Teacher of D&T (Resistant Materials)
Inspire the next generation of leaders at Harris City Academy Crystal Palace
We are seeking an outstanding Teacher of D&T – Resistant Materials to work within our high performing Academy, this position is open to both NQTs and more experienced teachers.
The Design and Technology team at Harris City Academy Crystal Palace is comprised of five members of teaching staff and two technicians. The Department currently delivers a range of focus curriculum areas including Food Preparation and Nutrition, Graphic Products, Resistant Materials and computer science from key stage 3 right the way through until A-level.
High expectations are set within the department for both students and teachers alike. The Design and Technology team are committed to developing the way that they teach, taking on board new initiatives and experimenting with a wide range of teaching styles and strategies. Assessment for Learning is also considered to be of high importance and all staff place heavy emphasis on the consistent implementation of health and safety procedures to ensure the safety and well-being of all who work within the department.
In Key Stage 3 students are taught as part of a ‘carousel’ system, where classes of students rotate around the D&T staff and classrooms every 7 weeks. This system allows students to experience short projects in each of the key areas of the D&T curriculum, whilst being taught in an appropriate environment by a subject specialist. Year 9 is dedicated to skill building thorough a range of practical and theory activities in the chosen area.
At GCSE level, students are examined on two units. Currently the first unit accounts for 50% of the final grade and is based around a practical activity and a comprehensive design portfolio. The second unit provides the remaining 50% of the total GCSE grade and this is assessed by way of an hour and a forty-five minute written examination sat at the end of Year 11. Theory lessons are taught throughout years 9, 10 and 11 in order to prepare students for the examination; intervention sessions are provided regularly outside of lesson time to support both the examination and coursework.
Professional development of staff is promoted and supported. Performance Management targets are set and training opportunities identified and all staff are involved in the Academy Improvement Planning and review process. The department benefits from the very latest teaching and learning strategies and strives to ensure that all teachers are expert practitioners in their field.
The Design and Technology department believes firmly in delivering a curriculum that prepares young people for the technological challenges of tomorrow. We strive to deliver traditional skills alongside the use of some of the most modern and up to date materials/ ingredients, equipment and processes available. The team continually looks to update its schemes of work in order to stay abreast of new and emerging technologies and ensure that learning is engaging and relevant to the 21st century.
We can offer you the opportunity to advance your career within a supportive academy environment. You will be part of a Federation established in developing practitioners and nurturing excellent future leaders, with unrivalled opportunities for progression; whatever your aspirations as a teacher, middle or senior leader, our Teaching School Alliance provides a range of bespoke courses and qualifications, including our Aspiring Leaders NPQML and NPQSL programmes to help you achieve your ambitions more quickly.
Essential educational requirements
Undergraduate degree (or equivalent)
QTS (or equivalent)
Essential skills and experience
We look for talented individuals who want to be a part of transforming education in London, and helping create exceptional places of learning. We would like to appoint a dynamic and inspirational qualified teacher. We are looking for an effective and enthusiastic classroom teacher who will be able to complement our dedicated team of outstanding practitioners. The successful candidate will ideally have significant experience in inner-city, multi-racial and urban areas.
We are looking for a strong communicator with proven strengths in engaging with, inspiring and motivating, not just the school community, but the wider community. You should hold QTS (or equivalent) and a relevant undergraduate degree.
Please download the job pack for a full job description and person specification.
As part of the Harris Federation, we can offer you a range of benefits, including:
Access to a diverse network of phase and subject specialist groups
Support and mentoring from some of the best leaders in education
An Inner/Outer London Harris Allowance, plus a performance and loyalty bonus
Pension scheme (TPS) and access to our Harris Wellbeing Cash Plan, covering a range of health and wellbeing benefits
The opportunity to work with our amazing students!
About Harris City Academy Crystal Palace
Harris City Academy Crystal Palace is a pioneering academy for 1,300 students aged 11-18, and celebrated its 25th anniversary last academic year. The founding academy of the Harris Federation, it has three consecutive outstanding judgments by Ofsted, most recently finding the academy to be outstanding in every aspect in 2014. It is one of the most oversubscribed comprehensive schools in the country and in the top 5% for performance. Come and see us in action: visits to Harris City Academy Crystal Palace are strongly encouraged and very welcome. Please call 0208 771 2261 or firstname.lastname@example.org to arrange a time to come in or an informal conversation with the Principal.
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