Teacher of Maths

We are seeking to appoint a full time teacher of Maths. ..... 50% of full-time 16-18 year olds coming from our partner schools: The Magna Carta School...

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Teacher of Maths We are seeking to appoint a full time teacher of Maths. The proposed start date is 30th August 2016. This is a main scale (£21,901- £32,053) or Professional Standards Payments Range (£34,726- £37,378) post within the National Sixth Form College’s Salary Structure, and an additional London Fringe area allowance of £984 per annum is paid. Over 200 students currently study AS/A2 Maths (Edexcel) with approximately 25 taking AS/A2 Further Maths, some of whom are prepared for Oxbridge entrance. In addition, GCSE Maths (Edexcel) is taught to over 80 students and FMSQ units at Level 2 to a small cohort of approx. 30. Traditionally a good number of students proceed to first degrees, careers and/or work placements in Maths, Computing, IT and related subjects. Examination results have been consistently in line with the national averages and some courses in the subject area enjoy success rates above the national averages. Value-added measures of performance show many students performing consistently at or above their expected level of achievement. Maths lessons are located in recently-opened teaching blocks which provide excellent teaching and learning facilities with interactive whiteboards and appropriate software in every classroom and a designated IT suite. Teachers have their own workspace in purpose-built office accommodation within the new teaching blocks, and most teaching staff are provided with their own laptop. All Maths courses make good use of the College VLE (Moodle) and MyMaths software. The subjects run various extra-curricular activities throughout the year. Current students take part in various competitions, ranging from inter-class brainteasers through to the Senior Maths Challenge, the Mathematical Olympiad and the NDS Red Button Challenge. Working with other subject areas in the department trips are offered to Bletchley Park and Thorpe Park. Visiting speakers from both Industry and Russell Group universities have given talks on various topics ranging from the mathematics of Oil Recovery and Weather Prediction to University courses and career opportunities.

The closing date for applications to reach the College is 11th April 2016 Interviews will be held during the week commencing 18th April 2016

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To provide high quality teaching, learning and assessment in the subject area(s) for which you were appointed and in other areas as required. When required, be a tutor to one or more tutor groups and deliver a high standard of pastoral support to your tutees.

Accountable to:

Head of Department

Key Accountabilities:  Accountable for:

a) teaching your particular subject(s) and acting as Course Leader if required b) monitoring learner performance, attendance, and behaviour for students you teach, identifying those who are not meeting the College’s expectations and implementing strategies for improvement c) ensuring high quality assessment and feedback on marked work in line with the College’s Professional Standards for Teachers d) ensuring an accurate mark book and records of progress are kept for the students you teach e) contributing to the maintenance and up-dating of subject records, in particular contributing to the schemes of work for those students you teach f) carrying out the duties of a teacher in accordance with the professional duties stated in the Conditions of Service Handbook for Sixth Form Colleges 2007 (see Appendix 1) and subsequent revisions g) when required, being a tutor and carrying out the requirements of this role as in Appendix 2 h) participating in the College’s Professional Development and Performance Management procedures i) participating in the College’s Assessed Lesson Observation Scheme.

Management of Resources:

Advising the Head of Department of your resource needs and their deployment; managing existing resources cost effectively; developing e-learning, including the Virtual Learning Environment.

Guidance and Counselling of Students:

a) Exercising academic discipline over those students you teach according to College policy and in consultation with the appropriate Head of Department. b) When required, be a tutor to one or more tutor groups.


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College to prospective students, parents and the general public; contributing to liaison work with partner and other schools to ensure continuity and progression from school to College; participating in meetings relating to your subject, and the general welfare of students in your charge. 


Participating in regular review, monitoring and evaluation of teaching methods, and curriculum under the direction of the Head of Department, including the implementation of the College's quality assurance procedures.


Ensure implementation of all College’s policies, with particular regard to those on equality and diversity, health and safety, data protection, child protection and safeguarding and for ensuring these are followed by students, staff and visitors.

Such other duties as may be reasonably requested.

