Head of Drama, Day School

Job description for Head of Drama, Day School

The School is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.

Application deadline: 29/03/2021

Summary of role:

All teaching staff are required to sustain and improve the quality of vocational training and education at ArtsEd

The Head of Drama is required to teach OCR specifications for GCSE and A level Drama.

We are committed to developing fully the academic, vocational and personal potential of our pupils and we strive to ensure that our curriculum is modelled on current best practice. We believe that the balance of academic study, creative arts training, and performance opportunities helps to develop self-discipline together with a strong sense of responsibility. Our pupils and staff relish challenges and work tirelessly to achieve the very highest standards. Small class sizes and a staff of well qualified, specialist teachers underpin the process of learning at all stages.

The School has a long history of success – with its pupils going on to Bristol Old Vic, Central, Guildhall, LAMDA, RADA, and of course ArtsEd, as well as many other prestigious schools and universities to continue their study of performance.  Pupils also leave to follow careers in film-making and media, and the visual arts either at university or at specialist institutions. The Arts Educational Schools London is not a ‘stage school,’ for it has always prided itself on producing a first-class education in which the performing arts play a central role. Our emphasis is on teaching the whole person, not merely the fostering of professional talent.

All staff are expected to contribute to the overall teaching of their chosen subject elsewhere in the school and to use their wider skills by having a form tutor group and covering colleagues when they are absent.

Main duties and responsibilities:

  • Promoting and safeguarding the welfare of children and young persons for whom you are responsible and with whom you come into contact.
  • To design, develop and write suitable schemes of work within the curriculum and framework of the Examination Board.
  • To lead the Department through effective teaching, professional vision and knowledge.
  • To develop a Drama Curriculum that reflects the skills needed in the Performing Arts Industry with an eye on current and future developments.
  • To maintain, review and develop schemes of work, within the framework of an appropriately challenging curriculum and the requirements of the Examination Boards and to support the aims and ethos of ArtsEd, working collaboratively as and when appropriate.
  • To work in harmony with other practitioners and teachers working in the Performing Arts Faculty on collaborative and collegiate projects designed to enhance learner experience and outcomes.
  • To assist in the planning and management of productions in school, including the School’s audition process for entry into the Day School or the Sixth Form.
  • To direct groups at rehearsals, and live or recorded performances, in order to achieve desired quality.
  • To consult with directors and technical production teams in planning and delivering school productions.
  • To help backstage and coordinate backstage support and steward teams for all internal, large-scale productions across the Performing Arts Faculty.
  • To write and review Department Policies.
  • To take part in the appointment of staff to the Department and in the drawing up of their job descriptions.
  • To arrange, in consultation with members of the Department, the deployment of those members in the timetable.
  • To support members of the Department in maintaining sound discipline within the School’s agreed policies.
  • To facilitate development of members of the Department through CPD and regular meetings
  • To monitor the quality of teaching and learning within the Department and to ensure that curricular records are kept and that reports are written adhering to all deadlines.
  • To share examples of good practice across the Department and Faculty Teams.
  • To supervise the use and care of the rooms assigned to Drama classes, including adherence to relevant Health and Safety regulations in studios and other facilities.
  • To support the work of the Performing Arts Faculty and support productions including working backstage or in a technical capacity


  • Teach classes.
  • To maintain and monitor appropriate records of pupils’ learning and achievements.
  • Design, develop and write suitable schemes of work for all Key Stages.
  • To write reports, attend parents’ meetings and respond to parental communications.
  • To devise and implement appropriate rehearsal programmes resulting in pupil productions that meet (and hopefully exceed) the expectations of a specialist school with a performing arts focus. This may well involve spending additional time after school, on occasional Saturdays and in the half-term breaks.
  • To rehearse pupils to be confident when performing, enabling them to achieve success, be it for an exam or production purposes.
  • To implement the School’s agreed policies
  • To maintain effective discipline through implementation of the School’s agreed procedures.
  • To attend meetings as appropriate.
  • To maintain liaison with classes’ and individual pupil’s Form Tutors.
  • To take on the pastoral responsibilities of a Form Tutor.
  • To keep abreast of all exam specifications and to meet all deadlines.


