Assistant Curriculum Leader in Science

CHS SouthManchester

The Trustees of the Prospere Learning Trust would like to invite applications to the post of  Assistant Curriculum Leader in Science for CHS South.

The Science department is a progressive and highly ambitious team of dedicated teachers who are committed to delivering stimulating, exciting, challenging and topical lessons to all students. The team currently consists of 4 staff, including a Curriculum Leader, two teachers in their third year and a senior technician. There is a strong team spirit within the department with a collaborative culture of sharing ideas, team planning, engaging in academic research and highly effective CPD. All the Science staff at CHS South are very excited by the move to the new site in September 2021 and see this as an amazing opportunity for the successful applicant to join a brand new building, with highly passionate and innovative staff that are dedicated to inspiring young scientific minds of the future. 

Inside the new building their will be numerous dedicated Science teaching rooms; each equipped with an interactive screen, whiteboard and computer. The department will also be well resourced with specialised science equipment, access to visualizers, digital writing pads, laptop trolleys, computer suites and a bank of highly specialist shared resources, developed through collaborative planning across the Prospere trust. 

The Science Department has strong links with its sister school CHS and shares the drive to deliver the best possible CPD to developing staff within the school. The curriculum leader also delivers a Physics specific CPD across greater Manchester through the Teacher Subject Specialist Programme (TSST) and is very keen to develop postgraduate students through the teacher training schemes, as the department continues to build and take on new staff in future years.

Key Stage 3 

In years 7 and 8 students will be guided through the big ideas in Science, developing firm foundations that will help them to question and evaluate the everyday processes that take place in the natural world. The curriculum is designed to allow students the opportunity to explore their natural curiosity and to become independent scientific thinkers. Throughout key stage 3, students learn how to carry out and write scientifically and explore the fundamental areas of science, which include cells, reproduction, atoms, electricity, photosynthesis and states of matter. In year 8, students continue to develop their ability to write and carry out scientific investigations and then explore more fundamental areas of science including disease, immunity, diet, health, organ systems, separation techniques, forces, motion and evolution. Within the department, there is a strong emphasis on metacognition, retrieval practice and extended writing. This is embedded through high quality assessment and feedback, which the successful applicant will help to drive and develop in the future. 

Key Stage 4

The department mirror the AQA curriculum currently followed by CHS and will continue to work collaboratively with the department at CHS to make sure that students meet the high expectations of staff when they take their GCSEs. In years 10 and 11, students will study AQA combined Science trilogy 5 times per week. There will also be an opportunity for students to study separate sciences and these students will be accelerated through the course with the same frequency of lessons in the timetable as combined students. There is an expectation that the candidate will be experienced in teaching all three sciences at GCSE and be able to use this experience to provide high quality subject specific CPD to a team with limited experience at GCSE level.

The Science department has played a lead role in developing distance learning and home learning within the school ensuring that students become independent and proficient in IT (particularly through their use of Microsoft Teams and SharePoint) and this will form the platform of all future home learning and revision material online. In addition to this, the Science department has excellent communication links with parents and is continuing to develop the use of social media platforms (such as Instagram) to celebrate students’ efforts and achievements within lessons and during extracurricular activities.

This is an opportunity for an exceptional and passionate Science  teacher to join and help shape a developing team in a growing school.  Applicants should be passionate about teaching in an inner-city comprehensive school and providing the very best education for the pupils in our community and family.

Please explore our community  through the website https://www.chssouth.org.uk/ and have a look at our new building.

We are committed to recruiting and retaining outstanding practitioners onto our teaching and our support teams to ensure that our students achieve their very best and are led by happy, dedicated and highly skilled staff. As part of this commitment we ensure ongoing training and personalised development for all staff. We have an exciting calendar of CPD training events; active and motivating sessions focused on Teaching and Learning, student attainment and staff well-being.

We  offer a wide range of other benefits to staff including: excellent pension schemes (Teachers Pension for Teaching Staff, Greater Manchester Pension Fund for support staff), cycle to work scheme and childcare vouchers.  We also have a strong focus on staff wellbeing, providing support for healthcare costs plus access to counselling and 24 hour telephone healthcare advice through the BUPA Health Cash Plan.

CHS South is part of the Prospere Trust, a strong Multi-Academy Trust with a growing number of Secondary and Special schools that provide excellent opportunities for all students based on our commitment to academic rigour and exceptional opportunities for the young people within our academies.

For more information please contact Alison Meehan on 0161 882 1150 or email jobs@prospere.org.uk

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