Lead Practitioner of English
Leeds City Academy


This is an extremely exciting time to be joining Leeds City Academy, one of the most rapidly improving schools within the Leeds area and county of West Yorkshire. We are an 11-16 Academy and one of three schools within the White Rose Academies Trust, a Trust recognised nationally for its ground-breaking and transformational impact on the lives of the young people it serves.


Our highly motivated and talented students are at the very centre of everything we do and the shared mission of all our stakeholders is to work ‘In Partnership’ in securing the aspirations and ambitions of every one of our young people. Our Academy is a unique and truly inspirational place to work, enhanced by our wonderful students who come from a diverse range of cultures, heritage and experiences; a significant proportion of students speak English as an additional language.


Our NQT and CPD training programme is highly respected by staff at the Academy and is further enhanced by the various opportunities for professional development provided through our excellent and varied White Rose Academies CPD programme.


Please apply if you wish to work for an Academy Trust who values and supports the next move in your career, come and join us on our journey to ‘Outstanding’.


The purpose of this role is to be a key driver for improving student outcomes through developing an outstanding curriculum and consistently outstanding teaching and learning in English. Two positions may be available subject to the strength of field at interview.


General duties will include the responsibilities outlined below but please refer to the job description and person specification for the full main duties and responsibilities of the post.


General Duties and Responsibilities:

To support the Area Team Leader:

  • To ensure excellent progress is made for different groups of students (e.g. girls/boys, upper/middle/lower, PP/non-PP) and to work with other relevant colleagues in the team to ensure that quality first wave teaching is in place to prepare students for examinations


  • To ensure, through robust quality assurance and moderation, accurate predictions are being made in relation to student progress


  • To develop schemes of work including templates, exemplars, and support materials which can be used across the team


  • To coach, mentor and train colleagues in the team


  • To be a role model to less experienced colleagues, demonstrating exemplary practice


General Duties and Responsibilities of all Lead Practitioners:

  • To collaborate with ATL and the Senior Leadership Team, as a cross-academy team, generating engagement, involvement and excitement about the drive for classroom improvement


  • To use coaching strategies with colleagues as agreed with the Principal and Vice Principal for Teaching and Learning including observing lessons and providing developmental feedback


  • To deliver whole-Academy / area team / school based training events as planned in the calendar


  • To develop resources for the Academy VLE


  • To contribute to the development of whole-Academy improvements in specific areas outlined in the ADP, e.g. literacy/numeracy


  • To understand the impact of the use of data on student progress and its uses in enhancing classroom performance


  • To demonstrate good practice in the use of ICT and multi-media tools to engage students, coaching colleagues as required


  • To participate as performance managers in the management of specific colleagues within the structure as necessary


  • To liaise / network with postholders at other WRAT academies to develop best practice models within area of responsibility


Part of The White Rose Academies Trust - the most rapidly improved family of schools in the region - Leeds City Academy is accelerating on a thrilling journey which will ultimately see the school, its staff and its students, secure an Ofsted rating of Outstanding by 2020.


We're securing our 2020 vision for Outstanding by growing our family of exceptional education professionals; dedicated specialists and passionate leaders with the shared goal of transforming future prospects for the next generation of West Yorkshire.


We provide exceptional life training; harnessing the skills and fortifying the aspirations of young people, who we know will transform the region and provide a positive, progressive contribution to society


The White Rose Academies Trust is a local Trust dedicated to raising and fulfilling the ambitions of young people. Our academies throughout Leeds are at the heart of the communities they serve, which is why we are committed to delivering an outstanding education to every one of our students.


The Trust employs over 370 outstanding professionals who are committed to unlocking the potential of the next generation. Our CPD Programme is focused on Innovation, Leadership Development and delivery of excellence for vulnerable groups. Our Beginner Teacher Programme is amongst the best in the region. We are on a significant journey which will see all of our schools Ofsted rated as outstanding within three years.


We are sponsored by Leeds City College (member of the Luminate Education Group) who provide expertise, international networks and highly desirable employability prospects within education and beyond.


As a Trust we also work very closely with the Outstanding GORSE Academies Trust through our membership of the GORSE SCITT and via accessing the Stephen Longfellow Academy Provision.

Closing date:            Friday 17 May 2019 at 12 noon

Shortlisting date:       Friday 17 May 2019

Interview date:         Thursday 23 May 2019

Start date:                 01 September 2019


Please visit for further information about our Academy and to apply please complete the attached WRAT application form and return to by 12:00 on the closing date of Friday 17 May 2019.


Unfortunately we are unable to accept CV’s.


The White Rose Academies Trust is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of its students and expect all staff and volunteers to share the commitment. Appointments will be subject to Safer Recruitment Procedures and a DBS check.



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