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  • Start date details

    September 2024 or sooner

  • Closing date

    4 March 2024 at 9am

  • Date listed

    14 February 2024

Job details

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Key stage

Key stage 3, Key stage 4

Working pattern

Contract type


Pay scale

Main Pay Scale

What skills and experience we're looking for

Due to an increased uptake in French at The Birley Academy, we are seeking a Teacher who will exemplify excellent classroom practice that results in high standards of learning and achievement for the pupils in your care. This includes promoting a culture of excellence, equality and high expectations that support the L.E.A.D. Academy Trust values.

Job purpose:

  • To exemplify excellent classroom practice that results in high standards of learning and achievement for the pupils/students in your care.
  • To support the Senior Leadership Team in establishing a culture that promotes excellence, equality and high expectations of all pupils/students and the L.E.A.D. Trust values.
  • To ensure that your professional practice is informed by rigorous self-evaluation and that it continuously improves learning and pastoral outcomes.
  • To ensure that you provide a safe and happy environment that promotes the welfare of children.
  • To ensure all safeguarding and child protection policies are adhered to fully and without reservation in line with statutory duties.

Duties and Responsibilities:

Teaching and learning

  • Set high expectations for all pupils/students which inspire, motivate and challenge pupils/students.
  • Establish a safe and stimulating environment for pupils/students, rooted in mutual respect.
  • Set goals that stretch and challenge pupils/students of all backgrounds, abilities and dispositions.
  • Demonstrate consistently the positive attitudes, values and behaviour which are expected of pupils/students.
  • Promote excellent learning behaviours in the pupils/students so that they work hard in the academy and in completing tasks set for homework.

Promote good progress and outcomes

  • Be accountable for all pupils/students’ attainment, progress and outcomes assigned to them.
  • Be aware of pupils/students’ capabilities and their prior knowledge, and plan teaching to build on these.
  • Guide pupils/students to reflect on the progress they have made and their emerging needs.
  • Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of how children learn and how this impacts on the organisation of the classroom and teaching.
  • Encourage pupils to take a responsible and conscientious attitude to their own work and study.
  • Encourage pupils/students to develop study skills in order to learn more effectively and with increasing independence.

Demonstrate good subject and curriculum knowledge

  • Have a secure knowledge of the relevant subjects and curriculum areas taught, foster and maintain pupils/students’ interest in the subject, and address misunderstandings.
  • Demonstrate a critical understanding of developments in the subjects and curriculum areas, and promote the value of scholarship.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of and take responsibility for promoting high standards of literacy, articulacy and the correct use of standard English in all work produced.
  • If teaching early reading, demonstrate a clear understanding of systematic synthetic phonics.
  • If teaching early mathematics, demonstrate a clear understanding of appropriate teaching strategies.

Plan and teach well-structured lessons

  • Impart knowledge and develop understanding through effective use of lesson time.
  • Promote a love of learning and children’s intellectual curiosity.
  • Set homework and plan other out-of-class activities to consolidate and extend the knowledge and understanding pupils have acquired.
  • Reflect systematically on the effectiveness of lessons and approaches to teaching.
  • Contribute to the design and provision of an engaging curriculum within the relevant subject area(s).

Adapt teaching to respond to the strengths and needs of all pupils/students

  • Know when and how to differentiate appropriately.
  • Understand how a range of factors can inhibit pupils/students’ ability to learn, apply this understanding to overcome these restrictions to learning.
  • Demonstrate an awareness of the physical, social and intellectual development of children, and know how to adapt teaching to support pupils/students’ education at different stages.
  • Have a clear understanding of the needs of all pupils/students, including those with special educational needs; those of high ability; those with English as an additional language; those with disabilities; and be able to use and evaluate distinctive teaching approaches to engage and support them.

Make accurate and productive use of assessment

  • Know and understand how to assess the relevant subject and curriculum areas, including statutory assessment requirements.
  • Make use of formative and summative assessment to secure pupils/students’ progress.
  • Use relevant data to monitor progress, set targets, and plan subsequent lessons.
  • Give pupils/students regular feedback, both orally and through accurate marking, and encourage pupils/students to respond to the feedback.

