Teacher of English Birches Head Academy, Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire

Job description

• Plan work in accordance with subject schemes of work and National Curriculum programmes of study.
• Liaise with relevant colleagues on the planning of units of work for collaborative delivery.
• Work in collaboration with Learning Support Assistants attached to any teaching group.
• Take account of students' prior levels of attainment and use them to set targets for future improvements and plan curriculum provision
• Set work for students absent from school for health or disciplinary reasons.
• Maintain good classroom management by adherence to the advice given to staff in the staff handbook and elsewhere.
• Set high expectations for students' behaviour by establishing a purposeful working atmosphere in accordance with the school's behaviour policy.
• Set appropriate and demanding expectations for students' learning, motivation and presentation of work.

• Maintain notes and plans of lessons undertaken and records of students’ work.
• Mark, monitor and return work in line with school policy and provide constructive oral and/or written feedback and clear targets for future learning as appropriate.
• Carry out assessment programmes (e.g. reports) as agreed by the school policy.
• Attend the appropriate parents’ evenings to keep parents informed as to the progress of their child.
• Be familiar with the Code of Practice for identification and assessment of Special Educational Needs and keep appropriate records on Individual Education Plans for students.

• Undertake responsibility for a personal tutor group as required including tutor/student interviews.
• Be the first point of contact for parents of students in the personal tutor group.
• Monitor the social and academic progress of individuals in the personal tutor group.
• Be prepared to undertake responsibility report writing, references and other forms of record for personal tutor group and support the application process to post 16.
• Promote good attendance and punctuality and monitor in accordance with the school's attendance procedures.

• Support the aims of the school to promote a “learning community".
• Treat all members of the community, colleagues and students, with respect and consideration.
• Treat all students fairly, consistently and without prejudice.
• Set a good example to students in terms of appropriate dress, standards of punctuality and attendance.
• Promote the aims of the school by attendance at and participation in events such as open evenings. (as appropriate to their responsibilities).
• Support the ethos of the school by upholding the behaviour policy, uniform regulations etc.
• Take responsibility for own professional development and participate in staff training when provided.
• Reflect on own practice as well as the practices of the school with aim of improving all that we do.
• Read and adhere to the various policies of the school as expressed in the School Development Plan, the staff handbook, subject team and house documentation etc.
• Participate in the management of school by attending various team and staff meetings as published in the school calendar.
• Undertake duties as prescribed within school policies.
• Ensure that all deadlines are met as published in the school calendar.
• Undertake professional duties that may be reasonably assigned to them by the headteacher.
• Be proactive and take responsibility for matters relating to health and safety

Essential educational requirements

Degree in English
QTS for secondary education
PGCE (secondary)

Essential qualifications

Degree in English
QTS for secondary education
PGCE (secondary)

Essential skills and experience

Successful secondary teaching practice/record
Creative, engaging lesson preparation.
Ability to produce and implement plans and policies
Effective and successful classroom teacher.
A commitment to being developed in the use of I.C.T.
Excellent organisational, communication and decision making skills
Good time management skills.
Good analytical, conceptual and problem solving skills.
The ability to relate to and build relationships with students, parents and other members of the school community.
Commitment to hard work.
Commitment to meeting departmental deadlines
Commitment to participative and continuous improvement.
Openness and willingness to learn.
Enthusiasm for change.
A willingness to participate in after school activities
Student focused commitment

About Birches Head Academy

At Birches Head we believe strongly in the power of high expectations. We understand that each student has their own potential, which we are determined to help fulfil through academic study and wider enrichment. All students will take part in exciting learning, both inside and outside the classroom, so they can make rapid and sustained progress. Our Academy motto ‘Aspire to be More’ summarises our determination to meet the needs of all students through individual support and out-of-hours learning opportunities. We challenge students to be the best that they can be and never compromise the high standards which encourage students to achieve. In order for our students to achieve the highest standards we also encourage our staff to strive for the highest standards and we are fully committed to promoting the professional development of all staff. The key to success for our students is a strong partnership between home and school ensuring that their time at Birches Head Academy is happy, fulfilling and academically successful. It is the academy’s ambition is to see every child leave Birches Head Academy as a well-rounded, responsible citizen and we are extremely proud of our excellent record of children moving on to Further Education, apprenticeship or employment.

Birches Head Road, Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire, ST2 8DD
LA Maintained School
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