Teacher of ICT & Computer Science
Pay scale: MPS
For a January 2021 start or sooner where possible
The Governors are seeking to appoint a Teacher of ICT and Computer Science with a willingness to teach Business Studies in the future.
We are looking for a high calibre and enthusiastic Teacher of ICT and Computer Science to join our team and contribute to the development of consistently outstanding teaching and learning. You will have the ability to inspire, enthuse and encourage students to enjoy their learning, leading to a desire to achieve their highest potential. You will hold a passion for your subject and will have a creative, inspirational approach to delivering the curriculum. Applications from both experienced and newly qualified teachers would be warmly welcomed. The successful applicant will have the opportunity to teach from KS2 to KS4. This role is advertised on Full Time basis.
The successful candidate will be responsible for further developing the ICT and Computer Science provision at Tower College. We are a growing school with lots of opportunity to develop professionally. You will contribute to the ICT throughout the School and will participate in an extracurricular ICT programme.
The ideal candidate will be not just enthusiastic, but deeply passionate about the teaching and learning of ICT/Computer Science, with the vision, commitment and determination to continue raising standards for all our pupils. She/he will inspire and challenge our young people to enable them to develop into highly effective, independent learners and achieve their potential as individuals, both during their time at Tower College and in the future. You will deliver high-quality, rigorous lessons that drive achievement & inspire a love of learning that extends beyond the classroom.
Tower College is an independent co-educational day school for 3-16 years old pupils. It was founded in 1948, located in Rainhill, St Helens. We are proud to deliver an outstanding all-round education with a strong emphasis on character development, transferable skills and preparation for life beyond school.
Academic improvement is top of the agenda: we have a fresh and dedicated leadership team who are fully committed to improving outcomes for our students. Our teachers are committed to doing their very best; our loyal pupils deserve the best. Consequently, Tower College is a place where you can work in superb surroundings, make a real difference to students and see your career develop. We value CPD and provide fertile ground for new ideas that contribute to our aims.
If you believe you have the commitment and desire to work in an environment which values teachers as well as setting the highest standards and expectations then please apply using the School application form, available with more details from
Closing date for applications: Midday, Friday 26th June 2020
Online interviews will take place: w/c 29th June 2020.
The School is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. All appointments are subject to references and an Enhanced DBS check before confirmation.
Diversity and Equality Statement
Tower College is committed to encouraging and sustaining a positive and supportive working environment for our staff, and an excellent teaching and learning experience for our students.
As a provider of employment and education, we value the diversity of our staff and students, and all our staff are equally valued and respected. We are committed to providing a fair, equitable and mutually supportive learning and working environment for our students and staff. The aim is for our workforce to be truly representative of all sections of society and this includes promoting equality and diversity for all irrespective of:
- ethnicity (including race, colour and nationality)
- gender reassignment
- religion or belief
- sexual orientation
- marriage and civil partnership
- pregnancy and maternity
- refugees and asylum seekers
- people with diverse communication needs
Job title: Teacher of ICT & Computer Science
Hours: 08:30-16:00 Monday to Friday (with 45-minute lunch break) plus preparation meetings, meetings and school events outside these hours, as required
Contract type: Full Time, Permanent, 36 week teaching year
Reporting to: Principal and Vice-Principal
The teacher will:
- To teach ICT and Computer Science across the age range, according to departmental planning schemes of work and examination syllabi;
- To promote, monitor and support pupil learning and progress with the Spanish Department;
- To contribute to the development of the Science Curriculum
- Fulfil the professional responsibilities of a teacher
- Meet the expectations set out in the Teachers’ Standards
Duties and responsibilities
- Deliver the curriculum as relevant to the age and ability group you teach;
- Demonstrate good subject and curriculum knowledge; foster and maintain pupils’ interest in the subject, and address misunderstandings;
- Be responsible for the preparation and development of teaching materials and teaching programmes as appropriate;
- Plan and teach well-structured lessons to assigned classes, following the school’s plans, curriculum and schemes of work;
- Be accountable for the attainment, progress and outcomes of pupils you teach;
- Promote good progress and outcomes by pupils;
- Demonstrate an understanding of and take responsibility for promoting high standards of literacy, articulacy and the correct use of standard English, whatever the specialist subject;
- Set high expectations which inspire, motivate and challenge pupils of all backgrounds, abilities and dispositions;
- Assess, monitor, record and report on the learning needs, progress and achievements of assigned pupils, making accurate and productive use of assessment;
- Be aware of pupils’ capabilities, their prior knowledge and plan teaching and differentiate appropriately to build on these, demonstrating knowledge and understanding of how pupils’ learn;
- Have a clear understanding of the needs of all pupils; including those with special educational needs; those of high ability; those with English as an additional language; those with disabilities; and be able to use and evaluate distinctive teaching approaches to engage and support them;
- Work closely with classroom assistants and the Special Educational Needs Department in delivering ‘personalised learning’, adapt teaching to respond to the strengths and needs of pupils;
- Set work for pupils absent from lessons in line with the school’s teaching policies;
- Maintain high standards of discipline according to the school’s code of conduct and in line with the school’s rewards and sanctions programmes.
