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Discussion in 'Heads of department' started by ridleyrumpus, Feb 11, 2020.
If you are a second in dept in a reasonably large department what in general are you expected to do?
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.
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