To observe at all times strict rules of confidentiality appropriate to the post.

This job description sets out the duties of the post at the time it was drawn up. Such duties may vary from time to time without changing the general character of the duties or the level or responsibility entailed. Such variations are a common occurrence and cannot of themselves justify a reconsideration of the grading of the post.

October 2013

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Appendix 1: Professional Duties of a Sixth Form College Teacher (Extract from SFCA Terms and conditions of service) The following duties shall be deemed to be included in the professional duties which a teacher employed by a Sixth Form College may be required to perform. 1. Teaching  Planning and preparing courses and lessons  Teaching, according to their educational needs, the students assigned to you including the setting and marking of work to be carried out by the student in college and elsewhere  Assessing, recording and reporting on the development, progress and attainment of students 2. Other Activities  Promoting the general progress and well-being of individual students and of any class or group of students assigned to you  Providing guidance and advice to students on educational and social matters and on their further education and future careers, including information about sources of more expert advice on specific questions; making relevant records and reports  Making records of and reports on the personal and social needs of students  Communicating and consulting with the parents of students  Communicating and co-operating with persons or bodies outside the college  Participating in meetings arranged for any of the purposes described above 3. Assessments and Reports  Providing or contributing to oral and written assessments, reports and references relating to individual students and groups of students 4. Appraisal and Staff Development  Participating in arrangements made for the appraisal of your performance and that of other staff in the light of the responsibility for the appraisal of staff that is laid on the College Principal by Article 3(2)(c) of the College’s Articles of Government  Reviewing from time to time your methods of teaching and programmes of work  Participating in arrangements for your further training and professional development 5. Educational Methods  Advising and co-operating with the Principal and other teachers (or any one or more of them) on the preparation and development of courses of study, teaching materials, teaching programmes, methods of teaching and assessment and pastoral arrangements 6. Discipline, Health and Safety  Maintaining good order and discipline among the students and safeguarding their health and safety both when they are authorised to be on the College premises and when they are engaged in authorised college activities elsewhere 7. Staff Meetings  Participating in meetings at the College which relate to the curriculum for the college or the administration or organisation of the College, including pastoral arrangements 8. Cover  Supervising and so far as practicable teaching any students whose teacher is not available to teach them, provided that no teacher shall be required to provide such cover:  after the teacher who is absent or otherwise not available has been so for three or more consecutive working days; or Teacher of Mathematics March 2016

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where the fact that the teacher would be absent or otherwise not available for a period exceeding three consecutive working days  was known to the College for two or more working days before the absence commenced unless:  she/he is a teacher employed wholly or mainly for the purpose of providing such cover (‘a supply teacher’) or  the College has exhausted all reasonable means of providing a supply teacher to provide cover without success or  she/he is a full-time teacher at the College but has been assigned by the Principal in the timetable to teach or carry out other specified duties (except cover) for less than 75 per cent of those hours in the week during which students are taught at the college 9. Public Examinations  Participating in arrangements for preparing students for public examinations and in assessing students for the purposes of such examinations; recording and reporting such assessments; and participating in arrangements for students’ presentation for and supervision during such examinations 10. Management  contributing to the selection for appointment and professional development of other teachers and support staff, including the induction and assessment of new and probationary teachers  co-ordinating or managing the work of other staff  taking such part as may be required of you in the review, development and management of activities relating to the curriculum, organisation and pastoral functions of the College 11. Administration  participating in administrative and organisational tasks related to such duties as are described above, including the management or supervision of persons providing support for the teachers in the College and the ordering and allocation of equipment and materials  attending assemblies, registering the attendance of students and supervising students, whether these duties are to be performed before, during or after College sessions

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Appendix 2: Additional accountabilities for teachers who also hold a role as a tutor:  

            