- Have clear rules and routines for behaviour in classrooms, and take responsibility for promoting good and courteous behaviour in both classrooms and around the school, in accordance with the school’s behaviour policy;
- Participate in arrangements for preparing pupils for external tests;
- Undertake pastoral duties e.g. to perform the tasks and duties of a Form Tutor as required; and to support pupils on an individual basis through academic or personal difficulties
Assessment and Recording
- Maintain a ‘teacher planner’ and planning documents, including recording of attainment and effort marks, prep/homework set, student attendance;
- Use an appropriate range of observation assessment, monitoring and recording strategies as a basis for setting challenging learning objectives for pupils of all backgrounds, abilities and dispositions, monitoring learners’ progress and levels of attainment;
- Give pupils regular feedback, both orally and through accurate and timely marking, and encourage pupils to respond to the feedback, reflect progress, their emerging needs and to take a responsible and conscientious attitude to their own work and study;
- Use relevant data to monitor progress, set targets, and plan subsequent lessons;
- Set homework and plan other out-of-class activities to consolidate and extend the knowledge and understanding pupils have acquired;
- Participate in arrangements for examinations and assessments as requested by the principal and vice-principal;
- Communicate effectively with parents/carers with regard to pupil’s progress, achievements and well-being using school systems/processes as appropriate
Whole-school organisation, strategy and development
- Contribute to the development, implementation and evaluation of the school’s policies, practices and procedures, so as to support the school’s values and vision
- Attend departmental meetings, parents’ consultations and Whole school events;
- Attend, prepare and participate in assemblies;
- Make a positive contribution to the wider life and ethos of the school;
- Work with others on curriculum and pupil development to secure co-ordinated outcomes;
- Provide cover, in the unforeseen circumstance that another teacher is unable to teach;
- Undertake supervision of the pupils, outside the form room as timetabled; during break times, within the dining room and on school visit
- Write accurate, professional end of term reports
- Be proactive in supporting the Christian ethos of the school
- Be positive and encouraging during times of change
Health, safety and discipline
- Be responsible for promoting and safeguarding the welfare of children and young people within the school, raising any concerns following school protocol/procedures;
- Maintain good order and discipline among pupils, managing behaviour effectively to ensure a good and safe learning environment;
- Monitor the use of all departmental equipment to ensure it is correctly used and to ensure its security. Equipment shall be returned promptly to secure storage. All faults with equipment must be reported immediately to the relevant person
- Take part in the school’s appraisal procedures
- Be responsible for improving your teaching through participating fully in training and development opportunities identified by the school or as an outcome of your appraisal;
- Where appropriate, take part in the appraisal and professional development of others
- Communicate effectively with pupils, parents and carers
Working with colleagues and other relevant professionals
- Collaborate and work with colleagues and other relevant professionals within and beyond the school
- Develop effective professional relationships with colleagues
Personal and professional conduct
- Uphold public trust in the profession and maintain high standards of ethics and behaviour, within and outside school
- Have proper and professional regard for the ethos, policies and practices of the school, and maintain high standards of attendance and punctuality
- Understand and act within the statutory frameworks setting out their professional duties and responsibilities
The teacher will be required to safeguard and promote the welfare of children and young people, and follow school policies and the staff code of conduct.
Please note that this is illustrative of the general nature and level of responsibility of the role. It is not a comprehensive list of all tasks that the teacher will carry out. The postholder may be required to do other duties appropriate to the level of the role, as directed by the principal or line manager.
This job description may be amended at any time in consultation with the postholder.
Last review date: April 2020
Principal’s signature: _______________________________________
Post holder’s signature: _______________________________________
THIS IS FOR DEMONSTRATION PURPOSES ONLY
(so that candidates can familiarise themselves with the requirements before starting the on-line application form)
DATA PROTECTION NOTICE
Throughout this on-line application form, we ask for some personal data about you. We will only use this data in line with data protection legislation and process your data for one or more of the following reasons permitted in law:
- You have given us your consent;
- We must process it to comply with our legal obligations.
