leaders who have your back.
  • A feedback policy focused on whole class feedback, so you do not need to mark exercise books. We do not have onerous marking policies because we believe in verbal feedback.
  • No formal graded lesson observations, just ongoing ‘no-stakes’ feedback, helping you to continuously develop. We believe that trusting our staff with autonomy helps to develop a strong staff culture.
  • Centralised, shared units of work and resources.
  • Excellent ongoing CPD, career development and promotion opportunities.
  • Really well kept site, in a very pleasant location in beautiful Dorset.

Ferndown Upper School is a very successful 13-19 comprehensive school set in semi-rural surroundings to the north of Bournemouth and to the west of the New Forest.  Students are responsive and engaging and teachers are able to teach.  If you enjoy teaching students of all abilities and you want to be part of demanding but exciting times in an innovative and forward-looking school we would like to hear from you.

If you would like further information or to arrange a virtual tour of our facilities, please contact johnevans@fernup.dorset.sch.uk

Closing date:               midnight Monday 25th May 2020

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.  The successful candidate will be required to have an Enhanced Disclosure & Barring Service check in line with the Governments safer recruitment guidelines.

Ferndown Upper School values the diversity of our workforce and welcome applications from all sections of the community

Job Description

TLR payment level2b
  Purpose:To provide leadership in the development and management of the subject within the curriculum area; and to teach pupils within the school To support the Head of Faculty and to deputise when and where appropriate.To ensure provision of an appropriately broad, balanced, relevant and differentiated curriculum for students studying in the subject area, in accordance with the aims of the school and the curricular policies determined by the Governing Body and Headteacher of the school.To develop and enhance the teaching practice of others.To monitor and support the overall progress and development of students as a manager within the subject area and as a Form Tutor.
Applicable Contract Terms and DutiesThis job description is to be performed in accordance with the attached provisions of the School Teachers’ Pay and Conditions Document and within the range of duties set out in that document so far as relevant to the postholder’s title and salary grade.  The post is otherwise subject to the Conditions of Service for School Teachers in England and Wales (the ‘Burgundy Book’) and to locally agreed conditions of employment to the extent that they are incorporated in the postholder’s individual contract of employment.  Copies of the relevant documents are available for inspection at the school.  
Reporting to:Head of Faculty
Responsible for:The provision of a full learning experience and support for students
Liaising with:SLT, relevant non teaching support staff, LEA representatives, EDEP schools, external agencies and parents
Working Time:0.5fte (full time will be considered for the right candidate)
Salary/Grade:TLR 2b
Disclosure levelEnhanced
Operational/ Strategic Planning                 To lead the development of appropriate syllabuses, resources, schemes of work, marking policies, assessment and teaching strategies in the Department, within the designated area.To monitor and follow up student progress.To implement school Policies and Procedures, for example Equal Opportunities, Health and Safety, COSHH, Accommodation Strategy, etc.To work with colleagues in the Faculty to formulate aims and objectives for the subject which have coherence and relevance to the needs of students and to the aims and objectives of the school.To assist in the management of the business planning function of the subject, and to ensure that the planning activities of the subject reflect the needs of the students and the aims and objectives of the school.To support the Head of Faculty in the application of ICT in the subject.
Curriculum Provision: To liaise with the Head of Faculty to ensure the delivery of an appropriate, comprehensive, high quality and cost-effective curriculum programme which complements the school’s strategic objectives.
Curriculum Development: To plan curriculum developments within the department To keep up to date with national developments in the subject area and teaching practice and methodology.To actively monitor and respond to curriculum development and initiatives at national, regional and local levels.To liaise with the Head of Faculty to maintain accreditation with the relevant examination and validating bodies.
Staffing   Staff Development:   Recruitment/ Deployment of Staff   To work with the Head of Faculty and link senior manager to ensure that staff development needs are identified in the subject area and that appropriate programmes are designed to meet such needs.To contribute to Personal Development Review and to act as reviewer for staff within the subject area, taking action to address under-performance where this is identified from lesson observation and data analysis evidenceTo promote teamwork and to motivate staff to ensure effective working relations.To ensure the effective efficient deployment of classroom support.To participate in the school’s ITT programme.
