Primary English Lead

London (Greater)
12 Feb 2018
16 Feb 2018
Contract Type
Full Time

Job Description: Primary English Lead

Reports to: Appropriate Senior Leader

Start date: September 2018

Role type: Teaching role is permanent – English lead role is fixed until September 2019, when the structure of the school will likely change

Additional time out of class: Equivalent to half a day a week

Salary: TLR 3 - £2,609 for the academic year 2018-19

The role

The English Lead is a classroom based role which allows an excellent classroom teacher to develop as a leader. The English Lead will be responsible for the leadership of an excellent primary English curriculum, ensuring all our pupils make excellent progress in English through key leadership actions. They will also model excellence through their own classroom practice.

The English Lead will lead on ensuring that our English curriculum across EYFS, KS1 and KS2 is truly preparing our pupils to be successful in secondary and at university and beyond.

Key responsibilities

The precise areas of responsibility for this post will be agreed based around the skills of the English lead and the needs of the school, but it is anticipated that you will:

  • Model excellent teaching in your own class
  • Provide feedback through coaching to other staff
  • Monitor and evaluation of books and the quality of English teaching
  • Organise electronic and physical resources
  • Lead PD sessions
  • Take an active role in organising special curriculum events
  • Review the curriculum to embed a culture of backwards planning in primary English which enables our pupils to be prepared for secondary school, university and beyond
  • Monitor and evaluate the work and improve all areas of responsibility over time
  • Use data analysis effectively (national, local, school data and inspection data) to inform policies, teaching and learning and whole school improvement.
  • To write an English action plan as part of the Academy Development Plan, and evaluate the effectiveness of the plan on a half-termly basis
  • To advise and inform staff about assessment, recording and reporting procedures
  • To assist SLT in the monitoring and evaluation of the quality of learning through observations and lesson, work and planning reviews where appropriate


  • Play an active part in the performance management cycle
  • Undertake other various responsibilities as directed by the Principal or the line manger

Role review

This job description sets out the main duties of the post at the time of drafting. It cannot be read as an exhaustive list. These responsibilities will be discussed annually as part of the postholder’s annual performance review and are subject to change. However, it may be altered at any time subject to need in consultation with the postholder subject to the Principal’s approval.

Person Specification: Primary English Lead

Necessary qualification criteria

  • Qualified to degree level and above
  • Qualified to teach in the UK
  • Right to work in the UK

Essential experience

  • Experience of writing a long term curriculum, excellent medium term plans and excellent lesson plans and training other staff to do so
  • Experience of raising attainment in a challenging classroom environment
  • Evidence of continually improving the behaviour and culture of groups of pupils
  • Experience of leading, coaching and managing staff is desirable

Skills and attributes

We are looking for these skills and attributes or at the very least, a candidate’s clear, demonstrable capacity to develop them:

Alignment with KSA vision

  • Relentless drive to do whatever it takes to ensure all students succeed.
  • The belief that with the right environment all pupils are able to excel at university and beyond.
  • The courage and conviction to make a difference.

Communication skills

  • The ability to listen and communicate effectively.
  • Empathy and the ability to understand the needs, aspirations and motivation of diverse individuals and groups.
  • The ability to influence and motivate others.

Working with others

  • Develop and communicate a shared vision.
  • Model desired behaviour and values.
  • Empower, support and coach others.
  • Hold others to account for high standards of performance.
  • Understand and resolve conflict.

Problem solving

  • Identify, analyse and resolve problems and issues.
  • Develop plans with concrete outcomes and effective solutions.
  • Evaluate results and identify necessary actions.
  • Make fact-based decisions.


  • Sustain energy, optimism and motivation in the face of pressure and setbacks.
  • Stay calm in difficult situations and maintain clarity of vision.
  • Be adaptable in the face of adversity.

Results and learning orientation

  • Awareness of own strengths and limits.
  • Commitment to ongoing improvement and learning.
  • A passion for teaching subject.
  • Focus on achieving challenging goals and results.
  • Resourcefulness and flexibility in delivering outcomes.


  • Effective team worker and leader.
  • Demonstrates resilience, motivation and commitment to driving up standards of achievement.
  • Acts as a role model to staff and students.
  • Vision aligned with KSA’s high aspirations, high expectations of self and others.

Leading culture

  • Able to model the importance of effectiveness of joy in learning environments and of nurturing relationships with pupils
  • High expectations for accountability and consistency.

Leading the learning

  • Excellent classroom practitioner and coach.
  • Effective and systematic behaviour management with clear boundaries, sanctions, rewards and praise.


This post is subject to an enhanced Disclosure and Barring Services check.

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