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Impington Village College

Computer Science Lead Practitioner

Required: January 2020/Easter 2020/September 2020 (flexible)
Salary: IVC Leadership Scale 3-7

This role, suitable for an experienced Lead Teacher looking for a promotion to a senior middle leadership position, is a unique chance to develop your leadership capacity and transform your career opportunities. This is an exciting new role, arising from the expansion of our Computer Science department, where you will have the opportunity to shape the future of Computer Science in the College.

The successful candidate will benefit from:

  • £2000 Personal Professional Development Bursary including funding and support to complete Masters Level qualification in Educational Leadership and Management
  • Coaching from a member of SLT
  • 2 Year Professional Development Programme in Leadership and Management and the opportunity to complete accredited courses including the NPQML or NPQSL in 2021-22

Following a very successful Ofsted inspection in spring 2016, Impington Village College has achieved consistently excellent outcomes. With a truly comprehensive intake, student progress is regularly in the top 5% of all non-selective schools in the country. Student attainment is exceptionally high, with 15% of all grades at Grade 9, 43% at 7-9 (or equivalent) and 95% of grades at 4-9. You will also be joining the College as it embeds a transformed curriculum, innovative and unique in the state sector.

Computer Science outcomes at IVC are consistently excellent for both attainment and progress. In the first year two years of the reformed GCSEs, the results have been very strong, with 14% of all students obtaining a Grade 9 and 95% achieving at least a Grade 4. Computer Science is a very popular subject at IVC and is taught throughout years 7-11, with Creative iMedia also delivered in years 9-11 as part of our KS4 curriculum.  This post also offers the potential for developing provision to include courses at KS5 within our outstanding sixth form.

You will be joining an innovative and collaborative faculty where staff are highly committed to professional development and to developing students' love of Computing. You will be well supported in the faculty by a dynamic and highly experienced Assistant Principal, and will lead three other colleagues who teach within the department. The team run a range of exciting extra-curricular activities, including preparing for the TeenTech Awards, coding and robotics.

With your knowledge and passion for Computer Science you will have the opportunity to build upon the successful curriculum embedded at IVC and to establish your own vision for delivering a high quality learning experience to our inspirational students.

In return IVC and the Morris Education Trust (MET) can offer you:

  • a competitive salary including a recruitment and retention allowance for the right candidate
  • reduced contact time for all teachers to facilitate professional learning/reduce workload
  • further reduction in contact time for teachers new to the College, to support effective transition into post
  • the opportunity to teach all key stages including the International Baccalaureate in our Sixth Form
  • the opportunity to work for a faculty where collaboration is a high priority and the programme of professional learning is outstanding
  • excellent career pathway opportunities with a culture of looking to promote from within, including responsibility across the Trust
  • access to the opportunities created by our newly established Morris Teaching School Alliance, where IVC is the Lead School
  • support to undertake a Masters in Education through our links with Cambridge University, the “SUPER Programme” and other L5 accredited providers
  • support in an organisation where wellbeing is at the heart of everything we do and which has led to the introduction of a successful wellbeing directory to improve wellbeing and work-life balance and where flexible working is encouraged
  • subsidised access to the MET’s sports centre leisure facilities available for use before, during and after the school day

The MET is committed to Equal Opportunities and to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff to share this commitment.  All post holders are subject to employment checks and a satisfactory enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service check. 

Closing Date:  9am Monday 7 October 2019    

Applicants must complete a College application form - we cannot accept CVs.  Potential applicants are strongly encouraged to visit the College and please contact Valerie Hastings to arrange a visit.  

Job Description 

Post Title:

Lead Practitioner: Computer Science

Post Purpose:

Under the reasonable direction of the Principal, carry out the professional duties of a school teacher as set out in the current School Teachers' Pay and Conditions Document (STPCD)

Specific areas of responsibility:

Responsible for use of assessment, progress, curriculum and professional development within Computer Science

Contribution to whole school quality assurance and professional development

Member of the Professional Learning Group

To share in the responsibility for the quality of teaching, quality assurance and the professional development of teachers in the Faculty    

To provide leadership of quality of teaching and learning in the Faculty that secures outstanding achievement

To aid in the evaluation and review of the quality of teaching and learning in the Faculty and to secure necessary improvements for the quality of teaching through coaching and/or mentoring

To aid in the development of high-quality materials for teaching which offer exemplar material to other teachers within the Faculty, including ICT materials

To participate in other department or whole-school school improvement activity as directed by the Vice Principal or Senior Leadership Team of the College

To be deployed, as directed by the Senior Leadership Team, to support the development of other members of staff outside of the Faculty

To be responsible for safeguarding and promoting the welfare of students and to ensure that teaching and learning takes place in a safe environment

Reporting to:


Working Time:

As determined by Lead Practitioner Scale (similar to Leadership P&C)


Leadership L3-L7

Place of Work:

Your principal place of work will be Impington Village College but you may be required to work at other schools and sites within Morris Education trust by mutual agreement

2. Teaching


To undertake an appropriate programme of teaching and to develop teaching practice and expertise in accordance with Teachers’ Standards and The Impington Experience


To deliver relevant intervention programmes for students and produce course booklets and revision materials

3. Student Progress


To play a leading role in monitoring and evaluating the performance of students in the Faculty, including oversight of interventions


To liaise with the Head of House to ensure students make excellent progress


To communicate as appropriate, with the parents of students and with persons or bodies outside the College concerned with the welfare of individual students, after consultation with the appropriate staff


To alert the appropriate staff to problems experienced by students and to make recommendations as to how these may be resolved


To apply the Behaviour Policy so that effective learning can take place


To contribute to PD, citizenship, careers-related learning and enterprise according to College policy


To be a Lead Tutor to an assigned group of students and be responsible for students’ attendance, behaviour and progress

4. Curriculum


To liaise with line manager to ensure the delivery of an appropriate, personalised, comprehensive, high quality and cost-effective curriculum programme within designated subject areas with the Faculty which complements the College Development Plan and College/Faculty Self-Evaluation.


