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					                   Knowsley Active Leisure Services

                        Casual Swimming Teacher

                               £17,161 Pro rata

                             Job reference: CVP 41



Contents

1.   Letter from the Human Resources Manager

2.   The council’s vision and objectives

3.   Job description

4.   Person specification

5.   Conditions of service

6.   Pension contribution rates

7.   Information on exempted posts

8.   Equality and diversity sub groups
Dear Applicant

Post of Casual Swimming Teacher

This post is exempt from the provisions of the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act
which means you must provide details of any convictions (including those
which are ‘spent’), in addition to any cautions and bindovers orders that you
have received in the last 12 months.

Thank you for your enquiry about the post at Knowsley Metropolitan Borough
Council.

Please find enclosed further details about the post and an application form for you to
complete and return by the Monday, 29 October 2012. You can find out more about
Knowsley Council from our website at www.knowsley.gov.uk.

Interviews are likely to take place within four weeks of the closing date. If you have
not heard by then you should assume that your application has been unsuccessful. If
you would like receipt of your application to be acknowledged, please enclose a
stamped addressed envelope with your completed form.

The council places great importance on maintaining high levels of attendance at work
and all Directorates operate under well-established guidelines to monitor and control
absence. If you are successful at interview, the council will be seeking references
and your present or last employer will also be asked to give details of your sickness
and attendance record over the last three years.

If you require any assistance during the selection process due to a disability, please
contact us as soon as possible on telephone number 0151 443 3434. For example
you may need a sign language interpreter, require an accessible interview room, or
need help completing a written application (taped applications may be submitted by
prior agreement).

Please note that the Council will disqualify any applicant who directly or indirectly
seeks or canvasses the support of any Councillor for any appointment with the
Council.

The council is working jointly with the trade unions to implement a fair and
equitable pay and grading structure in line with the 1997 Single Status
Agreement. This will be achieved by reviewing every post within the council
through the job evaluation exercise which is currently being conducted. All
posts are subject to the review and therefore advertised grades are provisional
and will not be confirmed until the outcome of this exercise. You should note
that you are applying for posts with the council on this basis.
You should return your application to: Knowsley Metropolitan Borough Council,
Human Resources and Development, Westmorland Road, Huyton, Knowsley, L36
9GL, or by email to: recruitment@knowsley.gov.uk

I look forward to receiving your application and thank you for your interest in this
post.

Yours sincerely

Jaci Dick
Jaci Dick
Human Resources Manager
                                   Job description
Job title                  Swimming Teacher

Grade                      SCP 18 (Inclusive of all weekend, out of hours, evening
                           and Bank Holiday working)

Directorate                A base will be allocated however the post holder is
                           expected to work in any Council facility.

Section/team               Wellbeing Services

Accountable to             Knowsley Active Leisure Services

Responsible for            Swimming Coordinator & Active Leisure Manager

Date reviewed              25th May 2010


Purpose of the job

To provide a high quality service in accordance with the Knowsley Active Swim
Scheme programme and its policies.

To provide teaching and direction at a particular centre/s as directed by the
Swimming Manager, Coordinator or their representative.

Duties and responsibilities

This is not a comprehensive list of all the tasks, which may be required of the post
holder. It is illustrative of the general nature and level of responsibility of the work to
be undertaken.

