ICT & Business Studies Teacher – Maternity Leave
I hope you find the information in this pack of interest and I look forward to receiving your application.
Kingsmead is “an outstanding school” – Ofsted, December 2009
As an outstanding school we appreciate this has only been achieved by appointing the very best staff
who are totally committed to the development of young people. We are very popular and well regarded
by our community and are oversubscribed in all years. Achievement is good (69% 5A*-C grades in 2009)
and we offer a wide range of experiences and opportunities to our students in the firm belief that we have
a duty to develop a range of skills and attributes as well as achieve examination success.
As a Specialist Language College and Humanities College we work very hard to develop „an international
citizenship‟ dimension to the school acknowledging the importance of global issues upon everyone‟s
We are seeking to recruit a well qualified, enthusiastic and innovative teacher to cover maternity leave
and would consider a part time appointment if necessary to recruit the right person(s).
Applications are sought from candidates who:
Have an excellent knowledge of teaching and learning in order to raise standards of attainment at
Have the ability to work in a team focussed environment
Have the vision and imagination to add to the considerable strengths of the school
Have the expertise to use ICT to enhance student‟s experience of learning
Have the ability to inspire young people
This post is suitable for an experienced or Newly Qualified Teacher.
If you have the passion and skills to enhance the work of our school and wish to work in a forward
thinking, supportive environment please complete the application form and tasks as described.
I look forward to hearing from you.
IN THIS PACK
Letter from Geoff Tinker – Headteacher
Background details re Kingsmead Community School
Background Information about ICT and Business Studies Departments
Challenge Days – a rationale
Legislation and Appointments
Criminal records Check Information
Directions to Kingsmead School
How to Apply and Timetable for Appointment
Application Form and Equal Opportunities Policy and Recruitment Monitoring
The School Prospectus can be found on our website: http://www.kingsmead-school.com
KINGSMEAD COMMUNITY SCHOOL : INFORMATION FOR APPLICANTS
Kingsmead Community School is a rural Community Comprehensive School situated near the
Devon/Somerset border, close to the Brendon Hills and Exmoor. It is a magnificent area in
which to live. Not only is there the tranquillity and beauty of the countryside but there is the
rapidly growing county town of Taunton nearby and easy access (20 minutes) to the M5 for
connections to the rest of the country.
Kingsmead Community School lies in the small town of Wiveliscombe. It is an 11-16 Community
Comprehensive School with 780 daytime students and is used in the evenings and weekends for
adult learning and lettings. The School is very successful and is oversubscribed. Our latest
Ofsted Report, in December 2009, gave an overall judgement that Kingsmead is an “outstanding
school”. Ofsted praised in particular the outstanding curriculum on offer, the quality of teaching
and learning, the personal development of students, the harmonious relationships, leadership
and management and that students are very well cared for and receive strong support. We are
a Language College and firmly believe in developing the international dimension of the School
having strong links with schools in Europe and also with Zambia in Africa. We are also a
Specialist Humanities College and were one of the first 70 schools in the country to have dual
specialism. These initiatives have not only allowed the school to be involved in cutting edge
practice but have made it a resource rich environment. We have excellent ICT facilities
including a growing online curriculum and provide all staff with quality training and support to
ensure ICT is fully utilised to enhance people‟s work.
Kingsmead is a pleasant and stimulating place. The staff are committed, friendly and
supportive. The students are responsive and well behaved. Our examination results are
pleasing with A* - C passes of 69% in 2009.
The school is committed to continual curriculum improvement and the professional development
of its staff. Kingsmead will provide good career opportunities for those teachers who wish to
move on and will also provide new challenges for those who wish to remain with us for a number
We have high expectations. We expect staff to support our caring, student-centred ethos, to be
supportive of each other and to set high standards for our students. We hope staff will
contribute to and lead some of the wide range of extra-curricular opportunities we offer. All
applicants for teaching posts at Kingsmead will be expected to be committed to taking on a tutor
role, to using ICT effectively in the classroom, to take a lead in areas created by Challenge
Days* and to continue their own professional development as skilled practitioners.
If you like to sound of Kingsmead and think you have something to offer, we would welcome
“This school is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and
young people and expects all staff and volunteers to adhere to this commitment.”
* See „Challenge Days at Kingsmead – A Rationale‟ – paperwork enclosed
We deliver the new ICT Framework, developing and progressing skills and capability across
Years 7 and 8, leading towards examination board qualifications from the start of Year 9. The
programme of study is well resourced by outline lesson plans and a raft of online teaching and
learning resources published by SMART ICT. Class text books support skills development,
differentiation, and showcase assessment standards. The department is currently implementing
APP with particular focus on developing student‟s planning, refining and self evaluation routines.
