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Head of Religious Studies - From September 2019 (or earlier if possible)

The Department

The Religious Studies Department comprises of one full-time member (the Head of Department) and currently three part-time members, two of whom (the Chaplain and the Head of Lower School) teach extensive timetables across all year groups. It is situated centrally in the School and teaches in its own suite of three classrooms. The Department follows a broad-based curriculum in the first three years, studying aspects of all six major world faiths as well as introducing students to a wide range of ethical and philosophical issues. The optional, and popular, GCSE course currently follows the OCR J625 course in Christianity, Islam and Religion, Philosophy and Ethics from a Christian Perspective. At A Level we follow the WJEC Eduqas course in Christianity, Philosophy of Religion, and Ethics.

Religious Studies is a popular and well-respected subject at Dauntsey’s. Take-up at examination level is good; currently there are 54 students at GCSE and 18 at A Level. Last year 82% achieved A* or A at GCSE and 81% achieved A*-B at A Level. We regularly prepare a few students for entrance to Oxford or Cambridge, as well as taking part in, and organising, Sixth Form subject conferences. The Department has also led trips to Jordan, India, Rome and Krakow in the last few years.

Job Description

Summary of the role:

  • The successful applicant should be a suitably qualified and experienced graduate who is able to teach Religious Studies and Philosophy & Ethics at all levels from First Form (Year 7) to Upper Sixth (Year 13) and lead a dedicated and enthusiastic team of staff.

Main duties and responsibilities:

The Head of an academic Department is responsible to the Head Master for the organisation of the staff, resources and teaching programmes within the Department. He or she is expected to work closely with the Deputy Head (Academic), who is responsible to the Head Master for the overall running and development of the academic curriculum and the academic welfare of the school. The main responsibility of the Head of Department is to ensure that the Department is effectively managed and led. Particular responsibilities include:

  • Ensuring equitable and effective delegation of responsibilities within the Department.
  • Organising and chairing regular, well-managed Departmental meetings, which enable all staff to contribute to planning and policy making.
  • Monitoring the quality of lessons through lesson observation and the sharing of good practice.
  • Promoting an enthusiasm for academic study and increasing the awareness of, and interest in, the subject throughout the School.
  • Making the Departmental area attractive and welcoming to pupils.
  • Contributing to teaching within the Department.
  • Promote and develop the use of the VLE within the Department.
  • Preparing Departmental timetable requests and thus allocating staff to year groups and ensuring a fair teaching load and spread of sets across members of the Department.
  • Being fully aware of the range of Examination courses available and guiding the Department in the selection of specifications.
  • Liaising with the School’s Examination Officer, Examination Boards and Examiners as required.
  • Providing schemes of work for the Department for each year group.
  • Overseeing the professional development of Departmental staff.
  • Allocating staff to the preparation of pupils for Oxbridge entrance.
  • Monitoring both internal and external examination results.
  • Providing opportunities beyond the classroom, as appropriate.
  • Promoting links and co-operation with other Departments.
  • Monitoring Health and Safety issues.
  • Preparing, and controlling, the Departmental budget.
  • Developing future plans and targets for the Department.

No list of responsibilities can really encompass all that is asked of a Head of Department; at the heart of his or her task is an active enthusiasm for the subject and an equally active enthusiasm for the young people being taught.

All members of Staff are expected to play a full role in the life of the School outside the classroom

Further Details

Dauntsey’s has its own salary scale. In addition, tuition is provided for any children of academic staff, at a significantly reduced rate, subject to the appropriate entry qualifications being satisfied.

Accommodation, within a boarding house, may be available for the successful applicant.

A completed Application Form should be sent, by post or email, as soon as possible to:

The Head Master
Dauntsey’s School
West Lavington
Nr Devizes
Wiltshire SN10 4HE
Telephone: 01380 814500

If sent by post, the envelope should be marked ‘Head of RS’.

Interviews will be held in September. The Deputy Head (Academic), Jon Tyler, will be pleased to answer any questions:

Telephone: 01380 814509 (Office)

Dauntsey’s School is committed to safeguarding and protecting the welfare of children and applicants must be willing to undergo child protection screening appropriate to the post, including checks with past employers and the Disclosure and Barring Service

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