Teacher, Suitable for NQTs
Main or Upper Scale
Main Purpose of the Job:
• To establish and maintain high standards in relation to all aspects of the Teachers’ Standards
• Demonstrating effective practice and to evaluate the impact of their teaching on pupils’ achievement
• Upholding and implementing workplace policies
• Contributing to school development
• Fulfilling the pastoral arrangements for pupils
• Making a contribution to the wider aspects of school life
1. Set high expectations which inspire, motivate and challenge pupils
• Work as part of the teaching team, sharing good practice and maintaining standards
• In tutorial work, to establish and maintain routines, including participation in collective worship
• In setting targets, take account of the level of challenge for pupils across the cohort of all backgrounds, abilities and dispositions
• Actively support the Christian ethos of the school in relationships with children, colleagues and parents, both in class and around the school
2. Promote good progress and outcomes by pupils
• Demonstrate secure understanding of the needs of children of all backgrounds, abilities and dispositions so that the majority of pupils make good progress
• Use data effectively, evaluating progress and attainment and in meeting appropriate, challenging targets for all pupils
• Demonstrate through self-review, an effective evaluation of the impact of teaching
• Demonstrate knowledge of how children learn and adapt teaching accordingly
• Establish a culture that ensures that pupils have a responsible and conscientious attitude to their work
• Monitor the progress and well-being of individual students and of the form tutor group as a whole
• Engage with colleagues in review and evaluation of pupils’ progress and attainment
• Actively promote parental involvement and initiate opportunities to involve them
• Provide quality, accurate, professional reports for parents
3. Demonstrate good subject and curriculum knowledge
• Demonstrate knowledge and expertise across the assigned subjects through coherent planning and lively, inspirational teaching
• Develop expert knowledge by working collaboratively
• Review, with others when appropriate, the delivery of the curriculum to the pupils
• Take responsibility for own CPD, keeping abreast of changes/developments
• Provide professional reports (verbal or written) to parents, indicating progress, attainment and targets for improvement
4. Plan and teach well-structured lessons
• Teach lessons that meet the school’s defined expectations of good or better
• Through effective planning and provision, demonstrate understanding of different styles of learning and how these are accommodated
• Demonstrate ability to reflect and evaluate teaching and the impact on learning, pupils’ attitudes and behaviour
• Be systematic in evaluating learning within and across a sequence of lessons
• Actively engage parents in their children’s learning
• Facilitate children’s and parents’ views on learning
• Evidence opportunities for out-of-hours learning and additional contribution through after school clubs or other activities
• Work effectively as part of a team, ensuring consistency
• Take a role in collaborative planning
• Recognise own accountability for curriculum provision within assigned classes and the quality of learning
• Demonstrate how teaching has been adapted to accommodate the needs of groups and individual
5. Make accurate and productive use of assessment
• Make effective use of assessment, both formative and summative, and in using outcomes to support accurate target setting and continuous progress and high attainment
• Use school data effectively to track progress and set targets
• Show competency in marking and providing feedback to pupils
• Establish strategies to encourage children to respond to feedback
• Engage fully in moderation activities as required
6. Manage behaviour effectively to ensure a good and safe learning environment
• Be competent in managing an effective learning environment so that all pupils are actively engaged in learning, and poor behaviour never disrupts learning
• Recognise responsibility and accountability for maintaining high standards of behaviour beyond the classroom
• Keep parents well informed and work effectively with them to bring about improvement where necessary
• Inspire pupils’ respect and form positive relationships
7. Fulfil wider professional responsibilities
• Be proactive in supporting the Christian ethos of the school
• Be positive and encouraging during times of change
• Show full cooperation and support for colleagues managing development or change
• Generate respect from colleagues through highly effective professional, working and supportive relationships
• Form highly effective relationships with children that generate respect, confidence and high self-esteem
• Form highly effective relationships with parents e.g. through good communication, listening to and acting upon concerns, providing professional support and guidance in respect to all aspects of school life
• Write accurate, professional end of year reports
• Recognise responsibility and accountability for the effective deployment of support staff
• Liaise with the leadership team to ensure that support staff have the skills they need to work effectively
• Fully engage in reflection, self-evaluation and appraisal, recognising the need to base conclusions on robust evidence
• Take responsibility for own CPD through research and independent learning and actively participate in school based CPD to support school and personal professional improvement
• Be willing to support for PSA activities by attending events
• Be willing to support a club or activity
• Carry out such duties as are reasonably assigned by the Principal.