You’ll find more information on how we use your personal data in our privacy notice for job applicants (see tab below)
BEFORE YOU START – FILE UPLOADS REQUIRED
PLEASE BE AWARE THAT YOU WILL BE REQUIRED TO UPLOAD FILES ON THE FOLLOWING:
- Details of Previous Employment
- Details of Education and Qualifications
- Details of Training and Professional Development
- Accompanying letter explaining why you are applying for the post and how your experience, training and personal qualities match the requirements of the role as set out in the job description and person
- Resume / CV
It is strongly advised that you have these documents ready on your computer.
MICROSOFT WORD’ OR ‘ADOBE PDF’ DOCUMENTS ONLY
- What date are you available to begin a new post?
DISCLOSURE BARRING AND RECRUITMENT CHECKS
Tower College is legally obligated to process an enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check before making appointments to relevant posts.
The DBS check will reveal both spent and unspent convictions, cautions, reprimands and final warnings, and any other information held by local police that’s considered relevant to the role. Any information that is “protected” under the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 (Exceptions) Order 1975 will not appear on a DBS certificate.
- For posts in regulated activity, the DBS check will include a barred list check.
- It is an offence to seek employment in regulated activity if you are on a barred list.
- We’ll use the DBS check to ensure we comply with the Childcare Disqualification Regulations.
- It is an offence to provide or manage childcare covered by these regulations if you are disqualified.
- Any data processed as part of the DBS check will be processed in accordance with data protection regulations and Tower College’s privacy notice.
- Do you have a DBS certificate?
- If yes, what is the date of check?
If you’ve lived or worked outside of the UK in the last 10 years, Tower College may require additional information in order to comply with ‘safer recruitment’ requirements. If you answer ‘yes’ to the question below, we may contact you for additional information in due course.
- Have you lived or worked outside of the UK in the last 10 years?
Any job offer will be conditional on the satisfactory completion of the necessary pre-employment checks. We will not ask for any criminal records information until we’ve received the results of a DBS check. Any convictions listed on a DBS check will be considered on a case-by-case basis.
RIGHT TO WORK IN THE UK
Tower College will require you to provide evidence of your right to work in the UK in accordance with the Immigration, Asylum and Nationality Act 2006.
- By signing in the box below, you agree to provide such evidence when requested.
- Preferred Title
- Previous Surnames
- If you prefer to be called by a name other than the one listed above, please specify
- Phone Number
- Mobile Number
DISABILITY AND ACCESSIBILITY
- If you have a disability or impairment, and would like us to make adjustments or arrangements to assist if you are called for an interview, please state the arrangements you require
RELATIONSHIP TO TOWER COLLEGE
- Please list any personal relationships that exist between you and any of the following members of the Tower College community: Governor | Staff | Pupils
CURRENT EMPLOYMENT DETAILS
- Current Job Title
- Current Employer Details (name, address, email and/or telephone)
- Date of commencement of work with current employer
- Age range taught in current post
- Permanent or temporary employment in current post?
- Part-time or full-time Post?
- Current Salary (inc. allowances)
- Description of responsibilities in current post
- Please upload ONE ‘Microsoft Word Document’ or ‘Adobe PDF’ pdf detailing previous employment. This should be presented in the form of a table. An example of this is shown below…
EDUCATION AND TRAINING
- Please upload ONE ‘Microsoft Word Document’ or ‘Adobe PDF’ pdf detailing Education and Qualifications, Training and Professional Development. This should be presented in the form of a table. An example of this is shown below…
- Teacher reference number
- Do you have QTS? QTS certificate number (where applicable)
- Date of qualification
- Are you subject to a teacher prohibition order, or an interim prohibition order, issued by the secretary of state, as a result of misconduct?
- Are you subject to a General Teaching Council sanction or restriction?
LETTER OF APPLICATION
- Please upload an accompanying letter (‘Microsoft Word Document’ or ‘Adobe PDF’ pdf) explaining why you are applying for this post and how your experience, training and personal qualities match the requirements of the role as set out in the job description and person specification. You may also include additional skills or relevant special interests.
CV / RESUME
- Please upload your resume / CV
- Name of Referee 1
- Address of Referee 1
- Phone Number of Referee 1
- Email address of Referee 1
- Referee 1’s relationship to you
- Years you have known Referee 1
- Is Referee 1 your current Employer?
