Job Description

To lead the department in achieving outstanding teaching and learning and to

inspire, encourage and empower our pupils to achieve their very best in their subjects

Start Date: January 2023

Key Responsibilities:

Teaching and Learning

  • Lead by example – model outstanding teaching and learning, this includes teaching up to 30 periods a week.
  • Lead the Department in pursuit of continuous improvement through innovation, strategic planning, and sharing of best practice.
  • Monitor the quality of teaching and learning through regular observations of Department staff, work scrutiny and pupil feedback.
  • Challenge teachers who underperform and use coaching strategies to help them improve, working closely with SLT line manager to ensure that correct support is provided.
  • Coach and support members of the Department to quality assure skill/knowledge base along with willingness to improve/develop is high.
  • Develop members of the team through clear and carefully planned distribution of suitable tasks – for example peer observation, methods for using AfL and other new initiatives. Identify strengths in the team to ensure the embracing of new teaching strategies, and pupils’ learning.
  • Promote the use of Digital Learning Technologies to support pupil achievement.
  • Ensure the smooth, efficient, supportive and rigorous running of Department policies, including the application of rewards and sanctions.


  • Track and monitor pupil progress and achievement within the subject area across all Key Stages, using baseline data.
  • Lead in taking appropriate action to intervene in pupils’ underachievement, which is likely to include communication with the appropriate Form Tutor/HOS/SLT member and parent/s.
  • Promote the use of target-setting and high quality pupil feedback to inform teaching and learning strategies.
  • Ensure that teachers support pupil progress.
  • Review, analyse and evaluate results throughout the year and for the examination analysis and subject review meetings, sharing the process with the Department so that all are aware of the development points.
  • Ensure that reporting on pupil progress follows the School’s policy.


  • Work collaboratively with the Department for continuous self-improvement of Curricular Schemes of Work.
  • Use areas of strength and expertise amongst the team and beyond The Royal to enhance curriculum delivery.
  • Lead, with appropriate consultation, on changes in specifications and/or exam board.
  • Ensure that pupils are advised on relevant university courses and maintain subject links with relevant industries, careers and higher education.
  • Keep abreast of, and communicate to the Department, changes in policies, guidelines and other national initiatives.
  • Ensure compliance with requirements for exam entries and arrangements.
  • Ensure that written records are kept as appropriate and in accordance with GDPR and the Data Protection Act 2018.
  • The school offers GCSEs in DT and Art (Fine Art, Textiles and Photography) and A Levels in DT, Photography and Fine Art.


The successful candidate will be likely to fit the following profile:


  • Good Honours degree
  • A postgraduate teaching qualification including QTS, is strongly desirable
  • Evidence of further relevant professional development


  • Ability to deliver inspiring lessons to KS3, GCSE and A Level
  • The ability to inspire, motivate and support pupils and colleagues in a successful and dynamic school
  • Excellent organisational, administrative and ICT skills


  • A proven track record of delivering on academic performance
  • Evidence of successful, inspiring and innovative teaching at all levels
  • Experience of collaborating with colleagues


  • Up-to-date knowledge of successful and innovative teaching and the latest curriculum developments and initiatives

The school is part of United Learning which brings with its numerous opportunities for professional development, to share ideas and best practice, amongst our supportive network of 7,000 colleagues. The Royal School is a warm and friendly place to work.

We may hold interviews as and when applications are received, and this job may be withdrawn without notice. Applications will only be considered if submitted online and before the closing deadline. With this in mind, we encourage you to apply as soon as possible. All Applicants will be required to complete the United Learning online application form and a link is provided on this advert. CVs will not be accepted in place of United Learning’s application form.

The Royal School is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all who work at the School to share this commitment.  Successful applicants will be subject to child protection screening appropriate to the post including an enhanced disclosure through the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) and checks with previous employers.

To apply, please click on the link: Head of Art and DT (