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  • Job start date

    1 September 2023

  • Closing date

    10 March 2023 at 12pm (midday)

  • Date listed

    1 February 2023

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Key stage

Key stage 3, Key stage 4, Key stage 5

Working pattern

Contract type


Pay scale

Main / UPS Scale

What skills and experience we're looking for

KS3: Four units of Design and Technology are covered each year, students change units every 9-10 weeks to study different areas that cover the Design and Technology curriculum. YEAR 7 Timbers and the environment Graphics and electronics Food and nutrition Textiles YEAR 8 Let there be light User centred design Mechanical devices and aerodynamics Food and nutrition YEAR 9 Work of others Food and nutrition Bright ideas FPT KS4 GCSE Design and Technology is an optional subject at KS4. The exam specification studied at KEVI HGS is by the AQA examination board that is assessed through NEA (coursework) (50%) and written exam (50%). The course comprises of the different DT material areas: timber, polymers, metals, electronics systems, textiles, papers and boards. Students study core technical principles, designing and making principles, including a broad range of design processes, environmental issues and technical principles. KS5 Product Design can be chosen as an option for A-level for students who have studied GCSE Design and Technology and achieved a minimum of a grade 6. The course is run in collaboration with King Edward VI Aston School and King Edward VI Handsworth Girls School. The exam specification studied at KEVI HGS is by the AQA examination board that is assessed through NEA (coursework) (50%) and written exam (50%). The course develops the skills learnt at GCSE and allows students to gain a real understanding of what it means to be an engineer or designer. Students will be taught the necessary skills for researching, analysing, evaluating, ICT and problem solving. The course includes topics on sustainable energy, climate change, economic factors, historical, cultural and social issues.

What the school offers its staff

Through Design and Technology students will develop intellectual curiosity about the design and manufacture of products.

Students will explore, design, create and evaluate innovative solutions in response to realistic design contexts. Design and Technology is an inspiring, rigorous and practical subject which encourages students to express their creativity and analytical skills; preparing young people to live and work in an increasingly technological world.

Students in Design and technology will work with different materials using a range of tools and equipment to create their ideas in our well-equipped workshops and computer suites. Through the study of materials, processes, CAD/CAM, manufacturing systems and engineering in society students will think about how we interact with everyday things and how we can improve the quality of people’s lives through better, more thoughtful and intelligent design. Students get to design and test ideas using 2D and 3D CAD software, then produce them using the 3D printer or laser cutter.

Food Technology allows students get hands on experience by following a recipe, cook and take home a finished product every practical lesson. They learn and develop the basic skills of successful food preparation, health and hygiene and healthy eating. All students study food technology at KS3, producing a range of dishes which they adapt and develop to suit different dietary needs. All ingredients for food at KEVI HGS are provided.

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About King Edward VI Handsworth Grammar School for Boys

School type
Academy, ages 11 to 18
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1042 pupils enrolled
Age range
11 to 18
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King Edward VI Handsworth Grammar School King Edward VI Handsworth Grammar School (HGS), (a Specialist Mathematics and Computing School under the auspices of the SSAT) was opened in 1862 with 59 boys and has faithfully served the locality ever since. Even then, the boys came from far and wide to receive their education here and that has not changed – even though we also now have girls in the Sixth Form. While about 40% of the students come from the locality, the remainder come to the School from distances in excess of twenty miles. Our intake, being the top 40% of the ability range, is broader than any other selective School. We have well over 1000 students on roll. Community links are maintained and developed by many of our students helping with various projects, including the Youth Parliament and Primary Outreach projects. Involvement in the community has been a great strength of the School. In our Ofsted inspection of 2017 HGS was graded as Outstanding in all areas. On 1st September 2017 HGS converted to Academy status, was a founding member of the King Edward VI Academy Trust and joined the King Edward VI Foundation. One of the things that makes HGS so exciting is the rich diversity of its student body. The School is proud to educate students from a wide range of ethnic, religious and cultural traditions, this education being in a spirit of harmony and mutual understanding. This helps to make HGS an ideal place for its students, helping to prepare them for the multicultural world in which we live. We try to celebrate our diversity from within our community. This has been repeatedly acknowledged by Ofsted, with high praise being given to our contribution to community cohesion, partnership work and SMSC (Ofsted 2009, 2013 and 2017). The 1862 building, where it all began, is still in use today, but now there is a great deal more besides. Improved facilities of which the School can boast include a new Sports Hall (2007), an ICT Resource Centre (2007): major refurbishment of the main Music Teaching Room (2008): the conversion of an old Gym and a new build to create a Learning Hub, which includes a new Library, Sixth Form Study Rooms (2010) and a Reprographics Room: new Art Rooms and new Law and Psychology Room (2010), which has enabled a room to become a specific academic PE teaching room elsewhere in the School. More recently a new Food Technology Room has been built and completed in August 2011. Just under two miles away are our extensive playing fields, which include changing room facilities. Major work has been undertaken with the refurbishment of the Pavilion and construction of an Astro Turf pitch. A new £1.6 million Sixth Form Centre was completed in December 2014. This is an exciting development providing a personalised Sixth Form study area. In addition, we have an annual programme of work which sees us updating and improving the campus, for example the School Reception was recently refurbished and an Astro Turf pitch built on the main school site (2015). In 2017 a full sized 3G pitch was built at the Playing Fields and the Design Technology department was fully refurbished and upgraded with state of the art technology. In 2018 further refurbishment and upgrades took place across Science Laboratories. In addition, the School is very active in the Handsworth Association of Schools and works closely with several primary partners, particularly in our specialist subjects and in PE, work that has been highly valued over the years. We have developed a rich Outreach programme which includes Reading and Sports volunteers, Masterclasses and 11+ Familiarisation. As with all schools, there is much to be done on the inside, but we like to compliment that and keep our perspective by looking outside as well. Over the years the School has helped its students to achieve excellent exam results at GSCE, AS and A level. The standards produced by the students and their progress have been increasing, with the last two years being our best ever KS4 and KS5 performances. Each year, most Sixth Form students move on to higher education taking courses ranging from marketing to medicine, in institutions ranging from Oxford University to DE Montfort University. We pride ourselves on the quality of our careers and higher education advice, through which we try to help our students gain places on the right course and in the right location. The Area Birmingham is the country’s second largest city, with facilities that are beaten only by London. It can boast world-class music, drama and dance, which adds to a rich tapestry of nightlife. Other attractions range from Shakespeare at Stratford to the beauties of the Malvern Hills. Being at the centre of a very large transport network, there is easy access to most parts of the country. Handsworth itself is North West of the City Centre and could once rival the ‘city of a thousand trades’ for the scope of its industry.

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