Student‟s regular formative assessment informs personal short term target setting, which is
tracked and reported every 7 – 8 weeks.
Year 11 – OCR GCSE Business Studies B
In this modular course students investigate the relationship between business activity and the
environment in which it takes place. The course provides knowledge and experience of life in
the business world.
Topics covered include:
The objectives of businesses
How to use financial information to judge the success of business
The management of people within business
The way in which businesses organise the production and marketing of goods and
Wherever possible, we use local and national businesses to see how things work in the real
GCSE Business Studies B is a modular course, which has been designed to provide an
investigative approach to Business Studies, encouraging students to study their local business
environment. It provides a sound basis for progression either directly to employment or to
proceed to further qualifications.
Examinations (3) – 75% Coursework – 25%
Business Organisation Business in its Environment
Business in its Environment
Years 9 & 10 OCR GCSE Business Studies
Business Studies (OCR exam board) is a modular course and students are entered for the
Business and People Unit in year 10.
Unit title and description Assessment and duration Weighting
Unit A291:Marketing and Enterprise Controlled assessment 25%
-Marketing Up to 10 hours on research/ data
o Market research and data collection
collection Up to 6 hours writing a report
o The marketing mix Learners select one of two
o Marketing in the wider business controlled assessment tasks
o Enterprise and the entrepreneur
o The business plan
Unit A292:Business and People Written examination 25%
- The structure of business activity 1 hour
o The need for business activity
o Business ownership, trading This question paper consists of
organisations, growth and compulsory short answer data
location response questions
- The workforce in business
o Employment and retention
o Organisation and communication
Unit A293:Production, Finance and Written examination 50%
the External Business Environment 1 hour 30 minutes
- Using and managing resources to
produce goods and services This question paper consists of
o Types of production methods compulsory questions based on
o Management and control of the pre-released case study
production stimulus material
o Production costs
- Financial information and decision
o Sources of finance
o Financial forecasting and
- External influences on business activity
o The competitive environment
o Environmental influences and
o Government and the UK
o Globalisation and UK business
Challenge Days at Kingsmead
1. The Context
In ‘2020Vision’, the report from the ‘Teaching and Learning in 2020 review group’, a vision
for education for the next generation of students is examined that puts personalisation at
Central to the whole issue of personalised learning is an understanding that the successful
learner of the 21st century will be, by definition, very different from the successful learner of
the last century.
In a competitive, global market where rapid technological developments will radically
change the world of work, employers are much more likely to be interested in the wider
learning capacities of potential employees. Rather than gauging suitability for a job or
University place based on qualifications alone, employers and Academic institutions are
likely to be equally interested in the qualities of creativity, resourcefulness, collaborative
skills and innovation.
Whilst we have yet to address the issue of how the ‘measurement’ of such skills and
attitudes might be made, it is already clear through the 14-19 curriculum, Key Skills and
Diplomas that they are intended to be central to educational success in the future.
Alongside these developments, we have already seen an enormous shift in focus in
education to enable students to take more ownership of their learning. AfL, L2L, Student
Voice and the development of new technologies have all, theoretically, made an impact on
the way we teach and the way students learn.
It is ironic therefore, that we often bemoan the capability of many of our students to work
independently. Whilst many would argue that educational standards have risen in the past
15 years, many others suggest that this is to the detriment of real learning. To put it
bluntly: our children are used to being spoon-fed the knowledge and strategies needed to
pass examinations and are therefore les capable at thinking independently.
Pragmatically, most people realise that exam success unlocks opportunity. However,
idealistically as educators we also believe in developing self-confident learners who are able
to play a positive role in society.
This conundrum forms the basis of the development of the new National Curriculum for
2008. It also provides us at Kingsmead with an opportunity to develop ways of organising
learning differently in order to secure exam success, whilst also nurturing effective lifelong
All curriculum areas at Kingsmead have been planning for the new curriculum changes
within their specific areas. Training has been provided at County/ National level and
changes for Year 7 in 2008-9 are already being planned. A closer focus ‘Key processes’
seems to be the biggest shift, as departments are being encouraged to enable students to
reflect on learning skills as well as ‘content’.
