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Teacher of Computing - September 2021 Full Time/ Part Time

Bennett Memorial Diocesan SchoolKent

TEACHER OF COMPUTER SCIENCE AND IT

September 2021

This is an exciting opportunity for an ambitious Teacher of Computer Science and IT, to join the highly collaborative computer science and IT team in this exceptionally successful school.  We are interested in applications from teachers with commitment to teaching computer science to A Level and an interest in developing their career, including NQTs.  The school places a very high value on the specialist nature of this curriculum area and has a very strong track record of professional development in this field.

Situated in Tunbridge Wells, with excellent transport links to London, Bennett is a popular and over-subscribed academy with an enviable record of outstanding academic achievement over many years.

A Church of England co-educational school with independent academy status

• 1,740 on roll including 355 in the Sixth Form

• Judged Outstanding in every area by Ofsted in 2012

• World Class School Quality Mark in 2020

• Outstanding GCSE and A Level results

• Excellent reputation; oversubscribed

Bennett students are highly motivated and enthusiastic about learning and taking part in the huge range of enrichment activities that we offer.

Priority places at the school are available for children of staff.

We welcome pre-application visits to the school.

Our staff are highly committed and we have a strong and positive school ethos.

Thank you for your interest. Should you wish to visit the school informally or to discuss any aspect of the advertised post before applying, please email: recruitment@bennett.kent.sch.uk

Completed Application Forms should be emailed to recruitment@bennett.kent.sch.uk or posted to the school by the closing date. CVs will not be accepted.

CLOSING DATE:  9:00am on Friday 15th January 2021

This school is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.  All posts are subject to a satisfactory DBS enhanced check.

Computer Science and IT Curriculum Area

The post is an opportunity for a strong teacher of computer science and IT to gain a role in a department and a school where there is real opportunity for professional progression.  The team is completely committed to developing every member’s knowledge of computer science and teaching skills to the highest level, and there are very strong, and increasing, numbers of students taking computer science to A Level.  Outcomes at GCSE are outstanding, and getting even stronger.  This is achieved through a commitment to the systematic development of students’ coding skill and wider computer science knowledge from admission in year 7.

Students at Bennett learn to write code in Python, which is a flexible choice of language for teaching and learning.  Our curriculum also includes one level 3 IT qualification at present, which examines students’ knowledge and understanding of IT themes such as computer systems, the use of information and the development of smart devices.  Our vision and methods of teaching have changed and developed over the last couple of years as the department has fully transitioned to the teaching of computer science. Rather than teaching discrete skills as might be found in an IT curriculum, we systematically develop students’ knowledge of computer science and skill at programming, so that eventually they can take the intellectual risk of answering questions they have never seen before – this is possible through the confidence they have gained in their learning of a broad range of questions.

Each student is encouraged to become an effective computer scientist mastering new concepts and acquiring sound problem solving skills. We ensure each student develops their thinking skills and the ability to read and write accurate code. As a department we place considerable emphasis on personal responsibility and the acquisition of good study skills leading to independent learning.  To this end we offer support in the form of excellent resources, lunchtime clinics and a professional and committed department.  Each student is carefully monitored and is encouraged to strive to reach his or her full potential.  Each student is regarded as an individual and every effort is made to address their needs and support them to the best of our ability.

The department benefits from fully networked suite of specialist rooms, with interactive whiteboards in every classroom.   The computer science and IT team consists of five specialist teachers and is currently led by Mr Alan Ottley.

Alongside high aspiration for all, Bennett’s results are achieved through outstanding teaching. The school has high expectations of its teaching staff, they work hard and are committed and focussed; teaching is very strong across the school.

Bennett is strongly committed to developing teachers professionally, and believes that all staff should have an active and positive role to play in the development of policy and practice.  This generates great enthusiasm and a strong sense of teamwork.  As a designated Teaching School we can offer a wide range of professional development opportunities both within Bennett and our network of secondary schools. These include courses such as the outstanding teacher programme, leadership development programmes and the opportunity to complete a Masters programme in collaboration with the UCL/Institute of Education.

Bennett is a Church of England school, and it is expected that all staff support the school’s distinctive ethos in their professional role.