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BTEC Science HLTA teacher role

St Mary Magdalene Academy: The CourtyardIslington

We have a great opportunity for an innovative and inspiring HLTA to gain valuable teaching experience to join our school in supporting our learners to make excellent progress in one of our PAIL (Preparation for Adult Independent Life) Life Subjects. The Courtyard School is an Ofsted rated ‘Good’ and Challenge Partners rated ‘Outstanding’ special school in the heart of Islington, catering for pupils with autism and/or speech, language and communication needs. The school is undergoing an expansion programme and we are seeking to appoint an enthusiastic Science HLTA, graduate or practitioner to join our supportive team to develop this fundamental aspect of our provision.

This role is ideal for people who are interested in getting into teaching but who have not yet gained their teaching qualification.


You must:

  • Be committed to the safeguarding and wellbeing of young people
  • Be committed to ongoing safeguarding training

You will:

  • Feel passionately about transforming the lives of young people with a range of complex needs
  • Be a flexible and creative thinker in order to maximise pupil engagement
  • Have confident knowledge of Science as a broad subject; biology, chemistry and physics
  • Be able to reflect on your practice and be proactive about adapting your lessons to suit the profile of your learners
  • Be able to work collaboratively with the multidisciplinary team within the school and be flexible in your thinking and approach to teaching to ensure you reach our pupils using a diverse pedagogy of teaching strategies.  
  • Have a sense of humour!

You could/should:

  • Have experience of the BTEC Science curriculum and specification
  • Have specialist knowledge and experience of working with young people with social or emotional and mental health difficulties. 
  • Have a level of proficiency in ICT to cater for lessons which involve technology/learning platforms.

The role:

  • Will involve teaching the BTEC Science qualification to groups of up to 10 pupils using robust assessment to guarantee learner progress. 
  • Will involve contributing to the organisation, management and delivery of Science lessons, planning for differentiation of the different needs and abilities of pupils
  • Will involve taking part in the assessment of pupil progress, keeping records of pupils achievements and reporting to your line manager regarding progress, interventions and the collation of data for submission to the exam board in order for pupils to gain their qualification
  • Will require a demonstration of a commitment to understanding each individual young person, ensuring the school experience motivates and engages them in learning whilst meeting their emotional needs.

We will:

  • Offer you a unique opportunity to work in a peaceful, holistic setting to develop your skill set and make a real difference in the lives of the young people we work with.
  • Provide a collaborative school team who is experienced, supportive and committed to delivering the highest quality learning education for young people aged from 13 – 19 years of age. 
  • Provide a commitment to ensuring your continued professional development allowing you to develop your areas of interest and expertise.
  • Provide a supportive setting which promotes mental health and wellbeing by offering high quality monthly support sessions for all staff.

If you are an effective, dynamic and passionate individual with a commitment to promoting positive outcomes through excellent teaching then we would like to hear from you. 


To find out more about The Courtyard School, please visit our website here:


If you have any queries about the role please email Mrs Katherine Healy, Deputy Head for Teaching and Learning at

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