Pastoral and Professional Development Lead
Role Purpose + Description
LSA is a sixth form academy for 16-19 year olds in London who have a passion for film and television and the stories they tell. We opened to 300 students in September 2019 and now educate over 800 young people.
At LSA, we do not believe that personal circumstances should ever be a barrier to any young person’s ability to realise their potential and we are committed to ensuring the screen industries become more representative of London’s population.
LSA is unlike any other sixth form. Through its founders we will provide unprecedented access to the screen industries and to its workforces. LSA will teach behind the camera skills covering many screen disciplines.
LSA’s founders are a group internationally acclaimed British film producers. They are practising industry leaders who work every day in all areas of the screen industries. Alongside outstanding teachers and leaders, the professional crew members and studio teams with whom the founders work will be closely involved in the teaching of the LSA curriculum.
LSA will provide an engaging and innovative curriculum of academic study and practical training. We will develop students’ talents, skills and attitude preparing them for careers in the screen industries and higher education. Our students will leave LSA as well-rounded, confident young adults.
Our teaching and curriculum will be project based and students will explore all the key areas of the screen industries. They will also study English, maths and a cultural enrichment programme so that they are fully equipped to find their way in the world.
We will place a strong emphasis on the development of the whole person.
Through our pastoral, tutorial and enrichment programmes, we will equip our students with the life skills needed to progress in their professional and personal lives. Our students will all be known well by staff and challenged and supported to realise their potential. And crucially, within our newly refurbished stunning building, LSA will be a safe, accepting, diverse and fun place to study.
About the Role:
The candidate will work directly with Senior Leadership Team, Pastoral Manager and Safeguarding Team to take responsibility for the organisation of the Pastoral Care at LSA.
This will include the leading of the tutor systems and tutorial programme as well as the development of the PSHCE/PDP programme/curriculum according to LSA priorities.
The organisation of assemblies, events and visits to support with the promotion of LSA vision, values and ethos including equality of opportunity will also be a part of the role.
The Pastoral and Personal Development Lead will work with the SENDCO to ensure all students with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) are supported appropriately.
This will be done through the development of individual educational plans for each student identified as having a special educational need of disability.
The Pastoral and Personal Development Lead will lead on the process of monitoring and evaluating LSA students to ensure they are receiving the support within the curriculum to ensure they all are have the same opportunities to achieve as their peers no matter what!
The leader will also support with the implementation of the Safeguarding policy (in consultation with Safeguarding Leads and liaisons with external agencies to support student welfare.
- Manage and respond to student welfare and development issues with direction from the Safeguarding leads.
- Support and co-ordinate on solutions to support students with special educational needs of disabilities.
- Coordinate and manage all the support services employed by LSA e.g. external counsellor and career coaches etc.
- Plan, prepare and deliver a well-structured Personal Development Programme, including lessons and assemblies
- Engage with parents/guardians to maximise engagement of all students in LSA provision
- Take responsibility for all recording and reporting relevant to the personal development programme
- Make accurate and productive use of assessment, reporting to students and parents, through documentation and by attendance at consultation and open evenings.
- Set high expectations which inspire, motivate and challenge both students and staff
- Maintain an up to date awareness of the subject area, educational/industry advances, and personal and professional development.
- Encourage whole school activities and participate in relevant initiative meetings
- Report to Pastoral Manager, SLT, Governors, Parents and others as required
- Attend whole staff and departmental meetings and INSET.
- Exercise a commitment to the school’s equal opportunities policy, health and safety policy and all other current school policies
- Undertake any other duties or delegated one-off tasks at the reasonable request of Pastoral Manager and the SLT
Characteristics are to be considered essential unless marked otherwise.
● Undergraduate degree (essential)
● Teaching Qualification (desirable)
- Experience with IT and technology, we use IT and specifically the Google Suite (Google Classroom, Gmail, Docs etc.) extensively across the school.
We are not looking for programmers but for people that will be comfortable in such an environment;
- Experience of using data and other contextual information to inform practice;
- Experience of working with young people aged between 16-19 (desirable)
- Experience of working in a values driven environment (desirable)
- Successful experience of managing an effective classroom environment to support pupil development
- Experience of responsible, effective and motivated tutoring skills
Skills and Characteristics:
- Evidence of the ability to work cooperatively with multi-disciplinary professionals.
- Evidence of the ability to consult and seek advice and professional support as necessary
- A commitment to the Academy’s mission, ethos and equal opportunities policy, together with high standards of education, care and behaviour.
- Excellent communication and organisational skills
- Ability to use own initiative and as part of a team
- Passionate about using LSA’s Vision to deliver outstanding outcomes;
- Ability to take an honest, respectful and empathetic approach to people and situations; ❏ Willingness to have a strong, open and honest relationship with colleagues
- Ability to demonstrate high levels of professionalism.
- Ability to take a proactive approach to their professional work and regularly go the extra mile;
- A belief in the capacity for achievement in spite of circumstance;
- A commitment to continual professional development
- A strong aptitude for learning to continuously develop personally and professionally;
- Ability to take a solutions focused approach to problems they encounter.
We are committed to diversifying the screen industries and increasing the diversity of our team is an important step towards this goal. We would especially welcome applicants who are from Black, Asian or Minority Ethnic groups, who are currently under-represented in our teaching staff. We welcome applicants from all backgrounds, of any sexual or gender identity, neuro-diverse applicants, adults of any age or religious belief and encourage applications from people with a disability.
For further information about the role please visit the vacancies section of our website via the apply link.