Design Technology Teacher -Noel Baker - L.E.A.D. Academy Trust

Design Technology Teacher

Closing date: Ongoing
Salary: £

Job description:

Role: Teacher of Design and Technology (Product Design/Resistant Materials)

Salary: MPS/UPS (a TLR responsibility is available for an aspiring curriculum leader)

Location: Noel-Baker Academy

Contract Type: Full Time

Contract Term: Permanent

Closing Date: 14th June 2019


The Opportunity:

We are seeking to appoint an excellent classroom practitioner to join our design and technology department from January 2020 (earlier if available).  The successful candidate will be required to teach across the full age and ability range of the school and work with the curriculum director for Creative Arts to develop and shape a design and technology curriculum that will provide our pupils with the broad, rich and rigorous design and technology curriculum that they are entitled to.

We welcome applications from recently qualified and experienced teachers as well as those aspiring to lead and contribute to the wider curriculum area.

The Academy:

Noel-Baker Academy is a rapidly improving school centred around a dedicated team of people who are working together to achieve our mission of delivering an unashamedly academic and knowledge rich education to our students.


Everything we do at NBA is underpinned by our passionate belief that outstanding schooling is the right of every child, and a determination that such a vision is achievable. We believe in and aspire to provide an inclusive education for all. That is, high expectations of and for all pupils, an insistence on excellent behaviour, equal access to an academically rigorous curriculum taught by highly skilled subject specialists and a sharp focus on high value enrichment opportunities that will enable all students to excel. We will never accept that family background, socio-economic circumstances or prior attainment will inevitably limit young people’s potential and so the profile of our intake will always be a reason for our provision, and never an excuse for our outcomes.


Our students are entitled to the very best breadth and depth of provision and we are unapologetically ambitious for every student, no matter what their background, prior attainment or needs.









This vision is underpinned by a wider set of core principles.


Lead (to show the way; to be first or foremost):

  • We are compassionate, considerate and kind.
  • We welcome and value all members of our community and expect all members of our community to work with us to play an active part in our children’s education.
  • We encourage each other, and we celebrate our successes.


Empower (to give power to; to enable):

“I am the master of my fate, I am the captain of my soul”

William Ernest Henley (1849-1902)


  • We teach our students to take responsibility for themselves.
  • We insist on excellent behaviour and learning habits.  
  • We know that factual knowledge is a prerequisite for deep understanding: that the more you know, the more you are able to learn and understand.
  • We have an unrelenting focus on hard work, commitment and perseverance.



Achieve (to accomplish; to get or attain by effort):

  • We believe that all children are entitled to learn “the best that has been thought and said,” and that our students are the inheritors of the greatest ideas, written texts and discoveries of the past.
  • Our purpose is to provide a rich education that will allow our students to achieve excellent qualifications and become thoughtful, educated and well-rounded young adults.


Drive (to cause and guide progress; to impel forward):

  • We know that success takes hard work.
  • We know that effort, practice and revision develop expertise and intelligence



Our Academy is a warm and friendly place to work. We value our staff and believe that we are starting out on a journey that will transform our school and the lives of our pupils for the better.


If you want to be part of a team of people who are working together to achieve a shared vision, where you are free to teach “the best that has been thought and said,” where classroom practice is underpinned by research informed pedagogical approaches and where you will be part of building a unashamedly academic and disciplined culture then we want to hear from you.


We are at the start of our adventure.

We know that we still have much to do.

We are looking for people who want to LEAD, EMPOWER, ACHIEVE and DRIVE our transformation.




We are looking for someone who:

  • Loves their subject, has excellent subject knowledge and who wants to contribute to the development of an expertly sequenced knowledge rich curriculum built to rival the best in the country.
  • Is an ambitious practitioner and who wants to make a real impact on further driving up standards.
  • Is keen to play a key role in developing our whole school ethos and who is fully aligned to our vision.
  • Is personable, pragmatic and can energise and motivate students and colleagues alike.
  • Has the highest expectations of what all students can and will achieve.
  • Is committed to working as a part of a whole school team.


In return, the successful candidate will work in a school where:

  • There are clear classroom routines, so time is not wasted
  • There is a focus on feedback, not punitive marking
  • There is a focus on student learning, not data input
  • There is a centralized support team who, along with senior leaders, manage student conduct
  • Curriculum areas and staff plan and work together
  • Teachers are free to teach knowledge – “the best that has been thought and said”
  • Teachers are encouraged to partake in weekly research discussions and the development of whole school strategy
  • Staff are valued as professionals and experts in their field
  • Weekly CPD time is built in to the school day to allow all staff to partake in educational research, subject knowledge development and deliberate practice of pedagogical approaches.


We encourage interested parties to read the Academy’s most recent Ofsted monitoring report which can be found here: and to watch the film our staff and students made about the academy and its journey so far here:


Arrange a visit:

Visits to the school are recommended and warmly welcomed. To arrange a visit please contact Jane Bailey, PA to the Headteacher at










Selection Process:

Shortlisted candidates will be required to teach a lesson, take part in a formal interview and complete a written task.

