Learning Manager Sept 2012 by 2NILd11

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									              Recruitment Pack

            Learning Manager

Closing Date: Friday 28th September 2012 at 9.00am
            Interviews: To be confirmed
Contents

A Message from the Principal ...................................................................................... 1

About the Sponsor ....................................................................................................... 2

What is an Academy? .................................................................................................. 2

Introduction to the Academy ....................................................................................... 2

The Vision .................................................................................................................... 3

Specialisms: Technology, Enterprise & Innovation ....................................................... 3

The Academy Curriculum ............................................................................................. 4

The Context ................................................................................................................. 5

Job Description ............................................................................................................ 6

Person Specification..................................................................................................... 8

How to Apply ............................................................................................................... 9

Key Dates ..................................................................................................................... 9

Academy Location........................................................................................................ 9

Additional Information ................................................................................................ 9
A Message from the Principal
Dear Applicant,

Thank you for downloading this application pack and for your interest in
becoming a Learning Manager for the Discovery Academy in Stoke.

The Academy opened in September 2011 ready to educate 1500 students from
ages 11-16. It replaced Mitchell Business & Enterprise College and Edensor
Technology College, and is now operating on both sites for two years before
moving to brand new buildings in Willfield.

We have been working over the past 12 months to develop an innovative and
challenging curriculum base that focuses on personalised learning, details of which can be found in this
application pack. We will offer exciting academic and vocational opportunities to the children of Stoke as
well as to the wider community.

We are sponsored by Stoke-on-Trent College, and our governing body includes representatives from Stoke
6th Form College and Staffordshire University. As well-respected providers of post-16 education, their
partnership with us is essential to one of the other cornerstones of our curriculum – post-16 progression
pathways.

Our ethos is based around nurture and encouragement to drive outstanding achievement – this not only
applies to our students but also our staff. Through continual professional development and extensive
pastoral programmes, we will create an environment which enables staff to set their own goals and develop
themselves as professionals.

In summary, we're looking for dedicated and enthusiastic people to join our vibrant staff and help us
improve educational opportunities for all learners in Stoke.

If that sounds like you, I look forward to reading your application and meeting you very soon.

Yours sincerely,

Rob Ridout
Principal




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About the Sponsor
The sponsor for the Academy is Stoke-on-Trent College.

Stoke-on-Trent College is a large further education college committed to supporting the regeneration of
Stoke-on-Trent by the provision of excellence in education and raising aspirations across the City. The
College has a significant understanding of the needs of local learners and in collaboration with the City
Council and other educational institutions is committed to tackling the high levels of deprivation in Stoke-on-
Trent including the high level of young people who are NEETs and out of work.

The College successfully provides foundation programmes and functional skills and the Skills for Life faculty
supports fulltime students to achieve high levels of success. Its 3000 16-18 learners are predominantly
following vocational courses including a range of diplomas and there is a very strong apprenticeship
programme. The College has been awarded the Training Quality Standard and has extensive employer
engagement links; working with over 500 companies. The College will ensure that the Academy is able to
benefit from its extensive business links and that students are able to access work placements and work
experience opportunities in innovative and enterprising environments.

The College also plays a significant part in the local community and is a key partner in the University Quarter
shared developments involving the College, Staffordshire University, and Stoke-on-Trent 6th Form College.
The College has also collaborated with the 6th Form College to deliver a range of vocational and A-level
courses at its Burslem Campus and with the Local Authority to deliver a very successful BTEC consortium
which will transform into the diploma consortium.




What is an Academy?
An Academy is a publicly funded state school, with an independent governing body accountable to the
government, which provides free education for students of all abilities in its local and wider communities.
Whilst Academies are independent of the Local Authority, they are nonetheless part of the wider family of
schools and other educational institutions in their area.

Academies are established by sponsors from a wide range of backgrounds who are responsible for securing
the very best education for students in their communities in partnership with the Principal and the Academy
Leadership Team




Introduction to the Academy
The Discovery Academy has an admission number of 240, providing 1200 11-16 places, a reduction of just
over 4 forms of entry in line with the local authority's reorganisation plans.

The Academy replaced two schools, Mitchell Business & Enterprise College and Edensor Technology College,
and operates on both sites since opening in September 2011. It is currently planned that the Academy will
move to new buildings on the Willfield site in September 2013.




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The Vision
The Sponsor recognises that the skills agenda replaces the notion of a job for life with the ambition of
employability for life and will, through the Academy's progressive and personalised curriculum delivered
through an applied learning approach; aim to improve students' aspirations and employability skills.

The name, The Discovery Academy, embodies our aims, approaches and our ambition for each student to:

   Discover yourself: and become confident individuals who respect and care for each other, are
    motivated, have a positive attitude and are resilient;

   Discover a love of learning: through challenge, creativity and fun which are keys to lifelong learning
    which embraces Technology, Innovation and Enterprise;

   Discover potential: through an inclusive environment which supports every individual to be the best
    they can be;

   Discover success: through high expectations and aspirations which lead to the celebration of
    outstanding achievement; and

   Discover life: with the whole community working together to secure bright futures.




