Teacher of Social Studies Woodkirk Academy, Wakefield, West Yorkshire

Job description

Job Title: Teacher of Social Studies

Grade: MPS/UPS – TLR available for a suitable candidate

Line Manager: Director of Social Studies

Any Special Conditions of Service: No smoking policy

Purpose of the Role:

To facilitate and encourage learning which enables students to achieve high standards; to share and support the corporate responsibility for the well-being, education and discipline of all students.

The Job Description should be read alongside the range of professional duties of Teachers as set out in the Teachers’ Pay and Conditions Document. The postholder will be expected to undertake duties in line with the professional standards for qualified teachers and uphold the professional code of the General Teaching Council for England.

Main Duties:

Teaching and Managing Student Learning
• Ensure effective teaching of whole classes, groups and individuals so that teaching objectives are met, momentum and challenge are maintained, and best use is made of teaching time.
• Use teaching methods which keep students engaged, including stimulating students’ intellectual curiosity, effective questioning and response, clear presentation and good use of resources.
• Set high expectations for students' behaviour, establishing and maintaining a good standard of discipline through well-focused teaching and through positive and productive relationships.

Planning and Setting Expectations/Student Achievement
• Identify clear teaching objectives, content, lesson structures and sequences appropriate to the subject matter and the students being taught.
• Set appropriate and demanding expectations for students’ learning and motivation. Set clear targets for students' learning, building on prior attainment.
• Help in the process of Identifying students who have special educational needs, and know where to get help in order to give positive and targeted support. Implement where appropriate and keep records on Individual Education Plans (IEPs).

Assessment and Evaluation
• Assess how well learning objectives have been achieved and use this assessment for future teaching.
• Mark and monitor students’ class and homework providing constructive oral and written feedback, setting targets for students’ progress.
• When applicable, understand the demands expected of students in relation to the National Curriculum, KS4 and post-16 courses

Relationship with Parents and the Wider community
• Prepare and present informative reports to parents.
• Provide opportunities to develop students' understanding by relating their learning to real and work-related examples, recognising that learning takes place outside the school context.
• Where appropriate liaise with agencies responsible for students' welfare.

Manage Own Performance and Development
• Take responsibility for their own professional development and to keep up to date with research and developments in pedagogy and in the subjects they teach.
• Share corporate responsibility the implementation of school policies and practices.
• Set a good example to the students they teach in their presentation and their personal conduct.
• Evaluate their own teaching critically and use this to improve their effectiveness.

Managing and Developing Staff and Other Adults

• Establish effective working relationships with professional colleagues including, where applicable, associate staff.

Managing Resources

• Select and make good use of textbooks, ICT and other learning resources which enable teaching objectives to be met.

The duties and responsibilities highlighted in this job specification are indicative and may vary over time. Postholders are expected to undertake other duties and responsibilities relevant to the nature, level and scope of the post and the grade has been established on this basis.

Leodis is a Multi-Academy Trust comprising of four founding members East Ardsley Primary, Hill Top Primary and Westerton Primary and Woodkirk Academy and one additional academy Blackgates Primary. The post holder is based primarily at Woodkirk Academy and may be required to work regularly across a number of sites.

Essential educational requirements

• A Social Sciences specialist with a good honours degree
• A qualified teacher or about to gain qualified teacher status
• Evidence of further professional study

Essential qualifications

• A qualified teacher or about to gain qualified teacher status

Essential skills and experience

• Successful teaching/teaching practices in Secondary School at Key Stages 4 & 5
• Ability to offer one or more subjects within the Social Sciences suite.
• Evidence of pastoral work/training, e.g. form tutor responsibilities
• Experience of teaching Child Development and/or Health and Social Care.
• Evidence of contribution to extra- curricular activities

Employee benefits

TLR available for a suitable candidate

About Woodkirk Academy

Rein Road, Wakefield, West Yorkshire, WF3 1JQ
Woodkirk Academy website (opens in a new window)