  • To teach agreed process and creative Drama schemes of work to KS3 classes.
  • To teach and assess in regard to the GCSE OCR specification for KS4.
  • To plan and deliver a specialist curriculum at KS4 to run alongside, and in harmony with, the GSCE curriculum.
  • To teach and assess in regard to the GCE OCR specification for KS5.
  • To develop the Drama Co-curriculum at Key Stage 3 and 4
  • To develop the Co-curriculum for the 6th Form through collaboration and negotiation with the Director of 6th Form, Director of Performing Arts, and the Head of BTEC Acting
  • To ensure that curricular records and assessments are kept, and reports written.
  • To mark all work set in relation to the internally agreed mark schemes, and appropriate examination guidelines.
  • To mark KS3 work in accordance with the ArtsEd mark schemes.
  • To ensure that health and safety issues are properly understood, and procedures followed effectively and consistently.


  • To provide a list of examination and school trips disbursements when required by the Headteacher and Finance Director.

All staff:

  • All staff must carry out their responsibilities with due regard to all ArtsEd policies and procedures, ensuring inclusivity, equality of opportunity, and compliance with Health and Safety in the workplace.
  • All staff must respect the confidentiality of data stored electronically and by other means in line with the Data Protection Act.
  • All staff must adhere to the staff Code of Conduct.
  • All staff are required to regularly undertake Safeguarding, Keeping Children Safe in Education, Prevent, and GDPR training and to maintain their own professionalism and job-related knowledge through ongoing CPD.
  • All members of staff are required to be professional, co-operative, and flexible in line with the needs of the post and the school.
  • All Job Descriptions are reviewed annually and will change to reflect the needs of the School and the post.
  • ArtsEd is committed to the safety, wellbeing and safeguarding of all pupils and students and expects all staff to share this commitment. Staff in all posts are required to hold a clear, enhanced DBS.
  • You may also be required to undertake such other comparable duties as your line manager requires from time to time.

Person Specification

These are essential qualities without which the Applicant could not be appointed


  • A relevant Degree is essential
  • QTS desirable

Method of assessment:

  • Production of the Applicant’s certificates
  • Discussion at interview
  • Independent verification of qualifications


  • Relevant teaching experience and a firm understanding of how to direct pupils in production work, whether for examination or for public performances.
  • Relevant management experience, with proven ability to lead, support, and develop teachers and practitioners within a specialist team.
  • Management of curriculum-based vocal study

Method of assessment:

  • Contents of the application form
  • Interview
  • Professional references


  • Ability to lead, manage, and develop a team of Drama specialists, whether full-time, part-time, or visiting staff.
  • Ability to work creatively and collaboratively with other Departments across the Performing Arts Faculty.
  • Ability to design and implement interesting, creative, and appropriately challenging schemes of work at all levels.
  • An efficient and effective teacher with evidence of first-class teaching skills.
  • Proven ability as an effective classroom/studio manager
  • Ability to inspire pupils in this specialist school.

Method of assessment:

  • Contents of the application form
  • Interview
  • Professional references


  • An extensive knowledge of relevant examination syllabuses for GCSE, A Level with a willingness to learn new specifications if deemed appropriate.
  • A developed range of teaching pedagogy and strategies relevant to the teaching of the subject in this specialist school.
  • Familiarity with current best practice, and a willingness to share this with relevant colleagues.
  • An excellent knowledge of plays and practitioners in order to inform both the curriculum and production work.
  • A sound knowledge of other Drama and performance examining bodies e.g. LAMDA Exams.
  • A deep and developed knowledge of assessment procedures relating to the specialist area.

Method of assessment:

  • Contents of the application form
  • Interview
  • Professional references

Personal competencies and qualities:

  • Motivation to work with children and young people.
  • ability to form and maintain appropriate relationships and personal boundaries with children and young people.
  • emotional resilience.
  • positive attitude to use of authority and maintaining discipline.
  • A strong commitment to educating young people.
  • The ability to work constructively across a wide age and ability range.
  • The all-round ability to discharge all professional duties properly.
  • Enthusiasm for the work of this specialist school including a passion for educating through the Arts.
  • The ability to work effectively and collaboratively as part of Faculty and whole-school Teams
  • A willingness to allocate own time to rehearse productions with pupils or give additional one-to-one support to pupils applying to Conservatoires, Performing Arts Courses and the ArtsEd Sixth Form.
  • The ability to lead and inspire a Departmental Team, including bringing in visiting practitioners and specialists to lead workshops and masterclasses when appropriate.

Method of assessment:

  • Contents of the application form
  • Interview
  • Professional references

To apply for this position, please refer to the job description above and download the application form here:

Please submit a letter outlining your skills and experience and contact Cheryl Jarman, Head of HR cjarman@artsed.co.uk should you have any questions.

Your application form and letter of application should be submitted to cjarman@artsed.co.uk no later than 9am on the closing date.

Thank you for your interest in working at ArtsEd!