   1. To provide a consistently high standard of teaching within the framework of
      Knowsley Swim Scheme
   2. To follow the set programme of the scheme of work and lesson plans, make
      any amendments as necessary and note them on evaluation documentation
   3. To monitor the achievement of individuals people; assess them according to
      the Knowsley Swim Scheme criteria, and provide any feedback as necessary
      regarding their achievements, providing evidence of progression through the
      scheme of individuals and also the site/s
   4. To deal with enquiries from parents/guardians/carers/or others (when
      appropriate) regarding children on the programme at the site/s
   5. To work with the Swimming Manager and Supervisors regarding poolside
      assessments and any feedback provided in order to develop your own
      individual skills and also to lead in the development of assisting staff and the
      development of their aquatic skills through the mentoring of such staff
   6. To carry out any administration tasks as needed by the Knowsley Swim
       Scheme
   7. To be fully conversant with the policies and practices as detailed in the
       Knowsley Swim Scheme Teachers Folder, and be able to induct new staff at
       the site/s to these practices
   8. To demonstrate sound communication skills and apply them to differing
       situations within the swim scheme
   9. To demonstrate a variety of motivation and discipline tactics that can be
       utilised within the swim teaching situation
   10. To attend any relevant Continual Professional Development training as
       indicated by the Swimming Manager and deemed necessary for the
       Swimming Teacher licence
   11. To mentor aquatic support teachers, assistants and volunteers at a particular
       site/s
   12. To work as part of a team within a centre and also across the authority though
       Swimming Development, where necessary undertaking any other duties as
       deemed necessary within the swim scheme
   13. To comply with Health and Safety Policies and practices of Knowsley Borough
       Council and attend any staff training as directed
   14. To administer first aid where necessary
   15. To abide by Knowsley Borough Council’s Staff Code of Conduct, child and
       vulnerable adult Protection Policy
   16. To abide by the Amateur Swimming Associations Code of Ethics
   17. To play a key role in developing and maintaining high standards of customer
       service
   18. To ensure the service is promoted efficiently, effectively and in keeping with
       the corporate image of “Active Leisure”
   19. To ensure high levels of professional conduct at all times with particular
       reference to punctuality, dress and presentation and to wear the uniform and
       name badges provided whilst on duty
   20. The role will contribute to ensuring the operation of facilities throughout the
       Borough as a whole run smoothly and therefore flexibility in place of work is
       paramount on a daily basis. Any movement will be as part of the working
       conditions and no allowance will be incurred.

Review Arrangements

The details contained in this job description reflect the content pf the job at the date it
was prepared. It should be remembered, however, that it is inevitable that over time,
the nature of individual roles will change, existing duties may no longer be required
and other duties may be gained without changing the general nature of the duties or
the level of responsibility entailed. Consequently, Knowsley Borough Council will
expect to revise this job description from time to time and will consult with the post
holder at the appropriate time
Health and safety

   To use equipment as instructed and trained
   To inform management of any health and safety issues which could place
    individuals in danger
   To comply with Health and Safety Policies and practices of Knowsley Borough
    Council and attend any staff training as directed
   Ensure that all poolside and swimming equipment is cleaned and maintained in
    accordance with manufacturer’s guidelines and industry best practice
   To inform or administer first aid where necessary
   To abide by Knowsley Borough Council’s Staff Code of Conduct and Child
    Protection Policy
   To abide by the Amateur Swimming Associations Code of Ethics
   To play a key role in developing and maintaining high standards of customer
    service
   To ensure the service is promoted efficiently, effectively and in keeping with the
    corporate image of “Active”
   To ensure high levels of professional conduct at all times with particular reference
    to punctuality, dress and presentation and to wear the uniform provided whilst on
    duty

Data Protection and Information Security

   Implement and act in accordance with the Information Security Acceptable Use
    policy and Data Protection Policy,
   Protect the council’s information assets from unauthorised access, disclosure,
    modification, destruction or interference,
   Report actual or potential security incidents.
                                                    Person specification
Post title           Swimming Teacher                             Grade              SCP 18
Directorate          Knowsley MBC                                 Section/team       Active Knowsley

* * * This post is exempt from the provisions of the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act – applicants must disclose all criminal
convictions including those which are ‘spent’, in addition to any cautions and bind over orders received in the last 12
months * * *

