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Lead Practitioner for Computing and Digital Learning

Lead Practitioner for Computing and Digital Learning

Lead Practitioner Scale (L9 to 13)

For September 2022 

 

Waingels is a very successful 11 to 18 Comprehensive school serving its local community. The whole staff work to ensure ‘Better Never Stops’ and our students leave us as Waingels Ready epitomising our values of: Kindness, Resilience, Pride and Respect. Students achieve outcomes that prepare them to take their place successfully in the global 21st Century, whichever path they choose to follow.  

We are seeking to appoint a Lead Practitioner for Computing and Digital Learning.  The successful candidate will also manage our Computing Department.  They will also lead on the strategic implementation of a school wide strategic plan in the use of existing digital resources (hardware and software) and respond to the ever-changing need to the curriculum, including evaluating the use of digital platforms, planning for future development and supporting the professional development of staff to make the most impactful use of digital learning across the school.

Whole School Digital Learning Provision

  • Assess and evaluate the use of software and hardware across the school, ensuring that it continues to meet the needs of subject curricular.
  • To remain up to date with new educational technologies, advising the school leadership team about the current and future needs of the school, contributing to a strategic plan, for delivering these needs.
  • Liaise with the ICT systems manager to ensure the correct digital infrastructure is in place across the school.
  • Research, promote and manage the effective implementation of existing and new ICT systems for both curricular use and the improvements of teachers administrative efficiency.
  • Develop, implement and review the school’s remote learning policy and learning software package.
  • To promote E-Safety throughout the whole school and the community.
  • Research the potential benefits and risks of a BYOD strategy and advise the SLT on how this might work in the school.

The successful candidate will lead the curriculum development of Computer Science and ICT with responsibility for the day to day running of the department and the progress of our students.  They will lead a committed and professional department with a love of computing.  The Subject Leader will motivate and inspire students, staff, parents and carers and the wider community to ensure every student achieves their full potential and is equipped to take advantage of a range of opportunities.  

Computing has a strong track record, with excellent results at GCSE and A-level. We have experienced and expert teachers that help students from across the ability range to achieve very high grades. We also run a wide range of activities outside lessons such as Cyber Security clubs and programming clubs, with enthusiastic participation from students. We are regular and successful entrants to competitions based on the Raspberry Pi and we run several trips in support of computing projects.

With regard to the curriculum, we currently teach all students up to year 8 and then Year 9 can choose Computer Science as an option. This allows for more teaching time and prepares students well for choosing the subject as one of their GCSEs. Many of these students then progress onto A level, with a high proportion continuing into further education on Computer Science degrees or Computer Science apprenticeships.

Our students follow an academic core curriculum throughout Key Stage 3 and Key Stage 4. This includes the study of History, Geography and a Language as well as English, Maths and Science. But our students also have the opportunity to do a range of practical and vocational subjects including a wide range of creative and performing arts, physical education and other humanities like Business studies, Psychology and Economics.

Outside the formal curriculum we offer a wide range of extra-curricular activities and clubs. Our students travel the world – recent trips have been to China, Poland, Berlin, skiing in Utah, and Barcelona, along with many opportunities to attend fieldwork, theatres and museums more locally. Our students are also very active in the community working alongside local and overseas charities to raise money for good causes.

If you feel your values and ethos align with ours, this is an exciting opportunity for you! We are looking for someone with energy and vision that is ambitious for themselves and the young people of the school. You will have a growth mindset and believe in offering dynamic learning across the Key Stages.

Working with us offers you the opportunity to;

  • Join a positive school where effort and success is celebrated
  • Engage in excellent and personalised professional development opportunities
  • Have the support of a dynamic leadership team to ‘take risks’ in a supportive environment

So, if…

-you have a passion for teaching and learning…

-you believe in curriculum innovation and enjoy thinking strategically…

-you believe in an aspirational education…

-you believe that better never stops…

…Waingels is the place for you to pursue and advance your career!

Our staff and students are proud of our school and we would be happy to welcome you if you would like to come and have a closer look. Please feel free to contact us for an informal conversation about this exciting role. Please telephone the college on 0118 969 0336 or email the Principal’s Personal Assistant, Karen Tagg, on Tagktg@waingels.wokingham.sch.uk

Download an application pack from our website www.waingels.wokingham.sch.uk

Applications should be submitted as soon as possible.  Applications will be reviewed as they are received and interviews arranged accordingly.

The college is committed to safeguarding, equal opportunities and to promoting the welfare of all staff and students

Application Pack

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