Teacher, Suitable for NQTs
Purpose of the job
As a Secondary Teacher of Geography at Five Islands Academy, you are responsible for the learning and achievement of every child in your classes from Year 7 to Year 11. You are expected to co-construct and implement a rigorous and relevant curriculum. Within this role you will ensure full coverage of the national curriculum, and follow the academy’s Teaching & Learning Protocols. You will be expected to prepare students effectively for GCSE and to ensure that they have the rich knowledge and skills to succeed in education post-16. You will have high expectations of every student and provide challenge and support to enable every child to achieve at the highest level. You will also be expected to collaborate as Subject Lead with your Primary Subject Lead team, to ensure that the curriculum is securely sequenced from 3-16 and makes the most of our unique natural environment as well as making powerful connections with the wider world.
Principal accountabilities for the Teacher of Geography
Quality of Education:
plan and deliver a Secondary curriculum that is appropriate and engaging for all students;
provide short and medium term planning that can be shared with students and parents;
provide quality first teaching for all students in your class across all abilities;
ensure effective implementation of teaching and learning initiatives within your own practice;
ensure the curriculum of pupils with additional and/or special educational needs is appropriately personalised;
use digital learning platforms including Firefly to provide high quality learning resources and develop students’ effective use of IT;
liaise with other teachers across phases and bases to develop cross-curricular links and develop excellent practice;
assess students’ work regularly to ensure that they are clear about their achievements and precise targets for development;
make appropriate provision and intervention to ensure that all students are able to reach their full potential;
work with the leadership team to promote rapid progress of students who are below expectation;
monitor attainment and progress regularly;
quality assure assessment results (internal as well as external) by moderating with colleagues from other schools;
produce accurate and meaningful reports to parents and appropriate external agencies as required.
play an active part in the wider life of the school;
be an efficient and effective form tutor under the guidance and direction of the Assistant Head for Personal Development;
deliver aspects of our Jigsaw PSHE programme during Tutor/PSHE time;
maintain regular and positive contact with parents and carers;
participate in collective celebration and assemblies;
contribute to and participate effectively in Project Week programmes, focusing on deep learning, personal development, adventure and creativity;
offer at least one club or extracurricular activity each term;
take responsibility for your own professional development in discussion with your Line Manager, keeping abreast of developments in your subject area and participating in the Academy’s programme of staff training.
Behaviour and Attitudes:
provide a stimulating, safe and supportive learning environment;
follow the school’s behaviour policy, which is based on the principles of Restorative Justice;
model and promote our 6E Academy Values: excellence, evolution, endurance, empathy, equity and ethical - as well as our Church School Values of dignity, hope, community and wisdom;
to be an efficient and effective member of a duty team, supervising session break non-teaching times according to rota;
maintain an awareness of any actual or potential risks to the safety security and welfare of the Academy students and to ensure compliance with the Academy’s safeguarding procedures and Health and Safety policy and practice;
safeguard the welfare of pupils in your care or that you come into contact with in accordance with the whole school Child Protection Policy.
At Five Islands Academy, Subject Leaders at all phases of education work collaboratively to:
develop confidence that the 3-16 curriculum is fit for purpose, supporting the National Curriculum and external benchmarking;
ensure the curriculum and its delivery meets the needs of all students;
secure effective blended learning that shows clear progression through all key stages;
understand how each subject works throughout the school, from EYFS to Y11 and beyond, and to understand and integrate important links with other subject areas in their own teaching;
check that each curriculum makes provision for learning key skills, recalling important information and building schema;
reduce the negative impact of transition to a different phase or location for learning through knowledge of prior learning and locations, and future learning and locations;
support colleagues to monitor the implementation and impact of the curriculum in the following ways:
through collaborative work with other subject leaders, both in the same curriculum subject and in other subject areas;
by visiting and observing learning within your phase of education and in other phases of education so that you can confidently describe and appreciate the progression of your subject and its benefits for our students;
through the moderation of standards and the outcomes for students throughout the year within FIA and in other LEAP academies.
Applying for the job
Please apply using the Five Islands Academy Teaching application form.
If you need these documents in an accessible format, please contact the school.