Criteria                                                                                                          * M.O.A
            Essential requirements
Skills, knowledge, experience etc
1           Range of effective Communication skills                                                               AI
2           Ability to maintain discipline and demonstrate professional manner                                    AIT
3           An ability to deliver to classes in an effective and enjoyable manner                                 IT
4           An ability to work effectively as an efficient member of a team                                       AI
5           The ability to use a computer and appropriate packages linked to the role                             IT
6           To demonstrate the ability to empathise with and motivate all ages and levels of swimmers             AIT
7           To be able to lead a team of teachers and develop their skills for the benefit of the Swim Scheme     AI

Qualifications
8           ASA Level 2 (or equivalent) and relevant CPD training                                                 AC
9           RLSS NPLQ (if not held then this will be a requirement of the post holder within one month of being   AC
            appointed
10          ASA Disability Teaching (level 1 or 2) or ASA Aquatic Fitness Qualifications                          AC
Personal attributes and circumstances
11          To have experience of working in a poolside teaching environment with a variety of sized groups and   AI
            abilities
12          To have experience of developing and delivering a site based aquatic programme                        AI
13          To have experience of managing staff                                                                      AI
14          To have undertaken Continual Professional Development (linked to the qualification held) as appropriate   AI
15          To hold an ASA Licence (this must be achieved within three months of appointment and held as a            AI
            condition of this post)
16          To have a knowledge of the National Plan for Teaching Swimming, and its workings                          AIP
17          To have a knowledge of health and safety requirements for sport and leisure activities and the            AI
            associated risks
18          To understand the need for planning and evaluation including the main elements of a lesson and            AIT
            scheme of work


*Method of assessment (*M.O.A)
A = Application form         C = Certificate                      E = Exercise           I = Interview
P = Presentation             T = Test                             AC = Assessment centre


Where the post involves working with children, in addition to a candidate’s ability to perform the duties of the post, the
interview will also explore issues relating to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, including:
     Motivation to work with children and young people
     Ability to form and maintain appropriate relationships and personal boundaries with children and young people
     Emotional resilience in working with challenging behaviours
     Attitudes to use of authority and maintaining discipline


         We have a positive attitude to the employment of disabled people and guarantee an interview to those who meet all the
         necessary criteria of the person specification.
                    Conditions of service
                Knowsley Active Leisure Services

Post                 Swimming Teacher

Employment status    Casual

Grade                SCP 18

General              The conditions in the National Joint Council for Local
                     Authority Services (Green Book) will apply.

Hours of work        Casual – as and when required.

Salary               £17,161 (pro-rata for part time)

Medical              The successful applicant will be required to complete a
                     medical questionnaire and may also be required to undergo
                     a medical examination.

Training             The Council is a recognised ‘Investor in People’ and
                     encourages training and development for all employees.

Pension              You are automatically entered into the Local Government
                     Pension Scheme, unless you elect not to join. Employees
                     with contracts of employment of less than three months are
                     not eligible to join the scheme. Contributions rates are
                     dependant on salary as per the contribution rates shown
                     below.

Childcare vouchers   The Council is in partnership with a childcare voucher
                     provider which offers employees a salary sacrifice scheme.
                     Further details are available from Human Resources
                     Division.

Car status           Not applicable

Disclosure           The post is subject to a Criminal Records Bureau check.
                     You must ensure that you complete Section 8 of the
                     application form. If you fail to do so your application will not
                     be considered. Having a criminal record will not necessarily
                     prevent you from being appointed to the post.
                       Pension contribution rates

The table below sets out the contribution bands which will be effective from 1 April
2012. These are based on the pay bands for 2011/12 as increased by the September
2011 CPI figure of 5.2%, with the result rounded down to the nearest £100.


Pay Bands from
 1 April 2012
                             Contribution
    Earnings Band Range
                                rate
1     £0      to £13,500        5.5%
2   £13,501 to £15,800          5.8%
3   £15,801 to £20,400          5.9%
4   £20,401 to £34,000          6.5%
5   £34,001 to £45,500          6.8%
6   £45,501 to £85,300          7.2%
7     More than £85,300         7.5%


The pay ranges in the Contribution rate column of the table is increased on the 1st
of April each year by applying the rate of pension increase applied to public sector
pensions on the 1st of April that year and rounded down to the nearest £100.

