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  • Posted: Nov 2, 2021
    Deadline: Not specified
  • SPARK Schools is a network of affordable private schools implementing Africa’s first blended learning model for primary school students. Students learn in both the traditional classroom setting and our innovative Learning Lab. The SPARK Schools model combines highly engaging classroom teaching, individualised instruction in the Learning Lab, partnersh...
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    Subject Lead (HS)-Sciences (Mathematics, Natural Science, Technology, EMS) 2021

    Purpose of Role:

    The SPARK Primary/High Regional Subject Lead supports regional student achievement by supporting subject specific curriculum and assessment development to accurately drive student progress to CAPS aligned standards. This should be achieved parallel with rigorous professional development and support to academic leaders at a regional level.

    The role will be at the direction of the Curriculum and Assessment Lead/s, based on network-wide gaps and needs, informed by student achievement data. The role is a job enlargement available to a successful veteran teacher, Trailblazer, Assistant Principal or Principal role at SPARK Schools.

    The Subject Leads’ academic leadership in the SPARK Schools network is integral to the SPARK Schools mission to support the creation of systemic change in South African education.

    Reports To: High School Curriculum and Assessment Lead.


    • Support the monitoring, refinement, and implementation of the curriculum and assessment model at SPARK Schools by:
    • Supporting the planning and delivery of pre-service and in-service professional development for school leaders and teachers on curriculum, at least once per term - in person or virtual
    • Clearly and timeously communicating training expectations and academic content updates to school leaders.
    • Visiting schools within the region to support academic implementation and/or conducting virtual check-in meetings with regional subject coaches.
    • Checking and scripting of subject-specific PD plans.
    • Creating and checking assessments and memorandums.
    • Supporting regional subject-specific moderation.
    • Cross-checking documentation of scripted internal processes at SPARK schools e.g. policies, timetables.
    • Supporting the Curriculum and Assessment Leads with creation and effective implementation of subject-specific curricular resources and exemplar lesson plans.
    • Supporting the Curriculum and Assessment Leads with content building/checking on the internal LMS, itslearning.
    • Supporting the planning and delivering of onboarding of new-to-SPARK teachers.
    • Demonstrate commitment to support regional student achievement through:

    - Researching new and innovative curriculum practices.
    - Supporting the alignment of the academic curriculum with government standards, SPARK’s best practice, and international expectations and benchmarks, with guidance from the Curriculum and Assessment Lead.
    - Documenting and communicating Yearly/Termly plans or scope and sequence maps for each grade level and subject, in conjunction with internal assessments.
    - Monitoring grade-level, subject-specific progress against scope and sequence maps and assessments, using data analysis tools.

    • Meet professional obligations through efficient work habits, such as meeting deadlines, honouring schedules,coordinating resources and meetings in an effective and timely manner, and demonstrating respect for others.
    • Participate in and drive own professional development with a requirement to uphold standards of primary role as teacher or school leader, and if unable to do so, would be asked to step out of this position
    • Conduct self in a professional manner at all SPARK Schools Support and SPARK Schools events and to all stakeholders.
    • Nurture a high-achieving work environment where staff feel genuinely valued and supported.
    • Promote the vision and mission of SPARK Schools Support to SPARK Schools Support staff and SPARK Schools staff, scholars, families, and the greater community.
    • 1 day per month of secondment to SPARK Support/Regional Venue to work with the C&A lead in-person
    • RL would be responsible for arranging cover with their line manager and the completion of any tasks in advance of this working day.


    The ideal candidate will possess the following experience and criteria:

    • Three or more years of teaching experience with a proven track record of academic achievement OR
    • Teaching experience with a proven track record of academic achievement and at least a year of SPARK Schools leadership experience.
    • Experience in supporting/coaching/mentoring members of staff at a SPARK school.
    • Experience in planning and facilitating professional development and adult training.
    • Experience in administration, marking and moderation of assessments.
    • Experience in participating in school-level data analysing and inquiry as well as facilitating professional cycles of inquiry to improve instructional practice.
    • Awareness of leading practise in subject-specific primary education - nationally and internationally.

    Skills and Mindset:

    • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
    • Strong communication, facilitation, and interpersonal abilities to manage cross-teams.
    • Ability to self-direct and prioritise among competing goals.
    • Exhibit flexibility and drive results in a fast-paced environment.
    • Adapt at thinking strategically, translating plans into action, and exhibiting excellent judgment.
    • Knowledge of and ability to lead a design process preferred.
    • Displays grit, high level of excellence, is mission & vision aligned and display a high level of self-reflection (GEMS).

    Time Period: November 2021 - November 2022

    Position Type: Job enlargement

    Location: SPARK Support and school based

    Method of Application

    Interested and qualified? Go to SPARK Schools on to apply

    Note: Never pay for any training, certificate, assessment, or testing to the recruiter.

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