Teacher of Design & Technology

Wirral Grammar School for Boys, Wirral, Merseyside, CH63 3AQ

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  • Expected start date

    As soon as possible

  • Application deadline

    16 May 2022 at 12:00pm

  • Date listed

    4 May 2022

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Teacher of Design & Technology job summary

Teacher of Design & Technology

Salary Scale: Main Scale
Responsible to: Head of Creative Design
Required for: September 2022

This is an excellent opportunity for a well-qualified teacher of Design & Technology who is passionate about his/her subject.

Please note that for this post it is essential for applicants to be able to teach GCSE Design & Technology.
Creative Design Department

The Creative Design department occupies its own purpose built facility and is well resourced. We are committed to adding new resources to meet the needs of a changing curriculum. There is good access to ICT in two of the three large, well equip workshops, a CNC router and a laser cutter. There is further accommodation available to post 16 groups and an excellent materials prep area. Including the Head of Creative Design, there are four full time teachers and a 2 full time technicians.

Key Stage 3 at Wirral Grammar School is Years 7 and 8. During Years 7 and 8 pupils are given a grounding in the skills and knowledge required for Product Design at GCSE. They use a range of media and design processes including 3D and 2D milling, laser cutting, 3D printing and electronics. At GCSE the only DT subject available is AQA Design & Technology.

The successful candidate will need to have a good grounding in contemporary product design methods.

Core Purposes of this Role

The core purposes are:
• Having responsibility for standards of achievement and academic welfare of students including Health and Safety.
• Providing a lead on the development of resource materials appropriate for the needs of the students who you teach.
• Ensure appropriate and tailored intervention and support arrangements are in place to enable each pupil to achieve his target grades.
• Applying and manage the assessment, target-setting and monitoring arrangements that are required by all members of staff.
• Contribute to opportunities for the extra-curricular enrichment of Design & Technology teaching through lunch–time activities, visits and partnerships etc. with external agencies.
• Being accountable to the Head of Department for the attainment and achievement of pupils.
• Assisting the Head of Department with the development of new material for all key stages, including sixth form practical examinations.

Skills and competencies required
• A well-qualified teacher of Design & Technology.
• An individual who is passionate about Creative Design and promotes enthusiasm for, and interest in, the subject
• Experience of having taught across the full 11 to 18 age range.
• Experience of all ability teaching with a particular awareness of the needs of able students
• A competent level of ICT proficiency and the ability to use ICT effectively in planning and teaching
• Ability to work within a team of well-qualified and highly professional individuals
• A commitment to contribute to ‘whole school’ teaching and learning developments through the sharing of practice.
• A background in electronics and/or resistant materials would be advantageous
• CAD/CAM skills are desirable for this role

Safeguarding Children
• Please note that Wirral Grammar School is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.
• As part of the selection process, the interview will explore your perspectives on safeguarding young people in terms of a school context

What we are able to offer
• A high level of professional support with access to training where required and induction at both Department and School levels.
• A well-resourced Department
• Students who are highly motivated and want to achieve.
• An in-house CPD programme that encourages professional development.
• An ICT rich environment
Application process

The closing date is 16th May at 12 noon. In your application you should include the following:

• The completed Wirral Grammar School application form
• The completed WGSB Self Disclosure Form
• A letter of application in which you address the following using each as a separate section:

• Your experience and how it has prepared you for this role
• How you would seek to engage and motivate pupils and promote a passion for Design & Technology.
• What your priorities would be if successful

Successful shortlisted candidates will be invited to interview, however, if you have not heard from us within one week of the closing date, please assume that this particular application has been unsuccessful.

Feedback is always offered to candidates who attend for interview but who are not appointed. We regret that we are unable to give feedback where applicants are not shortlisted to attend for interview; this is due to the large number of applications that we receive.

