Subject Area Leaders (SALs) provide leadership and management for a particular subject or subjects to secure high quality teaching, effective use of resources and improved standards of learning and achievement for all students. These roles and responsibilities are in addition to their responsibilities as class teachers. Subject Area Leaders are responsible to the Secondary Leadership Team (Principals) and are under their supervision.
Have knowledge and understanding of:
• The school’s aims, priorities, and action plans
• The relationship of the subject area(s) to the whole school curriculum
• The characteristics of high quality teaching and the main strategies for improving and sustaining high standards of teaching, learning and achievement for all students
• Management structure and procedures
• The implications of special educational needs, gifted and talented needs, EAL, differentiation, enquiry methodology and ICT for teaching and learning
Planning and setting expectations:
• Set expectations for staff and students in relation to standards of student achievement and the quality of teaching.
• Work with all Department staff to ensure teaching is set to match with students’ needs.
• Establish, with the involvement of the relevant staff, short, medium and long term plans for the development and resourcing of the Subject Team.
• Identify realistic and challenging targets for improvement.
• Clarity regarding actions to be taken, timescales and criteria for success.
Teaching and managing pupil learning:
• Curriculum coverage, continuity and progression in all areas for all students, including those of high ability and those with special educational or linguistic needs
• Guidance i