Quality Assurance:       To ensure the effective operation of quality control systems.To assist in the process of the setting of targets within the department and to work towards their achievement.To help to establish common standards of practice within the subject and develop the effectiveness of teaching and learning stylesTo contribute to the school procedures for lesson observation.To implement school quality procedures and to ensure adherence to those within the department.To participate in the monitoring and evaluation of the subject in line with agreed school procedures including evaluation against quality standards and performance criteria.To seek/implement modification and improvement where required within the department.
Management Information: To ensure the maintenance of accurate and up-to-date information concerning the subject area on the management information system (working with any available support staff)To analyse and evaluate performance data.To produce reports within the quality assurance cycle.To produce reports on examination performance, including the use of value-added data.To identify exam entries within the subject.
Communications: To help ensure that all members of the subject area are familiar with its aims and objectives.To ensure effective communication/ as appropriate with the parents of students.To liaise with partner schools (especially within EDEP), higher education, Industry, Examination Boards, Awarding Bodies and other relevant external bodies.
Marketing and Liaison: To contribute to the school liaison and marketing activities, eg, the collection of material for press releases. To contribute to the development of effective subject links with partner schools (especially within EDEP) and the community, attendance where necessary at liaison events in partner schools and the effective promotion of the subject at Open Days/Evenings and other events in partner schools and the wider community..To actively promote the development of effective subject links with external agencies.
Management of Resources: To assist the Head of Faculty to identify resource needs and to contribute to the efficient /effective use of physical resources  To co-operate with other departments to ensure a sharing and effective usage of resources to the benefit of the school and the students.
Pastoral System: To monitor and support the overall progress and development of students within the subject area.To monitor student attendance together with students’ progress and performance in relation to targets set for each individual; ensuring that follow-up procedures are adhered to and that appropriate action is taken where necessary.To communicate as appropriate, with the parents of students and with persons or bodies outside the school concerned with the welfare of individual students, after consultation with the appropriate staffTo implement the agreed whole-school Behaviour Management system in the Department so that effective learning can take place.To alert the appropriate staff to problems experienced by students and to make recommendations as to how these may be resolved.To act as Form Tutor and carry out the duties associated with the role as outlined in the generic job description.To contribute to PSD, citizenship and enterprise programmes according to the school policy.To promote the general progress and well-being of individual students and of the Form Tutor Group as a whole initially by knowing about their individual achievements and valuing theseTo liaise with a Pastoral Leader to ensure the implementation of the school’s Pastoral System.To register students, accompany them to assemblies, encourage their full attendance at all lessons and their participation in other aspects of school life.To evaluate and monitor the progress of students and keep up-to-date student records as may be required.To contribute to the preparation of Action Plans and progress files and other reports.
Teaching: To undertake an appropriate programme of teaching in accordance with the duties of a standard scale teacher (see job description at that level).
Additional Duties: To play a full part in the life of the school community, to support its distinctive mission and ethos and to encourage staff and students to follow this example.Responsibility for management of instrumental lessons, to include liaison with teachers regarding curriculum and progress of students and management of administrative support.
Other Specific Duties:
To support the school in meeting its legal requirements for worship.To promote actively the school’s corporate policies. To continue personal development as agreed.To actively engage in the staff review and development process.To undertake any other duty as specified by STPCB not mentioned in the above.   Whilst every effort has been made to explain the main duties and responsibilities of the post, each individual task undertaken may not be identified.  
Employees will be expected to comply with any reasonable request from a manager to undertake work of a similar level that is not specified in this job description.   Employees are expected to be courteous to colleagues and provide a welcoming environment to visitors and telephone callers.   The school will endeavour to make any necessary reasonable adjustments to the job and the working environment to enable access to employment opportunities for disabled job applicants or continued employment for any employee who develops a disabling condition.
This job description is current at the date shown, but, in consultation with you, may be changed by the Headteacher to reflect or anticipate changes in the job commensurate with the grade and job title.