Since qualifying as a History teacher in 2004, James has taught at Outwood Grange Academy and been Head of History there for five years before recently being appointed as Director of Humanities across Outwood Grange Academies Trust. During his time as Head of History the department saw a huge improvement in results and achieved highs of 88% A* - C at GCSE and 94% A* - B at Advanced Level. In 2013/14 James combined the role of Head of Department with a new role of Assistant Principal in Deep Learning & Deep Experience.
Recently, following changes to the GCSE specifications, James led a department initiative to improve literacy across all key stages. This has included interactive displays, half termly literacy focus areas and the development of peer assessment to include a literacy focus.
Through work in Deep Learning James has been deployed as a Learning Coach in the area of starters and plenaries and have led training on differentiation with other departments in the Academy.