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Associate Lead for Computer Science and Digital Learning


Associate Lead for Computer Science and Digital Learning
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The Portsmouth Academy
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Associate Leader for Computer Science & Digital Learning

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 Computer Science & Digital Learning to join us at The Portsmouth Academy

As Associate Leader you will lead on the quality of provision in the computing curriculum and for continuous improvement of the school’s digital learning offer. You will support the academy to continue to have a high profile around the transformative impact of teaching with technology and its potential to accelerate students’ learning; and reduce workload for teachers. 

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. 

Please watch the below short video to gain an insight into the vision for teaching with technology that is taking hold in the academy, and to hear some key school leaders talking about this.



Your new role

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

  • Have experience of creating a productive learning environment which is engaging and fulfilling for students and staff;
  • Have strong leadership skills; able to inspire others and collaborate effectively for improvement;
  • Ensure that students achieve in the subject of Computing and that digital learning across the schools helps to improve engagement and progress. 
  • Design and implement a well-sequenced computing/IT curriculum for KS3 and KS4 which includes skills such as coding, digital creation and working with emerging technologies; and which leads to good uptake of the subject(s) at KS4 and good achievement;
  • Provide additional IT based qualifications for students that allow them to leave the academy ‘future ready’;
  • Promote the use of new and existing technologies through incorporating them into lessons for students; demonstrating advanced professional practice in this area and contributing to whole-school digital development through actively sharing/modelling and promoting the benefits of teaching with technology; 

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 JD.pdf

Associate Leader Person Spec.pdf


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