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9 Mar 2023

Full-Time Design Lead, Secondary English Mastery

ArkSchools – Posted by ArkSchools London, England, United Kingdom

Job Description

Design Lead, Secondary English Mastery


Reports to: Head of Secondary English

Location: West London – currently operating an agile working policy with two core days (Mon and Weds) in the office

Contract: Permanent

Pattern: Full Time (standard hours 9am – 5.30pm) or Part Time Hours Available

Closing date: 20/03/2023 at 10am

Interviews: 23/03/2023 to 24/03/2023

Full Time Salary: £40,000


We are looking for an experienced KS3 teacher with a passion for the subject, a deep knowledge and love of literature and the ability to enthuse and motivate not only children but also teachers and school leaders, to join our Secondary English team.


About the role:

As the Design Lead at Ark Curriculum Plus (AC+) you will be involved in the research and development of the Secondary English Mastery curriculum.  In the first instance, the key focus will be around writing and grammar within the programme. You will be writing and pedagogically checking curriculum sequencing, lesson resources, assessments and CPD. This will include: reviewing and writing current curriculum materials; creating new materials; undertaking school visits to inform research; and working in collaboration with our partner schools and teacher panel.


This role is a great opportunity to influence and support the English teaching of hundreds of secondary teachers, transforming the English learning experience of thousands of KS3 pupils.


Through ensuring the consistent high quality of the English programme, the Design Lead plays a key role in both its reach and impact.


Key Responsibilities:

  • Ensure school-based Design Leads and freelancer curriculum writers are adequately briefed and that they are consistently meeting defined goals and objectives to the required standard
  • Identify and select high quality curriculum writers to create content, ensuring adequate briefing and quality control
  • Work with the Partnerships team (sales and marketing), ensuring that the benefits of the programme are well understood and communicated to enable AC+ to achieve its growth plans
  • Respond to escalated customer queries
  • Keep abreast of sector and subject developments, legislative changes, research findings and innovative practice on a national and international level and ensure this informs programme design
  • Maintain a deep understanding of current users’ experience in order to develop, or to help prioritise within, a pipeline for new products and/or programme developments in English
  • Participate in the continual improvement mechanisms established with Ark Schools and our wider partnership of schools

Key Requirements:

  • KS3 teaching experience
  • A proven record in delivering outstanding achievement in English, particularly for pupils with low prior attainment in challenging urban schools
  • Experienced and confident leader with a history of impact in English leadership, and of creating an environment and school climate that is conducive to change
  • Up-to-date knowledge of the current KS3 English curriculum and assessment requirements and best practice in implementation and delivery of professional development
  • A strong and proactive communicator with a collaborative working style
  • Team worker, with demonstrated ability to work cross-functionally
  • Bringing gravitas, with ability to convey confidence and credibility with senior external stakeholders in your area of expertise


View the full job description and person specification here


About Ark Curriculum Plus

Ark Curriculum Plus is a not-for-profit education venture. Our mission is to empower teachers to give every young person, regardless of their background, the subject knowledge and skills that will allow them to succeed. We believe that great curriculum design and delivery leads to improved teaching and learner outcomes, which impacts positively on children’s life chances.

Our commitment is to empower and equip schools to provide high quality subject teaching, through curriculum and integrated professional development, in order to develop young people’s subject mastery.


We are grown out of one of the highest performing Multi Academy Trust’s in the UK. Our connection with Ark gives us our experience and our specialist expertise earned while we developed and taught curriculum across our own network of 39 successful academies in the UK. Our AC+ programmes in Primary and Secondary are used by over 700 schools in the UK, including the 39 schools in the Ark network.


AC+ helps schools transform teaching. Our integrated curriculum, assessment and bespoke professional development programme is developed in schools and has proven impact. It includes everything teachers need to plan lessons that have the highest impact on their student outcomes. Informed by the most up-to-date educational research, the programme is already having a fantastic impact and are getting great feedback.



  • 27 days annual leave plus bank holidays, rising with each year of service and full office closure between Christmas and New Year
  • Hybrid working, with currently two days a week in our state-of-the-art office in West London working alongside colleagues
  • Regular social events, monthly free breakfast, and daily fruit
  • A flexible approach to working with understanding and consideration for work life balance and personal commitments
  • As an Ark employee, you will have the opportunity to be part of the TPT (The Pension Trust) scheme, our workplace pension scheme where we make an 11% contribution; you are not required to contribute towards this scheme unless you choose to
  • Access to high-quality professional learning throughout your career, offering both face-to-face sessions and a bespoke online learning platform
  • Access to Ark Rewards scheme offering savings from over 3,000 major retailers, interest-free loans available for season tickets or a bike, gym discounts offering up to 40% off your local gym and free eye tests


Interviews will be arranged as suitable candidates are identified, so early application is strongly advised.

Ark is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people in its academies. In order to meet this responsibility, its academies follow a rigorous selection process to discourage and screen out unsuitable applicants. 


Ark requires all employees to undertake an enhanced DBS check. You are required, before appointment, to disclose any unspent conviction, cautions, reprimands or warnings under the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 (Exceptions) Order 1975. Non-disclosure may lead to termination of employment. However, disclosure of a criminal background will not necessarily debar you from employment – this will depend upon the nature of the offence(s) and when they occurred. To read more about Ark’s safer recruitment process, please click this link.

How to Apply

Apply with a CV and cover letter on our online recruitment portal. Applications to be submitted by Monday 20th March 2023 at 10am but please note: we will be reviewing applications on an on-going basis and this advert may close earlier than advertised depending on the level of response.   Click here to apply   This ATS application form should take no longer 20 minutes to complete. At any time, you can pause, save, and log back in. If you have any difficulty with meeting the deadline for application, please contact

Job Categories: Equal Opportunities. Job Types: Full-Time. Salaries: 40,000 - 60,000.

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