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Copy of advert Aquinas College Nangreave Road Stockport Cheshire SK2 6TH Aquinas is a thriving Catholic Sixth Form College in Stockport with approximately 1850 FT students. We require enthusiastic and suitably qualified AS/A2 teachers with a real passion for their subjects to join this popular and successful college. Candidates must be able to show a clear commitment to delivering quality teaching to inspire students of all abilities to reach their full potential. Teacher of Law (0.40 FTE) – limited term (1st September 2011 to 1st June 2012) Teacher of Biology (0.52 FTE) – limited term from mid September 2011 (maternity cover) up to 2 terms Teacher of Music (0.65 FTE) – limited term from mid September 2011 (maternity cover) up to 3 terms. Additional allowance available for exceptional teacher with proven results The above appointments will be made on the Sixth Form Colleges’ Teachers pay scale points 1 to 6 (plus P.S.P for eligible candidates), up to £33,454 (pro rata for part time, pay award pending). we also require the following support staff posts to start mid October Learning Support Assistant (33.75 hours, term time) limited term (maternity cover up to 3 terms) actual salary £12,086 As a college committed to equal opportunities, we positively welcome applications from all sections of the community. The college and all its personnel are committed to safeguarding the welfare of children and young people. This post is subject to a Disclosure Application of the appropriate level to the Criminal Records Bureau. Applicants must complete the college’s application form and a pack is available on our website www.aquinas.ac.uk or alternatively by email firstname.lastname@example.org or telephone 0161 483 3237. Closing date for completed applications midday Friday 8th July 2011. Interviews will be held w/c 11th July 2011. Details for prospective applicants for employment Statement of Purpose, Values and Vision Aquinas College strives to be a Catholic college for the whole community. Christ is at the very heart of our philosophy. This is expressed in our commitment to the Gospel values of freedom, justice and love. “I have come so that they may have life and have it to the full.” John 10:10. We affirm and value each member of our community, recognising the dignity and unique nature of each individual. In this way the presence of Christ is celebrated. We share each other’s strengths, support each other in our weaknesses, and strive for the highest standards of achievement in all we do. We also encourage a questioning stance towards the values of our increasingly secular society. In short, we aim to provide reasons for living and hoping. The College Aquinas College is one of the largest Catholic sixth form colleges in the country. The college has about 1,875 full time 16-19 year old students with about 118 full time equivalent (FTE) teaching staff and 50 FTE support staff. The college has grown to this size from modest beginnings. In 1980 it was opened in the premises of a former high school to provide sixth form education to Stockport’s expected 200 Catholic 16-18 year-old students. The college now draws students from its four Catholic partner schools (three in Stockport and one in Buxton, 18 miles away) and from many other schools in Stockport and neighbouring areas. It has become one of the most over-subscribed colleges in the country, receiving applications from up to twice as many students as there are places available. The admissions policy gives priority to Catholic students, others from Catholic schools, and to siblings. Beyond that it works on a strictly >first come first served= basis. Having received unsought national publicity for overnight queues, the ‘first come, first served’ policy has been has been managed through a telephone queueing system since 2006. We have refused to become academically selective, welcoming all students for whom we have space and suitable courses. This is fully in keeping with the college=s ethos and the importance we place on personal relationships. We believe that it is these aspects of the college which keep its reputation high, rather than our success in league tables and against national criteria. Nevertheless, and in spite of our comprehensive intake policy, the college has always been amongst the highest rated colleges in the country ever since the league tables were first introduced. The college was inspected by Ofsted in October 2008 and was judged outstanding in its overall effectiveness, its leadership and management, and the quality of its provision. The inspectors also commented on the excellent individual support for students together with the college’s outstanding response to educational and social inclusion. The resultant report was published on 21 November 2008 and is available at http://www.ofsted.gov.uk/oxedu_reports/download/(id)/102264/(as)/130514_329313.pdf The college is classed as excellent by the Learning and Skills Council and was one of the 29 highly successful colleges upon which was based Ofsted’s publication “Why Colleges Succeed”. Both the Adult Learning Inspectorate (ALI) and Ofsted named the college as one of the best providers in the country in their Chief Inspectors’ annual reports in 2004 and 2005 respectively. It also featured in the Ofsted report “A comparison of the effectiveness of level 3 provision in 25 post-16 