- Name of Referee 2
- Address of Referee 2
- Phone Number of Referee 2
- Email address of Referee 2
- Referee 2’s relationship to you
- Years you have known Referee 2
Is Referee 2 your current Employer?
- Do you require prior agreement before we contact your referees?
- If either of your referees knows you by a different name, please state
- What is your date of birth?
- What is your sex?
- What gender are you?
- Do you identify as the gender you were assigned at birth?
- How would you describe your ethnic origin?
- Which of the following best describes your sexual orientation?
- What is your religion or belief?
- Pregnancy – Are you pregnant?
Maternity – Have you given birth within the last 12 months?
- Are your day-to-day activities significantly limited because of a health problem or disability which has lasted, or is expected to last, at least 12 months?
- If you answered ‘yes’ to the question above, please state the type of impairment. Please tick all that apply. If none of the below categories applies, please mark ‘other’.
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Candidate Privacy Notice
1.1 Tower College is committed to protecting the privacy and security of your personal information.
1.2 This privacy notice describes how we collect and use personal information about you during the recruitment process, in accordance with data protection legislation and the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and applies to all candidates. Nothing in this Notice should be taken to infer a particular legal status for your individual situation.
1.3 This Privacy Notice is for information only. It is not a contractual agreement.
We are a “data controller”. This means that we are responsible for deciding how we hold and use personal information about you. This privacy notice applies to you because you are applying for work with us (whether as an employee, worker, contractor or volunteer). It makes you aware of how and why your personal data will be used, namely for the purposes of the recruitment exercise, and how long it will usually be retained for. It provides you with certain information that must be provided under the GDPR.
3 Data protection principles
3.1 We will comply with data protection law and principles, which means that your data will be:
3.1.1 used lawfully, fairly and in a transparent way;
3.1.2 collected only for valid purposes that we have clearly explained to you and not used in any way that is incompatible with those purposes;
3.1.3 relevant to the purposes we have told you about and limited only to those purposes;
3.1.4 accurate and kept up to date;
3.1.5 kept only as long as necessary for the purposes we have told you about; and
3.1.6 kept securely.
4 The kind of information we hold about you
4.1 In connection with your application for work with us, we will collect, store, and use the following categories of personal information about you:
4.1.1 The information you have provided. This includes in our application form (including online), including name, title, address, telephone number, personal email address, date of birth, gender, employment history, qualifications, and criminal convictions; and
4.1.2 Any information you provide to us during an interview.
4.2 We may also collect, store and use the following “special categories” of more sensitive personal information:
4.2.1 Information about your race or ethnicity, religious beliefs, sexual orientation;
4.2.2 Information about your health, including any medical condition, health and sickness records; and
4.2.3 Information about criminal convictions and offences.
5 How your personal information is collected
5.1 We collect personal information about candidates from the following sources:
5.1.1 You, the candidate;
5.1.2 Recruitment agency, from which we collect the following categories of data;
5.1.3 background check provider, from which we collect the following categories of data;
5.1.4 Disclosure and Barring Service in respect of criminal convictions;
5.1.5 Your named referees, from whom we collect the following categories of data; and
5.1.6 The following data from third parties is from a publicly accessible source, included but not limited to, the National College for Teaching and Leadership (part of Department for Education) Teacher Services Restriction list.
6 How we will use information about you
6.1 We will use the personal information we collect about you to:
6.1.1 Assess your skills, qualifications, and suitability for the role;
6.1.2 Carry out background and reference checks, where applicable;
6.1.3 Communicate with you about the recruitment process;
6.1.4 Keep records related to our hiring processes; and
6.1.5 Comply with legal or regulatory requirements.
6.2 It is in our legitimate interests to decide whether to appoint you to a particular role since it would be beneficial to Tower College to appoint someone to that role.
6.3 We also need to process your personal information to decide whether to enter into a contract of employment with you.
6.4 Having received your application form and the results from any test which you took, we will then process that information to decide whether you meet the basic requirements to be shortlisted for the role. If you do, we will decide whether your application is strong enough to invite you for an interview. If we decide to call you for an interview, we will use the information you provide to us at the interview to decide whether to offer you the role. If we decide to offer you the role, we will then take up references and/or carry out a criminal record check, as appropriate before confirming your appointment.
7 If you fail to provide personal information
If you fail to provide information when requested, which is necessary for us to consider your application (such as evidence of qualifications or work history), we may not be able to process your application successfully. For example, if we require a reference for this role and you fail to provide us with relevant details, we may not be able to take your application further.