Applying for the job
Please complete an application form which can be found on our website at www.walkwoodms.worcs.sch.uk. A letter of application should be written to the person specification and job description, being no more than 2 sides of A4, and can be offered within section H of the application form or as a separate document.
If you need these documents in an accessible format, please contact the school.
Academy, Church of England
671 pupils enrolled
9 to 13
About Walkwood Church of England Middle School
Principles and purpose
At Walkwood Church of England Middle School we:
• Hold each child as precious
• Support the development of good character
• Seek for the best rates of academic progress
• Engender care, happiness & love
At Walkwood Church of England Middle School our purpose continues to be for pupils to:
• develop a deep desire to learn, engaging with the roots of the learning process;
• cultivate values that will shape their living both within and without the school;
• experience awe and wonder, and consider both spiritual and human dimensions.
Borrowing an adage from St. Irenaeus: “The glory of God is a human being fully alive!”
Vision and Values
The school has been an established Christian community for an extended period, being welcoming and friendly, with pupils who are expected to behave and be eager to learn. Those pupils who find this a challenge are fully supported through highly functioning classroom practitioners and well-developed pastoral support.
‘Love to Learn; Learn to Live; Live to Love’
Our aim is that all children attending the school will become life-long learners who are curious about the world around them and are creative in their exploits while caring for others and themselves. We seek to enable our pupils to make informed choices, becoming increasingly independent and playing their part in the community. We offer pupils a spiritual dimension that is distinctively Christian, and honours other faiths and those people who profess no faith.
We aim to inspire every child – whatever their abilities – to achieve their very best, and make a valuable contribution to the Walkwood community. We want our pupils to love to learn.
Our school is not just about knowledge, it is also about skills. It’s about inspiring children to look at the world differently, and about challenging them to be fascinated by lessons and subjects. In this way, we encourage our pupils to learn to live, preparing them for an adult life in a changing world, and as such we seek to equip our children for the future. Our ‘Learning Superheroes’ allow teachers to hone pupils’ learning skills. We want pupils to excel in school…and in later life.
As a Church of England school, we are fully inclusive of all faiths and beliefs. While Christian principles underpin all of the school’s values, we know that these morals are shared by many faiths. We look for our pupils to take into their lives beyond our school an outlook that allows then to live to love the experiences, people and spirituality that they encounter.
Our core values are expressed in the Fruits of Faith, which are ten values that have their roots in Christian tradition. However, we believe that devotees of other faiths, or those who express no faith commitment, are able to agree upon the definitions and implementation of these values within a shared community. These fruits are used as part of worship, and are also within lessons.
Our Christian ethos, embedded in all aspects of school life, ensures that every child will know what it is to be cared for and valued. All pupils receive the very best education and an equal opportunity to learn and achieve academically, socially and spiritually. We know that enthusiastic, happy, confident children are most likely to persevere and work to the best of their ability. We aim to build upon this and foster a love of learning in all children. Our Fruits of Faith and Superhero Thinking Skills form a firm foundation to school life where children are encouraged to develop independent learning skills, be thoughtful and take responsibility for their actions.
We set high aspirations for all our pupils, both academically and socially, as well as allowing pupils to consider the spiritual dimension. Therefore, we have high expectations. Christian values lie at the heart of our work and we aim to provide a broad, rich, stimulating education to develop a thirst for learning in all children. We aim to challenge all our children to raise their standards and support them in that challenge, encouraging them to become reflective, resilient learners. Firm and fair discipline, based upon Christian values, is vital in creating an environment in which all children can flourish. We aim to make every child feel positive about their learning and achievements and our role as staff in school is to care, encourage and listen as well as to teach.
Our Fruits of Faith were developed as a Christian expression of the nature of the school, but also to define the characteristics of an interconnected community. These values are part of teachers’ planning, as well as part of decision making by the Senior Leadership Team and Governors. We wish for our pupils to be aware of their role in the wider world, open their eyes to the diversity within it, celebrating the richness of human experience and the potential of divine expression.