providers” published in September 2008. This concluded that “the most effective group of providers among the sample visited was sixth form colleges”. In July 2009 the college was awarded Learning and Skills Beacon status, being the only sixth form college to receive this accolade in that round. About 90% of each year’s intake follow AS and A level courses (including Applied A levels and BTEC and OCR A-level equivalents), with the remainder undertaking level 2 courses together with some GCSEs. There is also provision for some level 1 literacy and numeracy, as well as entry level courses on our Pathways course for students with moderate learning difficulties. We offer about 50 subjects at AS/A2 level, in any combination, with all students also undertaking a core skills course including tutorial, ethics and appropriate study skills. In addition to the 16-19 year-old students, the college has around 1,000 part time adult students who attend mainly in the evenings as well as some in the daytime – including some at our outreach adult centre in Brinnington. They follow a wide range of courses including some HE courses offered through our links with Manchester Metropolitan University. In the summer of 2010 we moved into a complete £42 million rebuild of the college created on the immediately adjacent site. This has replced all the previous accommodation with the exception of the excellent sports hall which has been retained. This landmark new building has provided state-of-the-art facilities, suited to the needs of the 21st century, for all curriculum areas. The demolition of the previous buildings has recently been completed and the official opening of the new Aquinas College took place in May of this year. After two terms in the new accommodation, we are delighted with how the building functions and feel that the huge amount of effort which has gone into ‘getting it right’ has paid off handsomely. In common with other sixth form colleges, the college is centrally funded by monies from the Young People’s Learning Agency which come to us via the Local Authority, with some adult funding coming from the Skills Funding Agency. However, as a designated college, the premises remain the property of the Catholic Diocese of Shrewsbury. All staff are employed directly by the college. The terms and conditions of employment are, in common with all sixth form colleges, those nationally negotiated by the Sixth Form Colleges’ Forum (SFCF). In broad terms salaries and contractual arrangements parallel those in secondary schools. JOB DESCRIPTION Title: Standard Scale Teacher PURPOSE: To support the aims and values of the college as detailed in the college's statement of purpose, vision and values To teach in the college and in other areas according to expertise and to contribute to curriculum development To monitor, support and report on the overall progress and development of students as a teacher within the pastoral structure and as a personal tutor REPORTING TO: Head of department and/or senior tutor as appropriate LIAISING WITH: Other teachers within the curriculum area, group tutors, senior tutors: support staff and relevant staff with cross college responsibilities. DIRECTED TIME: 1265 hours on 195 days per year SALARY/GRADE: Standard scale MAIN DUTIES: Teaching and Learning To undertake an appropriate programme of teaching in accordance with the duties of a standard scale teacher To undertake the assessment of students' work in conjunction with the college's assessment policy To have regard to the principles expressed and implied in the college's statement of purpose, vision and values and the college charter To put in to practice the college's obligations as outlined in the student college agreement Operational/strategic planning To contribute to the development of resources, schemes of work, marking policies and teaching strategies in the curriculum area To actively monitor and follow up student absences and withdrawals To implement college policies and procedures eg equal opportunities, health and safety To work with colleagues to formulate aims and objectives for the curriculum area which have coherence and relevance to the needs of students and to the aims and objectives of the college To contribute to the planning activities of the curriculum area, and to ensure that the planning of the curriculum area reflects the needs of the students and the aims and objectives of the college In conjunction with the head of department to foster the application of IT within the department, including the development of materials for independent learning Curriculum Provision and Development To contribute to the development and delivery of your curriculum subject(s) To ensure that Inclusive Learning initiatives are implemented in the curriculum area and that effective support is provided for students To contribute to the development of key skills within the department. Staff development To be involved in staff development activities where appropriate To contribute to the annual review system Deployment of staff To ensure that appropriate arrangements for classes are made when absent To work as part of a team and to ensure effective working relations To cover for absent colleagues within the department Quality assurance To ensure the effective operation of quality assurance systems and implementation of quality procedures To contribute to the monitoring and evaluation