Job details


Further Education Division

Responsible to

Assistant Principal


Buxton & Leek College (Buxton/Leek Campus)


£37,256 - £39,458 per annum

Closing date

Monday 26 April 2021

Contract type


Post type




About the role

This is an exciting opportunity to lead and develop the newly formed Health & Business Curriculum that includes Health & Social Care, Business, Management, Finance and User ICT.

Buxton & Leek College is the general Further Education division of the University of Derby. Community focussed, the two campuses of Leek and Buxton provide vocationally focussed provision for young people, adults and apprentices. To establish a strong and coherent base for our future curriculum, we are consolidating and re-organising our curriculum around related knowledge, skills and behaviours that better match employment sectors and local opportunities.

Curriculum Leaders are first line managers of curriculum delivery and are active members of the Curriculum Leadership Team. The responsibility extends to the development of curriculum, the management of delivery staff, the achievement of income targets, compliance with pay and non-pay cost criteria and the achievement of statistical performance targets.

Principal accountabilities

  1. Deliver and promote the best possible teaching, learning and assessment experience for all students, aligning with the published ETF teaching and learning standards where relevant.
  2. Contribute to the management of the College as an active member of the Curriculum Leadership Team, promoting and modelling a culture where responsibility and accountability are open, accepted and solutions focussed and where blame or retribution are not tolerated.
  3. Ensure the student voice is at the heart of each stage of the learner journey and leads to positive impact within each area of curriculum responsibility, including closing the loop through the active promotion of ‘you said we did’ communication.
  4. Practise and facilitate open and solutions-focussed communication, avoiding rigid hierarchies to ensure that those with a problem seek those with the solution, minimising upward delegation.
  5. Ensure that teachers and other staff in the curriculum teams comply with prescribed or agreed systems of working, including (but not exclusively) delivery planning, attendance and progress recording systems, review and evaluation processes and electronic learning and tracking systems.
  6. Encourage and facilitate the use of innovative and experimental teaching, learning and assessment practice, evaluating its effectiveness, sharing and celebrating success.
  7. Support the maintenance of a culture of continuous improvement to help realise the College’s ambition to be outstanding.
  8. Establish and maintain a vibrant and productive learning community, where staff and students operate in a safe, supportive and diverse environment.
  9. Work with relevant members of the Curriculum Leadership Team to design, update and implement an efficient, progressive and attractive curriculum offer informed by market insight and community demand that leads to successful outcomes and progression to employment or further study.
  10. Where relevant, coordinate the cross-college integration of specialist curriculum activities within learning programmes, ensuring consistency, high quality, and a coherent student experience, including where delivery is supporting enrichment or other activity.
  11. Deliver an annually agreed teaching, instruction or assessment load and/or cover for staff sick or holiday absence as required.
  12. Lead the internal quality assurance activities for your curriculum area, ensuring that all relevant stages of delivery and assessment are compliant and that an appropriate evidence base exists to support direct claims status where possible.
  13. Manage, review and evaluate the performance of all staff within the curriculum teams including target-setting and review (DPR), graded and ungraded lesson observations as part of a systematic quality assurance process. This will also require more informal reviews of incidental teaching, instruction, assessment and facilitation activities.
  14. Participate in quality improvement and self-assessment activities organised by the Deputy / Assistant Principal to support continuous improvement and inspection readiness.
  15. Represent the College externally linked to your curriculum subject areas as required.
  16. Develop and maintain supportive links to key employers and commercial/industrial practitioners relevant to the curriculum area(s), in order to continually test the relevance of course content, to grow direct employment sector involvement in the delivery of the curriculum and to source opportunities for work placements for both students and delivery staff.
  17. Provide leadership and management of agreed cross-college activities or initiatives, reporting to relevant senior managers.
  18. To undertake any other reasonable duties within the overall function, commensurate with the grading and level of responsibility of the post.

Person specification

Essential Criteria



Skills, knowledge and abilities

Business requirements

Desirable Criteria


Skills, knowledge and abilities


As well as competitive pay scales, we offer generous holiday entitlement. We also offer opportunities for further salary progression based on performance, and the opportunity to join a contributory pension scheme.

Find out more about pay and benefits

How to apply

You can apply by submitting an online application. Once you have signed in or registered with us you will be able to begin your application. If you are creating an account for the first time, please ensure you provide an email address that you access regularly as this will be our main means of contacting you regarding your application.

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Please note all applications must be submitted online by Midnight GMT on the closing date of the vacancy.

Important information

Applications from job seekers who require sponsorship to work in the UK are welcome and will be considered alongside all other applications.

We recommend you take time to read the government guidance on individual eligibility requirements for sponsorship to check you will meet the criteria prior to applying. Skilled Worker visa: Your job - GOV.UK (

If you have any questions regarding sponsorship please contact

DBS check

If you are successful, you will be required to undertake a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check. The post for which you are applying is exempt from Section 4(2) of the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 requiring any spent convictions to be declared. Any information you provide will be treated in confidence and only used when considering your suitability for the post.

To enable us to process your DBS check please ensure you are able to supply the documentation listed on the DBS website at interview stage.


Our number one priority is to keep our staff, students and community safe as we continue to work through the pandemic. Upon appointment, full training will be given on the Health and Safety processes we follow.

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