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  • Start date details

    September 2024

  • Closing date

    3 May 2024 at 12pm (midday)

  • Date listed

    28 March 2024

Job details

Job role

  • Teaching assistant

Visa sponsorship

Visas cannot be sponsored

Key stage

Key stage 4, Key stage 5

Working pattern

Full time, part time, term time: Term time only.

Contract type


Full-time equivalent salary

£23,000 per annum (pro rata), term time only

What skills and experience we're looking for

This is an unusual job title and an unusual role … but then, Lincoln University Technical isn’t an ‘ordinary school’. The curriculum, the timetable and the student experience are very different from other schools.

All of our students have six periods on their timetable (every week) for project work. Our approach to project work is unique. The project sessions are not taught lessons. They aren’t formally assessed and don’t lead to any qualifications. In these sessions, the students work together in small groups to solve problems, design things, and make things … developing vital skills in creativity, collaborative working, and resilience.

The team who currently lead these sessions includes the principal and the vice principal (both experienced, qualified teachers), our engineering technician and two of our teaching assistants. It doesn’t hurt to have a teaching qualification, but it isn’t necessary for this role. This is about wanting to work with young people in this way and having the right relationships to support and motivate them. It may be of particular interest to someone who enjoys designing and making things. You don’t need to be a talented artist, cabinet maker, welder, or computer programmer … just somebody who would relish the opportunity of working alongside the students and ‘having a go’.

The project sessions are busy but (speaking as somebody who delivers them) they are fun and rewarding. As the principal, I would say that they are the highlight of my week.

What the school offers its staff

The college is smaller than most schools with approximately 400 students on roll. Lincoln UTC currently has 27 teaching staff and a team of 7 teaching assistants. We are an uncommonly ‘tight knit’ and supportive community. Behaviour at the college is very good and the relationships that exist between students and staff are exceptionally positive.

The successful candidate will be actively involved in all aspects of college life and work with students across multiple subject areas, alongside the existing team.

This would ideally be a full time, permanent position (term time only) but we will be happy to consider applications from strong candidates who would prefer a part time position.

The atmosphere at Lincoln UTC is both unique and special. We would welcome (indeed encourage) visits to the college so that you can see for yourself what we have to offer. Equally, we understand that this is not always possible and we will not view applications from candidates who have not visited less favourably. If you would like a phone call from the principal who will be happy to discuss this unique role in more detail just let us know.

For further details or to arrange a visit please contact Holly Hardiman-Crust on 01522 775990 or email HR@lincolnutc.co.uk

Closing Date: Noon – Friday 3rd May 2024

Commitment to safeguarding

Lincoln UTC is committed to safeguarding and to safer recruitment practices. You will be required to provide a minimum of 2 recent and relevant references. The role is also subject to an Enhanced DBS check, overseas police clearances where applicable and the UTC will carry out checks on eligibility to work in the UK and qualification checks where appropriate.

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About Lincoln UTC

School type
Free School, ages 14 to 19
Education phase
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School size
375 pupils enrolled
Age range
14 to 19
Email address
Phone number

Lincoln UTC is a unique learning environment. We are a 14 to 18 specialist college for science, technology, engineering, and maths. Most visitors to the college assume (wrongly) that we are either a selective or a fee-paying private school. This misunderstanding initially stems from the stunning buildings we are fortunate enough to work in. Our Victorian, listed building at the front is reminiscent of Hogwarts. To the rear of the site, our state-of-the-art laboratories and workshops are housed in an equally impressive, but totally contrasting, £9 million new build. The atmosphere within the college is just as impressive as the physical learning environment. Our students don’t wear uniform. They all (right down to Year 10) wear business dress. They look like adults and they behave like adults. This is an unusually calm, purposeful, and respectful learning community.

Lincoln UTC is much smaller than most schools with 400 students, 26 teaching staff and a senior leadership team of just 3 people. The college is always over-subscribed but has no desire to grow beyond its current numbers. As a specialist college we offer fewer subjects than most schools (excelling in the ones that we do) but we do offer students an exceptionally wide range of other (work-related) experiences and opportunities.

When Ofsted inspected the UTC in June 2019 (two good and three outstanding judgements), they commented on the ‘strong and supportive culture and the exceptionally high staff morale’. Pupil behaviour and conduct were described as ‘impeccable’. They went on to say that, ‘the behaviour of pupils is outstanding. Pupils have exceptionally positive attitudes towards their learning.’

Arranging a visit to Lincoln UTC

To arrange a visit and increase the chance of a successful application email hr@lincolnutc.co.uk.

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