of the curriculum area in line with agreed college procedures including evaluation against quality standards and performance criteria To contribute to the process of the setting of targets within the curriculum area and to work towards their achievement To implement common standards of practice within the curriculum area and develop effective teaching and learning styles To contribute to the college's procedures for lesson observation To contribute to modification and improvement where required To contribute to the internal verification system in the curriculum area (where appropriate) and within key skills delivery Management Information and Administration To ensure the maintenance of accurate and up to date information concerning students taught To analyse and evaluate performance data To identify and take appropriate action on issues arising from data, systems and reports, setting deadlines where necessary and reviewing progress in the action taken To contribute to reports within the quality assurance cycle To contribute to reports on examination performance, including the use of value- added data In conjunction with the head of department to take responsibility for decisions regarding entry of students for external examinations and for checking details of examination entries To ensure that correct procedures are followed by the organisation of coursework and other external assessments Communication To ensure familiarity with the curriculum areas aims and objectives To ensure effective communication/consultation as appropriate with parents of students To liaise with partner schools, higher education, industry, examination boards, awarding bodies and other relevant external bodies where appropriate Liaison and Marketing To contribute to the college liaison and marketing activities eg the development of effective subject links with partner schools and the community, attendance at Open Evenings and parents' consultation evenings and the collection of material for press releases To contribute to the department's collection of data on destinations Pastoral system To monitor, support and report on the progress and development of students To act as a personal tutor and to carry out the duties associated with that role Other To attend meetings in accordance with the college meetings schedule To manage the teaching space to provide a stimulating environment that is also healthy and safe To undertake any other appropriate duties as assigned by the Principal MUSIC DEPARTMENT The Music department endeavours to offer a very broad musical experience to Aquinas students through study of many musical genres and participation in extra curricular activities. Music is delivered at AS and A2 following the Edexcel specification. In September 2010 the BTEC Certificate in Music (Performance) was introduced. There are currently one AS class and one A2 class. Numbers at A2 have remained stable of the past two years, however numbers at AS have reduced slightly as students have migrated to the BTEC course. The high number of students on BTEC Music account for a new demographic of student and also students who would previously have taken AS Music or Music Technology. The current Head of Department who is on maternity leave has engaged the services of 7 highly qualified peripatetic instrumental teachers and a professional piano accompanist to ensure the best possible instrumental coaching and tuition. In recent years the Music department has enjoyed a very high proportion of students progressing to higher education in music and related subjects. The music department offers enrichment of Orchestra, Choir, Swing Band and Music Theory coaching. There are also opportunities for students to become involved in chamber groups. Each year the Performing Arts department produces a large scale musical with which there is a very broad range of opportunities for Music students to be involved. Music is taught within the area of Performing Arts, which includes Drama, Dance, Performance Studies, Theatre Production and Music Technology, at AS / A2 and BTEC level 3. The subjects are taught in state of the art facilities including a theatre, a dance studio, a Music Technology classroom, a dedicated Music teaching room, instrumental practice rooms and a recording studio. The department enjoys a strong tradition of extra curricular activities including both those with a musical focus (orchestra, instrumental groups etc) and activities in collaboration with colleagues in the wider performing arts department - for example the recent production of West Side Story. The performing arts area prides itself on the broad profile of production work; in 2010/11 there were six major productions and an extensive range of other ‘showcase’ evening performances. The candidate would be expected to lead extra-curricular work and contribute to the next college musical and other production work over the year. This is an exciting time to join the Performing Arts team at Aquinas and this post would suit a newly qualified teacher, or an experienced music teacher keen to develop their experience of the Sixth Form sector. It is envisaged that the appointee would teach principally on the music AS and A2 courses and contribute to the music element of the Performance Studies AS and A2 teaching. The percentage advertised will be timetabled over 4 days.
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