Temporary Teacher of English Maternity Cover Castle Donington College, Derby, Derbyshire

Job description

We are seeking to appoint a temporary Teacher of English to join our successful English department and cover a period of maternity leave. The successful applicant will be an inspirational teacher with the highest personal, academic and professional standards. They will demonstrate outstanding teaching and be able to contribute to further increases in the achievement and attainment of all pupils.
We believe we have the makings of an outstanding school. In January 2019 we received an Ofsted rating of Good. We are very proud of our community and the pupils we serve and are seeking to appoint an inspirational teacher with the highest personal, academic and professional standards to join our growing English Department. We have seen increasing admission numbers and a growing popularity of Media as a KS4 option subject year on year. The future is exciting and we are totally committed to ensuring our KS4 results, in 2020, are excellent. You can be a part of our success.

English is a key subject within the Castle Donington Curriculum. It is a highly-regarded forward thinking department, delivering to pupils in KS3 and KS4 in mixed ability groups, for four lessons a week. The English Department is currently housed in 5 dedicated rooms and the department offers a full extra-curricular programme of clubs and activities.

The department is made up of:

• Head of Department
• Teacher of English
• Teacher of English
• Teacher of English and Media
• Teacher of English and Media
• Teacher of English
• Assistant Principal and Teacher English
• SENCO and Teacher of English

The successful candidate would need to be able to operate within a close and dynamic team. The English Department are committed to developing challenging, engaging and exciting learning experiences for our pupils. The department has a passion for English and the successful candidate must share this enthusiasm. You will demonstrate a clear understanding of Edexcel GCSE courses, whilst contributing to maintaining and developing the existing KS3 curriculum. You will be able to demonstrate impact in achieving further increases in attainment and progress for all pupils. All teachers at Castle Donington College are also Tutors. The pastoral care and monitoring of progress of pupils is an essential part of the teacher’s role.

All our staff have the highest expectations of themselves and the pupils. They work closely to share best practice and drive school improvement. In a recent staff survey 100% of respondents said that Castle Donington College was a good place to work.
This opportunity comes at a critical time. Our pupils are entering the second year of completing GCSE courses and a KS4 curriculum. The advertised post comes with challenges and will require a person with drive and ambition. However, we believe candidates with passion for their subject and the ability to teach creative and innovative lessons, will flourish and the rewards will be great.

We are committed to a happy, purposeful and secure environment that provides the opportunity for all to grow and develop. Our teachers are highly valued, well regarded and fully supported. We can offer a coherent programme of induction and we have a strong commitment to professional development through our Professional Learning Programme. Your development will be a key priority for us, regardless of your experience and the temporary nature of the post.

Responsibilities of an English Teacher at Castle Donington College
All teachers have a responsibility to inspire and engage pupils, to demonstrate a passion for English, continuousley improving classroom practice and achieving excellent outcomes for all pupils by:
• Ensuring teaching, behaviour and outcomes are good or better in
your lessons
• Demonstrating excellent subject knowledge
• Adapting your teaching to respond to the strengths and needs of
all pupils
• Participating fully in the College’s quality assurance programme in
order to raise standards
• Sharing best practice internally and externally to ensure the
quality of teaching is good or better
• Ensuring all pupils engage and make progress by making effective
use of the available data to plan and deliver engaging lessons
• Making effective use of resources for learning to ensure best pupil
outcomes and experience
• Using the latest technologies for learning to ensure best pupil
outcomes and experience
• Ensuring that all students in your lessons achieve at least
expected levels of progress and a high proportion exceed them
• Identifying, tracking, analysing and responding to data in relation
to reporting on outcomes, to ensure that the highest outcomes
possible are achieved
• Contributing to the creation of schemes of work that challenge,
stretch and fire the imaginations of our students
• Challenging students by ensuring lessons are planned well and
meet the needs of all
• Ensuring that incidents of poor pupil behaviour are successfully
dealt with to minimise disruption to learning
• above are subject to the general duties and responsibilities contained in the statement of conditions of employment and National Teaching standards.
This job description is current at the date shown, but following consultation with you, may be changed by the Principal to reflect or anticipate changes in the job which are commensurate with the salary and job title.

Essential educational requirements

Qualified to degree level and above

Essential qualifications

Qualified to teach in the UK
Right to work in the UK

Essential skills and experience

Recent teaching of English KS3 and KS4
Experience of teaching Media
Experience of teaching mixed ability groups
Proficient at using data to monitor, implement appropriate intervention and raise attainment and progress
A proven track record of excellent outcomes for students
Understanding of role regarding safeguarding and child protection
Excellent classroom practitioner
Understanding of assessment and monitoring of English and Media
Strong communication, planning and organisational skills
Ability to apply highly effective behaviour for learning strategies
Ability to demand high standards, using flair and creativity to engage and enthuse students
Ability to challenge students of all abilities, needs and backgrounds.
Effective organisational skills including the ability to meet deadlines
High expectations for accountability and consistency
Ability to work independently and as part of a team

About Castle Donington College

Castle Donington College recently extended its age range and began teaching KS4 courses from September 2017 for first examinations in 2019. We currently have 564 students on roll in Years 7 to 11. The College is situated on the North West edge of Leicestershire on the Leicestershire, Derbyshire, and Nottinghamshire border. It has excellent links to these cities, being close to the M1 and A50.

Mount Pleasant, Derby, Derbyshire, DE74 2LN
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