Teacher of Religious Studies / Citizenship

The de Ferrers Academy, Burton-on-Trent, Staffordshire


Job details

Subjects Religious Studies, Other
Working pattern Full-time only
Salary Main pay range 1 to Upper pay range 3, £24,373 to £40,490
Newly qualified teacher Suitable

Job description

Vision & Aims - The de Ferrers Trust

The de Ferrers Trust is a Multi Academy Trust comprising three Secondary Academies and four Primary Academies, currently based in Staffordshire and Derbyshire.

Our vision is to ensure the children and young people in our care have the opportunity to fulfil their potential through achieving highly, regardless of their ability or background. We aim to achieve this vision through:
- Delivering a high-quality education
- Recruiting, developing and retaining high-calibre members of staff
- Establishing and developing robust governance
- Ensuring financial probity and viability
- Developing a highly efficient trust infrastructure and central services
- Establishing effective systems to support the sustainable growth of the Trust

About Our School

We benefit from a strong local reputation which is the reason we have increased our admission number to 410. Our expansion has been facilitated by the acquisition of a third site for our popular Sixth Form in the town centre. This has led to a re-organisation of our students, with Year 7 and Year 8 educated at the Dove Campus and Years 9-11 at the Trent Campus, which are half a mile apart.

We were delighted by our January 2017 Ofsted inspection which emphasised the outstanding aspects of our work, including high levels of progress and attainment. We value our staff team, and this is reflected in the wide range of professional development opportunities which are offered both internally and externally. In recent years, we have developed an international reputation for learning technologies, becoming both an Apple Distinguished School and Regional Training Centre; we provide a 1-to-1 iPad programme for all students in Year 9-Year 13.

The Department

The Ethics Faculty is a strong team of seven, well-qualified staff teaching their specialist subjects across the academy. Ethics is led by a Director of Learning, supported by two Key Stage Leaders (KSL). The faculty is responsible for the following subjects at The de Ferrers Academy: PSHE, careers education, Citizenship, Government and Politics, and Religious Studies.

The Faculty incorporates Religious Studies, Citizenship and PSHE (called “Values”) across all Key Stages. In Key Stage 4, we offer GCSE Citizenship and GCSE Religious Studies, and all students have a core hour of values. Within a secure and well-rehearsed structure, we seek to deliver exciting and engaging programmes of study that respond and adapt to our ever-changing society, in order to enable all our learners to attain at the highest level.

Each week, students in Years 7 & 8 study two hours of Values, incorporating
PSHE, Careers Education & Citizenship Studies. They also have a separate hour of Religious Studies each week. In Year 10 and 11, students will follow the Edexcel Religious Studies “B” new specification GCSE course for three hours a week. Students from 2019 have the option to choose GCSE Citizenship in their option pool, students will follow the OCR course for 2 hours per week. In addition, all students in Key Stage 4 have a one-hour values lesson, incorporating PSHE, Careers Education and Core Citizenship. At Key Stage 5, students can choose to study AQA Religious Studies.

This is a period of intensive curriculum review with a drive towards outstanding teaching here at the De Ferrers Academy, following lesson structure based on research and the science of learning. As a new Faculty, we are committed to the continuing use and development of new technologies to create a relevant and engaging curriculum. Our GCSE Citizenship course is regularly held up as an example of excellent practice in the use of iPads within an already Apple Accredited institution. All our Key Stage 4 and 5 courses make full use of all digital resources available in the delivery of lessons.

In the Ethics Faculty, we are committed to preparing our young people for their roles as active citizens and are developing ways of utilising the student voice fully to help us gauge our successes and effectively plan our priorities for development. We will continue to develop and enhance our curriculum, as well as our wider Academy activities, in order to achieve this goal.

In Return

We strive to be an Employer of Choice and are committed to the wellbeing and development of our colleagues. You will join a supportive, warm and friendly community and enjoy an excellent benefits package, which includes:
- Cycle to Work scheme
- Taste Card
- Discounts for days out, shopping, holidays and more, with different offers each month
- Access to a fitness suite, located on-site

Closing date: 9am on 22nd April 2020
Interview date: 30th April 2020

The Trust is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and this position is subject to an Enhanced Disclosure check under the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974.

All applicants must be able to provide documentation to prove their right to work in the UK.

Employee benefits

MPS/UPS (£24,373 - £40,490)

Supporting documents

School overview

School type Academy
Education phase Secondary
School size 2167 pupils enrolled
Age range 11 to 18
Ofsted report View Ofsted report
Website The de Ferrers Academy website (opens in a new window)
Contact email careers@deferrerstrust.com

School location

St Mary's Drive, Burton-on-Trent, Staffordshire, DE13 0LL