8 How we use particularly sensitive personal information
8.1 We will use your particularly sensitive personal information in the following ways:
8.1.1 We will use information about your disability status to consider whether we need to provide appropriate adjustments during the recruitment process, for example whether adjustments need to be made during a test or interview or as appropriate.
8.1.2 We will use information about your race or national or ethnic origin, religious, philosophical or moral beliefs, or your sexual life or sexual orientation, to ensure meaningful equal opportunity monitoring and reporting.
9 Information about criminal convictions
9.1 We envisage that we will process information about criminal convictions.
9.2 We will collect information about your criminal convictions history if we would like to offer you the role (conditional on checks and any other conditions, such as references, being satisfactory). We are required to carry out a criminal records check in order to satisfy ourselves that there is nothing in your criminal convictions history which makes you unsuitable for the role. In particular we are legally required to carry out criminal record checks for all roles within Tower College.
9.3 We have in place an appropriate policy document and safeguards which we are required by law to maintain when processing such data.
10 Automated decision-making
You will not be subject to decisions that will have a significant impact on you based solely on automated decision-making.
11 Data sharing
We will only share your personal information with select third parties for the purposes of processing your application and across the school. All our third-party service providers and Tower College are required to take appropriate security measures to protect your personal information in line with our policies. We do not allow our third-party service providers to use your personal data for their own purposes. We only permit them to process your personal data for specified purposes and in accordance with our instructions. We do share data in accordance with our legal obligations, this includes but is not limited to, the Department for Work and Pensions.
12 Data security
12.1 We have put in place appropriate security measures to prevent your personal information from being accidentally lost, used or accessed in an unauthorised way, altered or disclosed. In addition, we limit access to your personal information to those employees, agents, contractors and other third parties who have a business need-to-know. They will only process your personal information on our instructions and they are subject to a duty of confidentiality. Further details are available from Tower College’s Data Protection Officer, upon request.
12.2 We have put in place procedures to deal with any suspected data security breach and will notify you and any applicable regulator of a suspected breach where we are legally required to do so.
13 Data retention
13.1 We will retain your personal information for a period of 12 months after we have communicated to you our decision about whether to appoint you to a particular role. We retain your personal information for that period so that we can show, in the event of a legal claim, that we have not discriminated against candidates on prohibited grounds and that we have conducted the recruitment exercise in a fair and transparent way. After this period, we will securely destroy your personal information in accordance with our data retention policy.
13.2 If we wish to retain your personal information on file, on the basis that a further opportunity may arise in future and we may wish to consider you for that, we will write to you separately, seeking your explicit consent to retain your personal information for a fixed period on that basis.
14 Rights of access, correction, erasure, and restriction
14.1 Under certain circumstances, by law you have the right to:
14.1.1 Request access to your personal information (commonly known as a “data subject access request”). This enables you to receive a copy of the personal information we hold about you and to check that we are lawfully processing it.
14.1.2 Request correction of the personal information that we hold about you. This enables you to have any incomplete or inaccurate information we hold about you corrected.
14.1.3 Request erasure of your personal information. This enables you to ask us to delete or remove personal information where there is no good reason for us continuing to process it. You also have the right to ask us to delete or remove your personal information where you have exercised your right to object to processing (see below).
14.1.4 Object to processing of your personal information where we are relying on a legitimate interest (or those of a third party) and there is something about your particular situation which makes you want to object to processing on this ground. You also have the right to object where we are processing your personal information for direct marketing purposes.
14.1.5 Request the restriction of processing of your personal information. This enables you to ask us to suspend the processing of personal information about you, for example if you want us to establish its accuracy or the reason for processing it.
14.1.6 Request the transfer of your personal information to another party.
14.2 If you want to review, verify, correct or request erasure of your personal information, object to the processing of your personal data, or request that we transfer a copy of your personal information to another party, please contact our Data Protection Officer in writing.
15 Right to withdraw consent
When you apply for a role, you will have provided consent to us processing your personal information for the purposes of the recruitment exercise. You have the right to withdraw your consent for processing for that purpose at any time. To withdraw your consent, please contact our Data Protection Officer. Once we have received notification that you have withdrawn your consent, we will no longer process your application and, subject to our retention policy, we will dispose of your personal data securely.
16 Data Protection Officer
We have appointed a Data Protection Officer to oversee compliance with this privacy notice. If you have any questions about this privacy notice or how we handle your personal information, please contact the Data Protection Officer. You have the right to make a complaint at any time to the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO), the UK supervisory authority for data protection issues.
Our Data Protection Officer can be contacted on:
Mr M Taylor
Data Protection Officer
0151 426 4333