31 days remaining to apply

  • Job start date

    1 September 2023

  • Closing date

    27 February 2023 at 11:59pm

  • Date listed

    11 January 2023

Job details

Key stage

Key stage 3, Key stage 4

Working pattern

Contract type


Pay scale

Teacher Pay Scale MPR / UPR or Unqualified Teacher Pay Scale*

What skills and experience we're looking for

Compass Learning Centre is looking for a talented and enthusiastic Teacher or Instructor of Food and Nutrition / Catering who really wants to make a difference to young people’s lives, inspiring them to achieve and realise their true potential. This is a key role within Compass, as you will be working across both Key Stages 3 and 4 delivering lessons on basic food and preparation skills, more advanced practical food lessons and Level 1/2 qualifications such as BTEC / NVQ, while developing the learners’ employability, personal, life and social skills.

This position could suit someone who meets any of the following –

  • A qualified teacher (in any subject) with experience of teaching Food or Catering subjects, or a love of food and cooking who feels confident to deliver to KS3 and KS4 students.
  • A TLLS Accredited Level 4 or 5 qualified instructor with knowledge of subject specific curriculum development and experience of working in the hospitality industry. *
  • A catering or hospitality professional who is looking to move into the education sector. *
  • Someone who can offer a creative way to support our students through food and cooking, enabling them to gain a recognised qualification to move to the next stage in their education. *

What the school offers its staff

The young people we educate have struggled in mainstream school and come to us with a variety of needs and difficulties. Our challenge is to help them build the confidence, knowledge and skills to unlock their potential. This role will suit someone who is caring, understanding and can demonstrate energy and enthusiasm with a strong positive behaviour management ethos. Class sizes are small with Teaching Assistant support and all of our students need bespoke individualised learning.

We are seeking to appoint someone who:

  • is committed to high standards of achievement and progress
  • has a flexible approach and able to meet the changing needs of our young people.
  • is able to deliver a curriculum in engaging and creative ways
  • makes learning exciting, motivating and interesting
  • has excellent classroom management and pastoral skills
  • is able to contribute fully to the life of the school

If you are a good team player, who is motivated, patient, resilient, understanding and have the ability to establish a rapport with young people in a busy and lively setting, this may be the job for you. You will be joining an outstanding, hardworking and friendly team of staff.

If you are interested in this post, please contact us in the first instance – Michelle Nokes, PA to Headteacher & SLT – 01305 – 206530, email: m.nokes@compass.dorset.gov.uk. Come for a visit and see what we do!

Further details about the role

* Applicants who do not hold Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) can only be paid on the Unqualified Teacher Pay Scale (UQT). The UQT salary range is currently £19,340 - £30,172 PA, starting salary dependent on experience. You must also hold a minimum L3 relavent qualification.

Commitment to safeguarding

Compass Learning Centre is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people; this is a commitment which we expect all staff and volunteers to share. The successful candidate will be required to have a Disclosure & Barring Service check in line with the Government’s safer recruitment guidelines. We value the diversity of our workforce and welcome applications from all sectors of the community.

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About The Compass

School type
Local authority maintained school, ages 5 to 16
School size
43 pupils enrolled
Age range
5 to 16
Phone number
01305 206530

Compass Learning Centre is a ‘good school’ (Ofsted May 2019) and a successful Pupil Referral Unit (PRU), part of the Alternative Provision (AP) in education. It is fully supported by a committed Management Committee who work closely with the Headteacher and Senior Leadership Team. The Pupil Admission Number (PAN) is currently 64. The number of students on roll varies throughout the year dependent on the number of referrals from schools within the Weymouth and Portland area and from Dorset Council. Students who attend Compass Learning Centre predominantly experience difficulties engaging in a mainstream school and come to us with a variety of needs and difficulties. The centre caters for students who have been permanently excluded from a mainstream school, individuals with medical conditions that prevent attendance at mainstream schools and a few pupils without access to regular education. A number of students are admitted with an Education Health Care Plan, a few are in the care of the local authority and others attend for a fixed period of time on a Dual Registration basis. We serve the wider West Dorset community, however the majority of students who attend Compass come from the Weymouth and Portland area. Some students follow short-term, work-related social development or resilience building courses at Rylands Farm, Greenwood Carpentry, Max Events, A-Z and Weymouth Sailing Academy. All students are offered full-time programmes. However, the time spent in school is tailored to meet individual students’ needs.

Arranging a visit to The Compass

To arrange a visit and increase the chance of a successful application email m.nokes@compass.dorset.sch.uk.

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