Teacher of English - Secondary

Purpose of the job:

The Laurel Academy are looking to appoint a Teacher of English to join our academy team in September 2020.

The Laurel Academy is an 11 -16 Academy of 660 pupils serving the town of Mexborough and its surrounding area. The Laurel has a rich history within the town since it was established in 1904 and has numerous notable alumni including Poet Laureate Ted Hughes. Mexborough is an ex mining town with a strong sense of community and some wonderful pupils. People who visit the Academy always comment on the excellent behaviour and conduct of the pupils and the welcoming ethos of the Academy. The Laurel is a great place to work where you can make a real difference to the lives of young people

If you feel you have the necessary skills and experience required for this position then we would very much like to hear from you.

You will be joining an ambitious, committed and hardworking team who are passionate about the difference we can make to our young people, staff, families and the wider community.

Purpose of the role

  • Carrying out the professional duties of a teacher as circumstances may require and in accordance with academy policies, under the direction of the Principal.
  • Promoting the achievement of high standards through effecting teaching and learning within subject area(s), preparation, evaluation and action planning.
  • Modelling the vision and values of the academy.
  • Being part of the team driving the development of the academy to become an ‘outstanding’ academy.
  • Receiving and acting on feedback to build on the strengths and improve personal performance within the academy systems.
  • Contributing, where appropriate, to implementing policies and practice and to promote collective responsibility for their implementation.
  • Taking into account and constantly reviewing academy contextual factors and prior attainment when planning and teaching lessons.
  • Working in a cross-curricular way to support subjects across the academy in the use of active learning approaches to enrich curriculum and skills delivery.
  • Recognising, promoting and celebrating diversity.

Personal contacts

  • Internal: students, staff, Academy Advisory Board members, academy council members, parents and any other visitors to the academy.
  • External: contractors, suppliers, parents, external agency professionals, other government and local authority staff, other staff from academies and schools.

Responsibilities:

Main duties and responsibilities:

  • Supervision and progress of students in allocated classes.
  • Supervision of work of any classroom support staff during times they are allocated to classes.

Develop and sustain DEEP LEADERSHIP across the academy through:

  • Being accountable for student progression for allocated classes.
  • Being responsible for effective classroom management.
  • Co-ordinating class work with any classroom assistant support.
  • Developing and sustaining knowledge of current educational practices and be responsible for own continuing professional development.
  • Evaluating lessons, incorporating students’ views and responses in order to reflect and act on strengths and areas for development.
  • Aiding in co-ordinating events and experiences which support the academy to raise standards.

Develop and sustain DEEP LEARNING across the academy through:

  • Working to student targets and ensure that progress is tracked through a range of strategies.
  • Taking account and reviewing prior attainment when planning and teaching lessons.
  • Reflecting on the success of teaching strategies, individual lessons and SoL in meeting the needs of students.
  • Applying current guidelines on effective learning and teaching.
  • Striving to deliver outstanding lessons.
  • Delivering interactive lessons with students.
  • Providing good quality assessment using formative and summative methods in conjunction with the academy’s AfL policy.
  • Recording test results and ongoing teacher assessments.

Develop and sustain DEEP EXPERIENCE across the academy through:

  • Having responsibility for developing and implementing SoL.
  • Being responsible for identifying and reporting issues and developing solutions.
  • Being responsible for the day to day delivery within the subject area, including assessment and reporting process.
  • Developing the use of ICT within the curriculum.
  • Adapting lessons and identifying next steps in response to evaluation of student progress.
  • Setting effective homework and extension work to encourage and enliven student learning.
  • Ensuring differentiation and personalisation of learning for all students.
  • Being aware of the KS2 curriculum and the standards of progression and attainment for KS3 students.
  • Co-ordinating displays with regards to events, opportunities and work which promote the department/academy.

Develop and sustain DEEP SUPPORT across the academy through:

  • Complying with the academy’s Child Safeguarding Procedures and reporting concerns to the Designated Child Protection Officer.
  • Taking responsibility for upholding standards of behaviour and classroom management within the classroom and the schools environment.
  • Promoting the consistent and fair use of the behaviour policy within the classroom and the academy environment.
  • Being the first line of contact for parents and carers concerns with regards to their child’s performance and well-being of your classes.
  • Performing the duties of a Vertical Mentor Tutor if required, including the provision of information, advice and guidance for students.

Data processing and security

  • To ensure strict confidentiality in all areas of work.
  • To work and process personal and sensitive information in accordance with Data Protection Act 2018 including the General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR) 2018.
  • To ensure work is conducted in a way that protects the safety and security of information (e.g. strong passwords, reporting breaches, securing paper records, securely disposing of records).

General

  • To understand and comply with the statutory guidance regarding safeguarding of children, ensuring the safeguarding and promotion of children’s welfare at all times, reporting any concerns to the Designated Safeguarding Officer immediately.
  • To comply with the Trust and academy’s policies and procedures at all times.

This job description will be reviewed annually and may be subject to amendment or modification at any time after consultation with the postholder. It is not a comprehensive statement of procedures and tasks, but sets out the main expectations of the academy in relation to the postholder’s professional responsibilities and duties. Elements of this job description and changes to it may be agreed at the request of the Principal or the incumbent of the post.

This post is subject to the current conditions of employment for Teachers contained in the School Teachers' Pay and Conditions Document.

Postholders will be expected to comply with any reasonable request from a Senior Leader to undertake work of a similar level that is not specified in the job description.

The Trust is committed to safeguarding the welfare of its students and the successful applicant will be subject to an enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service certificate and checks of the relevant barred list / prohibition lists.

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Experience and Knowledge

Key: A = Application, I = Interview And Assessment, R = Reference, C = Certificate

Essential

  • Recent and relevant teaching experience
  • A teaching qualification together with Qualified Teacher Status (QTS)
  • A strong and secure subject knowledge in English up to GCSE
  • Awareness of the strategies available for improving the learning and achievement of all students
  • A good understanding of curriculum developments in the specific subject area
  • Able to use a range of teaching and learning strategies
  • An understanding of how Assessment for Learning can improve student performance
  • Confidence in the use of standard computer packages and how these can be used to enhance student learning
  • Able to use student level data to raise standards
  • Able to work independently and collaboratively as a member of a team
  • Creative in problem solving together with willingness to take on and try new approaches and ideas
  • Ability to relate to students in a pleasant and sympathetic manner and to recognise potential safeguarding issues
  • Able to communicate both orally and in writing to students and their parents
  • Able to communicate high expectations to all students
  • Sharing good practice across the department
  • The post holder will require an enhanced DBS
  • A degree in an appropriate discipline related to English

Desirable

  • Strong ICT skills including SMART board or Promethean

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