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Head of Religious Studies and Philosophy

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Job Title: Head of Religious Studies and Philosophy

Location: Chilterns, Buckinghamshire, UK

Salary: MPS/UPS London Fringe + TLR 2b

Company: Dunbar Education (Recruitment Agency)

About the Academy: Join an exceptional 11-18 mixed academy nestled in the picturesque Chilterns of Buckinghamshire. Rated 'Good' by Ofsted, they are dedicated to providing a supportive and enriching learning environment for all students. We are seeking an enthusiastic and committed Head of Religious Studies and Philosophy to lead within the Humanities department and inspire a love of learning in the school's students.

Role Overview: As the Head of Religious Studies and Philosophy, you will lead and manage the subject area, ensuring the delivery of high-quality teaching and learning across all key stages (11-18). This is a fantastic opportunity for an experienced educator to shape the curriculum, develop innovative teaching strategies, and make a significant impact on the academic and personal development of our students.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Lead the Religious Studies and Philosophy department, providing strategic direction and vision in line with the school's overall objectives.
  • Inspire and motivate a team of dedicated teachers, fostering a collaborative and supportive working environment.
  • Design and deliver an engaging and challenging curriculum that promotes critical thinking, spiritual development, and cultural awareness.
  • Monitor and evaluate the quality of teaching and learning within the department, implementing effective strategies for improvement where necessary.
  • Lead on the development and implementation of assessment and tracking systems to monitor student progress and attainment.
  • Collaborate with colleagues across the Humanities department and wider school community to promote cross-curricular initiatives and enrichment opportunities.
  • Foster positive relationships with parents, carers, and external stakeholders, promoting a shared commitment to student achievement and well-being.


  • Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) and a relevant degree in Religious Studies, Philosophy, or a related field.
  • Significant experience teaching Religious Studies and/or Philosophy at secondary level, with a strong understanding of the UK curriculum.
  • Previous leadership experience within a Humanities department or similar educational setting, demonstrating the ability to lead and inspire colleagues.
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills, with the ability to engage and motivate students, staff, and parents alike.
  • A commitment to promoting equality, diversity, and inclusion within the school community.
  • A passion for education and a desire to make a positive difference to the lives of young people.
  • Right to work in the UK

How to Apply: To apply for the position of Head of Religious Studies and Philosophy, please submit your CV today, or contact Suzanne Jones at Dunbar Education to discuss further.

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