Teacher of Design & Technology, Hillingdon

Closing date:Expiring soon

St Helen's SchoolHillingdon

Date posted:
Start date: Autumn Term 2020
Contract type: Full Time / Part Time
Salary: Undisclosed
Contract term: Permanent
Suitable for NQTs: Yes

St Helen’s is keen to appoint an enthusiastic Design & Technology teacher to join the dedicated team in the Senior School from September 2020.  We would welcome applications from NQTs. Whilst this is a full time position, we may consider a part time role over four days per week once we have a better understanding of subject option choices.


The successful candidate will have the following qualifications, experience and personal attributes:


• A good honours degree in Design & Technology or associated subject 

• Experience of teaching Design & Technology across the secondary age range 

• Demonstrable passion for teaching Design & Technology to Key stages 3,4 and 5

• Detailed understanding of current developments in the secondary curriculum and assessment

• A clear motivation to work with young people

• The ability to form and maintain appropriate relationships and boundaries with young people

• Commitment to further professional development


• a teaching qualification such as a PGCE (or equivalent)

• Evidence of further professional development

• Knowledge and experience of how ICT can be used to support learning

Applicants with experience of teaching Design & Technology to Years 5 and 6 are also welcome to apply.


All teachers are expected to ensure the highest standards of teaching and learning by:

• Preparing and delivering challenging and differentiated lessons

• Setting homework in accordance with the School’s homework policy

• Marking work in accordance with the School’s marking policy

• Using all available data and information to ensure that each student is provided with an appropriate programme of study

• Having a good understanding of the schemes of work they are following and how these fit into the overall scheme of work for the subject they are teaching

• Keeping up-to-date with developments in the teaching of their subject

The teacher should have knowledge and understanding of:

• Effective learning and teaching styles

• Theory and practice of providing effectively for the individual needs of all children (e.g. classroom organisation, planning, teaching strategies and removing barriers to learning)

• Monitoring, assessment, recording and reporting of pupils’ progress

• An appreciation of how assessment supports effective learning

• The need for high quality pastoral support to complement the academic experience of pupils aged 11-19

• Legislation and best practice concerning Equal Opportunities, Health & Safety, Individual Learning Needs and Keeping Children Safe in Education

The teacher will be able to demonstrate:

• Willingness to participate in the wider life of the School

• Willingness to make a significant contribution to the School’s extensive co-curricular programme

• Commitment to participation in the School’s expanding programme of educational visits

The teacher will be able to:

• Promote the School’s aims, ethos and ‘whole school’ approach to learning

• Develop effective relationships with pupils, parents, staff and governors

• Create a happy, challenging and effective learning environment

• Communicate effectively (both orally and in writing) to a variety of audiences

• Work collaboratively with others

• Work in a fast-paced and stimulating environment

• Promote and safeguard the welfare of children


The Design and Technology Faculty has 4 full time teachers, as well as a dedicated technician. We will be moving into new purpose-built workshops in September 2020. The general policy is to follow National Curriculum plus - that is, the broad outlines of the National Curriculum are followed, but the aim is to go beyond its confines whenever possible. Academic standards are high, and results are excellent. Colleagues use a broad range of methodologies, with emphasis on iterative design and risk taking. A shared approach to ideas and resources is encouraged within the Department and members of the Department make good use of a range of design strategies including 3-dimensional modelling and CAD/CAM.

Each student in Key Stage 3 at St Helen’s is introduced to a range of materials, processes and design problems through project work until the end of Year 9, using both traditional tools and machines, and new technologies. Girls studying Design and Technology currently sit the OCR examination at GCSE and AQA at A Level. Year 6 Prep School girls are also taught the subject in the Senior School workshops.

The Department encourages the promotion of STEM subjects through its participation in the Rotary Competition, Rampaging Chariots and the Arkwright Engineering Scholarship.

More about St Helen's School
Type: Mainstream School
Phase: All-through with sixth form
Funding status: Independent
Gender: Girls
Age Range: 3 - 18 years
Address: Eastbury Road, Northwood, Middlesex, HA6 3AS, United Kingdom. View in Google Maps
Telephone: +44 1923 843210
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St Helen's is an independent school for girls aged 3-18. We pride ourselves on our outstanding academic record, with our students consistently achieving excellent GCSE and A Level results.

We aim to give every girl an excellent, well-balanced, academi...