This job expired on 18 February 2024

  • Start date details

    1 September 2024 or sooner if available

  • Closing date

    18 February 2024 at 11:59pm

  • Date listed

    5 February 2024

Job details

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Key stage

Key stage 3, Key stage 4



Working pattern

Full time: Full or Part-Time min 0.8 FTE

Contract type


Pay scale

Teachers Pay Scale MPS / UPR

What skills and experience we're looking for

Teacher of English (Full or Part Time min 0.8 FTE) required for September 2024 or sooner if available.

Compass Learning Centre is looking for a talented and enthusiastic full or part time (minimum 0.8 FTE) Teacher of English who really wants to make a difference to young people’s lives, inspiring them to achieve and realise their true potential. This position could suit a qualified, or newly qualified, teacher, with experience from middle or secondary school who is able to teach English across both Key Stages 3 and 4 ensuring learners achieve the appropriate English qualifications (up to GCSE) while developing the learners’ employability, personal and social skills.

The young people we educate have struggled to maintain a place in mainstream school and come to us with a variety of additional needs. Our challenge is to help them build the confidence, knowledge and skills to unlock their potential. This role will suit a teacher who is caring, understanding and can demonstrate energy and enthusiasm with a strong positive behaviour management ethos. Class sizes are small with Teaching Assistant support and all of our students need bespoke individualised learning.

We are seeking to appoint someone who:

  • is committed to high standards of achievement and progress;
  • has a flexible approach and able to meet the changing needs of our young people;
  • is able to deliver a curriculum in engaging and creative ways;
  • makes learning exciting, motivating and interesting;
  • has excellent classroom management and pastoral skills;
  • is able to contribute fully to the life of the school.

If you are a good team player, who is motivated, patient, resilient, understanding and have the ability to establish a rapport with young people in a busy and lively setting, this may be the job for you. You will be joining an outstanding, hardworking and friendly team of staff.

The Governing Body would welcome applications from both experienced and newly qualified teachers; the school values the diversity of our work force and welcomes applications from all sections of the community.

If you think this post could be for you then come and visit us – see what we’re about and how we work.

Please contact in the first instance Michelle Nokes, Heads PA –

Tel: 01305 – 206530 Email: m.nokes@compass.dorset.sch.uk.

Further details including a job description and person specification are included in the attached Information for Applicants, however if you have any questions or would like to discuss this position please contact Michelle Nokes, Heads PA on 01305 – 206530.

The closing date for receipt of applications is Midnight on Sunday 18 February 2024.

What the school offers its staff

For further details about this post and Compass Learning Centre, please see the attached Information for Applicants.

Commitment to safeguarding

Compass Learning Centre is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people; this is a commitment which we expect all staff and volunteers to share. The successful candidate will be required to have a Disclosure & Barring Service check in line with the Government's safer recruitment guidelines. We value the diversity of our workforce and welcome applications from all sectors of the community.
Compass Learning Centre will conduct online searches of shortlisted candidates. This check will be part of a safeguarding check, and purely be based on whether an individual is suitable to work with children.

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About The Compass

School type
Local authority maintained school, ages 5 to 16
School size
49 pupils enrolled
Age range
5 to 16
Phone number
01305 206530

Compass Learning Centre is a ‘good school’ (Ofsted May 2019) and a successful Pupil Referral Unit (PRU), part of the Alternative Provision (AP) in education. It is fully supported by a committed Management Committee who work closely with the Headteacher and Senior Leadership Team. The Pupil Admission Number (PAN) is currently 64. The number of students on roll varies throughout the year dependent on the number of referrals from schools within the Weymouth and Portland area and from Dorset Council.

Students who attend Compass Learning Centre predominantly experience difficulties engaging in a mainstream school and come to us with a variety of additional needs. The centre caters for students who have been permanently excluded from a mainstream school, individuals with medical conditions that prevent attendance at mainstream schools and a few pupils without access to regular education. A number of students are admitted with an Education Health Care Plan, a few are in the care of the local authority and others attend for a fixed period of time on a Dual Registration basis. We serve the wider West Dorset community, however the majority of students who attend Compass come from the Weymouth and Portland area.

Some students follow short-term, work-related social development or resilience building courses at Rylands Farm, Greenwood Carpentry, Max Events, A-Z and Weymouth Sailing Academy. All students are offered full-time programmes. However, the time spent in school is tailored to meet individual students’ needs.

Arranging a visit to The Compass

To arrange a visit and increase the chance of a successful application email m.nokes@compass.dorset.sch.uk.

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