To explore, shape and lead new curriculum developments within designated subject areas, reflecting national developments, disseminating across the team, aiming to secure the best possible outcomes for all students

5. Leadership/Management


To lead, manage and support teachers and other relevant colleagues to deliver the aims, objectives and strategic plans of the Faculty and the College


To be accountable for the quality of teaching and learning and to secure improvements where necessary to ensure all teaching meets the Impington Experience, utilising CPD where appropriate


To lead, support and model the development of ‘great’ teaching & learning within designated subject areas with the Faculty supporting any teacher experiencing difficulties or any teacher not typically delivering ‘The Impington Experience’


To work with the appropriate SLT member in order to ensure that the Faculty’s teaching commitments are effectively and efficiently time-tabled and roomed


To disseminate materials and advise on practice, research and continuing professional development provision


To coach, mentor and induct teachers, including trainees and NQTs


To play a leading role in the development of a vibrant extra-curricular programme including the delivery of iCAS


To be responsible for ensuring that staff development needs are identified and that appropriate programmes are designed to meet such needs


To ensure that the Faculty’s quality assurance procedures meet the requirements of self-evaluation and the College Development Plan

6. Additional Duties


To contribute to the College procedures for lesson observation and self- evaluation


To continue own professional development as agreed with the Vice Principal and the Principal


To support the Appraisal Policy and to coordinate CPD for members of the Faculty to enable colleagues to meet Appraisal objectives


To participate in the interview process for teaching posts when required and to ensure effective induction of new staff in line with College procedures


Promote collaborative partnerships with outside agencies/ other schools


To communicate effectively with parents and colleagues about the Faculty

To ensure effective communication/consultation as appropriate with the parents of students


To promote actively the College’s policies and comply with the College’s Health and Safety policy

7. Trust Ethos


To play a full part in the life of the Morris Education Trust and College community, to support its distinctive vision and ethos and to encourage staff and students to follow this example.


To support the Trust in meeting its legal requirements for worship


To promote actively the Trust’s corporate policies


To comply with the Trust’s Health and Safety policy and undertake risk assessments as appropriate

8. Safeguarding


To be aware of safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and vulnerable adults and to report any concerns in accordance with the Trust’s Safeguarding/Child Protection policies


To undertake regular safeguarding/child protection/prevent training, adult protection training as required by the Trust.

Whilst every effort has been made to explain the main duties and responsibilities of the post, each individual task undertaken may not be identified.

The College will endeavour to make any necessary reasonable adjustments to the job and the working environment to enable access to employment opportunities for disabled job applicants or continued employment for any employee who develops a disabling condition.

This job description is current at the date below but will be reviewed on an annual basis and, following consultation with you, may be changed to reflect or anticipate changes in the job requirements which are commensurate with the job title and grade.

Person Specification 

To support your application candidates should be able to show evidence of the following:




Qualifications and Experience:





Good honours degree, ideally 2:1 or above


Successful track record as an outstanding classroom teacher


Successful experience in a relevant leadership role


Relevant CPD focused improving the practice of others


Ability to teach Computer Science to all key stages and abilities


Experience of leading a faculty or large team of teachers in the subject


Masters or similar level study


Knowledge of the IB or a willingness to learn about IB programmes


Knowledge and understanding :



A range of successful teaching and learning styles  


Strategies to raise standards of student attainment especially pupil premium and SEN


What a good curricular experience looks like and able to lead and manage its development across a large team


How to safeguard and promote the welfare of young people


Use of data and intervention to improve student outcomes


The work of the IB and other examination boards


The National Curriculum


Personal & Professional Attributes



Demonstrate good organisational skills and meet deadlines


A genuine commitment to inclusive comprehensive education and the strategic aims of Impington Village College


Student-centred educational principles rooted in a willingness to continuously improve learning and teaching across the College


A growth mind-set and commitment to life-long learning


A readiness to innovate and an ability to articulate a vision


Openness, flexibility, calmness, integrity, resilience, good judgement, approachability


Willingness to engage in outreach work with other Faculties and partner schools


High profile with students, parents, staff and other stakeholders


Applicants should be able to show evidence of …..



An educational philosophy for an inclusive secondary school and a commitment to comprehensive education


Motivate and inspire both children and adults


The ability to lead and manage others as a team


Communicate highly effectively with a wide range of audiences orally and in writing


Demonstrate best practice classroom learning and teaching to a range of audiences


Make most effective use of ICT, including ICT for effective learning and teaching


See yourself as a role model in terms of hard work, commitment to best practice in learning and teaching, personal presentation demeanour and attitude to all members of the school community



Professionally develop other colleagues


Lead CPD and other training sessions in order to develop colleagues effectively


Lead CPD and other training sessions in order to develop colleagues effectively


Potential for leadership at a senior level


The academic background and desire to study for a higher level


Safeguarding and Promoting the welfare of children:

At interview candidates should be able to demonstrate:



Demonstrate the ability to form and maintain appropriate relationships and personal boundaries with children


Emotional resilience in working with challenging behaviours