In early 2008, it became clear that many schools nationally were using the new curriculum
as an opportunity to organise learning in radically different ways. It seemed only right that
Kingsmead considered what we needed to do to (if anything) to rise to the challenges
With this in mind, a series of consultations/ INSET sessions at all levels within the school
took place during the spring of 2008. Staffs considered a number of options/ models and
were almost unanimously keen to take a ‘radical’ step in 2008-9 in order to develop cross
curricular learning at Kingsmead.
This resulted in the decision to develop a ‘Challenge Day’ at Kingsmead from September
2008. Challenge day would sit outside the new 9 day timetable and would therefore consist
of 19 days per year for cross-curricular/ creative learning projects to take place using time,
staffing and resources in a flexible and creative way.
The following discussion document outlines the rationale behind the challenge day and
explores some of the challenges presented by its adoption.
2. What are the values that underpin the day?
Challenge day will enable all students to learn different things in different ways from the
‘timetabled curriculum’. This does NOT imply that it is intended to be ‘better’ in quality or
scope from the timetabled curriculum, but that it is just different. In very practical terms,
students will become used to working with a wide range of other students and teachers in a
variety of ways and using time and resources in a more flexible and adaptable way.
Challenge day enables both cross-curricular learning and cross phase learning. For
example, it is possible for Years 7 and 11 to work with each other on a community based
project, that lasts a full day supported by staff who are able to offer a range of skills/
Crucially, Challenge day also enables events and trips that would normally have an impact
on the ‘timetabled’ curriculum to happen with the minimum of impact. This not only
removes the frustrations that occur due to missed lessons but also would greatly diminish
the cost of trips due to there being no cover demands.
Whilst it is unusual, it is not unique for schools to include challenge day within their regular
timetable. It is therefore important to outline what it is about Kingsmead’s challenge day
that will be unique to us.
1. What are we trying to achieve?
In line with ‘Every Child Matters’ and the new national Curriculum’s aims, our aim is to
provide opportunities within Challenge day that develop students into successful learners
who enjoy reflecting on the learning process. We aim to foster the learning skills and
attitudes that develop creativity, curiosity, independence, interdependence and
resourcefulness. We aim to make learning active and wherever possible, linked to the ‘real
2. Cross Curricular Working
Wherever possible opportunities for cross curricular learning must be sought. Challenge
day provides an opportunity for students to make links between subjects and to broaden
their understanding of the connection between different disciplines. Whilst it may not be
possible for cross-curricular work to be delivered by cross-curricular teams at all times, the
cross curricular dimensions of learning must be considered when teams are planning
Challenge days. These dimensions (see table 1) lie at the heart of Challenge days.
3. Global Dimension
Wherever possible Challenge day will reflect Kingsmead’s commitment to global and
International citizenship. For many years now, Kingsmead has been at the forefront in
supporting opportunities for all students to explore their role as a global citizen. This goes
beyond learning about different cultures, embracing issues such as global trade,
international links and sustainable development.
These areas will continue to be a central part of the flexible days.
4. Learning to Learn
Challenge days are underpinned by a commitment to Learning to Learn. All activities
during challenge days must reflect a pedagogical commitment to the principles of L2L.
Students will not only learn about knowledge, issues and ideas – but will also explicitly
learn about and reflect on the skills and attitudes needed to develop their learning
With this in mind we will adopt the Personal Learning and Thinking Skills (PLTS) model as a
framework to help plan activities during flexible days. It is an expectation that some aspect
of PLTS will be addressed during any one Challenge day activity.
The PLTS framework will be additionally scaffolded by the key learning skills of Resilience,
Resourcefulness, Reflection and Reciprocity.
The table below outlines the main rationale behind flexible days at Kingsmead.
Challenge Days at Kingsmead – A Rationale
Learning should be cross-curricular in nature and focus on the knowledge,
Main Aims understanding, skills, attitudes and attributes to enable all students to
become Successful learners, Confident Individuals and Responsible Citizens
Cross Curricular Cross curricular dimensions addressed: Cultural Diversity, healthy Lifestyles,
Focus Community participation, Enterprise, Global Dimension, Sustainable
Development, Technology and Media, Creative and Critical Thinking.
Global and Global Citizenship and International Dimensions are
Dimension central to Challenge days.
Students should learn about and reflect on the skills and attitudes needed
to develop their learning capacity.
PLTS Independent enquirers, Creative thinkers, Reflective learners, Team
Workers, Self-managers, Effective participators.