Applications together with all supporting documentation (as indicated in the application process above) should be emailed to recruitment@wirralgrammarboys.com

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About Wirral Grammar School for Boys

School type
Academy, ages 11 to 18
Education phase
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School size
1056 pupils enrolled
Age range
11 to 18
Contact phone number
0151 644 0908

Selective Grammar School for Boys

School Background

Wirral Grammar School is a selective state, 11 to 18 Business and Enterprise School for Boys. The school is situated on the Wirral peninsula in the village of Bebington, one mile from junction 4 on the M53. Our school is very popular and oversubscribed.

We have extensive specialist facilities and much of our accommodation is under 15 years old, while the older parts date back to the 1930s. Thanks largely to the Target Capital Grant that was awarded in 2006, new buildings have been added and all parts of the existing buildings have been re-modelled. ICT facilities cover the whole school with WiFi connectivity to most areas and all classrooms have ICT equipment for presentation purposes. We have our own purpose built Sports Hall and extensive playing fields.

Wirral Grammar School for Boys has been a converter academy since 2011. Prior to becoming an Academy, the school was a Foundation School and this followed from the school’s Grant Maintained status, which was acquired in the 1990s. We serve the immediate community of Bebington and Bromborough and each year, pupils join us from other parts of Wirral and across the county border into Cheshire.

Wirral Grammar School is a selective 11 – 18 school and entry into Year 7 is by a threshold 11+ assessment that pupils take when they are in Year 6 at primary school. The admissions process is managed by Wirral Local Authority on behalf of the school and the same assessment is used for admission to the other Grammar Schools in the area. The school has capacity to admit 155 pupils in each year group making us a five form entry school. At the end of Year 11, most pupils stay on into our Sixth Form and upon leaving the Sixth Form, the majority go on to University. In recent years there has been a growing demand for routes into higher level apprenticeship placements.

During the specialist Schools Funding programme the chosen specialism was Business and Enterprise. Although the funding has ended, we have continued to place an emphasis on Enterprise Education given the importance of this from the perspective of employability skills. Enterprise activity is promoted through the House system and encouraged through the rewards system. The fact that our boys raise in the region of £14,000 every year for their choice of charity, bears testimony to their enterprise activity.

Our pupils’ personal development is further enriched through a strong emphasis on promoting leadership opportunities though peer support, academic tutoring, anti-bullying, sport captaincy and music ensemble coordination.

Participation in a wide variety of extra-curricular activities, including overseas visits, the Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme, outdoor pursuits; together with school-based clubs, all serve to further enrich our pupils’ education.
Over a third of pupils are actively learning to play musical instruments, supported by eighteen school-based peripatetic music tutors and in sport our school has a reputation for winning competitions at local, regional and national levels.

In 2018 we achieved the Unicef ‘Rights Respecting Schools Award’ at Silver level and we are currently working towards the Gold Award. We were recently reaccredited with the International Schools Award.

Since 2011, we have successfully secured in the region of £1million through the Education Funding Agency Capital Improvement Fund; this has resulted in significant capital improvements with the replacement of all windows, flat roof areas and the creation of a new ‘Hall Annex’.

In our 2009 Ofsted inspection, the school was judged to be outstanding and we have retained this judgement through the policy of inspection exemption for outstanding schools. Governors and senior staff maintain a clear picture of school performance through a process of self-evaluation that reflects the structure of the school inspection framework. Each year Governors produce an Annual Review which is circulated to all stakeholders. Past copies of the review can be found on our school website.

Annual surveys confirm that parents have a high degree of confidence in the school and across all aspects of school life. The reputation of the school within the community is very strong and this is reflected in the fact that the school is typically over-subscribed.

Further information about the school can be found on our school website: www.wirralgrammarboys.com

We place an emphasis on professional development and we have established a strong commitment to collaboration and in-house support. Wirral Grammar School is well respected in its community and parent surveys reflect a high degree of satisfaction and confidence in the school. Parent surveys for the last academic year can be accessed through the ‘Parent’ link on the home page of our website. Further details about our school can be found at our website:www.wirralgrammarboys.com

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