EYFS Phase Leader & Literacy Specialist - Cornerstone Academy Trust

  • Devon
  • Full Time
  • £42,100 - £44,400 (to be agreed based on current experience)

Providing leadership and support to schools in and beyond the Cornerstone Academy Trust.

We are seeking to appoint an EYFS Phase Leader for the Trust, to build capacity for the existing phase lead in leading approximately 500 children and 50 staff across four sites. In addition, the successful candidate will also provide support to EYFS and KS1 settings outside of the trust as a literacy specialist for the Cornerstone English Hub. 

As a Phase Leader you will be responsible for leading staff to deliver the high quality, well planned and organised day-to-day education within the Nurseries and Reception classes across the schools. Key responsibilities for the Phase Leader in their role are: 
• Developing and leading on the Early Years Phase strategy, policy and trust wide projects. Working closely with the senior leadership team in ensuring these align with the wider Trust vision and strategy. 
• Ensuring that above expected progress and high outcomes are achieved by all children within the Early Years. 
• Creating a high quality teaching practice within the Early Years for the development of early language and reading.   
• Leading the Early Years Deputy Phase Leads, staff meetings and staff teams to ensure there is a Trust wide, consistent planning and delivery of for the EYFS curriculum, with a wide range of outstanding opportunities for children’s learning. 
• Engaging in the performance management processes for staff and in the classroom coaching processes that provide support and challenge to staff to empower them to achieve highly in the delivery of an outstanding education. 
• Supporting in the training of new teachers, the support of newly qualified teachers and the development of other staff both in the classroom and through the delivery of CPD opportunities. 
• Overseeing the wider service delivery of the Early Years with the wrap around provision and support for children with SEND within the Early Years. 
• Reporting, where required, to the senior leadership team and the Trustees on progress and outcomes within the Early Years across all schools.
• Working closely with other phase leads to build upon the strong team. 

The successful candidate is also expected to be an experienced and outstanding class-based teacher who will be able to work day-to-day within the Early Years Phase classes to provide cover for the teaching staff as and when required.   

This role will also be as a Literacy Specialist within our English Hub. You will be expected to: 
• Support schools working with the English Hub in developing their understanding and delivery of their chosen phonics programme. 
• Coach individual members of staff. 
• Provide staff training and deliver CPD sessions through the showcase days and networking events. 
• Model high quality phonics provision. 
• Work with the supported schools to audit and develop resources to enhance their teaching of phonics and early reading. 

There are a team of Literacy Specialists working for the English Hub. You will be required to attend professional development days to enhance your practice. You will work as team to share the workload and deliver on the requirements of the English Hub programme. 

Suitable candidates need to have: 
• A breadth of teaching experience across the EYFS curriculum where high quality outcomes for children can be evidenced. 
• A commitment to disseminating best practice and supporting staff. 
• The ability to create a shared vision and shared values within the Academy Trust as it moves forward. 
• Good organisational skills and be a self-directed and highly motivated team player. 
• A positive outlook and a determination to meet rigorous deadlines. 
• The know how to consistently achieve exceptional outcomes for the children within the Early Years and in reading. 
• An understanding of the importance of fidelity when teaching a phonics programme and having decodable books which match the phonetic sounds children have been taught. 
• The ability to demonstrate an excellent understanding of early language development, phonics and how to develop a reading for pleasure culture. 
• Experience of mentoring and offering school-to-school support and a positive, constructive approach and are able to identify specific strengths and next steps. 
• The ability to develop action plans, plan and model lessons, team teach and lead INSET sessions. 
• Demonstrable passion about ensuring that every child becomes confident in reading and loves to read. 
• A willingness to travel across the schools within the Trust and to the schools that we support within Devon, Somerset, Dorset and Poole & Bournemouth. 

You will work closely with the Senior Leadership team and report to the Head of Education. 

This is an exciting time to join us at Cornerstone Academy Trust, with schools based on the edge of Exeter in East Devon and in the coastal town of Barnstaple in North Devon. The Academy Trust has a national and international reputation for its outstanding and innovative education and its schools are highly sort after. We are responsible for a number of Department for Education Curriculum Hus, in addition to the English Hub including a Behaviour Hub, the Science Learning Partnership for Devon and Somerset, the Primary delivery of the Computing Hub and our own SD ITT programme. Through these we work with other teachers regionally to provide professional development and support with school improvement strategies.  

This expansion of the Phase Leader team and the Literacy Specialist team is due to the growth of the academy trust with new year groups opening at Westclyst and Monkerton schools and the movement of staff within the Trust. This position is required for January 2023. The salary will be between £42,100 and £44,400, to be agreed based on current experience. With the future potential growth of the Academy Trust this role will most likely expand in its reach should more schools join the trust. 

You will be provided with a health scheme, a cycle to work scheme and subsidised meals in our staff café with food cooked and served by our own chefs. Successful candidates will also have state-of-the-art IT equipment and will work in modern, digitally enabled environment where all staff and children have access to a Microsoft Surface device. To enable you to become the best you can be we will support you with a weekly investment in professional development and through a good performance management process we will identify areas for your career development and enrol you on good leadership professional development training courses. There will be office and meeting spaces available for you to work from when required and all travel costs are reimbursed at HMRC rates. 

This post is exempt from the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 (Exceptions) Order 1975 (2013 and 2020).  This means that certain convictions and cautions are considered ‘protected’ and do not need to be disclosed to employers, and if they are disclosed, employers cannot take them into account.  Guidance about whether a conviction or caution should be disclosed can be found on the Ministry of Justice website: www.gov.uk/government/publications/new-guidance-on-the-rehabilitation-of-offenders-act-1974  

An enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service check is required for all our posts. We are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expect all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. 

A job description and an application form can be obtained at http://www.tcat.education/vacancies  

For further information about our schools and to apply, please visit our website: Cornerstone Academy Trust (tcat.education)
Please email completed documents to vacancy@tcat.education    

We look forward to receiving your application and hopefully meeting you as part of the recruitment process. Should you have any questions or would like to visit the schools in early September then please do get in touch. 

Interview date: w/c 3rd October 2022 

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  • OrganisationOther Organisations
  • Work LocationDevon
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  • Occupational GroupSchool LeadershipEducation Support

  • Salary Details

    £42,100 - £44,400 (to be agreed based on current experience)

  • Job TermPermanent
  • Appointment TypeFull Time
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