RESILIANCE, RESOURCEFULNESS, REFLECTION, RECIPROCITY
Challenge Day – Kingsmead Community School 2009-10
Date Year 7 Year 8 Year 9 Year 10 Year 11 Planning
PIP PIP Partnership POS MAD &
PIP Partnership PIP Partnership Planning
15.9.09 Partnership Day/Preparation Personal
Day Day Time
Day for GCSE’s Statements
will deliver their
session to half
Students are Students are Students are Students are
the year group
introduced to introduced to introduced to introduced to
in the Morning &
the PIP values the PIP values – the PIP values – the PIP values –
Half in the Bs, Hm,
– especially especially especially especially
This will rotate
imaginative imaginative imaginative imaginative
Team-building Team-building Team-building Team-building
activities. activities. activities. activities.
and/ or further
work on Exam/
Cy, Mi, Ww, Js, Gn, By, Ts, Cs, En, Nn, He, Pr, Ee, Dg, Ds, Cg, Wi, Bh, Ls,
Staffing Bm, Hd, Sl Jn, Vl, Pm. Dv, Se. Ey, Mk, Bd Tm, Mn, Gr.
Words & How Fit are Planning
29.9.09 ECO DAY Slavery Day Enterprise Day
Music you? Time
Humanities Js, Ds,
departments Students take combine Science
Students Department Ey, He,
work on part in whole and PE activities
2 mixing words
& Music –
for an ECO
prep for Education Day. to health and
the slave trade. Lw
Tm, Ma, Sl, Cs, Bs, Jn, Wm, Dg, En, Bm, Cg, Po, Ee, Bh, Mk, Be, Gr, Bd, Nn,
Se, Ts, Vl. Dv Hm, Dn. Mn, Pr Pm, Ls.
Graphic Novels Science Matters Economic OPTION B
Examining how graphic novels A series of A Whole day
represent the world. Using workshops simulation Students spend
3 photography, local stories,
Storyboarding. This year,
English, Art & MFL collaborate to
science helps us
the whole day in
their Option B
develop an International theme. everyday. careers.
Ma, By, Ey, Dn, Sl, Se, Ts, Hd, Be, Ls, Bd, Cs, Wm, Gn, Wi, Bh, Vl, Pr, En,
Staffing Ds, He, Ww, Dv. Jn Mi, Pm, Gr Dg, Bm, Js.
* 13.10.09 - Sports Leadership ‘Invasion games’ in Sports hall – Year 10 Sports Leaders
Date Year 7 Year 8 Year 9 Year 10 Planning
School Play Preparation & Set Design etc – 17 PSHCE Sex &
10.11.09 other Option Choices’ offered to all Yrs 7 – 9
Music, Drama and Art Departments prepare for Year 11’s
‘Jesus Christ Superstar’. follow a full
4 17 other options offered to all Yrs 7, 8 & 9.
They choose and options delivered in ‘mixed’
Hm, Bh, Lw,
Bd, Jn, Bs.
age groups – could include trips etc. relationships.
Joseph – Tm, Vl, By, Hd (About 60 Students)
Wm, Ma, Se, En, Cs, Be, Ls,
17 Options offered by : Mk, Dv, Ee, Mn, Pm, Pr, Sl, Gn, Wi. Gr, Ts.
Nn, Cy, Js, Cg, Bm, Dg, Mi, Ds, Ey, He, Dn.
PSHCE - BBC Schools
24.11.09 IDENTITY * Science ISA OPTION A Planning Time
Bullying News desk
follow a day Students learn
between Students Students
focusing on about the news
History, complete as spend the day En, Hm, Ds,
English & RE
Ey, Dv, Wm,
Wi, Gr, Nn, Pr.
Identity and assessment. subject areas.
s and schedules.
Ee, Bh, Mk,
with En) Mi, Ma, Dn, Gn, Dg, Cg, Bs, Be, Lw, Ls, Cs,
Staffing Mn, By, Vl,
Ww, Sl, Hd, Tm, Pm. Ts, Se, Js. Bd, Jn.
* 24.11.09 - Sports Leadership – Year 2 Multiskills – Sports Hall – Year 9 Sports Leaders
PSHCE Citizenship/ International ICT/ College
Drugs, Enterprise – Christmas/ Applications &
08.12.09 OPTION A Planning Time
smoking & ‘Giving Nations’ Festive Maths Personal
Alcohol Project Challenge Statements.
explore Year 11
Students Students decide
across the through ICT
learn about on ideas for Students spend
world – work and Bs, Bm, Lw,
plan a campaign
the day in their
Dn, Se, Ls,
Pm, Cs, Dg.
