Head of Computer Science

Date listed
14 May, 2019
Application deadline
06 June, 2019

Welcome to Ada!

We are the Government’s National College for Digital Skills, we are the top performing institution for the new Computer Science BTEC nationally and are passionate about educating, supporting and creating the next generation of digital pioneers.

We are a small, specialist college where all our students are passionate about tech and we are committed to supporting them to progress onto highly skilled roles in the digital sector. All students study computer science for at least 60% of their curriculum, with regular off-curriculum industry projects with partners such as King Games, Deloitte and Bank of America Merrill Lynch.

From our first cohort over 80% of our alumni went on to study computer science related degrees or progressed into tech apprenticeships with firms like Google and Siemens – many of them delivered by our very own Higher Level and Degree apprenticeship team who train entry-level developers and data analysts for 25+ blue-chip companies.

We are passionate about high quality teaching and learning, using industry’s problems to bring Computer Science to life for our learners and thinking of innovative new approaches to communicating some of tech’s more challenging concepts!

As a small college in Tottenham Hale, north London, we have a very diverse student body from a wide range of backgrounds and are committed to using tech as a tool for social mobility. We offer a supportive culture for students and staff and our excellent industry links ensure you get regular formal and informal CPD to support your teaching and technical knowledge and development.

All 6th form students complete a BTEC Level 3 Diploma in Computer Science, and may pick one or more additional subjects to study alongside this qualification. The options we offer allow students to study subjects that will equip them for a range of roles available within the digital sector.

We believe there is no better place to teach computer science in the country and very much hope you choose to apply.

Criteria for the role

We are looking for an inspirational leader to lead our talented team of 6th form Computer Science teachers at Ada, the “flagship” subject at the College.

The successful candidate will have strong academic credentials, a proven record of outstanding teaching and experience in, or a demonstrated understanding of the tech industry that you will bring to the College and the classroom.

You will share the mission of the college which is to work with industry to design and deliver an education that empowers all its students, especially women and those from low-income backgrounds, to progress into highly skilled digital roles and lead flourishing lives.

At Ada, you will work in an agile and fast-paced environment with an aspirational group of teachers and students who are super passionate about computing and digital skills. Our ambition is to grow our student volumes as our reputation grows while maintaining the high quality and unique nature of our cohort.

You will lead and manage the teachers in an experienced Computer Science team to develop and deliver the Computer Science curriculum with outstanding teaching, learning and assessment in order for our students to achieve outstanding outcomes.

Main Duties and Responsibilities

  • To develop and shape the Computer Science Delivery plan.
  • To contribute to the writing of the timetable.
  • To work with members of the leadership team to facilitate industry partners into the College to support and enhance teaching and learning of computer science
  • To implement whole-college teaching, learning and assessment strategies and policies, including for example the Literacy Policy.
  • To monitor the quality of teaching, learning and assessment in the subject
  • To organise and prepare interim assessments in line with college policy.
  • To analyse internal and external coursework and examination results, reflect carefully and critically on teaching and learning strategies in light of these, make changes where appropriate, and report on the analysis and its implications.
  • Take the role of BTEC Quality Nominee and complete the yearly Desktop review.
  • To manage and oversee the BTEC internal and external examination and moderation requirements in conjunction with the Lead Internal Verifier and the Exam Officer.
  • To assist in the appointment and induction of teachers of Computer Science.
  • To organise and run regular and purposeful meetings with the teachers of Computer Science.
  • To co-ordinate the department to organise cross-curricular industry projects in conjunction with other subject teachers, non-teaching staff and industry providers.
  • To participate fully in the learning community of Ada teachers, for example by regularly observing colleagues and welcoming observations in return. Also by contributing enthusiastically to discussions around teaching and learning, and by attending professional development activities either at Ada or elsewhere to improve and enhance your own practice, including attending meetings which take place outside of normal working hours and supporting the department to do the same.
  • To explain and present the subject of Computer Science at Ada Open Events including Open Evenings, Masterclasses, Workshops, Recruitment Events, Conferences and Industry Events.
  • To write an annual Self-Assessment Report (SAR) for the department to support the College’s own self-assessment process, and to contribute to the ongoing review, assessment and revision of the whole-college SAR.
  • To write an annual Quality Improvement Plan (QIP) for the department that reflects the priorities set out in the whole-college QIP, and lead and manage the implementation of the departmental QIP.

As a Team Lead (Tutor)

  • To take responsibility for the care, guidance and support and the academic monitoring and eventual outcomes of a Team (tutorial group), to include tracking and reporting on students’ attendance and their academic, social and personal development, and taking actions to improve these outcomes.
  • To prioritise at all times the safety and well-being of the students by following the college’s Welfare & Safeguarding policies.
  • To support in the development and implementation of a programme of preparation and support for students applying to Universities and Apprenticeships involving UCAS applications, writing references, mock interviews and apprenticeship applications and events.

As a member of staff:

  • To contribute to a programme of extra-curricular and academic enrichment activities.
  • To participate in recruitment events such as Open Evenings, Taster Days and Interview Days, some of which take place on weekday evenings or at weekends.
  • To lead or assist offsite trips and visits (any necessary training, for example around First Aid or Risk Assessment, will be provided).
  • To embody and promote the college values.
  • To contribute to the establishment and maintenance of a caring, positive, safe and stimulating environment for each student at Ada.
  • To prioritise at all times the safety and well-being of the students by following the college’s Welfare & Safeguarding policies.
  • To attend training days in reasonable proximity to the start or end of the Ada terms (usually, within four working days of the published term dates), and demonstrating a personal commitment to be fully up-to-date with training.
  • To take a share of the duties around student supervision.
  • To provide cover for absent colleagues, and participate in arrangements for students’ supervision during public examinations.
  • To undertake any other duties which may be reasonably required by Ada.

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How to apply

Please apply via TES.

All appointments are subject to satisfactory references.