Head Of Department - Physical Health Education

  • Lagos, Nigeria
  • 10 Mar, 2018
Full time Education and Teaching

Job Description


 Main Areas of Responsibility and Accountability

  • To be a positive role model within both the PE department and the whole school for both pupils and staff;
  • To lead all department members in the formulation of aims, objectives and strategic plans for the department which have coherence and relevance to the needs of students and to the aims, objectives and strategic plans of the school;
  • To manage the monitoring and evaluation of all aspects of work within the PE department and to contribute within the framework of the school’s self-evaluation processes;
  • To formally observe all members of the department teaching and to provide constructive feedback in line with school policy;
  • To ensure that there is a positive climate for learning within the PE department;
  • To be responsible in ensuring that there are high expectations of teaching and learning throughout the department;
  • To lead the PE department in actively using data and all other relevant information to monitor and follow-up student progress;
  • To effectively manage and deploy teaching/support staff, financial and physical resources within the department to support the teaching and learning within the department;
  • To be responsible for maintaining a safe learning environment in line with the requirements of Health and Safety and ensuring that all staff follow all relevant procedures

Management of Teaching and Learning Within The PE Department

  • To lead the development of appropriate syllabi, resources, schemes of work, marking policies, assessment and teaching and learning strategies within the department;
  • To liaise with the Curriculum Coordinator to ensure the delivery of an appropriate, comprehensive, high quality and cost-effective curriculum programme which supports the main focus within the whole school development plan;
  • To lead curriculum development within the whole department;
  • To keep up to date with local and national developments in the subject area and teaching practice and methodology;
  • To actively monitor and respond to curriculum developments and initiatives within PE;
  • To establish common standards of practice within the department and develop the effectiveness of teaching and learning styles;
  • To ensure that all schemes of work and all teachers cater for the needs of all students, irrespective of ability;
  • To manage behaviour within the PE department to ensure that teachers can teach and students can learn;
  • To lead the departmental system for the tracking of student progress, the setting of student targets and to work towards their achievement;
  • To be responsible that all students are correctly and appropriately entered for all external examinations in liaison with the Examinations Officer;
  • To ensure the maintenance of accurate and up-to-date information concerning the department;
  • To make use of performance data within the department to support teaching and learning;
  • To ensure that all reports within the department are completed by the times stated and to a professional standard;
  • To contribute to all school procedures in respect of lesson observation;
  • To ensure that the departmental handbook file is kept up-to-date and accurately reflects all aspects of teaching and learning within the PE department.

Management of Staff within the PE Department

  • To work with the Head teacher to ensure that staff development needs are identified and that appropriate programmes are designed to meet their needs;
  • To line manage staff through the entire appraisal process ensuring that challenging objectives are set which reflect both individual need and that of the school;
  • To make appropriate work arrangements for classes when staff are absent, ensuring appropriate work within the department liaising with the cover teacher or cover supervisor;
  • To participate in the selection process for new staff within the PE department;
  • To ensure an effective induction into the department and the school for new staff;
  • To be responsible for the day to day management of staff within the PE department and to act as a positive role model;
  • To be the lead practitioner within the department and adopt coaching or mentoring strategies when appropriate;
  • To chair department meetings and to ensure that members of the department are clear as to their own specific responsibilities;
  • To promote teamwork and to motivate staff to ensure an effective working relationship;
  • To offer advice and support where necessary to other staff members within your department


  • To ensure that all members of the department are familiar with its aims and objectives;
  • To be responsible for all relevant information from Heads of Department meetings is disseminated to staff;
  • To ensure effective communication/consultation as appropriate with parents of students;
  • To represent department views in relevant forum;
  • To liaise with relevant external bodies


  • To manage the available resources of space, staff, money and equipment efficiently within the limits, guidelines and procedures laid down. This includes deploying the department budget, acting as a cost centre holder, requisitioning, organising and maintaining equipment and stock, and keeping accurate and appropriate records;
  • To ensure that risk assessments are organised where departmental activities necessitate such;
  • To be responsible that the whole department provides an environment that is conducive to good teaching and learning
  • This job description is subject to review as the organization deem fit.
  • Thorough knowledge of IGCSE curriculum
  • B.ED. in Health and Physical Education.
  • M.ED. Physical Education/Recreation will be an added advantage
  • A minimum of 5 years professional teaching experience
  • Past involvement in extracurricular activit
  • Excellent speaking and listening skills