Teacher of Science with Leadership Opportunities Robert Bloomfield Academy, Shefford, Bedfordshire

Job description


• Teaching Science across the academy

• To implement and deliver an appropriately broad, balanced, relevant and differentiated curriculum for students and to support a designated curriculum area as appropriate.

• Monitor and support the overall progress and development of students as a Teacher and Form Tutor

• Facilitate and encourage a learning experience which provides students with the opportunity to achieve their individual potential.

• Share and support the Academy’s responsibility to provide and monitor opportunities for spiritual, personal and academic growth


• Assist in the development of resources, schemes of learning, assessment policies and teaching strategies.

• Contribute to the departmental improvement plans and the implementation of these plans.

• Plan and prepare courses and lessons.

• Use data on pupil performance to inform target setting, lesson planning and to identify underachieving students.

• Implement targeted intervention and monitor the progress.

• Support the BEST and academy’s monitoring procedures.

• Support the review of teaching strategies and programmes of work.

• Attend all department and staff meetings.

• Co-ordinate and manage work as a Form Tutor.

• Contribute to the review, development and management of curriculum and assessment functions, including the Academy Improvement Plan and working towards individual academy and BEST aims.

• Improve and monitor the effectiveness of the BEST and academy’s assessment policy.

• Ensure all pupil and student data is held centrally and is used effectively.

• Provide the data team and other staff with relevant information about teaching and tutor groups, to help their planning and ensure all staff have high expectations of pupils and students.

• Review teaching methods and programmes of work including schemes of learning.

• Participate in arrangements for training and continuing professional development.

• Contribute to the review, development and management of curriculum and assessment functions, including the School Improvement Plan and working towards individual academy and BEST aims.

• Ensure the role of the Form Tutor is carried out, as stated within the staff handbook.

• Ensure a high quality learning experience for all students that will stimulate learning appropriate to pupil and student needs.

• Monitor the objectives and tasks identified within the School Improvement Plan and the BEST improvement plan.

• Liaise with colleagues in lower, middle and upper schools to ensure a smooth transfer of information.

• Assess, record and report on the attendance, progress, development and attainment of students and to keep such records as are required.

• Write reports and provide data for parents to inform them about pupils’ and students’ progress.

• Provide, or contribute to, oral and written assessments, reports and references relating to individual students and groups of students.

• Interpreting comparative data regarding pupil and student performance and using this to differentiate and assess.

• Take responsibility for professional development, keeping abreast of subject developments and reviews, locally and nationally.

• Prepare and update subject materials.

• Contribute to the whole-academy and BEST ethos, with due regard to wider professional effectiveness.

• Teach students according to their educational needs, including the setting and marking of work to be carried out by the student in school and elsewhere in accordance with the department assessment policy.

• Ensure that ICT, Literacy, Numeracy are reflected in the teaching/learning experience of students.

• To maintain discipline in accordance within BEST and individual Academy’s procedures, and to encourage good practice with regard to punctuality, behaviour, standards of work and homework.

* Could include SOW development and overall curriculum design
* Upper school liaison and assessment tracking
* Data analysis
* Leading on Staff Development


• Whilst every effort has been made to explain the duties and responsibilities of the post, each individual task undertaken may not be identified.

• Employees will be expected to comply with any reasonable request from the BEST Principals to undertake work of a similar level that is not specified in this job description.

Essential educational requirements

• Relevant degree
• Teaching Qualification
• Evidence of Continual Professional Development

Essential qualifications

• Relevant degree
• Teaching Qualification leading to QTS
• Evidence of Continual Professional Development

Teaching experience
• Successful teaching in KS2 or KS3/4 Science or Successful teaching experience whilst qualifying

• Sensitivity to the learning needs of all students
• Demonstrate understanding of using comparative
data, together with information about the student’s
prior attainment to establish benchmarks and set
targets for improvement
• Identify usage of current good practice in
assessment techniques and the monitoring of pupil
• Knowledge of reformed GCSE Curriculum in Science

Essential skills and experience

• Demonstrate application of information and
communication technology for development of
learning and teaching in the subject
• Ability to inspire, enthuse and motivate students and
• Excellent classroom management to encourage
positive behaviour
• Demonstrate creative problem solving and good
communication skills
• Ability to work collaboratively or on own initiative
• Time management skills and a capacity for hard
work and an ability to prioritise effectively with good
administration skills
• The ability to think creatively and imaginatively to
anticipate and solve problems and identify
• Enthusiasm and a good sense of humour

Employee benefits

Over the last ten years, Robert Bloomfield has built up an enviable reputation as the highest performing and most oversubscribed school in Central Bedfordshire. We have received three consecutive Outstanding Ofsted awards, but as importantly we are a friendly, cohesive community that works relentlessly to place great
opportunities in front of pupils and develop them as rounded individuals. The academy has set up and driven a large innovative Teaching School working alongside Central Bedfordshire Council, our Local Authority.

We are in an excellent position to develop your skills as a teacher in a calm and ordered environment with motivated pupils. The Teaching School supports 136 schools in the Local Authority and has a strong track record in supporting teachers, at all stages of their career, to develop themselves to their fullest potential.
As part of the Bedfordshire Schools Trust (BEST), our aspirations and expectations for our children centre on them achieving to their highest academic potential. Over the last 10 years, no stone has been left unturned by both the Governing Body and our highly dedicated staff team in pursuit of this. Our quest for improvement is relentless and our positive school ethos is a result of not only outstanding teaching but also an innovative curriculum and a wealth of extra-curricular experiences.

We believe that no school is successful academically without strong pastoral support and a wide range of enriching experiences, these are available to all children at Robert Bloomfield. We have strived to develop this in equal balance so that every child at the school is able to find their own preferences and pathways as they grow through the school. The result is a school with extremely positive relationships between pupils, parents and staff.

As a member of staff you will enjoy working in a rural location, with pupils who are proud of their school. You will work in a modern teaching environment with excellent new learning facilities and resources, with strong department leadership. We have a strong track record of developing teachers and future leaders. There are
exceptional opportunities for career progression and development across BEST for skilled and ambitious teachers.

About Robert Bloomfield Academy

WELCOME TO ROBERT BLOOMFIELD ACADEMY Situated in the heart of the Shefford community, pupils, parents and staff are incredibly proud of their school and reap huge rewards academically and pastorally over their four year journey with us. No stone is left unturned in the pursuit to maintain our outstanding school vision and you will find that the curriculum and opportunities presented to the pupils at Robert Bloomfield is above and beyond that of any other school. We have a superb learning environment, enhanced by specialist facilities across numerous subjects, which enable us to offer a full range of opportunities in and beyond the classroom. We have recently opened a specialist Year 5 block of classrooms and a brand new, state of the art Learning Resource Centre. In 2009 we were designated a specialist Science, Maths and Technology school under the banner of Engineering, which complimented the already existing specialism of Modern Languages. Our Ofsted Inspection Report in 2014 graded the school as ‘Outstanding’ in all categories. In 2012 our school became a Teaching School, one of the first 200 in the country. Above all, we are a caring community that values each child and provides them with the opportunity to fulfill their potential and enjoy learning. We believe in building a child’s confidence, adaptability and resilience for the future within an ordered and structured environment, where high expectations are a habit. Mr Sam Farmer, Principal

Bloomfield Drive, Shefford, Bedfordshire, SG17 5BU
Middle Deemed Secondary
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