The Head of Department English, directly influences the quality of learning and teaching throughout the school. The position is one that requires leadership in relation to curriculum initiatives, the learning and teaching process and co-ordination across a range of classes in the overseeing of English curriculum for Grades VI-. The Head of Department English will facilitate student learning with the department in order to enable all students to achieve to their fullest potential. The HOD will carry out their duties and exercise leadership in a democratic framework wherein delegation of responsibility, scope to take initiative, collaboration and dialogue between members of the department is fundamental.
1. Operations and Future Development of the English Department
a. Develop an approach to the operations of the department that includes innovative subject/curriculum area policies, future plans and targets within the context of the schools strategic plan. Develop a plan for the expansion of English language subjects teaching and learning processes to drive improvement across the school in standards, achievement and attainment inclusive of CBSE Board results.
2. Teaching and Learning
a. Ensure effective teaching and assessment processes within the English department, evaluate the quality of teaching and learning, the achievement of all students and set targets for improvement.
b. It is imperative for the HOD to take at least one teaching class through the academic year. The idea is to demonstrate all teaching learning processes and practices in action that are desired for all teachers within the department to follow. The HOD may be expected to teach more than one teaching classes depending on the need in the given situation.
3. Leading and managing team members
a. Provide active leadership for all those involved in teaching or supporting the members of the department. This will include mentoring, collaborating and the sharing of information so that staff motivation is at an optimum level to encourage continuous improvement in the quality of teaching and learning.
b. Manage all teachers in the department along with the classes assigned, including assisting with recruitment, managing performance and meeting agreed targets.
c. Create efficient team by inspiring and motivating students and teachers.
d. Be a positive role model for the department by taking responsibility for the continuous improvement of the team within the context of the school.
e. Foster the individual development of the members in the department viz a viz the vision and the philosophy of THS and to mentor them consistently.
4. Efficient and effective deployment of staff and resources
a. Identify appropriate resources for the department and ensure that they are used efficiently, effectively and safely.
5. Strengthening Community
a. Work collaboratively at both strategic and operational levels with other Heads of Department, parents and students.
6. Assess, provide feedback and report on student learning
a. Develop, select and use informal and formal, diagnostic, formative and summative assessment strategies to assess student learning.
b. Provide timely, effective and appropriate feedback to students about their achievement relative to their learning goals.
c. Organise assessment moderation activities that support consistent and comparable judgements of student learning.
d. Work with team to use data from internal and external student assessments for evaluating learning and teaching, identifying interventions and modifying teaching practice.
e. Work with team to construct accurate, informative and timely reports to students and parents/carers about student learning and achievement.
PROFESSIONAL DUTIES AND ROLE ACCOUNTABILITY
The Head of Department is responsible for:
1 Leading and managing the department including, modelling best practice in English teaching, implementation of curriculum (Grade 6-12), monitoring achievement of students and effectiveness of teachers, dealing with all operational, budgeting and record keeping requirements and ensuring fair and effective assessment procedures.
2 Ensuring continuous innovation in processes involved in English learning and teaching. Providing opportunities for enrichment for gifted students and work towards differentiating the curriculum needs for students
3 Encouraging the use of ICT in all appropriate areas of English learning
4 Actively work with members of the English department in planning the way forward for the professional learning needs of the faculty.
5 Attending and contributing to Curriculum Team meetings on behalf of the faculty.
6 Hold regular faculty meetings with published/agreed/strategic agendas with subject teachers. Minutes of the meetings should be recorded.
7 Other duties as required by the Principal/Academic Head
As a member of the Schools staff you will:
1. Exhibit conduct in keeping with the Schools mission and vision
2. Adhere to all aspects of relevant Child Protection and Work Health and Safety legislation
3. Display integrity and sound judgment and be committed to ethical behaviour
4. Work constructively and collaboratively with team members and with others
5. Take personal responsibility for actions and consequences
6. Communicate effectively
7. Be self-motivated and use initiative to solve problems
8. Maintain confidentiality
9. Possess an openness to change
10. Meet all administrative deadlines
11. Maintain any required professional accreditation requirements
12. Engage constructively with people through a vision to lead
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