Reading Lead - Secondary Schools

Bridge Academy Trust, Chelmsford
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Job Ref No. ECC0-16S Position Type: Teaching/Child Support Pay Range: Scale 7, Point 19-24
Position Start Date: 01/06/2024 Contract Type: Full-time Contract Term: Permanent
Application Close: 16/05/2024 Midnight Date of Interviews: Wednesday, 22nd May 2024  

Job Description

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Trust wide Reading Lead for Secondary Schools

Required: June 2024

Pay Range: £20,698 to £22,925

About the role:

This is an exciting opportunity to join Bridge Academy Trust to support our new initiative supporting reading across our 4 secondary schools. The successful candidate will work with our secondary schools with identified children 1-2-1 (or very small group) to accelerate their reading age. You will be supported by a team of dedicated Higher Level Teaching Assistants to bring about the desired improvements. You will maximise the use of school's reading schemes and liaise with the school-based reading leads to ensure that staff, parents and children are all engaged in the reading intervention programme. The aim is for these children to have a reading age in-line with their biological age as soon as possible.

We are seeking to appoint an individual who: 

· Is passionate about literature and engaging pupils with reading

· Has experience in reading schemes used in schools

· Has the ability to adapt teaching of reading to meet pupils' needs

· Has the ability to build effective working relationships with pupils

· Is a proven leader who understands how to work with other leaders to achieve the best outcomes for pupils and schools

· Is ambitious for our pupils, our schools and themselves

We can offer:

· A supportive environment with a welcoming team who are hardworking and committed to achieving the best outcomes

· High quality continual professional development

· Shared working of a community-focused, multi-academy trust

· The opportunity to be part of the school's exciting journey of improvement

· Career development and opportunity to progress within the school/multi-academy trust

Work Schedule:

Term Time Only + 5 Inset Days, 39 weeks a year

Monday to Friday, 8:30am - 3:00pm

Covering: Halstead, Braintree, Chelmsford, and Ongar

How to Apply: 

To apply for the role, please complete the application form and recruitment monitoring form demonstrating how your skills and experience match the criteria in the Job Description and Person Specification and return directly to Bridge Academy Trust.

Application guidance notes are also available to assist you with completing your application.

Informal enquiries regarding the role can be made to the school office via email to

Closing date: Thursday 16th May 2024, midnight

Interview Date: Wednesday 22nd May 2024

Further details are available from t: 01245202937 e: w:

Information about the School

We are a collegiate and collaborative Trust, where, first and foremost, each school is a place of (high quality) learning, where young people ENJOY, ENRICH, ACHIEVE, ASPIRE.

Our core purpose at Bridge Academy Trust is to provide high quality continuity of every child’s journey through education from 3 to 19, with a strong sense of ‘community’. We have a community and school-led school improvement approach, with a long term sustainable strategy.

More information can be found on the trust's website.

This Trust is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. All successful applicants will be subject to an enhanced DBS check, medical clearance and satisfactory references. Bridge Academy Trust welcomes applications from those of all backgrounds, faiths and ethnic groups.

All appointments are subject to safer recruitment requirements to ensure the safeguarding of children and young people. All positions will involve appropriate checks and clearances.


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Contact Information

Bridge Academy Trust
Community Building
Brian Close, Chelmsford
Essex, CM2 9DZ
Telephone: 01245 202937