Teacher of Design & Technology
Teacher of Design & Technology
Didcot Girls’ School & Didcot Sixth Form
Role commences: 1st September 2019
Thank you for your interest in this exciting post. Application forms, other recruitment material and a copy of the school’s prospectus are available on the school website under the ‘Join Us’ tab.
Didcot Girls’ School is a dynamic school. In December 2015, the school was judged to be Outstanding. As Ofsted recognised, we invest in all of our staff: ‘Staff have exceptional opportunities for professional development. Staff feel valued and really like working in the school. Morale is very high.'(Ofsted). Accredited as a national Teaching School in 2017, we offer excellent opportunities for staff development and progression. The Teaching School provides experienced staff with the opportunity to become a Specialist Leader in Education (SLE) and thereby engage in school-to-school support and CPD both across the Trust and beyond. We currently have 15 SLEs across a wide range of subjects and disciplines. Teachers earlier in their career can benefit from bespoke CPD in a wide range of areas through the Teaching School, including subject-specific training, the latest pedagogy, behaviour management and leadership. Whether you see yourself on a fast track to school leadership, want to focus on developing cutting-edge pedagogy or are interested in following a pastoral development path, we can provide appropriate training and opportunities.
We are a values-driven school, committed to high quality teaching and learning and respectful relationships within an inclusive learning community. Developing stimulating and student-centred teaching and learning is at the centre of our school development work. We work hard to ensure that all girls’ education enables our students to develop confidence, leadership skills and high levels of aspiration.
This summer’s GCSE results were superb with 80% of all students achieving 4+ in English and Maths, and 65% doing the same at 5+. Our Attainment 8 figure was significantly above national average at 55.8 and our Progress 8 of +0.69 places us the top 3% of schools nationally. Results at A level in the mixed sixth form shared with our partner school, St Birinus School, are also extremely strong.
The D&T subjects currently comprise Textiles, Product Design and Food and are taught by three talented and committed staff.
Our 2-year Key Stage 3 in Design and Technology encompasses the 3 main materials areas and offers students the opportunities to experience designing and making in all of them, working with specialist teachers. The courses prepare students for specialising further at Key Stage 4 where our current offer includes GCSEs in Food Preparation and Nutrition (Eduqas), Design & Technology: Product Design (AQA), and Design & Technology: Textiles (AQA). From September 2019, we will offer Art: Textiles (AQA).
Results D&T are very strong and significantly above the national average, with 75% of students achieving GCSE 4+ in Product Design and Food, and 93% doing so in Textiles.
We have a strong enrichment programme for our students including regular competitions, catch-up clubs and visits to linked exhibitions and shows.
We are particularly looking for a teacher of Product Design but we are flexible with regards specialism for the right candidate. Experience of teaching Food would be beneficial.
This is a key role in a strong and high performing department. We are looking for someone with a genuine and infectious passion for teaching Design & Technology who will enthuse and engage the students they teach; someone with high expectations for all students whatever their prior attainment.
The successful applicant will teach across Key Stages 3 and 4. A-level Product Design is taught in our mixed sixth form with St Birinus School and we hope to develop A-level uptake for Textiles and Food over time. We are also interested in establishing Engineering at KS4 if possible. The post is suitable for experienced teachers or a newly qualified teacher. Excellent professional development and support will be available to the successful candidate.
Candidates interested in a leadership role in the D&T Department or in other leadership areas across the school should signal this in their application as additional responsibility is available for the right candidate.
Please download and complete an application form from the school website (under ‘Join us’) and send it with a response to the following task to Frances Adley at email@example.com:
- A response of no more than 2 sides of A4 (11 point) explaining what excellent teaching, learning and curriculum looks like in D&T.
The deadline for applications is 9am on Wednesday 27th February 2019, with interviews the following week.
Please be aware that you will be required to bring your original degree certificate, proof of residence and your Disclosure and Barring Service or CRB certificate, if applicable, to your interview.
I thank you for your interest in this exciting post and wish you well with your application.
Didcot Girls’ School is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.