We are seeking an enthusiastic, innovative and highly motivated Associate Teacher to join our growing team of staff in KS3 from September 2019 to supervise lessons and lead learning during the short-term absence of teaching staff in our pioneering Opening Minds team.
Temporary 1Y in the first instance
Supported in Y2 with an ITT placement (on successful application)
The successful candidate will be required to demonstrate very good classroom management and ensure that students complete the work set by teaching staff to a high standard. The post will also entail some in-class support during lessons, working with small-groups or creating/producing resources, when the demand for covering lessons is lower. The post holder would also be expected to contribute to the extra-curricular life of the school, through enrichment or clubs.
This role would be ideal for a good honours graduate considering a career in teaching and/or planning to seek a place on an ITT/PGCE course in 2020. Historically a number of Associate Teachers at Whitley Academy who started out in Opening Minds have taken up such positions through our RSA Teaching School Alliance provision (2016/2017/2018), hence the reason for the vacancy.
Previous experience of working with young people would be advantageous but is not essential. Excellent communication skills and an ability to develop a positive rapport with students and teaching staff are important.
You must be:
- Actively considering teaching as a career,
- Qualified to degree level,
- Excited about contributing to the development of Teaching & Learning in the Opening Minds team,
- Committed to making a difference to the lives of pupils,
- Resilient with a strong personal drive,
- Someone who will have high expectations of both students and their colleagues,
- Values driven, and
- Someone who can forge positive relationships with students to encourage great learning in the classroom.
Essential educational requirements
Educated to degree level (or equivalent)
English and Maths at GCSE/O level Grade C or equivalent
Essential skills and experience
• To communicate effectively.
• To motivate and encourage students to work co-operatively together and independently.
• To establish and maintain good professional relationships with adults and young people and to deal with difficult situations sensitively.
• To lead, organise and co-ordinate classroom activities as required.
• To plan and lead effective lessons that ensure clear learning objectives are met.
• Ability to adapt to different situations and show initiative.
• Commitment to one’s own professional development in relation to T&L practice and through research.
• A belief that schools can make a difference.
We will offer you;
- A positive and innovative learning culture, where wellbeing and workload are effectively managed,
- A dedicated, highly skilled and committed staff, upholding high expectations of and aspirations for all of our students,
- A strong sense of community and a warm, welcoming workplace,
- Access to the RSA Academies’ Teaching School Alliance, which offers high quality training and leadership experiences for all staff, to ensure that everyone is enabled to develop, grow and collaborate,
- PiXL network access, developing new ideas and strategies to impact on student learning and
- A number of additional benefits including a fantastic internal CPD programme built into directed time - fostering excellence in teaching and learning, a personal laptop, free parking, and a vibrant modern building and facilities in a beautiful location, beside a nature reserve within easy reach of the M40/M6 corridor.
About Whitley Academy
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