Specialisms: Technology, Enterprise & Innovation
The Academy will build on the experience of the predecessor schools in technology and business and
enterprise to develop specialisms in Technology and in Innovation and Enterprise. These will be underpinned
by an applied learning approach to develop students' knowledge and understanding, skills, competencies
and attitudes relevant to employment and the working environment.

An applied learning approach will offer students the opportunity to achieve the highest standards, yet
benefit from a range of different learning and assessment styles and activities. It will add a different
dimension to the vision and will provide a wider range of options to meet students' aptitudes, abilities and
interests and so enable them to raise their levels of achievement, increase motivation, confidence, and
ability to achieve in other core subjects. As a centre of excellence for technology, enterprise and innovation
the Academy will draw upon best practice nationally and globally.




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The Academy Curriculum
The Academy will provide a rich education which offers: chances for every student to achieve; choices
through personalised and varied pathways; clear progression routes to FE and employability; and through
collaboration enriched opportunities for every student. We will inspire and motivate students on their
journey of discovery through a focus on:

   More active and experiential learning-with students working in groups or teams on projects or other
    practical assignments including further development of customer front facing business units linked to
    diploma studies. Current examples include a Juice Bar, Walk-on community market and Big Brother
    activity: where possible real life working contexts will be utilised;

   Functional skills, particularly English, maths, ICT and occupation-related essential skills of team working,
    independent enquiry, self-management, reflective learning, effective participation, and creative
    thinking;

   Greater personalisation with students experiencing one-to-one support from a teacher, trainer, or
    mentor; work related experience based on individual needs and interests; fulfilling particular roles within
    the team; elements of negotiation in the choice of practical assignments and modes of presentation of
    outcomes; and choice of academic, applied, or work related pathways;

   Weekly tutorials and ongoing mentoring to support students in goal setting and progress monitoring, in
    preparation for exams assessments, in course work, career choice and transition; and for parents’
    mentoring to help them help their children to succeed;

   Reorganised lesson length and timing and twilight sessions to enable lengthy and sustained work
    sessions and off-site visits and to accommodate tutorials;

   A rigorous approach to data management with the addition of student satisfaction, participation and
    progress as key criteria as well as attainment and value added;

   All learning staff having a confident understanding of the work environment.

All students will study English, maths, science, foundation subjects, ICT, PE, citizenship, work-related learning
and enterprise; a course within any or all of the areas of the arts, design and technology, humanities,
modern foreign languages if they wish, to developing functional skills in English, maths, ICT and developing
personal learning and thinking skills. Good practice will be evidenced within the specialisms and will pervade
the whole curriculum. Enterprise and Innovation will be specifically taught and the application of technology
will be encouraged in all subjects. Diploma lines and CoCo studies (Community Cohesion, Enterprise and RE)
will enrich the curriculum at KS3 and 4 further enhanced by the College's model of enrichment activities.




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The Context
The City of Stoke-on-Trent is in the West Midlands and has a population, of around 240,000, which is
predominately white British but with an increasing minority ethnic community.

The City has a legacy of poor housing, a low skill low wage economy, a population with low literacy and
qualification levels and significant health challenges, including one of the highest teenage pregnancy rates in
Europe; and very high numbers of 16 and 17 year olds who are not in education, employment or training.

There are ambitious plans to transform the City through major investment in health, housing, economic
development, and education of which the Council's secondary education transformation strategy and its BSF
programme, together with major capital projects in FE and HE, form a central part.

A reorganised estate of 9 Trust Schools and 5 academies will transform secondary education in the City and,
working with FE and sixth form colleges, training providers, universities and employers, will be a major
catalyst for regeneration and social cohesion.

At the heart of the Council's secondary education transformation vision are 5 key principles - placing the
learner at the core; supporting high quality leadership, management and staff development; placing the
school at the heart of the community; creating an environment for learning: and developing the city-wide
dimension. The sponsors of the 5 proposed academies are committed to these principles and to
collaborative working particularly through the well established 14-19 partnership and collegiate
arrangements for post-16, and to addressing key priorities and outcomes in the City's Children and Young
People's Plan.

The Academy is sponsored by Stoke-on-Trent FE College and has replaced Mitchell Business and Enterprise
College and Edensor Technology College which are located in the East of the City.



Fixed Term Contracts until 31st August 2013, 32.5 hours, Term Time, Level 6 / Level 7, depending on
qualifications and experience, (actual salary £14627 to £18131)




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Job Description
PURPOSE OF THE POST:

To provide classroom cover during short-term absence of staff.

KEY DUTIES

1. Supervision

   To supervise work that has been set by an appropriate teacher.

