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2nd in dept role, what does it entail?

Discussion in 'Heads of department' started by ridleyrumpus, Feb 11, 2020.

  1. ridleyrumpus

    ridleyrumpus Star commenter

    If you are a second in dept in a reasonably large department what in general are you expected to do?
  2. tb9605

    tb9605 Established commenter

    I was Second in an English Dept. The official job description was vague, but in practice I was responsible for:
    - KS3 curriculum
    - KS4 literature curriculum
    - literacy across the curriculum
    - managing reading interventions in collaboration with the SEN team
    - data tracking at KS3 & 4
    - extra-curricular stuff (public speaking contest, BBC school report, trips)
    - deputising for the HoD at meetings when necessary
    - assisting with work scrutinies

    I was also AT, so responsible for PGCE teachers in the department, but that wasn't part of my SiD role per se.
    jarndyce likes this.
  3. install

    install Star commenter

    JDs are quite specific these days so can vary. For a large dept, your key role will be to support and Deputize for the Leader of the Dept in their absence.

    It may involve (to name a few):
    Taking charge of and leading on a Key Stage
    Checking Data, Reports & Intervention Steategies
    Leading on some Dept Meetings
    Supporting Quality Assurance Checks
    Dealing with external agencies and links
    Dealing with Parents
    Planning and sharing Dept Schemes of Learning at a key stage
    Supporting the planning and sharing of Dept Calendars
    Supporting Behaviour Systems
    Observing teachers within the Dept
    Reporting to the Leader of the Dept & Senior Managers
    Supporting NQTs and Trainee Teachers within the Dept
    Collaborating with other Depts at the same Key Stage
    And in good or better schools - Leading and teaching by example
    jarndyce likes this.

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