Curriculum and Asssessment Lead - Primary School
SPARK Schools
Johannesburg, Gauteng, South Africa
37d ago


Reports To : Head of Learning Model

Position Purpose : The Curriculum and Assessment Lead drives student achievement in the SPARK Schools network by ensuring that our curriculum is engaging and rigorous and that our assessment accurately measures student progress toward each individual's achievement goals.

The Curriculum and Assessment Lead’s leadership in the SPARK Schools network is integral to the SPARK Schools mission to create systemic change in South African education.

Responsibilities :

Monitor, refine, and implement the curriculum and assessment model at SPARK Schools.

Design and / or supplement a rigorous network-wide curriculum that aligns to and extends

the South African national curriculum, including comprehensive assessments for all grades and all subjects (maths, literacy, PE and life skills).

Facilitate pre-service professional development for school leaders and teachers on

curriculum, culture, and community-building and further support school leaders in the

design and facilitation of weekly professional development sessions for instructional


Facilitate a network-wide assessment and data analysis cycle that allows school leaders

to analyse student performance and identify areas for school-wide targeted instruction.

Seek opportunities to integrate Learning Lab data with classroom assessment data to

create a richer understanding of student progress.

Demonstrate a relentless commitment to student achievement.

  • Evaluate, approve, and coordinate the purchase of curricular materials, such as textbooks and manipulatives.
  • Research new and innovative curriculum practices.
  • Align the academic curriculum with government standards, SPARK’s best practice, and international expectations and benchmarks.
  • Document and communicate scope and sequence for each grade level and subject, in conjunction with internal assessments.
  • Monitor grade-level progress against scope and sequence maps and assessments, using data analysis.Clearly communicate network-
  • wide and school data to school leaders, in order to ensure accurate interpretation of student progress.

  • Develop content and assessments that meet state and international standards.
  • Participate in the design and implementation of systems to assess student achievement.Generate and manage internal assessment schedules, logistics, and reporting.
  • Train and orient SPARK staff members in curriculum and instructional best practice.
  • Coordinate the SPARK pre-service training and curriculum professional development with the Director of Academics and the Director of Operations.
  • Help teachers to develop instructional strategies and intervention programs that elevate achievement among struggling students.

    Integrate curricular support with strategies for student social-emotional development.

    Participate in staff recruitment.

    Meet professional obligations through efficient work habits, such as meeting deadlines, honouring schedules, coordinating resources and meetings in an effective and timely manner, and demonstrating respect for others.

    Participate in and drive own professional development.

    Conduct self in a professional manner at all SPARK Schools Support and SPARK Schools events and to all stakeholders.

    Nurture a high-achieving work environment where staff feel genuinely valued and supported.

    Promote the vision and mission of SPARK Schools Support to SPARK Schools Support staff and SPARK Schools staff, scholars, families, and the greater community.


    The ideal candidate will possess the following qualifications :

  • Bachelors degree required.
  • At least three years of experience formally coaching teachers.
  • Experience in facilitating professional development and adult training.
  • Experience in curriculum development and assessment.
  • Experience and expertise in leading school-level data inquiry and facilitating professional cycles of inquiry to improve instructional practice.
  • Awareness of innovative practices in R-12 education, particularly around the role of technology in education reform.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  • Strong communication, facilitation, and interpersonal abilities to manage cross-teams.
  • Ability to self-direct and prioritize among competing goals.
  • Exhibit flexibility and drive results in a fast-paced environment.
  • Adapt at thinking strategically, translating plans into action, and exhibiting excellent judgment.
  • Knowledge of and ability to lead a design process preferred.
  • Qualities : Grit : Persistence through challenges. Excellence : A track record of high expectations personally and professionally.
  • Mission and Vision alignment : Understanding of and passion for the SPARK School's mission to provide excellent education at an affordable cost.

    Self-reflection : Finding the capacity to bring your best self to challenges and opportunities. Values : Service Persistence Achievement Responsibility Kindness


    Compensation : Commensurate with experience.

    Position Type : Full Time

    Location : Johannesburg, South Africa

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