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Associate Leader: English and Literacy


Associate Leader: English and Literacy
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The Portsmouth Academy
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Associate Leader for English and Literacy

Salary: TSAT Leadership Scale (L9-L13) - £52,160 - £57,556 

Start date: January 2023

Contract: Full time, Permanent 

Closing Date: Sunday 4th September 2022

Interview Date: TBC

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We have an exciting vacancy for an Associate Leader for English and Literacy to join us at The Portsmouth Academy

As Associate Leader you will lead on the quality of provision in English and Literacy in the Academy.  You will share responsibility for senior leadership and management for the Academy ensuring continual improvement and high quality, engaging and fulfilling cognitive education for all students. 

You will support the academy to continue to develop an ethos of high expectations for staff and students 

The Associate Leader will share responsibility for senior leadership and management for the Academy ensuring continual improvement and high quality, engaging and fulfilling cognitive education for all students that leads to excellent outcomes. 


Our School

The Portsmouth Academy is on a journey to becoming a “Microsoft Showcase School” due to our approach to digital learning. The academy has launched a one:one device policy, so every child in Year 7 has their own laptop. We are already seeing the benefits of digital learning such as our students developing their digital skills and truly making learning last. If you have a passion for digital learning then we would love to talk to you about our Principal role and how you can help lead us on our journey to being a Microsoft Showcase School.

We will also be opening a specialist resource provision within the school which will have 48 places for young people with learning and cognition challenges. This will be an all through provision and students will join us in year 5 from our trust schools meaning they will be with The Portsmouth Academy for 7 years allowing us to truly transform their life chances.  


The Associate Leader will:

For a full list of roles and responsibilities please view the attached job description.

  • Have experience of working with senior teams to create a productive learning environment which is engaging and fulfilling for all students and staff reflecting the identity of the School;  
  • Have strong leadership skills, demonstrated through the development of high performing teams
  • Establish with the Principal and Vice-Principal a culture that promotes excellence, quality and high expectations of all students and staff whilst actively addressing under performance; 
  • Have a sound knowledge and understanding of both cognitive theory as well as practical strategies to develop and sustain thinking skills and tools;
  • Provide professional leadership and management of the English and Literacy policy and practices across the school;
  • Create and lead the school’s Reading Strategy including: the regular monitoring of reading age data, the management and monitoring of reading intervention, overseeing the leadership of the school library and the provision of a reading culture, embedding disciplinary reading across the school and securing the use of Microsoft Reading Progress as part of our whole school home learning strategy- providing regular reports to the AP on the progress of the Reading Strategy;
  • Work with others and be responsible to the Principal and Vice-Principal for evaluating the academy’s performance including identifying the priorities for continuous improvement and the raising of standards; ensuring equality of opportunity for all; 
  • Report to the Vice- Principal to demonstrate that English and Literacy performance are impacting on whole school improvement.

Our Trust

The Thinking Schools Academy Trust is a family of schools consisting of both primary and secondary schools across Kent, Hampshire and Plymouth. 


We believe that every young person in our community deserves to have the best opportunities at life regardless of their individual circumstances.

Education is the key to transforming life chances and we support and develop every member of our community to:

  • Think about their Thinking
  • Be their Best self
  • Shape their Success
In this way we transform life chances

Click Here To view our Trust video to gain an insight into The Thinking Schools Academy Trust

What our Trust will offer you:

  • Revised competitive pay scales to retain and reward excellent staff
  • The opportunity to work with happy and well-behaved children who are excited about learning and work with parents who are supportive of our school values and ethos. 
  • Vast support network from senior leaders and other teachers within the school and our Trust to help you deliver outstanding teaching and learning through resources, mentoring and school visits.
  • Regular opportunities to meet and share best practice with the relevant year group teachers of the other secondary schools within our trust
  • Benefit from an internationally accredited pedagogy approach to thinking and learning, which has been proven to enhance classroom practice
  • Excellent CPD opportunities including our Early Career, Middle and Senior Leadership programmes
  • As an accredited Chartered Teacher organisation you can become a recognised Chartered Teacher 
  • A 24/7 employee assistance programme which provides counselling and support / advice on a wide array of areas
  • Free parking in our staff carpark

What you need to do now:

If you are interested in working at our school, benefitting from a supportive network of colleagues across our Trust, and are keen to progress your career then please apply today!

Early applications are encouraged and we reserve the right to close the vacancy if a suitable candidate is found.

We strongly encourage any teachers who may be interested in working at our school to contact Sue Wood – to arrange an informal conversation about the role with a member of the leadership team. 

If you experience any issues in applying for this role via our careers site, please click here to submit an application via Microsoft Forms

If this position  is not quite right for you, but you would be interested for any other positions within our Trust please click here to join our Talent Pool.

We are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expect all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. This post is subject to an enhanced DBS check.




The following documents are available relating to this vacancy:

Associate Leader of English JD.pdf


Please note that applications are submitted through our recruitment provider Jane Systems via