Deliver guidance and support in line with the College’s strategic plan and operational objectives Monitor student performance, attendance, and behaviour for those in your tutor groups, identifying those who are not meeting the College’s expectations and implementing strategies for improvement Identify those at risk of leaving College and / or courses and implement strategies to assist these students to keep on track Participate in arrangements for student induction to the College Establish effective communication with parents/carers and maintain written or electronic records of contact as required Liaise with curriculum staff to manage issues relating to student retention, performance, attendance and behaviour Contribute to cover arrangements in the event of tutorial staff absence Assist in the delivery of appropriate advice and guidance in choosing courses for their second year programme and their next steps in education, training or employment Deliver a pastoral curriculum to students Work closely with your Guidance Team Leader in implementing the College’s Student Management Policy and Procedures Produce high quality references for UCAS and employment and deal with all requests by agreed deadlines Contribute to annual self-assessment and other relevant quality assurance processes Undertake relevant training, including attending meetings with your Guidance Team Leader Attend Tutor meetings and Student Services meetings as required Attend Student Services events and trips such as Surrey University Higher Education Fair, Safe Drive, Higher Education Evening, Meet the Tutor evenings and evenings for prospective parents/carers and carry out specific duties as requested Contribute to the College’s school liaison and interviewing arrangements for new students if required

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PERSON SPECIFICATION TEACHER OF MATHS FULL TIME We welcome applications from both experienced and newly qualified teachers. For suitable applicants, there may be an opportunity to take on a pastoral role as a personal tutor as part of this post.

We are looking for someone who can demonstrate the following:

1 1.1 1.2 1.3

2 2.1 2.2

QUALIFICATIONS AND KNOWLEDGE Qualified at degree level or equivalent in Maths and/or Computing Possession of a PGCE or equivalent teaching qualification, or a willingness to qualify within two years Knowledge and understanding of curriculum issues and developments within Further Education and in particular 14-19 age group SKILLS AND ABILITIES The ability to inspire students and to deliver a high standard of teaching, learning and student support The ability to evaluate, reflect and continue to improve


Possession of excellent interpersonal, organisational, communication and IT skills

3 3.1

EXPERIENCE Knowledge of recent developments in the teaching of Maths A Level &/or GCSE and the ability to put these into classroom practice Recent experience of teaching Maths and at A Level or GCSE Experience of providing pastoral support, preferably to student age 16-18

3.2 3.3




4 ATTITUDES AND VALUES 4.1 Commitment to the promotion of equality and diversity and operating in a healthy and safe environment 4.2 Commitment to continuous personal and institutional development




Commitment to high professional and personal standards of work and conduct



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Applying for jobs at Strode's College

Please note that the application is in two parts – the Application Form and the Personal Details Sheet. Your personal details will be separated from the Application Form before the shortlisting process, to ensure that candidates are considered without the shortlisting panel knowing any details of age, gender or ethnic background. If you are invited for interview then the two sections will be joined again. To enable us to match the two sections you must put your National Insurance Number at the top of each page. You are asked not to send CVs or covering letters, as these will not be used in the shortlisting process, but to detail any information in support of your application in section 6 of the form. Completed application forms should be returned to the College either by email to [email protected] or post by noon on the closing date stated in the advertisement. Applicants short-listed for interview will be notified within two weeks of the closing date. If you have not been contacted during this period you should assume that your application, on this occasion, has been unsuccessful. In accordance with our usual data procedures, your details will be kept on file for 6 months before being destroyed. Should you have any queries about this, please do not hesitate to contact me. Strode’s College is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of young people, and successful applicants will be asked to undertake an Enhanced Disclosure via the Disclosure and Barring Service. Thank you for your interest in Strode’s College.

