Head of Computer Science

Location Essex

Contract Permanent

Salary £42,000 - £48,000 + £5,000 TLR

Ref DH - HCS - BIL

If you’re an experienced teacher who is keen to join a thriving school, we may have just the job for you. The school is based in Central Essex and qualifies for London Fringe salary.


  1. To be accountable for the highest standards of pupil achievement within the Department, monitoring and evaluating pupil achievement and setting targets for improvement.
  2. To lead, develop, and enhance the teaching practice of all teachers working in the Department, evaluating the quality of teaching and securing and sustaining effective teaching of Department subjects and courses.
  3. To be accountable for the strategic direction, leadership, and management of the Department, the development and implementation of Department/subject policies, plans, targets and practices within the context of the school’s aims and policies.
  4. To effectively line manage teaching staff and deploy teaching and support staff.

Main duties

  • Provide the oversight and co-ordination of teaching, learning and assessment, both across the Department, ensuring that the National Curriculum is delivered;
  • Keep up to date with national developments and research, using the information to ensure effective curriculum provision;
  • Implement and maintain school self review procedures to inform the production of the Department’s curriculum intent, implementation and impact documentation;
  • Develop assessment policies and procedures which are compatible with school policy;
  • Deliver, as a subject teacher, to all levels via suitable classroom practice, homework/coursework assignments, examination results and other professional parameters;
  • Ensure that the National Curriculum strategy framework is fully implemented;
  • Assign and delegate duties and responsibilities to all staff teaching within the Department;
  • Provide the team leadership of the Department, including consultation, decision-making and implementation of policy;
  • Ensure, in consultation with the Acting Deputy Headteacher and key stage co-ordinators the provision of appropriate syllabuses and schemes of work (liaising with vocational co-ordinator and SEN team where applicable);
  • Liaise with the examinations officer in relation to entry procedures and to maintain an overview of examination entries across the Department;
  • Maintain an overview of overall student performance, target setting and monitoring;
  • Manage the Department budget and administration with the assistance of Department and support staff;
  • Establish and maintain, through forward planning, appropriate learning resources for the Department;
  • Initiate and/or monitor parental contact, in particular over group placement; annual, interim and progress reports; exam entries; lost books/equipment; work or behaviour problems (in consultation with the relevant year managers and heads of year and others); learning difficulties (in consultation with the Assistant Headteacher: Student Welfare);
  • Involvement with timetablers during construction of Department timetable and over working changes during the year;
  • Provide the induction, support, monitoring and advising of all staff in the Department;
  • Promote the professional development of all members of the Department including assistance in their performance management;
  • Meet regularly with the designated SLT line manager in order to share information;
  • Maintain an effective structure for consultation and communication within the Department;
  • Conduct regular line management meetings with key stage co-ordinators within the Department;
  • Establish expectations and implement clear guidelines for high standards of work in the Department;
  • Assume responsibility for student conduct within the area;
  • Undertake specific tasks as reasonably delegated by the Senior Leadership Team from time to time;

Additional responsibilities

  • Delivery of syllabuses including internal and external examinations;
  • Liaison with representatives of the Examination Board in conjunction with key stage co-ordinators;
  • Liaison with subject leaders, Assistant Headteacher: Student Welfare and School Examinations Officer;
  • Maintain an overview of suitable schemes of work and teaching resources;
  • Monitoring of student progress and attainment;
  • To ensure the effective deployment of support staff within the Department.

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