Lead Practitioner Science, Coventry

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Whitley AcademyCoventry

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Contract type: Full Time
Salary: Leadership L1-L6 (according to experience)
Contract term: Permanent
Suitable for NQTs: No

When staff, students and families walk through our gates and onto our site, they belong to the Whitley Academy Community. In this community, we build meaningful relationships based on trust and mutual respect. Our classrooms, corridors and the school environment are safe spaces where nobody is judged and everyone is valued. Our ethos, driven by our commitment to Whitley’s values, is built on inclusion and our dedication to care for each member of our community as an individual. We put learning and learners first in every decision we make. We are proud of our school and committed to supporting all staff and students to “be the best you can be”.

For a September 2019 start, we are seeking a well-qualified, suitably experienced and enthusiastic Lead Practitioner (Science) to join our Science department and support early career stage teachers and non-specialist Opening Minds teachers delivering excellent T&L opportunities and achieving excellent outcomes for students in Science KS3-KS5. You will have strong subject knowledge and a proven track-record of exemplary classroom practice together with the ability to be pro-active and responsible for the development of T&L practice in Science delivered by a large team of teachers. The well-resourced department has a relentless focus on developing an effective academic curriculum and raising attainment at all Key Stages.  The Science department is an passionate team at an exciting stage of development, drawing upon the expertise of a number of strong practitioners. You will be supporting the Curriculum Leader, who was new to role this year in further developing the strengths of the team. Sciences at KS5 are popular and we successfully recruit a significant number of Y11 students to A level courses in Biology, Chemistry and Physics as well as BTEC Applied Science. This is an exciting opportunity for someone to begin or further advance their leadership expertise.  Our Academy is on a rapid improvement journey. You will be joining a forward-thinking school that values the professional development and well-being of its staff. Applications are welcome from all science specialisms. 

The successful candidate must be

  • Able to teach Science to at least KS4 (triple and trilogy) and be able to contribute to KS5 delivery in one Science, 
  • Values driven
  • Ambitious for every child and highly inclusive,
  • Passionate about Science and its impact on learning, with the ability to motivate pupils and achieve excellent results,
  • Resilient with a strong personal drive,
  • Someone who has high expectations of both students and their colleagues,
  • Able to lead and support the development of T&L in Science.
  • Someone who can forge positive relationships with students to encourage great learning, and 
  • Someone who has a passion for the Sciences and the ability to share this with young people.

We will offer you;

  • A positive and innovative learning culture, where wellbeing and workload are effectively managed,
  • A dedicated, highly skilled and committed staff, upholding high expectations of and aspirations for all of our students,
  • A strong sense of community and a warm, welcoming workplace,
  • Access to the RSA Academies’ Teaching School Alliance, which offers high quality training and leadership experiences for all staff, to ensure that everyone is enabled to develop, grow and collaborate,
  • PiXL network access, developing new ideas and strategies to impact on student learning and
  • A number of additional benefits including a fantastic internal CPD programme built into directed time - fostering excellence in teaching and learning, a personal laptop, free parking, and a vibrant modern building and facilities in a beautiful location within easy reach of the M40/M6 corridor.

This post would be suitable for a more experienced practitioner with an interest in developing the practice of others, their wider subject knowledge and their leadership skills. Informal visits are welcomed. Completed applications should be returned to: vacancies@whitleyacademy.com To find out more about our  school please visit our website at www.whitleyacademy.com  

We hope that after considering all the information provided, you will decide to make an application.  A reminder that the closing date is 23rd  April 2019 at 9:00am.   Whatever the outcome of your application we thank you for the interest you have shown in this post and wish you well for your future career.  

We are an equal opportunities employer and are committed the safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children. Employment at the Academy will be subject to receipt of satisfactory disclosure from the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) in accordance with the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974, Police Act 1997 and the Protection of Freedoms Act 2012.

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More about Whitley Academy
Type: Mainstream School
Phase: Secondary
Funding status: State - Academy
Gender: Mixed
Age Range: 11 - 18 years
Address: Abbey Road, Whitley, Coventry, West Midlands, CV3 4BD, United Kingdom.
Telephone: +44 24 7630 2580
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