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Subject Leader of English and Literacy - Francis Barber Pupil Referral Unit

Please Note: The application deadline for this job has now passed.

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Required from Easter 2024 or sooner

Francis Barber Pupil Referral Unit has a vacancy for a Subject Leader for English and Literacy. This role will suit an aspiring or experienced English Subject Leader who is looking for an exciting opportunity to lead the whole school in a core subject. 

The school is seeking a well-qualified, committed and passionate Subject Leader, in this school for 11 –16 year olds in South London. You will need to be committed to supporting young people to rebuild their self-esteem and resilience, through leading an inspiring curriculum that provides opportunities to gain AQA GCSE and Functional Skills, English qualifications.  Start date is Easter 2024.

Francis Barber is a large, friendly and inclusive PRU that prides itself on helping the young people it works with to achieve their full potential. It is also a complex PRU, catering for a number of specific groups of young people. These include: pupils who have been permanently excluded, those who are dual registered, pupils who have recently moved into the area, and some who have not regularly attended school in the past.

At Francis Barber, the English and Literacy curriculum is tailored to meeting specific learning needs. Students in Key Stage 3 and 4 pupils take part in a reading programme which aims to re-engage pupils with reading whole books and to improve their basic literacy skills. The programme includes Faster Read reading sessions, Rapid Reading support, author visits and a reading rewards programme. In Year 11 pupils are stretched and challenged, through a bespoke curriculum, to achieve excellent outcomes in GCSE and Functional skills Level1 and 2 exams. At Francis Barber everyone is a teacher of Literacy! If you are interested in  this exciting opportunity to lead practice in this area, this could be the job for you!

The English and Literacy Subject Leader will be able to teach high quality and engaging lessons. They will lead a team committed to raising the achievement of all our pupils and helping the Year 11 students to gain good results in the GCSE and Functional Skills exams. The successful candidate will have a good understanding of how to help pupils raise their basic literacy skills and in conjunction with the SLT team be able to plan appropriate individualised programmes for additional support. If you are; an excellent teacher, have initiative, are a good team player and thrive on achieving exceptional outcomes for young people, we would welcome your application.

Staff at Francis Barber are committed to creating a reflective and considerate community where pupils can learn in a safe and secure environment. We value the individual strengths which pupils and staff can equally contribute to the development of positive and co-operative relationships.  Within the school there is a strong, diverse staff team including mentors, keyworkers and clinical CAMHS practitioners and a social worker, who help our young people to manage their behaviour and emotions. Staff CPD this year has focused on embedding a whole school trauma informed approach. 

Francis Barber is a great place to work with a friendly staff team and fantastic transport links and shops and banks nearby.  The school is very mindful of supporting staff wellbeing and there are many opportunities for CPD, mentoring and coaching. Other benefits include; access to Cyclescheme, a contribution towards the cost of eyecare, season ticket loans and access to our Employee Assistance Programme.

If you have the necessary experience, qualifications and passion to make a difference to the lives of youngsters, then we will be delighted to hear from you. For more information or to arrange a visit please contact Bunty Dames, Assistant Headteacher - Leader of Curriculum and Standards.

The person appointed will have Qualified Teacher Status and will have registered with the GTC. 

An Application Form, Job Description and Person Specification can be downloaded below.   

For informal discussions please call Bunty Dames, Assistant Headteacher on 020 8672 0771.

Applications are welcomed as soon as possible.

Please email completed applications to:

Closing date: Friday 15th March 2024 (at noon)

Francis Barber PRU is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.

All appointments are subject to DBS checks.

CVs are not acceptable.

Franciscan Road
Headteacher: Ms Jackie Addison
Tel: 020 8672 0771

Richmond and Wandsworth Councils

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