If an active member has a permanent material change to his or her terms and
conditions of employment which affects his or her pensionable pay, the employer
may determine a different contribution rate to reflect that new annual pensionable
pay. This can be either an increase or a decrease.
Exempted posts – Criminal Records Bureau (CRB) disclosure

Knowsley Metropolitan Borough Council aims to promote equality of opportunity for
all with the right mix of talent, skills and potential. We welcome applications from
diverse candidates.

Certain posts are subject to a Criminal Records Bureau check due to the nature of
the work being undertaken. All candidates who are successful at interview for one of
these posts will be asked to complete an application form for a ‘disclosure’ check by
the Criminal Records Bureau before the appointment is confirmed.

Whilst the council supports the rehabilitation of ex-offenders, it is obliged in the
recruitment of all employees to use an Exemption Order of the Rehabilitation of
Offenders Act 1974 in order to ensure safe recruitment to posts where working with
children, vulnerable adults or other positions of trust are involved. If you apply for a
post that is subject to a disclosure, you will be advised in the recruitment job pack.

Having a conviction or a record of some type of unacceptable behaviour would not
necessarily bar you from being appointed to the post as any decision to employ will
be considered on the individual circumstances of each case.

If you are in doubt about what you should declare, you can ask advice from a
member of the Human Resources Division 0151 443 3434.

Further information about the Criminal Records Bureau, including how information is
assessed in line with the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 can be found on their
website: www.crb.gov.uk



Safeguarding
Where the post involves working with children, in addition to a candidate’s ability to
perform the duties of the post, the interview will also explore issues relating to
safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, including:
      Motivation to work with children and young people
      Ability to form and maintain appropriate relationships and personal boundaries
       with children and young people
      Emotional resilience in working with challenging behaviours
      Attitudes to use of authority and maintaining discipline
Equality and Diversity sub groups

Knowsley Council has four established sub groups to support the equality and
diversity agenda, details below.

The groups are supported by the Corporate Equality and Diversity Manager, Paul
Peng who can be contacted on 443 3073.

Knowsley Black and Minority Workers’ Group (KBMWG)
The group's vision is to 'promote respect and value diverse cultures within Knowsley',
and they are committed to challenging all forms of discrimination, racial harassment
and bullying to promote race equality in employment and in the delivery of services.
Through development days, members of the KBMWG have established and
discussed terms of reference and decided on ways to be involved with the council
corporately.

Knowsley Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Forum
The group aims to promote the council positively as an employer which is supportive
of the LGBT workforce, as well as promoting LGBT within the larger community.

It acts as a consultation forum on new and exiting policies and strategies and
participates within equality impact assessment processes with the view to improving
and influencing change. Through the group there is a robust and systematic process
for exchanging ideas, problem solving and information sharing, this then raises
awareness and reduces discrimination within the workplace.

Disability workers' group
This group meet to discuss issues surrounding disability within Knowsley. The
council recognises that people are disabled by society and not their impairment.

The group advises on all policy and procedure, whether related to employment or
service delivery for the council and the Primary Care Trust. They also provide a
networking opportunity across the groups to discuss common issues and link with
similar employee forums in other local authorities.

Women's operational workers’ group
The group's primary focus is the consideration of gender equality issues relative to
every aspect of employment and service delivery. As with the other groups, there will
be representation at the Directorate Implementation Group which then feeds into the
Corporate Equality and Diversity Strategy Group meetings. The advice and guidance
which this forum is anticipated to contribute will be a valuable asset to the Equality
and Diversity agenda of Knowsley Council, particularly as women make up 63.9% of
the total workforce.

Equality and diversity information is available to view on
http://www.knowsley.gov.uk/your-council/equality-and-diversity.aspx

				
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