Xmas market personal
trip for dual statements/
linguists in 9 college plans.
Ey, Hm, Ds,
En, Bd, Pr, Js, Gn, By, Ts, He, Dv, Mk, Mn, Bh, Nn, Ee,
Staffing Ww, Wm, Mi,
Be, Wm, Sl. Jn. Wi Hd, Vl, Tm. Cg, Ma, Gr.
Legislation and Appointments
All appointments are subject to satisfactory medical and police clearance, and
satisfactory references. The successful candidate will also be required to produce
documentary evidence following the interview of the entitlement to work in the UK under
the terms of the Asylum and Immigration Act 1996. Relevant documents are:
* A document from a previous employer, the Inland Revenue, Benefits Agency,
Contribution Agency or Employment Service containing the person's name and
NI number. This could be a P45, a P60 or a letter
* A passport confirming that a person is a British citizen or a European Area
national or which shows that they are otherwise entitled to live and work in the
* A Birth Certificate confirming birth in the UK or Republic of Ireland
* A letter from the Home Office confirming that the person is allowed to work in the
DfES Recruitment Documentation
All appointments are subject to evidence of the following:-
* Qualified Teacher Status (QTS).
* Academic Qualifications - Relevant Degree/Diploma or a letter of confirmation
from the awarding institution.
It would be helpful if these were available at the time of appointment.
CRIMINAL RECORDS CHECK VIA THE DISCLOSURE PROCEDURE
The post you are applying for requires you to have a criminal background check via the
As part of this process your identification must be verified. In order to do this you will need to
bring various original personal documents to the school.
Somerset County Council insist that you must include the following:
1. Name at Birth and Date of Birth, i.e. birth certificate
2. Evidence of your present address on a document not more than 3 months old, i.e. bank
statement, utility bill, credit card statement
3. Details of all changes in name, i.e. marriage certificate, deed poll, decree nisi
Group 1 Documents
UK Driving Licence
Original UK Birth Certificate (issued within 12 months of date of birth)
Valid Photo Identity Card (EU countries only)
HM Forces ID Card (UK)
UK Firearms Licence
Adoption Certificate (UK)
Group 2 Documents
Marriage Certificate/Civil Partnership Certificate
Birth Certificate (issued after 12 months of date of birth)
UK P45/P60 statement **
Bank or Building Society statement *
UK Court Claim Form**
Utility Bill (Electricity, Gas, Water, Telephone (including mobile phone contract/bill) *
Valid TV Licence
Credit Card statement *
Store Card statement *
Mortgage statement **
Document from Central/Local Government/Government Agency/Local Authority giving
entitlement (UK)* (e.g. DWP, Employment Service, Customs & Revenue, Job Centre and Social
Financial statement (e.g. Pension, Endowment, ISA) **
Vehicle Registration document
Mail order Catalogue statement *
UK NHS Card
Addressed Payslip **
UK National Insurance Card
Exam Certificate (e.g. GCSE, NVQ)
Benefit Book Statement (Child Allowance or Pension) **
UK Certificate of British Nationality
UK Council Tax Statement**
* Documents should be less than three months old
** Issued within past 12 months
Travelling to Kingsmead School – Wiveliscombe
Wiveliscombe is situated on the B3227 Taunton - Barnstaple Road (formerly the A361), 4 miles
from the Devon/Somerset border and 10 miles from Taunton. There is also access from
Junction 25 of the M5; the route is well signed through the North of Taunton. There is also
access from Junction 26 via Wellington. There are two car parks, one in North Street and the
other off Croft Way.
Directions to Kingsmead
From Taunton, travel along the B3227.
In the centre of Wiveliscombe, turn left at the traffic lights. The School is 150 m on the left.
How to Apply
Complete the application form, stating which area you would be able to teach, and
application feedback form
Complete the task below using no more than two sides of A4
Outline your reason for applying for the post and relevant experience to date including
your experience as a tutor and your beliefs on the importance of this role in a successful
We regret we cannot personally inform candidates who have not been short-listed. Candidates
who have not heard from us by 20 March 2010 should assume their application has, on this
occasion, been unsuccessful.
Please forward your completed application to:
Mr Geoff Tinker
Kingsmead Community School
Somerset TA4 2NE
Timetable for Appointment
Closing Date: 12 noon, Thursday 18 March 2010
Interview Date: Wednesday 24 March 2010
Expected Start Date: April 2010