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    As soon as possible

  • Closing date

    30 May 2024 at 9am

  • Date listed

    10 May 2024

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Working pattern

Full time

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Pay scale

Scale 4 (Pt 7 - Pt 10)

What skills and experience we're looking for

Do you enjoy working with young people, and have a passion for books and reading?

Are you able to plan, organise and promote engaging activities and events before and after school and during the school day?

Could you create an inspirational and calm environment for students to enjoy reading, to relax in and feel safe?

Would you like to work with inspirational teachers to make sure that a love of books and reading is embedded throughout the school?

If so....this is the perfect opportunity for you!

We are looking for an enthusiastic well organised individual to join our school as a Librarian, working with staff to further develop and embed a love of literacy and reading throughout the school.

Our Libraries are an integral part of the school, they are a vital element of our improving literacy strategy alongside providing a welcoming and supportive environment for all students to enjoy.

You will be overseeing all day-to-day activities in one of our libraries, planning and coordinating activities and events making sure that all students feel welcome and safe and have access to relevant and inspiring resources.

If you love working with students, organising resources, and promoting a love for reading, this is the perfect role for you.

At Barking Abbey school, we are proud of our reading culture. Our school aims to ensure that all students enjoy reading and leave us as lifelong readers. This role is essential to fostering that love of reading and developing the literacy skills of all of our students. We are seeking to appoint an innovative, inspirational librarian who is creative in their approach and keen to make a real difference to the lives of our pupils.

Our libraries are at the heart of each campus, it is essential that applicants have practical experience working with young people and can communicate and network with a range of stakeholders. School experience is desirable but not essential.

Day to day responsibilities will include:

• Oversee all day-to-day operations of the school library, making sure that there is a rich varied provision of resources that are catalogued and well organised

• Making sure that the library is a welcoming and inspirational space for students and staff

• Assisting students in selecting appropriate books and research materials (students in years 7 to 13)

• The planning and development of a calendar of enrichment activities and events to promote the use of and access to the Library. Develop and implement engaging library programs in line with the needs of the curriculum, such as book clubs and reading challenges

• Provide support to students both Secondary and Sixth Form

• Promoting and increasing the use of the library and engagement with activities that are planned

You will need to:

• Have good administrative, communication and organisational skills

• Be able to work as part of a team and independently, researching ideas and planning activities and events

• Have a creative flair and an eye for detail, making sure that our Library spaces and displays are engaging and motivating

• Be passionate about making a difference to the lives of young people, promoting the school values and providing motivation and support

• Enjoy working with young people, with the ability to engage and supervise

The post holder will be an important part of our curriculum support team by maintaining, promoting, and developing our library and its resources, this is an excellent opportunity to play a key role in the development of the school libraries.

What the school offers its staff

Barking Abbey is an Ofsted Outstanding heavily over-subscribed dual campus secondary school in the London Borough of Barking and Dagenham, with a well-deserved reputation for academic excellence and a supportive professional environment.

The school is located less than 10 minutes walk from Upney tube and 15 minutes from Barking mainline station.

Barking Abbey celebrates its diversity, and we positively welcome applications from all sections of the community. If you are interested in making a difference in young people’s lives whatever your background or history please apply.

In return we offer:

• A supportive and encouraging staff team

• The opportunity to access a wide range of CPD opportunities within and beyond school

• A school which understands the importance of staff well-being and workload management

• A positive ethos with excellent behaviour reinforced by highly visible SLT and centralised behaviour systems

We are proud that Ofsted recently judged the school to be Outstanding in all areas. The report states; “This is a large and diverse school where difference is valued. Pupils, and students in the sixth form, are supportive and respectful of each other. Pupils’ conduct is exemplary, both inside lessons and around the school. Leaders have established simple and clear rules that everyone understands. Pupils are focused, engaged and participate well in lessons. Staff feel that their workload and well-being has been carefully considered by leaders. They appreciate their open-door policy”. (Ofsted, February 2024)

Please click here to find out more information about what it is like to work at Barking Abbey:https://www.barkingabbeyschool.co.uk/home/join-us/staff-vacancies/

To find out more about how teachers can secure rented accommodation at a discounted rate of 20% please contact: info@bdsip.co.uk

Barking Abbey is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and is an Equal Opportunities Employer.

This post is exempt from the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 and a comprehensive screening process, including Disclosure check, will be undertaken on all successful applicants.

Online searches may be conducted for all shortlisted candidates and will be conducted for all successful candidates as part of our due diligence checks.

Commitment to safeguarding

Our organisation is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults. We expect all staff, volunteers and trustees to share this commitment.

Our recruitment process follows the keeping children safe in education guidance.

Offers of employment may be subject to the following checks (where relevant):
childcare disqualification
Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS)
online and social media
prohibition from teaching
right to work
satisfactory references
suitability to work with children

You must tell us about any unspent conviction, cautions, reprimands or warnings under the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 (Exceptions) Order 1975.

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About Barking Abbey School, A Specialist Sports and Humanities College

School type
Local authority maintained school, ages 11 to 18
Education phase
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School size
2325 pupils enrolled
Age range
11 to 18

Welcome to Barking Abbey school and thank you for expressing an interest in applying for a position here.

For me there are three simple things that I want us to achieve at Barking Abbey school.

First, our motto ‘Give and Expect the best’ leads us to want to be the best in everything we do. We have some of the best results in the area, we have pupils at the best universities, we have the most pupils on apprenticeships in the entire country, we have basketball players in the best leagues and so much more. We have all of this because we push our pupils and each other to excel. All of us try to be our best every day.

Second, I firmly believe that if you can’t see it you can’t be it. We want to give our pupils the chance to see successful people of every religion, colour and background whilst they are at school. Whatever their dreams
we want to support them and provide the networks and contacts to help them to achieve.

Finally, we want our pupils to have a voice in the world. To be confident enough to express their views and also to have the knowledge to be able to make an effective contribution. The more you know the more
powerful you can be in the world.

Sir Tim Brighouse said “If a teacher makes the weather the school creates the climate.” and I firmly believe this. It is our role as a leadership team to create the best possible learning environment for our teachers
to teach in. In return we expect the best possible teaching from them and our results show this over time.

We have created systems and structures that support high quality learning, whilst minimising workload and maximising impact.
Our recent Ofsted report indicated that the school could be judged outstanding and so we are expecting them back to confirm this view. The report states; “Pupils learn and achieve very well. Pupils across both sites
are happy and safe at Barking Abbey School. Pupils are motivated to work hard and enjoy positive working relationships with staff. Students new to the sixth form commented on how welcoming, inclusive and diverse
the community is. Teachers feel listened to and well supported.” (Ofsted, December 2022)

If you share our ethos and values and absolutely believe in the potential of all young people then we can offer you the chance to make a difference and change our community for the better, and look forward to receiving
your application form and welcoming you to our school.

Arranging a visit to Barking Abbey School, A Specialist Sports and Humanities College

To arrange a visit and increase the chance of a successful application email jobs@barkingabbeyschool.co.uk.

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