When planning for this, please consider the guidance below.

The Task:

Exact details of the task will be provided pre-interview. In preparing for this aspect of the recruitment process we strongly advise candidates to consider what recent educational research they have read and how this has impacted on their practice.

The lesson:

We will be looking for:

  • teaching that engages and includes all students with work that is challenging enough and that meets the students’ needs;
  • teachers who command the respect of their classes, set out clear expectations for students’ behaviour and, where appropriate, start and finish lessons on time and manage teaching resources effectively;
  • responses from students within the lesson that demonstrate sufficient gains in their knowledge, skills and understanding; including literacy and mathematics;
  • teachers who monitor students’ responses in lessons and adapt their approach accordingly;
  • teachers that seek to assess the effectiveness of their own teaching and adapt accordingly;
  • teachers who give the necessary attention to the most able, those with special educational needs, low-attaining students or those who struggle at school in their education.

Details of the class and the duration of the lesson will be provided pre-interview.

A projector and white board will be available. The class will be set out in rows, students will have their exercise books. If you require anything further please let us know in advance.

The interview:

The panel will consist of the Headteacher, the Curriculum Director for Creative Arts, a Deputy or Assistant Headteacher and where appropriate an Academy Governor or member of our Parents’ Forum.





Job Description:

1. Job Purpose

Provide high quality teaching and learning.


2. Responsible to:

Headteacher through Curriculum Director.


3. Responsible for:

  • Teaching a given timetable
  • The progress, behaviour and welfare of students in classes
  • Following trust and academy policies
  • A tutor group


4. Liaising with (working relationships):

  • The Headteacher and senior leadership team
  • Teaching and support staff
  • Curriculum Directors/Assistant Curriculum Directors/Heads of Subject
  • Senior staff in other LEAD academies


5. Hours of work:

  • Full Time


6. Grade and Range of post:



7. Disclosure Level:

  • This post is subject to an enhanced DBS disclosure


8. Main/Core Duties:

To teach a given timetable ensuring that individual students meet their personal targets through:

  • Planning and delivering high quality lessons
  • Managing student behaviour effectively
  • Effective marking and feedback
  • Setting appropriate homework 
  • Ensuring that the classroom is a safe and secure environment.
  • Promoting a love of subject and a love of learning with students.
  • Assessing student progress in line with trust and academy policies
  • Working as a form tutor for a given group of students.

9. Operational planning:

  • Plan and deliver high quality lessons in line with trust and academy policies.
  • Providing information to students and parents in line with trust and academy policies.
  • Make a contribution to the development of curriculum plans and schemes of work  within the curriculum and subject area.


10. Service provision:

  • To appreciate and support the role of other professionals.
  • To be responsible for promoting and safeguarding the welfare of children and young people within the Academy.
  • Provide up to date and relevant data on performance.
  • Work with the other teachers within the Academy and the trust to maximise opportunities for collaboration.


11. Service development:

  • To seek continually to ensure value for money and performance improvement.
  • To be responsible for personal CPD and participate fully in training and development opportunities identified by the Academy or as an outcome of performance management.


To contribute to subject area reviews against key performance indicators:

  • Academic performance
  • Parental complaints
  • Student behaviour indicators


12. Staffing and development:

  • Work with the other teachers across the Academy and trust to ensure that best practice is utilised to ensure consistency in high quality teaching and learning.


13. Recruitment / Deployment of staff:

  • Support recruitment processes as required.
  • Support collaborative working across the Academy and the Trust.


14. Quality Assurance:

  • Monitor student achievement in classes against annual targets with a focus on key groups – EAL, Most Able, Gender, SEN, and PP.
  • Contribute to reviews within subject and curriculum area as above.
  • Analyse and interpret relevant data, research and inspection evidence to inform provision and seek improvement where necessary.
  • Ensure compliance with all trust and academy policies.
  • Identify good practice, areas for development and strategies for sharing and support.

15. Communications:

  • Effectively communicate with parents and ensure that families are supported as active participants in their child’s education, through parent’s evenings, transition events and celebration events.
  • Effectively articulate to all stakeholders and in a variety of ways, the vision which underpins all aspects of the Academy’s provision and support.
  • To ensure that all communications with service users demonstrate the values of the Academy and the Lead Academy Trust.
  • To attend all meetings identified by the Headteacher, SLT and Trust and communicate the Academy vision effectively at meetings – both internal and external.

16. Management information and Administration:

  • Ensure all information required by the advisory board, senior staff, Headteacher and LEAD Academy Board, to evaluate the academy’s provision is produced accurately, timely and efficiently.

17. Marketing and Liaison:

  • Develop, nurture and maintain the positive image of the academy and the LEAD Academy Trust.
  • Attend all functions and meetings necessary to support the delivery of the role, ensuring the values of the academy and the LEAD Academy Trust.
  • Actively promote the service of the academy and the LEAD Academy Trust.


18. Management of resources (other than people):

  • Responsibility for the safe use and safe keeping of Academy and Trust resources.


19. Corporate responsibility:

  • To abide by and implement all policies and procedures of the Academy, including being aware of and responsible corporately and as an individual for Health and Safety policies and procedures.