   To supervise work in accordance with the school cover policy.

   Support tutor groups during registration.


2. Behaviour management


   To manage the behaviour of students whilst they are undertaking this work to ensure a constructive
    environment.

   Use behaviour management strategies, in line with the school's policy and procedures which contribute
    to a purposeful learning environment

   To report back as appropriate using the schools agreed referral procedures on behaviour of students
    during the class and any issues arising.

   Recognise and respond to equal opportunities issues as they arise, including by challenging bullying or
    harassment, following relevant policies and procedures.

3. Classroom Support

   To respond to any questions from students about process and procedures.

   To deal with any immediate problems or emergencies according to the school's policies and procedures.

   To collect any completed work after the lesson and return it to the appropriate teacher.


4. Learning Support

   To communicate effectively and sensitively with students to support their learning.

   Plan how to contribute to lessons and provide feedback to students and colleagues on students' learning
    and behaviour within a framework set by a teacher
   To interest and motivate students and advance their learning.




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   Monitor students' responses to learning tasks and modify the approach accordingly
   Monitor students' participation and progress, providing feedback to teachers, and giving constructive
    support to students as they learn
   Interest and motivate students and advance students' learning using clearly structured teaching and
    learning techniques.
   Communicate effectively and sensitively with students to support their learning.
   Advance students' learning in a range of classroom settings including working with individuals, small
    groups and whole classes when the assigned teacher is not present
   Organise and manage safely the learning activities, the physical teaching space and resources for which
    they are given the responsibility.
   Contribute to the planning of opportunities for students to learn in out-of-school contexts, in accordance
    with school policies and procedures.
   Promote and support the inclusion of all students, for example those with special educational needs,
    students from minority ethnic groups and those with disabilities, in the learning activities in which they
    are involved
   To monitor students response to learning and support students to undertake the learning activities set.

   To monitor students participation in learning activities and give constructive feedback to students as
    they learn.

   To recognise and respond to equal opportunities issues as they arise, including challenging bullying or
    harassment, following relevant policies and procedures.

   To invigilate internal and external examinations when required.

   To collate a bank of supervision work in liaison with the relevant Heads of curriculum. Cover and
    supervision work should continue to be set by the curriculum Heads.

   To support curriculum with administration duties when not required for cover during the working day
    i.e. departmental photocopying, filing and wall displays.

   Any other reasonable task requested from the Principal/Director of Finance and Operations.




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PERSON SPECIFICATION


MINIMUM ESSENTIAL REQUIREMENTS                                                       MEASURED BY:
The person appointed must:                                                       a) Application Form
                                                                                   b) Test/Exercise
                                                                                     c) Interview
Have a good level of general education and relevant experience or an
appropriate recognised NVQ level 3 qualifications.                                       A

Achieved a qualification in English/Literacy and Mathematics/Numeracy
equivalent to at least level 2 of the national qualifications framework.                 C


Demonstrate awareness and sensitivity with regard to equal opportunities and
                                                                                        A&C
race equality.


Demonstrate an ability to communicate effectively orally and in writing                 A&C

Understanding of a specialist area to support students learning and ability to
acquire further knowledge to contribute effectively and with confidence with             C
classes of students

Be able to establish a rapport with young people.                                       A&C


Demonstrate experience of, or an ability to work on own initiative.                     A&C


                                                                                         A
Demonstrate relevant work experience.

Ability to contribute to the management of students behaviour                            A

Familiarity with school curriculum, the age related expectations of students,
the main teaching methods and the testing/examination frameworks in the                  C
subjects and age ranges involved.
Understanding of the aims, content, teaching strategies and intended
outcomes of lessons and understand the place of these in the related teaching
                                                                                         C
programme.


Ability to assist in preparing the learning environment                                  A


Knowledge of the factors that can affect the way students learn                          C




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How to Apply
If you decide to apply for this post please complete an application form. Your formal letter of application
(supporting statement) should be no longer than 2 sides of A4 and should address:
 Why the post attracts you
 How your experiences and achievements match the job and person specification

Please return your completed application to: apply@thediscoveryacademy.co.uk


Key Dates

Closing Date: Wednesday 28th September 2012 at 9.00 am
Interviews: To be confirmed

Person Specification
This specification sets out which criteria will be used to shortlist candidates for interview.


Job Description

This tells you the main responsibilities of the post and explains what we are looking for. It tells you about the
personal and professional qualities you need for this post. These criteria will be used to make the
appointment.


Academy Location
Discovery North: Corneville Road, Bucknall, Stoke-on-Trent, ST2 9EY

Discovery South: Greendock Street, Longton, Stoke-on-Trent, ST3 2NA




Additional Information
Ofsted Reports: www.ofsted.gov.uk

Information on the Sponsor: www.stokecoll.ac.uk

Information about Stoke City council: www.stoke.gov.uk




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