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Joseph Leckie Academy

  • Leadership, Empathy, Community, Kindness, Integrity & Environment

Subject Lead and teacher for Media Studies (with a second subject of English)


(Part time may be available, minimum 0.6 for the right candidate*)

Salary: MPS/UPS

with a TLR 2A (£3,214) for Subject Leader for Media Studies

Start date for permanent role 1st September 2024 or as soon as possible thereafter

We are seeking to appoint an outstanding classroom practitioner - someone enthusiastic, innovative and engaging - who will be a committed addition to our already highly successful team. The successful candidate will teach Media Studies and English (as part of the Communications Faculty). The Communications Faculty is made up of a wide range of highly experienced and skilled teachers and teaching assistants. There is a Head of Faculty, an Assistant Head of Faculty and Key Stage leaders, as well as a Head of Languages and a Head of Bilingual Learning. Our academy offers a wealth of support for all staff, as well as a range of fantastic opportunities for professional development. Now is an ideal time to join and contribute to the development of this faculty and to be part our expanding academy.

We currently offer GCSE Media Studies (EDQUAS), GCSE English Language and Literature (AQA) and Level 3 Media (Single Award) and A Level English Literature (AQA, Lit B). Successful candidates may also be required to offer some Drama at KS3 and/or 4, which falls under the Arts and Humanities Faculty.

The position as Media Lead has come about due to the growth of the subject at Key Stage 4 and 5. We have an increasing number of students opting for Media at KS4 and a new Level 3 BTEC introduced Post 16. The current Media Lead, having recently been promoted to a different role within the Academy, has relinquished this role but has established a solid foundation on which to build the subject further. Ideally, all candidates should have some experience of teaching Media Studies and/or BTEC to support with teaching, planning and assessment.

There is an opportunity for the right candidate - with the right experience - to become the subject lead for Media Studies (subject to the qualifications and experience). The subject lead will work closely with other key staff to shape the development of Media within the Communications Faculty. Candidates must have at least two years of teaching experience in a relevant subject at GCSE and ideally some experience of BTEC to be eligible for this TLR.  Please see the subject lead specification and job description and ensure you address this in your letter.

*We would also welcome applications from teachers who may be an ECT as a Teacher of Media and English, without the TLR.  For the right candidate, we would also consider someone who may want part time (Minimum 0.6). 

Joseph Leckie Academy is a vibrant, exciting and innovative mixed 11-18 Converter Academy with an overall positive progress score every year since 2017 and within the top 3 non-selective schools in Walsall every year since 2017.  With our excellent results and being graded as “Good” across all areas by Ofsted (October 2021) and our continual desire and drive to continue moving forward, this is an exciting time for you to join our team. Since 2017, the Academy has remained as one of the top non-selective secondary school for progress in Walsall based on validated results and is one of the highest performing schools in the region for student progress.

The Academy has a large Sixth Form of well over 240 students and the successful candidate will have the opportunity to teach at Post 16 in the future as well as contribute to development the Media Studies course and to shape the future of other vocational courses as we consider appropriate and suitable alternatives to meet the needs of our learners. 

Our last Ofsted inspection in 2021 we were judged the Academy to be good in all categories and for overall effectiveness with some excellent feedback across all subjects and our Pastoral Care as can be seen below in some of their comments:

“We pride ourselves on our high expectations of all learners. This creates a calm learning environment where teachers can teach and students can learn as was clearly supported by the feedback from Ofsted. We offer a highly supportive environment and are committed to ensuring outstanding teaching, behaviour, progress and achievement. Staff are proud to work in our Academy.”

“We have an ambitious curriculum, mapped in detail and a curriculum that is broad and deep, including the two-year Key Stage 3. Students study a wide range of subjects at Key Stage 4 and there are plans to develop this further to support their next stage in education or employment and training. Leaders know what knowledge students should be taught and have sequenced learning well so students learn content in the right order and teachers and support staff work very well to and go the extra mile to support and improve students learning.”

We are an expanding Academy with numbers growing, now well over 1500 and continuing to be over- subscribed at Key stage 3 and in our large Sixth form and so this is an ideal opportunity and an exciting time for you to join our team as a permanent member as we continue to expand and grow and there will excellent opportunities for you and this role to grow and develop further.

The role of this appointment will be as per the attached information on the Job Description, although the precise leadership responsibilities will be confirmed upon appointment based on experience.

This is a fantastic opportunity for an ambitious candidate to join our dynamic team at the forefront of change and to make a real difference to our drive to continue to raise standards of education in the Academy. If you believe that you have the skills and abilities to take on this role, we would love to hear from you.

We can offer you: -

  • Friendly, caring and supportive staff across the Academy. – staff stay here for a number of years and say it is a great place to work and ex-students come back to work in the Academy so please come along and visit us find out what they say…
  • A high focus on staff well-being with staff social events, staff sports, well-being counsellor, Academy Nurse, well-being co-ordinator for staff, monthly staff breakfasts, employee assistance programme and much more.
  • Excellent support and professional development opportunities including opportunities to undertake our own in-house CPD programmes as well as external providers such as National Professional Qualifications at different levels as you progress towards leadership roles.
  • A well established and supportive Induction programme for all staff at all levels including ECTs.
  • A well-established, experienced and dedicated team of staff in the faculty.
  • Opportunities for outreach work and the chance to trial new ideas and approaches.
  • A highly dedicated and committed Pastoral team at all levels.
  • Excellent resources, programs and technology to support learning in English
  • A large and expanding Academy at the forefront of change and growth, with high standards and an ambitious desire to better the lives of our students and impact further on our wider community.

You will have/show:

  • A passion and vision for working with students in their personal, social and emotional needs as well as their academic development.
  • The ability to motivate and inspire students.
  • Experience of delivering: Media Studies at KS4 and/or 5 and English Language and Literature at KS3 and 4,
  • Ability to teach Drama is desirable at least at KS3.
  • The ability to stimulate curiosity, interest and enjoyment in learning.
  • Confidence in dealing with students across different age ranges particularly Key Stage 4 and 5.
  • Creative skills and a professional approach.
  • High expectations of students.
  • The determination to support in raising student achievement within the classroom.
  • The passion to enrich the lives of our students and contribute to the development of Cultural Capital to enhance the life opportunities for our students.
  • Engagement in professional development opportunities.
  • Team skills.
  • Outstanding inter-personal and communication skills with students, colleagues and parents.
  • Ability to teach a second subject at least at KS3 or other courses at KS4.
  • Ability to teach PSHE as part of our form time programme.
  • A clear understanding of the importance of Safeguarding.
  • Further details of practical skills and expertise as outlined in the Job description and person specification.

Application process:

Please see the attached job description (see relevant JD) and person specification and address this in your letter and address the question below:

  1. Explain how your experience, skills and qualities to date have prepared you for this role. 
  2. Please outline your how you see the future for Joseph Leckie students and your role within this as subject lead.

Joseph Leckie Academy is an equal opportunities employer and fully committed to promoting and safeguarding the welfare of students and candidates will be required to undergo an enhanced DBS check.

We welcome visits to the Academy, please contact Mrs S Richards to arrange for a visit.

Closing date for applications: Wednesday 12th June 2024

Please send completed applications to Mrs S Richards.

Joseph Leckie Academy is committed to promoting and safeguarding the welfare of students and candidates will be required to undergo an enhanced DBS check.