Behaviour and safety and Personal Development

  • Manage behaviour effectively to ensure a purposeful, stimulating and safe learning environment.
  • Have clear rules and routines for behaviour in classrooms, and take responsibility for promoting good and courteous behaviour both in classrooms and around the site, in accordance with the academy’s behaviour policy.
  • Have high expectations of behaviour, and establish a framework for discipline with a range of strategies, using praise, sanctions and rewards consistently and fairly.
  • Manage classes effectively, using approaches which are appropriate to pupils/students’ needs in order to involve and motivate them.
  • Maintain good relationships with pupils/students, exercise appropriate authority, and act decisively when necessary.
  • Carry out playground/bus and other duties as directed and within the remit of the current School teachers’ pay and Conditions Document.
  • Promote and safeguard the welfare of children and young people within the academy, raising any concerns by following the academy safeguarding policies and procedures.
  • Promote British values, equalities and pupils’/students’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural development.

Fulfil wider professional responsibilities

  • Make a positive contribution to the wider life and ethos of the academy.
  • Develop effective and collaborative professional relationships with colleagues, drawing appropriately on advice and specialist support.
  • Deploy support staff effectively.
  • Ensure that parents/carers and pupils/students are well informed about the curriculum, attainment and progress and about the contribution they can make in supporting their child’s learning and wellbeing.
  • Provide the senior leadership team on request accurate, timely and coherent information about class, group or individual pupil/student progress and attainment in order to inform regular academy development planning.
  • Carry out any such duties as may be reasonably required by the Headteacher.

Team working and collaboration

  • Participate in any relevant meetings/professional development opportunities which relate to the learners, curriculum or organisation of the academy including pastoral arrangements and assemblies.
  • Work as a team member and identify opportunities for working with colleagues and sharing the development of effective practice with them.
  • Contribute to the selection and professional development of other teachers and support staff including the induction and assessment of new teachers, teachers serving induction periods and where appropriate threshold assessments.
  • Ensure that colleagues working with you are appropriately involved in supporting learning and understand the roles they are expected to fulfil.
  • Take part as required in the review, development and management of the activities relating to the curriculum, organisation and pastoral functions of the academy.
  • Cover for absent colleagues within the remit of the current School Teachers’ Pay and Conditions document.


  • Register the attendance of and supervise learners, before, during or after sessions as appropriate.
  • Participate in and carry out any administrative and organisational tasks within the remit of the current School Teachers’ Pay and Conditions Document.

Professional development

  • Regularly review the effectiveness of your teaching and assessment procedures and its impact on pupils’ progress, attainment and wellbeing, refining your approaches where necessary and responding to advice and feedback from colleagues.
  • Be responsible for improving your teaching through participating fully in training and development opportunities identified by the school or as developed as an outcome of your performance management.

Resource Management:

  • Responsibility for the safe use and safe keeping of Academy and Trust resources in line with the requirements of the role.

Influencing and Managing Relationships:

  • Required to have positive working relationships with The Headteacher and Senior Leadership Team within the Academy and all other Trust schools as required.
  • Positive working relationships with teaching and support staff, parents and other third party organisations as required.

As job descriptions cannot be exhaustive, the post-holder may be required to undertake other duties which are broadly in line with above key responsibilities.

The Trust is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment and individually take responsibility for doing so.

This job description is current at the date shown, but in consultation with you may be changed to reflect or anticipate changes in the job, commensurate with the grade and job title. This includes changes to National Teacher Standards and requirements of the professional role.

At L.E.A.D we have a strong vision and four core principles, to lead, empower, achieve and drive, which you will be expected to demonstrate in your working practices.

What the school offers its staff

  • Generous pension scheme with minimum 23% employer contribution rates
  • National teacher pay, terms and conditions
  • Superb access to CPD opportunities through dedicated teaching school hub
  • Access to Trust EAP including 24/7 free counselling and advice on a range of issues and wellbeing support
  • Free eyecare vouchers and flu jabs
  • Access to occupational health provisions including physio services
  • Access to staff discounts and range of products

Commitment to safeguarding

Our organisation is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults. We expect all staff, volunteers and trustees to share this commitment.

Our recruitment process follows the keeping children safe in education guidance.

Offers of employment may be subject to the following checks (where relevant):
childcare disqualification
Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS)
online and social media
prohibition from teaching
right to work
satisfactory references
suitability to work with children

You must tell us about any unspent conviction, cautions, reprimands or warnings under the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 (Exceptions) Order 1975.

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About The Birley Academy

School type
Academy, ages 11 to 16
Education phase
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School size
1083 pupils enrolled
Age range
11 to 16

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