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Primary Teacher (Key Stage 1)

30,801 P.A. ?
Atlantic Academy Portland

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Permanent/ Fixed Term

Closing Date: 27th January 2020 12.00 pm

Start Date: April 2020

Salary: MPS possible TLR

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 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.

Our success so far

We have witnessed a remarkable turnaround in all aspects of the Academy with our high expectations having immediately raised outcomes. The calm and purposeful atmosphere supports all aspects of learning, and the mantra of Work Hard, Be Kind permeates throughout the buildings and into the community. The success and recognition has created growing numbers on roll, and next year we expect both Year 7 and 8 to be at capacity.

In 2018, after one year as an Academy:

Top 13 most improved (based on P8) Secondary schools in the country

2nd most improved (based on P8) Secondary school in Dorset

Best performing school in Weymouth and Portland

Top 1 % of Primary schools (based on combined KS2) in Dorset

Top 8% nationally for Reading

Most progress, and top performing in reading in all Weymouth and Portland schools, 3rd highest performing school in Dorset.

Moderated progress in Writing, TOP performing school in Weymouth and Portland, 3rd in whole of Dorset. Top 10% of schools nationally

Top 20% of schools nationally for Maths - Primary

In 2019 we continued on journey with the successes we had made and further improved our P8 outcomes for our students at KS4 and KS2. Placing us as one of the best secondary schools not just in Weymouth and Portland but in Dorset.

We have several further mantras that support our vision:

‘100% Every day. No Shortcuts’

‘Excellence is a habit’

Feedback from Visitors

‘There is now an air of calm, order and discipline, which was so badly needed, my congratulations for instilling it’ Richard Drax MP

‘Just been on an action tour of Atlantic Academy wow, what a difference to this time last year! Feeling positive.’ Parent

‘The happiness of my children and the progress they are all making is brilliant. This is purely down to excellent teachers who bring out the best in them as little individuals.’ Secondary Parent.

‘I felt the students growing sense of ambition as I toured the school. The work that you and your staff are doing to raise aspirations and expectations of behaviour are obviously having affect’ Bradley Simmons HMI, Regional Director South West

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 (mini iPad) in every classroom – allowing for booklets, feedback, student work etc to be projected – as the teacher decides

Full equipment and perfect uniform which is checked every morning,

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 weekly, short, CPD sessions, focussing on classroom excellence. Heavily influenced by Doug Lemov’s – Teach like a champion, 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,Retrieval , Interleaving, Dual Coding, Concrete examples,Elaboration.

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

Primary Teacher (KS1)

We are keen to appoint an inspirational and experienced Key Stage 1 Teacher.

The successful applicant will join a collaborative and supportive team who have gained SATs results above the national average.

We focus on allowing the teacher to develop quality first teaching: supported with collaborative planning, whole class feedback, ‘live marking’, use of visualisers in every classroom etc.

Our 2 form entry school ensures all our highly motivated teachers work in a supportive and engaging environment, ensuring pupils achieve their full potential.

Primary teaching staff are accompanied across all year groups with Teaching Assistants to ensure that all students access appropriate provisions. Specialist sports and arts coaches work alongside our Primary Teaching staff to ensure a broad and balanced curriculum is delivered and ample PPA time is allocated to support the needs of a classroom teaching role. Students benefit massively from the all through Academy environment. Experiencing specialist input in Technology, Sport, Science and Art, amongst other things.

How to Apply:

Please complete the application form via TES

We very much look forward to hearing from you.

For further information please contact Abby Hill, Associate Vice Principal- Primary, ahill@atlantic-aspirations.org or 01305 820262

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