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1 BIRKENHEAD HIGH SCHOOL ACADEMY 86 Devonshire Place, Prenton, Merseyside, CH43 1TY REQUIRED FOR SEPTEMBER 2015: PART-TIME TEACHER OF MATHEMATICS 0.6 BHSA, now in its sixth year as an all through 3-19 years girls academy sponsored by the Girls Day School Trust, is, and will continue to be, a highly successful centre of education where every student matters, where expectations of all members of our community are high and where personal achievement and fulfilment are valued and sought after. BHSA promises the highest level of academic provision alongside an extensive programme of enrichment activities, and all within a friendly and supportive family environment on a completely refurbished site. The successful candidate will be an excellent practitioner who is an enthusiastic and highly motivated individual eager to make a positive contribution to the aspirational vision for this thriving academy. An ability to teach Computer Studies is desirable alongside Maths, Drama, English, and Sociology alongside Religious Studies. We are committed to the safeguarding of children and child protection screening will apply to this post. BHSA places a high value on CPD and supports all staff in accessing top quality training. For details and application forms: school office tel: Closing date: Monday, 27 th April 2015 Interviews: weeks ending 1 st and 8 th May 2015



4 Mathematics and Computing Faculty The Mathematics Department is a successful and forward-looking curriculum area which has an excellent record of examination results at both GCSE and Advanced Level. The subject is popular in the sixth form, with around one third of the year group choosing to study mathematics at A-Level and some girls also study Further Maths at A-Level. The examining board at both GCSE and A-Level is currently Edexcel, however in September 2015 GCSE students we will be moving to AQA GCSE. The A-Level syllabus includes Pure Maths, Mechanics, Statistics and Decision Maths. The department is staffed by six dedicated specialists who have embraced change whilst striving for excellence to raise standards and improve the quality of teaching and learning. Departmental administration and Teaching and Learning embrace the use of IT and students are encouraged to use IT to support their learning at home through a well-populated VLE. Teaching groups are organised according to ability with regular testing allowing movement between groups as and when appropriate. Both formal and informal assessments are used to monitor progress and extra support is offered outside of timetabled lessons. The more able girls are encouraged to participate in the UKMT Maths Challenges, Team Challenges, Masterclasses and Maths competitions. A variety of enrichment and revision classes are provided to prepare students for examinations and challenge activities. We also offer Further Maths GCSE as enrichment. Examination results at both KS4 and KS5 are excellent and consistently above national benchmarks. In 2014 at A-Level 60% of all students achieved A*- B to grades, while at GCSE the pass rate was 100% with 85% achieving A*- C and 21% achieving A*- A. The subject is well resourced and digital technology, including interactive whiteboards, is embedded in curriculum delivery. There are a range of ICT resources which are bookable by staff to support teaching and learning. All of the maths teachers are experienced and well qualified subject specialists. The Computing and Business Studies Department is a developing department which has introduced GCSE Computer Science from September At KS3 all students study Digital Literacy during which they cover ICT skills, basic programming and e-safety. At KS4 we offer Edexcel ICT; AQA Computer Science and AQA Business Studies. We currently offer A Level ICT (Welsh Board)and Business Studies (AQA). We would like to offer Computer Science at KS5 in the near future. KS4 and KS5 ICT and Business Studies results are excellent with students achieving grades consistently above the National bench marks. ICT and Computer Science are taught in 2 well equipped computer suites which have 29 PCs in each room as well as interactive whiteboards. Teaching and Learning at Birkenhead High School Academy is well supported with ICT equipment. We are fortunate to have a 4D pod, radio station, green screen, voting pads and visualizers, as well as bookable ipads and laptops. Staff are supported in their use of ICT by a very strong technical team. We are looking to recruit a full-time and part-time (0.5) Teacher of Mathematics, if you would like to be considered for both positions please state on your application form. ARR March 2015 Page 1

