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Director of Outreach | King’s College London Mathematics School

King’s Maths School require a Director of Outreach who has a passion for mathematics and can lead the development of outreach services to young people in secondary education. Reporting to the Head Teacher, your work in developing the outreach strategy and expanding the associated services will see students from underrepresented groups have access to inspiring teaching and educational activities.

  • Location: London
  • Salary: £55,715 - £63,319 pro-rata for 0.8 FTE contract

About the role

The Director of Outreach post results from the school’s recent decision to expand its outreach activity and thereby the positive work and influence of KCLMS. The Governing Body has recently redeveloped its outreach mission and vision and is ready to extend its work.

Outreach activities aim to spread the school’s benefits and particular expertise beyond their own students by working with students and teachers in other schools. They aim to promote deeper understanding and greater enjoyment of mathematics as well as higher attainment in mathematics qualifications, leading to wider participation in mathematics at advanced levels.

The Director of Outreach will have a strategic focus on providing opportunities for children in years 7 to 11 who have the potential to achieve high grades at GCSE and A Level, and particularly those who do not regularly encounter rich, challenging and interesting mathematics.

More specifically the core objectives of the school’s outreach activities are:

  • to give mathematically talented young people the opportunities and resources to progress into and thrive on higher level mathematics programmes.
  • to widen participation in mathematics at higher levels by targeting students from under-represented backgrounds.
  • to enable potential King’s Maths School students to have a fair opportunity to gain a place at the school.
  • to provide, wherever possible, richer mathematical experiences in a like-minded community to students with an aptitude and enthusiasm for the subject, in particular where students do not have access to such experiences in their current schools or settings.
  • to improve the quality of learning, teaching and assessment in the mathematical sciences through sharing what we have learnt at King’s Maths School and through running high-quality professional development programmes for teachers.
  • to work with King’s College London, our sponsoring university, and other organisations to widen participation in degrees in the mathematical sciences at Oxford, Cambridge and other highly competitive universities.

Who we are looking for

The Head Teacher is seeking to appoint a dynamic and inspirational teacher, leader and manager to play a central role in defining, articulating and implementing the outreach mission and strategy of the school. They will take direct accountability for the development and delivery of all outreach projects and will lead a substantial expansion of the current outreach activity from September 2021. As an associate member of the Senior Leadership Team, they will demonstrate outstanding leadership skills in working with the Head Teacher on the implementation of the strategic direction of the school.

The Director of Outreach will combine strategic oversight with executive management of the school’s outreach programme. They will work closely with the Head Teacher and Outreach Committee of the Governing Body in matters of strategic development and will be directly accountable for the implementation of that strategy. To expand the school’s work, they will need to bring a coherent vision for what the school can achieve for young people and for how it might do so. They will need to appoint additional staff who report to them as well as to work closely with the Senior Leadership Team to draw resource from the school’s existing staff, students and alumni.

The Director of Outreach will also be directly involved in the delivery of outreach programmes and will teach mathematics at the school, ensuring that they gain first-hand experience of the school’s talented students and their approach to outstanding learning, teaching and assessment.

This post represents an interesting opportunity for a knowledgeable and passionate mathematics teacher who has experience of school leadership to take on an enterprising, broad-ranging role that has the potential for significant impact on the lives and life chances of young people with a love for mathematics.

The successful candidate for this post will have strong academic credentials and will already have a proven record of outstanding teaching, professional development, leadership and management.

It is vital that the Director of Outreach shares the vision of the school to help talented and motivated young people find challenge and excitement in a curriculum that fosters intellectual growth and curiosity.

The post will commence on 1 September 2021, or earlier by arrangement.

For further information about the role, or to arrange a confidential chat with the lead consultant, Sally Lawson-Ritchie, please contact our Education Practice Manager at Peridot Partners:

Closing date: 12pm, Tuesday 4th May 2021

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Welcome from Dan Abramson, Head Teacher

Dear Candidate,

King’s Maths School was set up by King’s College London in 2014 with a clear mission: to provide an outstanding education to young people from diverse backgrounds who share an enthusiasm and aptitude for mathematics.

Our students love being and learning with like-minded peers. Many of our alumni tell us that having attended King’s Maths School felt like “coming home”. They say that they grew not just academically but also personally. Whilst our teaching is excellent, the real secret to our students’ incredible academic success is the amazing culture of curiosity and collaboration that has grown around students and teachers alike.

With just 150 enrolled students, we are a small school and yet we recognise that there are many students who like and are good at mathematics out there, all of whom could benefit from being part of our mathematical community.

We are also aware of some entrenched inequalities: for example, students from financially disadvantaged backgrounds achieve less well on average in GCSE Mathematics than their peers, and progress into A Level Mathematics and Further Mathematics in relatively low proportions. The school is committed to enabling students from backgrounds currently under-represented in the mathematical sciences to thrive and succeed in their mathematical journey: that is what our outreach programme is all about.

We are now at a very exciting juncture: we want to substantially expand our outreach activity, and to that end we are looking for an inspiring teacher and leader to develop the school’s work in this area.

If these words are jumping off the page, perhaps that person is you.

Dan Abramson
Head Teacher
King’s Maths School

About King’s College London Mathematics School

King’s College London Mathematics School has 140 students split across year 12 and 13. The school promotes a sense of belonging and nurtures the natural talent of students with a particular aptitude and enthusiasm for mathematics, and aims to widen participation in mathematical degrees and careers at the very best universities and institutions.

The school is a sponsored organisation opened by King’s College London in 2014. King’s College London is one of the top 10 universities in Europe and the fourth oldest in England. The University maintains a strong strategic and operational link with the school. The Mathematics, Physics and Informatics departments of King’s College London are involved in curriculum development and maintain an ongoing supportive role, ensuring strong intellectual foundations and insight into developing applications of mathematics.

King’s College London Mathematics School is a centre of excellence for the teaching and learning of mathematics. The school provides opportunities for students with an intellectual interest for mathematics and to those from backgrounds currently under-represented in the mathematical sciences.

The school’s curriculum intent focuses on ensuring excellent progress and attainment at A-level, and preparing students for successful further study and careers in the mathematical sciences.

All students at the school take Mathematics, Further Mathematics and Physics to A-level, and either Computer Science or Economics to AS-level. As part of the wider curriculum offer, students participate in an extended curriculum that develops research, independence, literacy and communication skills, and encourages the development of interests and of a healthy lifestyle.

Students are prepared throughout their time at the school for the most challenging qualifications at sixth form level, including STEP (the Sixth Term Examination Paper, set by the University of Cambridge). They are also prepared to enter the many individual challenges and team competitions that are available in mathematics, physics and computer science.

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    Closing date: 12pm, Tuesday 4th May 2021
    Candidates informed of outcome: By 5pm, Friday 7th May 2021
    Interviews: Wednesday 12th May 2021

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