St James’ Catholic High School
DESIGN AND TECNOLOGY DEPARTMENT
At present there are three specialist full-time DT teachers, and one 0.6 part time teacher. The department also has one
full time and two part-time technicians which provide support to DT teachers.
The DT department is very well resourced having its own fully networked ICT suite (26 computers), a range of
equipment including laser cutters, and each teaching room have a Data Projector and Interactive Whiteboard.
The following table contains the classes to be taught in the next academic year for the whole of the DT department.
Key Stage Number of Classes Qualification
8 classes at Year 7 Throughout KS3 the following is
Key Stage 3 8 classes at Year 8 covered: Media of Food, Resistant
8 classes at Year 9 Materials, Systems & Control, Graphics
One class BTEC Construction Edexcel
One class Food and Nutrition AQA
Key Stage 4 One class Graphics Edexcel
One class BTEC Construction Edexcel
One class Graphics Edexcel
One class Resistant Materials Edexcel
Key Stage 5 Year 12
One class Product Design
SUMMARY OF EACH KEY STAGE
Key Stage 3
DT is taught discretely at Key Stage 3 – four one hour lessons per week for all students over a two-week timetable.
Classes are mixed ability.
Our results have been favourable – 97% of students achieved a 5 or above at the end of Key Stage 3 in the academic
year ending July 2011. Resources used are a combination of text books and resources developed by staff.
Key Stage 4
For each of the Key Stage 4 options, students have four one hour lessons per week over a 2-week cycle.
Our results have been above the national average in both Graphics and Food Technology, and below the national
average in Resistant Materials. BTEC Construction was first introduced in September 2010 hence no results. Resources
used are a combination of text books and exam board materials, as well as resources developed by staff.
Key Stage 5
‘AS’ Product Design is being re-introduced to the Sixth Form from September 2012.
The staff at St James’ are now confidently using Fronter, the school’s VLE as a communication, assessment and resource
tool. The successful applicant will be expected to embrace this new technology and use the learning platform with at
least one class in the first term, with a view to expanding use over the first year of appointment.
This is an opportunity for the successful applicant to be able to work in an environment where ideas and resources are
shared and that all DT teachers will be supportive of each other.
Qualifications Degree Status Recent relevant INSET or training
Qualified Teacher Status Ability to teach AS level
Ability to teach DT related subjects across KS3 and
Experience Have taught all abilities in Key Stage 3 and 4 Experience of organising extra-curricular activities
Experience of inspiring and motivating pupils in DT / educational visits
Managing pupil behaviour Experience of using Fronter as a student
Knowledge, Excellent classroom teacher. Familiarity with current educational legislation and
Skills and Good knowledge of KS3, 4 curriculum requirements. modern developments.
Abilities Ability to make effective use of ICT in DT lessons. Familiarity with and use and development of:
Ability to assess, and motivate students to achieve their o Assessment for Learning.
potential. o Developing activities and a Scheme of Work
Ability to plan and prioritise. that is relevant and engaging.
Ability to communicate, consult, negotiate direct and
Ability to work under pressure while maintaining
positive working relationships.
Personal Someone who leads by example in everything that they
Commitment to further raising standards of teaching
Passion for teaching DT across a wide ability range.
Energy, enthusiasm, and ambition.
High level of self-motivation.
Good organisation and interpersonal skills
A sense of humour.
Initiative, adaptability and flexibility.