5 BIRKENHEAD HIGH SCHOOL ACADEMY Selection Criteria Main grade Essential Attribute Identified by Desirable Attribute Identified by Qualifications Appropriate professional qualifications A, L Degree to Honours Continuous and relevant professional development Experience Successful experience of managing student guidance, behaviour and discipline Successful experience of teaching Mathematics in a secondary school, R, R Involvement in the development of Schemes of work Proven record of securing good public examination results Knowledge and Skills Other Requirements An understanding of the processes involved in improving the effectiveness of teaching and learning Sound organisational skills and good communication and interpersonal skills An ability to make productive relationships with staff and students and to command their confidence An ability to teach Mathematics across the senior school up to and including A2 A commitment to Equality of Opportunity A commitment to IT as a major contributor to learning A willingness to contribute to the wider life of school A positive outlook and sense of humour A, I Knowledge of effective teaching and learning strategies across the age and ability range Knowledge and/or experience of the application of a VLE as an aid to teaching and learning An ability to teach Computer Studies A willingness to be directly involved in our very successful Duke of Edinburgh Award L = Letter R = References A = Application Form I = Interview

6 BIRKENHEAD HIGH SCHOOL ADADEMY Job Description - Teacher The following items are included in the professional duties which a school teacher may be required to perform under the reasonable direction of the Principal. 1. Teaching Having regard to the curriculum for the school: a. planning and preparing courses and lessons; b. teaching, according to their educational needs, the pupils assigned to her/him, including the setting and marking of work to be carried out by the pupils in school and elsewhere; c. assessing, recording and reporting on the development, progress and attainment of pupils; d. organising and participating in extra-curricular activities. 2. Other activities a. Promoting the general progress and well-being of individual pupils and of any class or group of pupils assigned to her/him; b. providing guidance and advice to pupils on educational and social matters and on their further education and future careers, including information about sources of more expert advice on specific questions; making relevant records and reports; c. making records of and reports on the personal and social needs of pupils; d. communicating and consulting with the parents of pupils as directed by the Head; e. attending assemblies, registering the attendance of pupils and supervising pupils, whether these duties are to be performed before, during or after school sessions; f. communicating and co-operating with persons or bodies outside the school; g. participating in meetings arranged for any of the purposes described above; h. contributing, wherever appropriate, to the wider life of the school.. 3. Assessment and reports Providing or contributing to oral and written assessments, reports and references relating to individual pupils and groups of pupils. 4. Appraisal Participating in arrangements made by the ATB for the appraisal of her/his performance and that of other teachers. continued over/ Page 1 of 3

7 5. Further training and development a. Reviewing from time to time her/his methods of teaching and programmes of work; b. participating in arrangements for her/his further training and professional development as a teacher. 6. Educational methods Advising and co-operating with the Head and other teachers on the preparation and development of courses of study, teaching materials, teaching programmes, methods of teaching and assessment and pastoral arrangements. 7. Discipline, health and safety Maintaining good order and discipline among the pupils and safeguarding their health and safety both when they are authorised to be on the school premises and when they are engaged in authorised school activities elsewhere. 8. Staff meetings Participating in meetings at the school which relate to the curriculum for the school or the administration or organisation of the school, including pastoral arrangements. 9. Cover Supervising and so far as practicable teaching any pupils whose teacher is not available to teach them. 10. Public examinations Participating in arrangements for preparing pupils for public examinations and in assessing pupils for the purposes of such examinations; recording and reporting such assessments; and participating in arrangements for pupils' presentation for and supervision during such examinations in accordance with both internal and external regulations. 11. Management a. Contributing to the selection for appointment and professional development of other teachers and support staff, including the induction and assessment of new teachers and initial teacher training; b. co-ordinating or managing the work of other teachers; c. taking such part as may be required of her/him in the review, development and management of activities relating to the curriculum, organisation and pastoral functions of the school. continued over/ Page 2 of 3

8 12. Administration Participating in administrative and organisational tasks related to such duties as are described above, including the management or supervision of persons providing support for the teachers in the school and the ordering and allocation of equipment and materials. 13. General Adhering to the policies of the school and the ATB, as published in the Staff handbook, in particular policies relating to the safeguarding of children. April 2014 Page 3 of 3