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Teacher of English - ideally with a second subject, Dorset

Closing date:

Atlantic Academy PortlandDorset

Salary: MPS or UPS

Contract type: Full Time

Contract term: Permanent

Date Posted:

Closing date:

Start date: February or Easter 2021

Suitable for NQTs: Yes

Closing Date: 30th November 2020 12.00 pm

Start Date: February or Easter 2021

Salary: MPS or UPS

Our Academy

The Academy became Atlantic Academy in September 2017, joining Aspirations Academies Trust. We are unique in that we are a truly ‘all through’ Academy, with all years housed within the same school building. This allows for many opportunities including shared planning.

At Atlantic we are passionate about excellence in all aspects of a child’s life, giving students the very best start possible. We have high aspirations and believe students should:

Believe in themselves

Be actively engaged in their learning

See the connection in what they want to become and what they are doing

Have disruption free learning

Have access to a challenging academic curriculum offer

Not dwell on barriers but seek solutions.

Work life balance – not burnout

We believe in creating a lifelong career and supporting teachers to achieve this and their own personal ambitions.

For example:

Feedback policy NOT marking policy, allowing for whole class feedback, using a visualiser. Saving hours from NOT having to write personalised comments in every exercise book

Collaborative planning, centralised shared units of work – carved out planning time

No written end of year reports – data report 3 times per year

Homework is standardised to Knowledge Organiser – Practice books, and reading. Removing any marking expectations and detentions set are run centrally

The expectation of disruption free learning, high SLT visibility ALL day, focus on students allows staff to teach without low level disruption

Visualiser in every classroom – allowing for booklets, feedback, student work etc to be projected – as the teacher decides

Very clear and transparent sanctions, allowing staff to focus on what really matters – the classroom

No graded lessons, no high stakes observations. We believe in a coaching approach and ‘leverage leadership’ approach

No work emails in the evening, weekends, or holidays

Teaching and Learning

We have fortnightly, short CPD sessions, focussing on classroom excellence. Heavily influenced by Doug Lemov’s – Teach like a champion, Rosenshine’s Principles as well as Making Every Lesson Count, amongst many other blogs and research pieces.

We believe the curriculum should include:

A. Development of knowledge: Progress in knowing more and remembering more. The future requires the acquisition and application of a wide range of knowledge.

B. The ability to apply knowledge: Progress in knowledge being applied in more challenging, relevant and more engaging ways.

C. The acquisition of 21st century skills to translate knowledge into actions for success.

Atlantic Academy staff passionately believe in bringing out the best in everyone. Therefore, outstanding teaching and learning is fundamental to all that we do at Atlantic and we have researched what our students need in order to make outstanding progress and have adopted an internationally recognised approach to delivering outstanding lessons, based on academic research. This research in practice can be seen at a macro and micro level in planning and delivery of lessons.

Spaced Practice



Dual Coding

Concrete examples


If you believe that this sounds like the school you would thrive in and are ambitious for all students, then here is information specifically about the vacancy:

Teacher of English - ideally with a second subject

You will be part of a successful English team and will deliver English lessons for students in Years 7-11. The vacancy has arisen due to maternity leave and rising student numbers. The department is led by a member of SLT and has been transformed in a very short period of time.

The department is fully staffed with excellent and supportive team members, all fully qualified English teachers, and each teacher has their own dedicated classroom within the department with a Clevertouch board and visualiser. English is well resourced and we encourage best practice through CPD and visits to high performing schools and departments. CPD events recently attended include a Dorset LitDrive Event, Research ED conference and an AQA webinar as well as in house research lead CPD including raising the attainment of underachieving males and cognitive science.

Our students have a genuine love of English as reflected in our improving results. The department is excited about the new curriculum being developed at KS3 with students in Years 7-9 studying interleaved, knowledge based units (see example below).

At KS4, students study AQA’s specifications for English Language and English Literature. You can find the department on Instagram at AtlanticEnglish.

How to Apply:

Please complete the application form and return it to Mrs C Butler at

For further information about the role please contact Diana Detterick, Director of English or 01305 820262.

We very much look forward to hearing from you.

If you have not been contacted by 15th December 2020, unfortunately you have been unsuccessful on this occasion.


Applications closed

More about Atlantic Academy Portland

Type: Mainstream School

Phase: All-through

Funding status: State - Academy

Gender: Mixed

Age Range: 3 - 16 years

Address: Maritime House, Southwell Business Park, Portland, Dorset, DT5 2NA, United Kingdom

Telephone: +44 1305 820262


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Our Academy

The Academy became Atlantic Academy in September 2017, joining Aspirations Academies Trust.  We are quite unique in that we are a truly ‘all through’ Academy, with all years housed within the same school building. This allows for man...