Birmingham City Council

Head of MFL

Washwood Heath Aacademy, Burney Lane, Birmingham, B8 2AS
07 Oct 2021
15 Oct 2021
Contract Type
Full time permanent
Working Pattern
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Hours: Full time

Contract Type: Permanent

Washwood Heath Aacademy

Burney Lane


B8 2AS

Telephone Number: 0121 803 2915

Email Address:

Job Start Date: 1 January 2022

Are you an experienced teacher with a passion for Modern Foreign Languages and a proven track record of success, looking for a new challenge? Washwood Heath Academy has a fantastic opportunity for a talented individual to join an All-Through Academy’s Modern Foreign Languages team.

We are seeking to appoint a highly motivated, dedicated and inspirational individual who is passionate about Modern Foreign Languages, is ambitious about raising the profile of this curriculum area and is ready to lead a Department across the different phases of the Academy. In addition, the successful candidate will have responsibility for leading

teaching and learning in Languages and working with the Academy’s Teaching and Learning team to develop practice across the Academy. Washwood Heath Academy became an All-Through Academy in 2017 for pupils across the age range of 4-18 years. The successful candidate will be joining the Academy at an exciting time; the new state-of-the art

Primary facility opened in February 2019 and we are currently implementing a Knowledge-rich curriculum to raise academic standards and enrichment opportunities. Washwood Heath is an Academy that embraces evidence-based research and we work collaboratively with the other Academies in the Multi-Academy Trust.

In our recent February 2020 Ofsted inspection, our All-through Academy was recognised as ‘Good’ across all categories. The Ofsted Report states that:

‘This is a school for everyone. Staff work hard to support pupils who are new to the school or who have particular needs.

Pupils respect different cultures and traditions and get along well with each other. Pupils, particularly in the primary phase, display a good level of independence for their age. Leaders know their school very well. They use research to help it to improve. Leaders check carefully on the impact of their decisions. Significant changes to the sixth form have

led to students learning well. In the secondary phase, strong subject leadership is improving pupils’ achievement.’

This is a fantastic opportunity for an established Modern Foreign Languages teacher looking to take the next step in their career and combine subject leadership with leading teaching and learning in a specific area. You will be passionate about education and leading the Department to become outstanding in its delivery of first-class provision through highly effective sequencing of learning over a 9-year curriculum intent and implementation. We are looking for a committed Head of Department: someone who will go above and beyond to ensure learners are given every opportunity to be successful and have an opening to other cultures, develop their curiosity and deepen their understanding of the world.

Our recent Ofsted inspection said, “Leaders at all levels have a good understanding of how to plan work so that it extends what pupils know and can do”. As a Middle Leader at Washwood Heath, you will have the opportunity to bring your experience to this already thriving team.

Our ideal candidate will be an experienced, outstanding practitioner with a strong commitment to improving learners’ lives in an Academy with high levels of disadvantage and be able to demonstrate a clear track record of raising standards. A constant thirst for improvement and innovation alongside the determination to see developments through to

their conclusions are essential. You will be an excellent communicator, a team player who is able to work under pressure and effectively engage pupils and staff. You will be willing to further develop the extracurricular provision, providing rich cultural opportunities and leading on many whole school events.

Washwood Heath Multi Academy Trust is committed to the development of all staff. Within the Trust, there is a family of 7 schools (one All-Through, two secondaries and four primaries) serving the East of Birmingham. We believe that we are stronger working in partnership to serve the children and families of our community.

We can offer you:

● enthusiastic, well behaved learners who engage positively with school life

● hard-working, motivated and engaged staff and governors, who care deeply about the outcomes for children and young people

● a culture of support for all staff

● MAT-wide continued professional development opportunities to enable practical and research-based school improvement initiatives. This includes a whole range of opportunities to further develop colleagues’ teaching skills and leadership potential, including a Supportive NQT Induction Process & Policy, Career Pledge for Teachers to support at each stage of career, paid opportunities to upskill via apprenticeship levy (right up to Masters level).

● high level of support, coaching and friendship from the Middle Leaders Group

● a creative and innovative in our approach to all aspects of school life

● motivated, vibrant, multi-ethnic students and staff

● a strong family ethos where individuals are respected and valued

● access to a generous pension scheme

● on-site parking

If you can demonstrate that you possess the necessary experience, knowledge and qualifications and aspire to our vision and values then we would like to hear from you.

Closing Date: 15 October 2021, 10am

Further information about the school, the post and how to apply can be found on our school website: or alternatively complete the online application form.

Please click on the link to apply

This school is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and expect all staff and to share this commitment. The successful candidate will be subject to all necessary pre-employment checks, including: an enhanced DBS; Prohibition check; Childcare Disqualification (where applicable); qualifications (where applicable); medical fitness; identity and right to work.  All applicants will be required to provide two suitable references.

Applicants please note: This post is not part of the City Council and the successful candidate will not hold a Birmingham City Council Contract of Employment. Please use the contact details in the advert for information on actual employment conditions.

This post is exempt from the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 and the amendments to the Exceptions Order 1975, 2013 and 2020. Which means that when applying for certain jobs and activities certain spent convictions and cautions are ‘protected’, so they do not need to be disclosed to employers, and if they are disclosed, employers cannot take them into account. Further information about filtering offences can be found in the DBS filtering guide.

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