We would be delighted to welcome your application to our great school. We value subject knowledge, ability to communicate with students and high expectations. We work hard to lower workload whilst simultaneously increasing impact. You will teach how you want to teach, all we ask is that you have chosen your methods deliberately and seek to become an expert at them.
Samuel Ward is a highly successful oversubscribed 11-18 co-educational academy with 1320 pupil on roll. We are situated in pleasant surroundings on the western edge of Suffolk, within easy reach of Cambridge and Bury St Edmunds. We benefit from excellent facilities, and our new £10m building opened in April 2019.
General Teaching Responsibilities
1. Engage in identifying and implementing the priorities of the School Improvement Plan, participating fully in school self-evaluation;
2. Comply with and uphold the policies of the school;
3. Fully understand and comply with the school's policy on safeguarding. Remain alert to pupils’ pastoral needs and provide support, in conjunction with school’s SENCo and Learning Support Assistants (LSAs);
4. Proactively uphold the school’s behaviour policy establishing class rules and setting out clear and fair sanctions in accordance with the school’s systems; high standards of behaviour should be expected at all times;
5. Work as part of the school’s teaching team and actively behave as a team member to support colleagues;
6. Oversee and work closely with LSAs, setting out tasks appropriate to the assistant's role and ability; supervise the work of support staff, students and voluntary helpers as required;
7. Ensure that the learning spaces provide a welcoming and stimulating environment to pupils and adults. Classrooms will be vibrant, well organised and serviceable. Work should be attractively displayed and be clearly and appropriately labelled;
8. Make effective use of PPA time to raise standards;
9. Lead assemblies as required;
10. Play an active role in the full life of the school.
Class / Subject Teacher:
1. Teach the designated class / subject group(s), implementing agreed planning, assessment and target setting; work with others to provide Curriculum Enrichment for students.
2. Plan students’ work to provide an inclusive and personalised curriculum which meets the needs of the children, including those with Special Needs and those who are Able, Gifted and Talented;
3. Carry out regular assessment, recording, monitoring and record keeping according to school policies, maintain appropriate records which monitor the progress of the students; mark students’ work regularly in accordance with the school’s marking policy;
4. Develop home-school links with parents/guardians of students in the class / subject group(s);
5. Complete termly and half-termly assessment records for the class / subject group(s), using the school’s systems, including preparation of Student Progress Reports for presentation to the Principal, Senior Leadership Team and Governing Body, as appropriate;
6. Complete student reports for presentation to parents / guardians (academic report and the achievement, effort and social report); meet students’ parents at parent evenings, 3 times per year;
7. Manage and monitor the work of other adults in the classroom (including volunteers);
8. Liaise closely with the SENCo regarding the learning needs of students;
9. Liaise closely with the Designated Teacher for Safeguarding regarding students’ welfare needs.
Essential educational requirements
• Second class degree or higher
• English and Mathematics at G.C.S.E./’O’ Level or equivalent and/or sound Literacy and Numeracy skills (ITT accreditation test level)
• ICT QTS accreditation test level or European Computer Driving License (ECDL)
• Relevant Teaching Qualification
Essential skills and experience
• High levels of secondary subject knowledge and knowledge of statutory requirements relating to the relevant Key Stage(s) curriculum;
• Evidence of positive impact on pupil outcomes in the relevant Year / Subject group(s);
• Positive disposition to implementing the Schools’ educational vision;
• Willingness to work across the Trust’s secondary schools to secure high attainment for all children in the relevant Year Group(s) Key Stage(s) who have SEN.
• Able to develop genuine, empathetic relationships with young people
• Solution focused disposition and a positive attitude particularly to challenge and change
• Understanding of and commitment to Equal Opportunities issues and principles and the need to apply an equal standard of care to all pupils
• Positive disposition towards inclusion of all pupils including those with learning difficulties in mainstream learning and education
• Able to work as part of a broader inclusion and pupil support system
We will offer you:
A supportive culture where teachers are free to focus on teaching and learning
A strong focus on student behaviour with a centralised detention system run by SLT
A wide range of CPD opportunities within school, our Teaching School and through our Trust of 22 schools and associated Research School.
Opportunities for career progression (including the opportunity to participate in the Trust’s Leadership Development Programme)
An ethos of innovation and experimentation; we are currently piloting whole-class marking and a new approach to homework.
About Samuel Ward Academy
- Chalkstone Way, Haverhill, Suffolk, CB9 0LD
- Samuel Ward Academy website (opens in a new window)