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Assistant Partnership Manager (Initial Teacher Training)

Crispin SchoolSomerset

Assistant Partnership Manager (Initial Teacher Training) 0.6 FTE, Maternity Cover 

Salary: MPS/UPS Qualified Teachers’ Scale. (Teachers’ Terms and Conditions)

Start date: 1 September 2021 until 31 August 2022 (or earlier depending on the return of the postholder).

Based at Crispin, Church Road, Street, BA16 0AD.

Crispin is seeking an enthusiastic, outgoing and hard-working Assistant Partnership Manager to work with the current Partnership Manager to deliver high quality, school led, initial teacher training.

The Mid Somerset Consortium is a secondary phase School Centred Initial Teacher Training provider (SCITT) based at Crispin in Street. It works in partnership with secondary schools across Somerset and North Dorset to deliver high quality school centred teacher training to approximately 45 trainees each year. It was rated as outstanding by Ofsted during its last inspection in January 2013.

The MSC offers a variety of routes through to Qualified Teacher Status (QTS). In addition to providing SCITT placements it also works with the North Dorset Teaching Schools Alliance to deliver School Direct programmes. The MSC also offers Assessment Only as a route for teachers currently working unqualified. The aim of the MSC is to train outstanding teachers who will go on to work in our local schools.

Trainees are placed at schools within the partnership and attend weekly professional training sessions (Tuesdays) at Crispin throughout the programme which runs from 1 September until 30 June. The majority of professional training is generic teaching and learning with the whole cohort which is composed of trainees specialising in a range of subjects e.g. Maths, English, Computer Science, Modern Foreign Languages, PE, Psychology, Drama, Music, Science, Design Technology, Geography and History. The Partnership Manager and Assistant Partnership Manager contribute to the professional training but some sessions are also designed and delivered by current practitioners working in MSC partnership schools. Some Tuesday sessions are subject specific training; the MSC contracts subject specialists, mostly current practitioners working in partnership schools, who run these sessions focussing on subject specific pedagogy.

Alongside QTS trainees may also study for a Post Graduate Certificate in Education. This is accredited by Bath Spa University, whilst most of the delivery for this is provided by BSU, trainees are offered ‘in house’ support’ with their assignments via 1-2-1 tutorials.

All trainees are visited in their home schools in November and April and second schools in January by MSC tutors. MSC visiting tutors are contracted to undertake these visits. Most MSC tutors are recently retired teachers with many years of experience working with new teachers. The Assistant Partnership Manager would be expected to conduct some of these visits. The visits quality assure the school placements and offer support to trainees, mentors and Initial Teacher Training Coordinators (ITTCs) within the partnership. Reports are returned to the partnership manager who will follow up any issues with trainees or schools. 

Role Description and Responsibilities

The Assistant PM will work alongside the current Partnership Manager to deliver all elements of the programme. The role is 0.6 full time equivalent, specific roles and responsibilities will be determined post appointment and will be dependent on the successful applicant’s experience, skills and expertise. It is an expectation that the assistant partnership manager will:

• Travel to partnership schools when the need arises to undertake duties associated with the role.

• Plan and deliver some of the MSC’s Professional Training.

• Interview candidates with Partnership Schools for places on the training course.

• Attend Train to Teach events (max. two per year).

• Attend and deliver elements of mentor and ITTC training with the Partnership Manager.

• Support trainees with their level 7 PGCE assignments (if the candidate holds a master’s degree or doctorate)

The pattern of working hours across the week has not been predetermined except that the successful candidate would need to work on Tuesdays. The ability to work flexibly would be an advantage but is not essential.

The MSC is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young adults. The successful candidate will need to undertake an enhanced disclosure via the DBS.

For further information please contact Sarah Lewis (Partnership Manager), email: 

To apply for this post, please submit the following:

• Completed application form.

• Covering letter. This should be no more than one side of A4 and, given the context of the job description, provide an outline as to why you have applied for this post.

• To apply for this role simply click on the quick apply button on and complete the online application form. Your supporting statement / letter (of no more than two sides) should outline your skills and experience and how your meet the person specification.

To apply for this role simply click on the quick apply button on and complete the online application form.  Your supporting statement / letter (of no more than two sides) should outline your skills and experience and how you meet the person specification.

Closing date for this post: 10:00 on 19 April 2021.   Interviews to be held week commencing 26 April 2021.

Crispin is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people.  This post requires a criminal background check via the disclosure procedure.  The successful applicant will therefore be subject to an Enhanced DBS.

This post is covered by Part 7 of the Immigration Act (2016) and therefore the ability to speak fluent spoken English is an essential requirement of the role.

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