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Job title:            Second in Department – English

Location:                              Brownhills Ormiston Academy, Brownhills 

Salary:                                 Learning Responsibility Payment TLR 2b

Status:                                   Fixed Term For 12 Months

Contract:                             Academy

Hours:                                   Directed time will not exceed 1265 hours

Responsible to:                 Head of Department (as applicable) Vice Principal/Assistant Principal (as applicable) Principal

Disclosure level:                Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Services Check (DBS) will be a requirement of the post, as well as obtaining suitable references for the successful applicant.

Safeguarding:                    Brownhills Ormiston Academy takes safeguarding seriously. All applicants will be subject to rigorous safeguarding checks and will be asked questions on safeguarding

Purpose of the job:

To support the Director of Learning in:

  • Accountability for standards of pupil attainment and achievement within the whole curriculum are and to monitor and support pupil progress.
  • Developing and enhance the teaching practice of others
  • Accountability for leading, managing and developing the subject/curriculum area.
  • Effectively managing the resources and deploying teaching/support staff, financial and physical resources within the faculty.
  • To act as DOL/HOD the DOL/HOD.

Responsible for

  • Teaching staff and other relevant personnel within the department.
  • Raising standards in the department.
  • Developing learning and teaching within the department.
 2nd in Dept
Operational/Strategic Planning:To support the development of appropriate exam specifications, resources, schemes of work, marking policies, assessment and teaching and learning strategies in the department. Supporting day-to-day management, control and operation of course provision with the faculty including effective deployment of staff and physical resources. To support the HOD in the improvement planning function of the department and help formulate the Department Development Plan. To link with the rest of the department  team to ensure that the work in the curriculum area fully reflects the academy’s distinctive ethos and vision. Meet with the HOD on a regular basis to discuss and co-ordinate the work of the faculty. Be responsible and accountable to the HOD for the leadership and management of cross curricular literacy, the development and implementation of agreed curriculum maps, schemes of learning, monitoring and evaluating the quality of teaching and learning and setting targets for improvement etc. Lead items at department meetings.  
Curriculum Provision:To liaise with the DOL/HOD to ensure the delivery of an appropriate, comprehensive, high quality and cost-effective curriculum programme.   To be accountable for the delivery of the department intervention programmes, including outcomes for pupils.
Curriculum Development:To support curriculum development for the whole department particularly related to key tasks.   To keep up to date with national developments in the subject area and teaching pedagogy, practice and methodology.   With the HOD, actively monitor and respond to curriculum development and initiatives at national, regional and local levels.   Develop trips and visit pertinent to the department to enrich the curriculum.
Staffing:To undertake Performance Management Review(s) and to act as reviewer for a group of staff within the department (if appropriate).   To participate in the interview process for teaching posts when required and to ensure effective induction of new staff in line with Academy procedures.   To support the HOD in promoting teamwork and to motivate staff to ensure effective working relations.   Promote good behaviour, attendance and punctuality in the department and wider academy through implementing academy policies.   Alongside the HOD to be support the day-to-day management of staff and act as a positive role model.    
Quality Assurance:To contribute to the academy procedures for lesson observation.   To help to monitor and evaluate the curriculum area/ department in line with agreed academy procedures including evaluation against quality standards and performance criteria.
Management information:To assist in the maintenance of accurate and up-to-date information concerning the department on the management information system.   To make use of analysis and evaluate performance data provided.   To identify and take appropriate action on issues arising from data, systems and reports.   To help produce reports on examination performance, including the use of value-added data.
Pupil Support Systems:To help monitor and support the overall progress and development of pupils within the generic job description.   To act as a mentor and to carry out the duties associated with that role as outlined in the generic job description.   To support the academy’s Behaviour for Learning system so that effective learning can take place.
Teaching:You are required to carry out the duties of a school teacher as set out in the relevant paragraphs of the current Teachers Conditions of Employment document. This includes:   Teaching English and across the full ability range; following schemes of work, the National Curriculum and the relevant subject specifications.   Setting and marking work (including homework), in line with academy policy.   Integrating the development of key skills (numeracy, literacy and ICT) into teaching.   Monitoring and assessing students, in line with academy/faculty policy.    Actively promoting the academy’s high expectations and equal opportunities policy.
Additional Duties:To play a full part in the life of the academy community, to support its vision and ethos and to encourage and ensure staff and pupils to follow this example.
Other Specific Duties:Helping to maintain outstanding behaviour around the academy at all times by undertaking daily duties and providing pastoral support for pupils, as appropriate.   Undertaking any other responsibilities as required and attending assemblies on a regular basis.   Actively promoting the academy’s high expectations and equal opportunities policy.   Maintaining sound procedures for security, supervision, and maintenance of the school environment, ensuring that all safeguarding/health and safety regulations are met.   Modelling the highest standards of professional conduct, supporting and driving excellence in all practice within the academy; ensuring that Brownhills Ormiston Academy and the Ormiston Academies Trust is always presented positively within and beyond the academy.   To participate in continuous professional development.   To engage actively in the performance review process.   To undertake any other duty as specified by STPCD 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 Academy 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.


All staff are part of a wider academy team.  Everyone, therefore, is required to support the values/ethos of the academy and the academy priorities as defined in the Academy Improvement Plan.  This will mean being responsive to the needs of colleagues, parents and students and being flexible in a demanding environment. On occasions the post holder may be expected to carry out additional tasks, as requested by the Principal and Governors, which are not specifically specified in this job description. 

All staff in the academy work subject to statute and academy policies and procedures. The post holder will be expected to become familiar with these and work in accordance with them.

This job role is subject to review with the post holder from time to time.

Due to the nature of this job, it will be necessary for the appropriate level of Criminal Record Disclosure to be undertaken.  It is essential that post holders disclose whether they have any pending charges, convictions, bind-overs or cautions and if so, for which offences. Any failure to disclose such convictions will result in dismissal or disciplinary action by the academy. 

The post holder will be subject to a full police and suitability check to satisfy child protection requirements. The post is exempt from the provisions of the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 and all convictions or cautions must be declared.

The duties and responsibilities of this post may vary from time to time and post holders may be expected to undertake other duties of a similar level/nature which is considered appropriate to the level of this post.

Person Specification

 Essential (E)/Desirable (D)Assessed By
Honours degree or equivalentEApplication
Qualified Teacher StatusEApplication
Commitment to undertake professional training / development relevant to the post/seeking Career Progression     DApplication
Professional Experience & Knowledge/Skills:

Closing date 17 May 2024 11am

We are always looking for committed and talented members of staff. If you don’t see a specific role advertised but you would like to join us, please feel free to submit a speculative application form outlining your skills and experience and how you would help us further raise standards at our School.

Please send your completed forms to [email protected]