Head of Computing and Digital Strategy
This vacancy arises as a result of the current post-holder’s move to take up the position of Head of Digital Learning and Innovation at a large independent school in London. Considerable development has taken place at GES in digital learning, systems and infrastructure over the last two years. As the School continues to grow and the Secondary really begins to take shape, this is an exciting time to lead our digital strategy and take it to the next level
Computing, digital pearning and information technology at GES
We seek to integrate digital technology into every aspect of school life, from learning and research to communication and sharing ideas. We acknowledge the huge potential of technology and the wonderful creativity it can bring, whilst also being aware of its risks. Our aim is to adapt to technological change, continuously developing a digital strategy that benefits every member of the school community.
There is a growing network of Apple Macbooks and iPads across the School, served by fast Wifi throughout the buildings. Computing forms part of the compulsory curriculum for all year groups. The current post-holder teaches from Year 3 upwards. In 2019/20 we will open Year 10 for the first time and begin to teach the Edexcel Computer Science course as an optional GCSE. In addition, all students will continue with fortnightly lessons of Computing in Years 10 and 11. From 2021/22, we expect to offer A-level, and perhaps AS-level Computer Science.
In order to manage our computer network and IT resources, we work with local consultancies and providers, who provide technical support as necessary.
- Lead all aspects of Computing and Digital Strategy at GES, promoting the effective use of ICT for learning, administration and sharing information across the School.
- Work with our technical consultants and IT providers to maintain and develop the School’s ICT resources and infrastructure.
- Take overall responsibility for the School’s management information system (iSAMS)
- Lead, inspire and support others, generating an enthusiasm for computing, information technology and digital learning amongst pupils and colleagues.
- Audit, manage, organise and develop suitable resources for teaching and learning.
- Plan, implement and keep under review schemes of work and assessment for Computing and Computer Science which:
- include opportunities for links across the curriculum;
- highlight opportunities for spiritual, moral, social and cultural education and for promoting the core values of the School;
- support creativity, challenge, opportunity, variety and high expectations for all pupils;
- include opportunities for learning outside the classroom environment and for making use of links with people or organisations outside the School;
- include or point to relevant risk assessments
- Monitor and evaluate the effectiveness of learning and teaching in the subject, supporting and advising colleagues and sharing good practice.
- Chair the ICT Committee, working with members of the committee to set out an annual improvement and action plan for Computing, Computer Science and ICT infrastructure and resources across the School.
- Submit an annual budget bid that is informed by this improvement plan and manage the budget, keeping within designated limits of spending.
- Keep abreast of developments in Computing, Computer Science and ICT in education, continuously looking to strengthen your own knowledge, understanding and expertise.
- Attend in-service training as required, and organise and lead training for others as appropriate.
- Seek to develop links outside the School to enrich the education and service that we provide
- Represent the School at relevant local, national or international meetings.
- Be involved in the induction of new members of staff.
- Be the e-Safety Officer for the School, developing and improving relevant policies and practices.
- Publish regular updates and information on e-Safety to parents.
- Lead parent information sessions on e-Safety, at least annually.
- Be a member of the School’s Health & Safety Committee and Information Management Group.
- Teach the lessons assigned to you, planning appropriately to meet the needs of all pupils, making effective use of resources, and securing the best possible standards of learning and achievement.
- Maintain good order and discipline amongst pupils, in accordance with the School's behaviour policy, and have due regard for their welfare, health and safety.
- Maintain a productive learning environment by employing good classroom techniques, resources and management skills.
- Follow guidelines for assessment as set out by the School and keep appropriate records.
- Establish professional and effective communication with parents, reporting to them formally and informally on the development, progress and attainment of pupils.
- Liaise with the Head of Learning Support and with appropriate members of the SLT concerning any pupils with specific learning needs or who give rise to learning or pastoral concerns.
- Contribute to the creation of a stimulating learning environment around the School.
- Show an active commitment to the wider life of the School, including extra-curricular activities and events.
- Show commitment to your own professional development and take an active interest in educational debate and development.
- Carry out administrative and supervisory duties efficiently and conscientiously.
- Supervise and, so far as is practicable, teach any pupils who are assigned to you by the teacher in charge of cover arrangements.
- Undertake such other tasks as may be reasonably assigned by the Deputy Heads or Head from time to time.
- Act in accordance with the policies of the School and in particular with the principles laid down in the Staff Handbook, Staff Code of Conduct, ICT Acceptable Use Policy and Safeguarding & Child Protection Policy
We keep an open mind in the consideration of any applicant who believes they have something special and valuable to contribute
- Experience of teaching Computing and Computer Science
- Knowledge of the English National Curriculum programmes of study for Computing (Key Stages 1-4)
- Knowledge of the specification and requirements for GCSE Computer Science and of Computer Science and IT at A-Level
- Experience of working with management information systems in schools
- Knowledge and experience of e-safety education and provision within schools
- Knowledge of information management and cyber-security
- The ability to lead and communicate the digital strategy of the School
- An enthusiastic and creative approach to teaching, which inspires pupils and enables learning to be engaging and relevant
- Commitment to an interconnected curriculum and to working with colleagues across a range of disciplines
- Commitment to helping pupils to develop a broad range of skills and attributes
- The ability to communicate effectively with pupils, colleagues and parents and to work as part of a collaborative team
- An interest in education beyond the classroom and across the age range
- Flexibility, a sense of humour, and a willingness to take part in all aspects of school life, including tournaments trips, projects, special events and extracurricular clubs
- Degree level qualifications in Computing, Computer Science, IT or a related subject
- Qualified teacher status
- Experience of curriculum development
- Experience of teaching both primary and secondary pupils
- Experience of network management
How to apply
Please submit a completed GES Application Form (available from https://www.geschool.ch/about/work-with-us) to the Head of HR, Ms Aurore Alefsen by email to email@example.com before 12:00 on Monday 29 April 2019. A brief covering letter to the Head and/or curriculum vitae may also be submitted but will not be accepted in place of a complete application form. Interviews will be held at the School in the week beginning Monday 6 May 2019.
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