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Design & Technology Technician

The Cooper SchoolOxfordshire

Applications are invited to join Bernwode Schools Trust, on a permanent basis, as a Design & Technology Technician. In this role you will coordinate the use of practical resources and facilities, whilst providing assistance and advice to meet the practical needs of the Design and Technology curriculum, including liaising with teaching staff and support staff outside the department. This is a part-time post, for 27 hours per week.

We are seeking applicants with a range of knowledge and skills, who have the ability to inspire students to achieve their full potential.  They will share the academy’s vision that all children can succeed and be reflective practitioners that contribute to a high performing team.

Applications from education and industry will be considered. A background in Design and/or Engineering would be advantageous but not essential.

We can offer you:

  • competitive salary;
  • membership to a defined benefit pension scheme (LGPS);
  • regular training opportunities;
  • friendly and supportive colleagues;
  • a vibrant and diverse environment where everyone is valued.

The successful candidate will have:

  • A good standard of education, including Maths, English and Science at GCSE level or equivalent.
  • Experience of working in a workshop environment.
  • Basic computer skills including, knowledge of Microsoft Office.
  • Experience of teamwork
  • Ability to work in an organised and methodical manner and display initiative.
  • Ability to identify work priorities and manage own workload within agreed parameters.

For an informal discussion of the post please contact Mrs Jade Patterson, Acting Head of Design and Technology, on 

CVs will not be considered without a completed application form - Further details and an application form are available on the Academy website or please contact Human Resources by email The closing date for all applications is Friday 23 April 2021, 12noon. Interviews to commence Monday 26 April.

Bernwode Schools Trust have the right to interview and appoint at any time throughout this recruitment process. All candidates are advised to refer to the job description and person specification before making an application.

Applicants will need to be able to demonstrate their eligibility to work in the UK.

Bernwode Schools Trust is committed to safeguarding children. The successful candidate will be subject to a Disclosure and Barring Service check (formerly CRB) in line with Section 115 of the Police Act 1997.

Details of the Academy’s policies relating to the Employment of Ex-Offenders and the Secure Storage, Handling, Use, Retention and Disposal of Disclosure and Barring Certificates and Disclosure information are available on our vacancies page.

About the department:

Design and Technology is a hugely successful and popular subject at The Cooper School. We currently teach on a rotation basis across Key Stage 3 (Year 7 & 8) and have GCSEs in the following subject areas; Design and Technology, Art and Design Textiles, WJEC Engineering, Food Preparation and Nutrition and WJEC Hospitality and Catering. We also offer WJEC Level 3 in Food Science and Nutrition. All of these have again proven popular choices in Year 8 Options this year with us being at capacity in the classes. The department has also achieved strong GCSE and A Level results across the different subject areas.

One of the strengths of the department is the collaborative approach to lesson planning and curriculum development. This, combined with a team who are responsive to innovation, hardworking and good fun, makes for an extremely dynamic and exciting environment. We are committed to providing the best possible experience for all learners and building strong, professional relationships with our students which ensures they are keen to engage with the subject and instil the learners with the desire to dream big and become the conscientious designers of the future.

The Design and Technology Department is richly resourced. We have one dedicated Textiles room, two Food rooms, two computer suites, two Engineering workshops, a Product Design workshop, and a dedicated KS5 teaching room.  We have a staff of 6 teachers and one other technician, who covers food and textiles support. 



  • AQA Design and Technology: Product Design Focus
  • AQA Food Preparation and Nutrition 
  • WJEC L1/2 Hospitality and Catering
  • WJEC L1/2 in Engineering 
  • Edexcel Art and Design: Textiles


  • WJEC Level 3 in Food Science and Nutrition

The successful candidate will be joining a hard-working, friendly and fun department, committed to achieving outstanding success for all students who study the wide range of subjects on offer in Design and Technology at The Cooper School.

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