Academy, Church of England
Primary, Secondary, 16-19
259 pupils enrolled
3 to 16
About The Five Islands Academy
Thank you for exploring this exciting opportunity to join our teaching team at Five Islands Academy. We are looking for an enthusiastic, highly motivated geography specialist with excellent subject knowledge to teach our engaged, creative students from Year 7 to Year 11.
The Isles of Scilly are a geography teacher’s dream location. Situated 28 miles out into the Atlantic from Land’s End, they have been designated an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) since 1975. The AONB designation is unusual in that it covers the entire archipelago, including the uninhabited islands and rocks, with some islands being designated ‘scheduled landscapes’ as a result of their rich, visible histories. The ancient granite landscape, coastal habitats, heathlands and wetlands offer great opportunities for engaging with biodiversity and geological conservation, while issues of land management, development and community vitality bring human geography to life. At Five Islands Academy, we connect closely with innovative local sustainability initiatives, and are working towards our Eco-Schools Green Flag Award, a project led by the geography through school team.
Five Islands Academy is a smaller-than-average, voluntary controlled Church of England through school serving the five inhabited Isles of Scilly communities of Bryher, St Agnes, St Martins, St Mary’s and Tresco. There are around 260 students on roll across four school sites. Secondary students and the majority of primary students are based on the Carn Gwaval multi age site on St Mary’s. This new building was opened in 2011 and provides a bright, open, well-resourced learning environment for the students.
Five Islands Academy became an academy on 1 January 2019 and joined the Leading Edge Academies Partnership. Significant changes in school leadership, staffing and governance over the last three years have transformed the quality of education, the behaviour of students, their personal development, and provision and outcomes for children with SEND. Average Progress 8 over the past three years is +0.78. We are proud that our students continued to receive a very high standard of education during the recent Covid-19 lockdowns, with over 98% online attendance to their full timetable of lessons and almost uninterrupted progress. This has meant we have been able to focus our ‘recovery’ programme on community-rebuilding, wellbeing and opportunities for adventurous learning.
Central to our academy transformation has been the development of a through school curriculum that nurtures curious, collaborative, creative global learners with rich knowledge and confident oracy, underpinned by our commitments to restorative practice, to being wholly inclusive and understanding of a wide range of SEND needs, and by our engagement with our surroundings and heritage. The school takes every opportunity to learn outdoors, while also ensuring that our children have access to as many of the opportunities as possible that their mainland counterparts enjoy in order to support involvement with competitive sport and to boost their cultural capital.
Please explore our prospectus and short video tour on our website here to find out more.
The geography curriculum embodies our learning principles, which are taken from our extraordinary environment, our creative islands community and the far-reaching horizons in every direction that inspire boundless possibilities. As the sole geography teacher in our Secondary phase, the successful candidate will have the opportunity to continue the journey of curriculum evolution, working closely with our Primary geography subject lead teachers. Our Academies Trust membership offers subject-specific professional support and discourse through regular Subject Research Circles meetings. All our staff are actively supported in curriculum design and implementation, teaching and learning by our Senior Leadership Team.
What can we offer?
A fully-resourced, coherent geography curriculum, with flexibility for further development and innovation
Outstanding technology: a MacBook Air and iPad for each teacher and 1:1 iPads for each child; Firefly learning platform as a rich teaching resource
Exciting fieldwork opportunities both on the islands and further afield
Three Project Weeks during the year offering adventure, creativity and deep learning
Small classes with engaged learners
Supportive colleagues, committed to professional learning and development
Mentoring and support for Early Career Teachers within the new 2021 framework if relevant;
Professional collaboration with Primary and strong links with our mainland Trust academies
Support with finding suitable accommodation on St Mary’s
The successful candidate will be fully committed to our Five Islands Academy vision for learning without limits for all children. They will be expected to play a full part in the wider life of the school, including taking on pastoral responsibilities as a form tutor and leading extra-curricular clubs and outings. Ability and willingness to teach a second subject, especially KS3 humanities, maths or science where needed, would be of particular interest. We are also very keen for the successful candidate to work with our Eco Team of students in their important work towards the Eco Schools Green Flag Award. Having declared a state of climate emergency at Five Islands Academy in 2019, our mission, through courageous advocacy, is to minimise the impact of our school on the environment as much as we can, leading the way in our community and working to achieve this across all island bases.
The academy is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of all our students and all posts are subject to DBS check.
I look forward to reading your application. In the meantime, should you have any questions, please feel free to contact me at school.