Teacher of ICT and Computing The Leigh Academy, Dartford, Kent

Job description

The Leigh Academy has a great opportunity for a talented, inspirational and dynamic Teacher of ICT and Computing to join us for January 2020. ICT and Computing at The Leigh Academy has a long history of success. The Learning Area has achieved outstanding results both at GCSE and across a range of courses offered at KS5. Individually, students have achieved outstanding performances in CIDA examinations at Key Stage 4 with over 40% of students achieving an A* grade at Level 3. Computing is a popular choice with many students studying the subject at GCSE. The majority of students become accomplished programmers in both structured and object-oriented programming methodologies. The majority of Advanced Level ICT students proceed to higher education courses in Computer Science or related courses.

The Learning Area has over six fully-equipped specialist learning areas each with a capacity of 30 networked PCs running Windows. The Learning Area has five teachers employed full time teaching ICT and Computing. The curriculum at Key Stage 3 has been redesigned recently with considerable success and prepares learners for the MYP. Students are now given opportunities at Key Stage 3 to program in Scratch, Python and Web Coding as well as opportunities to develop algorithmic and computational thinking skills. BTEC ICT is offered currently at Key Stage 4 as a Core choice and Creative iMedia as an option, in addition to GCSE Computing.

The Learning Area aims to develop its students by offering opportunities to work on projects of interest to local companies and our primary feeder schools. For example, in the last few years, students have organised and run classes in a local primary school and also an after-school games programming club for younger students at the Leigh. Students have also had the opportunity to visit destinations such as New York, San Francisco and Tokyo to explore further avenues of ICT and cutting edge technology and take part in workshops on coding, game and app creation.

We are now seeking to appoint an outstanding, talented, inspirational and dynamic teacher with an excellent track record of raising achievement in their own classes. The ideal candidate:

- Will raise achievement and deliver excellent academic outcomes
- Can model excellence in the classroom
- Has the training skills and experience to make a significant impact on the quality of teaching and learning
- Has the initiative, energy and enthusiasm to enhance community and external performance opportunities
- Is able to evaluate and improve their impact and effectiveness
- Will provide an active link with other key colleagues to support the research, development, innovation and evaluation of teaching & learning across the school

This post will give the successful candidate outstanding experience as a teacher, working alongside high performing and enthusiastic colleagues. All posts are focused on delivering ‘outstanding’ outcomes for all students and groups of students and realising the highest rigour and standards in pedagogy, learning, behaviour, aspiration, enjoyment, progress and attainment in ICT and Computing.

You must be ready for the next challenge in your career and be the sort of person that delivers outcomes with clear vision, efficiency, energy and conviction.

Essential educational requirements

Undergraduate Degree

Essential qualifications

Qualified Teacher Status (QTS)

Essential skills and experience

Experience teaching this subject area.

Employee benefits

Working for The Leigh Academy: The Leigh Academy is a secondary school at the heart of the community and our small school model ensures that each and every student gets the personal support and challenge they need to reach their full potential. The Academy is divided into four Colleges: Brunel, Chaucer, Darwin and Da Vinci - each has their own personality and range of specialisms, allowing them to be unique. We are a consistently 'Good' school - click here to view the full Ofsted report.

Our academy is a dynamic and exciting place to work and the fantastic Leadership Team are committed to making it a great place to work for staff at all stages in their careers. Our award-winning building and facilities are modern, light and airy and the open learning plazas and classrooms built around a day-lit wintergarden give the academy a unique and special character.

We can offer you the chance to be part of a strong and collaborative department not only within The Leigh Academy, but within the wider Trust as well. Full support will be provided and you'll have the tools and environment needed to teach in a way that works for you. We know that being a teacher can be both challenging and rewarding in equal measures and that you thrive on inspiring young adults and stimulating their curiosity. At The Leigh Academy, we aim to give our teachers the freedom to innovate and inspire our students as we know this is a crucial ingredient in driving great learning outcomes.

Working for Leigh Academies Trust: As of September 2019, our Trust is comprised of 25 geographically organised academies (11 secondaries, 13 primaries and 1 special) educating over 15,000 students, and employing over 2,500 talented staff. We also have three further academies in development phase, due to open between 2020-2021. The Trust is establishing four ‘clusters’ of academies: North West Kent; Central Kent; South East London; Medway. In addition, the Trust is responsible for one of the region’s biggest initial teaching training providers and a large teaching school.
As part of Leigh Academies Trust, you will have ample opportunity to collaborate with your peers both within the academy and across the whole Trust. This is an important part of our vision as we know through experience that we perform better when we work together. You are supported to undertake regular self-development to continue your professional development and hopefully progress further within the organisation.

We strive to offer a range of benefits that all employees can take advantage of which we regularly review and add to - click here to view what you’d receive as a member of staff with Leigh Academies Trust. You can also view our video below which provides a glimpse of what it's like to work with LAT and why we're proud of what we do.

Diversity at our core: As a Trust, we are passionate about diversity and recognise that as individuals we all bring something unique to the role regardless of age, gender, race, beliefs or disabilities which is why we treat all of our people equally, without compromise.

The academy is committed to safeguarding children and successful candidates will be subject to an Enhanced DBS check. Our commitment to safeguarding is underpinned by robust processes and checks which are in place across the Trust.

About The Leigh Academy

Green Street Green Road, Dartford, Kent, DA1 1QE
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