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STRODE’S COLLEGE EGHAM Strode’s has a long history as an educational institution and, in 2004, celebrated the tercentenary of its foundation by Henry Strode, an Egham merchant and Master Cooper. Its origins were as a school for the poor children of Egham. In the twentieth century, it evolved into a boys’ Grammar School and in 1975 it became a sixth form college which was incorporated as an FE Corporation in 1993. Since April 2010, the College has had a new status as a Sixth Form College Corporation which guarantees a continuing high degree of autonomy. We are delighted to be celebrating 40 years as a sixth form College during 2015. In September 2015, the College had approximately 1120 full-time students (predominately 1618) and over 1000 part-time (predominately adult) students. Part time provision in the evening includes courses leading to nationally recognised qualifications, as well as non-accredited courses that people take for personal interest. We also offer part time courses in the day, which are held at the College’s Community Learning Centre and in a variety of outreach venues. Our 16-18 students come from a wide area of North West Surrey and outer London including Richmond and Twickenham. In total, students come from over 80 different schools, with nearly 50% of full-time 16-18 year olds coming from our partner schools: The Magna Carta School, Sunbury Manor, Thamesmead, Thomas Knyvett, The Matthew Arnold School and Jubilee High School. A significant number of students also come from Orleans Park, Waldegrave School and Twickenham Academy. We maintain strong links with our partner and contributory schools through our School Liaison Team and senior staff. Our purpose is to inspire students to fulfil their potential by providing a broad and high quality education in a supportive and dynamic learning environment. We offer over 40 subjects at A Level and Level 3 BTEC as well as a range of courses at Level 2. All full-time 16-18 students are required to follow a tutorial programme and are encouraged to broaden their interests from a range of examined and non-examined options. In addition there is a considerable variety of team and other sporting activities, some of which take place off-site. The aim of our curriculum, which includes student-organised activities, music, drama, pastoral care and careers guidance, is designed to prepare students for adulthood as responsible, selfmanaged young adults, through their experience of study, recreation and community life within the College. Students are encouraged to take responsibility for managing many aspects of College life; they are subject to a minimum of rules and are given every opportunity within a caring community of developing self-discipline and self-awareness. There is a Student Union which is affiliated to the NUS. We place great emphasis on our pastoral work which is organised through a team of Guidance Team Leaders and Tutors, with the Director of Adult Education being responsible for adult enrolments.

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We are outward-looking and seek to be an integral part of our local community. Students have the opportunity of committing some time to Community Service, e.g. in play groups, schools, day centres and hospitals. Local expertise in business, industry, higher education and the arts is used by the College in a variety of ways including work shadowing, work experience, staff secondments, lectures and workshops. We are actively broadening our links with Runnymede Borough Council and local sports clubs and we are a member of the Egham Chamber of Commerce. Our buildings include a blend of the old and the modern, ranging from 1820’s alms houses to a Student Centre and two new classroom blocks: the Tercentenary Building which was completed in 2008, and the Jubilee Building which was completed in 2012. There has been a major refurbishment of some of the older buildings in the College, providing replacement modern and well-equipped classrooms. Our science facilities have been fully refurbished, assisted by recent grants of over £1.5m from the Education Funding Agency. In 2014/15 we received further grant funding which enabled us to build new sports changing facilities on site. Transport links to the College are good and enable easy access to staff who choose to live at a distance from the College. Egham railway station, which is a five minute walk from the College, is on the main Waterloo to Reading line and there is a half hourly service to Chertsey, Addlestone and Weybridge. Egham is also near the junction of the M25 and M3, with easy access to the M4 and M40. The River Thames and Windsor Great Park are nearby. Free on-site car parking is available on a first-come first-served basis, and there is a covered rack for staff bicycles. The College currently has over 125 staff both, full time and part time, as well as a large number of adult learning tutors. All staff participate in staff development activities which contribute to their professional development and their understanding of the College and the education sector in general. As well as encouraging staff to attend training tailored to their individual professional development, we engage a number of external experts to run sessions each year on topical subjects of interest such as forced marriage, transgender issues etc. Additionally, the College is always happy to consider applications from employees for financial assistance with longer term courses and qualifications. All eligible employees are offered membership of the Teachers’ Pension Scheme or Local Government Pension Scheme. We have an Employee Assistance Programme, which is a resource offering confidential advice and counselling on a range of practical and emotional issues including legal problems, child/elder care and stress. The College also offers a childcare voucher scheme providing tax savings to people who use registered child minders, play schemes and nurseries. Free tea and coffee is available in a recently refurbished staff room and we have an on-site gym facility.

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