Sixth Form Science Technician
Sixth Form Science Technician and Assistant STEM Coordinator
Didcot Girls’ School & Didcot Sixth Form
Role commences: 1st September 2020
Salary: Grade 6 - £8,814 - £9,040 (pay award pending) depending on days worked. The post is term time only working, not including Inset days.
Working time/term: 3 days per week (days negotiable), 8.30am to 3.30pm (Mon-Thurs) and/or 8.30am to 3pm Friday.
Thank you for your interest in this 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).
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 83% of all students achieving the national benchmark of 4+ in English and Maths, and our overall results place us in 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.
Science at Didcot Sixth Form
Didcot sixth form encompasses teaching staff from two schools, Didcot Girls’ School (DGS) and St Birinus School (SBS). The Science departments in both schools are staffed by an enthusiastic and talented group of teaching staff who are always keen to share ideas and resources. We work collaboratively across the two sites, with shared schemes of work that are carefully designed and delivered. The sixth-form science block consists of 5 classrooms dedicated to A-level lessons only. The labs are well-resourced and maintained, and there are also three large prep rooms used for the storage of practical equipment. Results in the department are consistently strong with students at both GCSE and A level performing significantly above national averages and producing strong value added performance.
Our current team of technicians are exceptional, offering outstanding support to teaching staff and facilitating the smooth running of the department through highly-organised collaboration and planning.
There are two elements to this post. The first is a new role aimed at leading the development of procedures for the ordering, delivery and clean up of practical equipment in sixth form lessons. The role will require excellent organisation as it involves co-ordinating equipment orders from teachers at two sites, and then leading the technician team at both sites to help deliver these orders. The post holder will work closely with the Head Technicians and technician teams at DGS and SBS and will need to think strategically to help design new and efficient ways of working. They will need to communicate these processes clearly and evaluate and improve them as the role develops. The post holder will also be responsible for developing expertise and confidence within technician teams at delivering technician support for practicals at A-Level.
The second part of the role is aimed at supporting our STEM Co-ordinator, Dr Lynn Nickerson. Under Lynn’s leadership, extracurricular STEM provision has excelled at Didcot Girls’ School, and we have won several awards over the last couple of years including a National STEM Inspiration Award for our Science Club. The post holder will support Dr Nickerson with STEM extracurricular provision, including running and organising trips, inviting guest speakers, supporting science club, running events in National Science Week and continuing to build links with local STEM enterprises and with the curriculum. They will also work with Dr Nickerson on succession planning for continued STEM provision over the next few years.
The post-holder will need to be flexible and split their time efficiently between both aspects of this role. Where time permits, they will also help the technician team to support staff and students in the science department. They will be working within a supportive team environment with excellent facilities.
Science qualifications and laboratory experience are desirable but not essential as full training will be provided. You will be responsible for ensuring that resources for practical activities are well maintained and contribute to a safe learning environment for students.
For further information about the department or a discussion about the role, please email Adam Naylor (Head of Science) at firstname.lastname@example.org
Please download and complete an application form from the school website (under ‘Join us’) - paying particular attention to the ‘Relevant skills and experience’ section - and send it to Frances Adley at email@example.com
The deadline for applications is Monday 1st June at 9am. However, we would urge potential applicants to apply as soon as possible as we will interview on receipt of suitable applicants.
Please be aware that you will be required to bring proof of residence and all appointments will be subject to appropriate checks with the Disclosure and Barring Service.
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.