20. Other Specific Responsibilities:

  • To contribute to the overall ethos, work and aims of the Academy and the Academy Trust.
  • To carry out all duties in the most effective, efficient and economic manner.
  • To continue personal development in the relevant area.
  • Participate fully with arrangements made in accordance with the Performance Management Policy.
  • Perform any other reasonable duties as requested by the Headteacher.


21. Safeguarding:

  • The Trust is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment and individually take responsibility for doing so.

22. General Statement:

  • This job description is current at the date shown, but in consultation with you may be changed to reflect or anticipate changes in the job, commensurate with the grade and job title.










Person Specification:


Qualifications and experience

  • Qualified teacher with QTS or recognised equivalent
  • Teaching experience within the age range and/or subjects applying for (NQT status may also be relevant)

Domain One: qualities and knowledge

  • Creates a stimulating and safe learning environment.
  • Establishes and maintain a purposeful working atmosphere.
  • Plans, prepares and delivers the curriculum as relevant to the age and ability group/subjects taught
  • Assesses and records the progress of pupils/students’ learning to inform next steps and monitor progress.
  • Demonstrates optimistic personal behaviour, positive relationships and attitudes towards all members of the school community.
  • Demonstrates a commitment to equal opportunities and uses a variety of strategies and practices to promote inclusion in the classroom.
  • Teaches using appropriate strategies to maximise achievement for all children including those with special educational needs
  • Encourages children in developing self-esteem and respect for others.
  • Communicates to a range of audiences (verbal, written, using ICT as appropriate).
  • Demonstrates current knowledge and understanding of national and local education issues
  • Contributes to a culture of collaborative working to develop professional practice.

Domain Two: pupils and staff

  • Develops in pupils/students a love of learning and a sense of inner confidence and self-belief that enables them to achieve high standards, overcoming disadvantage and advancing equality.
  • Promotes a classroom environment that values the success and sense of wellbeing of each pupil/student, focused on safeguarding and developing their spiritual, moral, social and cultural development and exemplary behaviour.
  • Demonstrates continuous self-directed development.

Domain Three: systems and process

  • Would be able to build upon current academy improvement plans.

Domain Four: the self‐improving school system

  • Seeks opportunities to invite parents, carers, community figures and other organisations into classrooms to enhance learning.
  • Demonstrates entrepreneurial and innovative approaches to classroom improvement. 

Personal qualities

  • Passionate about education
  • Approachable, enthusiastic and creative
  • Leads by example, demonstrating integrity, resilience and clarity
  • Committed to the L.E.A.D. principles and the academy vision
  • Ambitious for self, colleagues and students





























L.E.A.D. Academy Trust


L.E.A.D. Academy Trust comprises of twenty five academies across Nottingham, Leicester, Derby, Lincoln and Sheffield. Our philosophy is to; lead, empower, achieve and drive.


At the heart of our Trust is the development of outstanding leaders. We empower individuals in our schools to provide the highest quality education, enabling every pupil to realise their full potential. We have also been recognised by Ofsted as a leading academy sponsor, securing rapid and sustainable improvement through the research and application of best practice across operational areas.


The combination of autonomy and collaboration across key areas of leadership and management underpinned by shared vision, values and best practice positions L.E.A.D. as a truly unique Academy Trust.


To view our ‘L.E.A.D. Family Brochure’ please visit:


To see the wonderful achievements, proud moments and diverse events happening across our Trust please follow our twitter account: @LEADAcadTrust


Our Leaders


One of the core priorities for the L.E.A.D. Academy Trust is the development of outstanding school leaders. We are dedicated to providing an organisation which will:

• develop inspirational school leaders for the future through high quality recruitment, professional development and coaching;

• invest in joint training, peer coaching, sharing good practice and professional dialogue in a climate of trust;

• continually improve, exploring new ways of working, alternative curriculums and innovation;

• strategically plan to produce the next generation of high quality school leaders.


The L.E.A.D. Teaching School Alliance


The L.E.A.D. Teaching School Alliance is a dynamic, cross-phase collaboration of schools committed to harnessing, nurturing and sharing the specific skills and attributes required to teach and lead in areas with diverse pupil populations. Everything we do in our schools is about providing children with an outstanding, broad and balanced education.


Our innovative Initial Teaching Training (ITT) route aims to increase the number of quality teachers in our schools.  In addition, we offer a range of high quality Continuing Professional Development (CPD) for staff at all levels and tailored school-to-school support. We are keen to nurture and grow staff across our alliance and offer a range of opportunities to develop the leaders of tomorrow. By working in partnership with The University of Nottingham and other regional Universities, we are also creating a research culture within our alliance that will impact positively on teaching, learning and the achievement of young people.


How to Apply


Please send a completed application form and covering letter, with a supporting CV if you wish to:


Closing Date: 14th June 2019


Applications will be reviewed upon receipt therefore shortlisted candidates may be contracted in advance of the closing date.


The L.E.A.D. Academy Trust is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and we can expect all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. This post is subject to an enhanced DBS check.




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