Lead Practitioner for History
Required: September 2020
Salary: IVC Lead Practitioner Scale 3-7 Currently £43,357 - £47,942 FTE
Schools and Colleges should create and maintain a safe learning environment for children and young people. Impington Village College is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff to share this commitment.
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Morris Education Trust
Who we are
The Morris Education Trust (MET) is a Multi-Academy Trust that has been founded from out of the standalone academy trust of Impington Village College to develop a local family of schools initially within Cambridgeshire. We are passionate about and deeply committed to comprehensive, community-rooted education. Since children and young people have one chance to experience schooling, we will ensure that this unique opportunity is valued and enables all to flourish as individuals so that they can progress and take their place as positive, active and capable citizens in our world. Our schools will share and collaborate in a partnership which will ensure that education in our region is highly regarded across our nation and beyond.
Our vision and values
Our vision is to grow a family of schools and colleges which are individual in character but united by a passion that we:
Our family of schools will be bound by a shared set of values:
What we want to achieve
Our aims are to:
Excellence as Standard – our School Improvement Framework
MET will be bold and resolute in its operations to ensure our schools deliver excellence as standard2 for all learners and stakeholders. MET will be committed to the principles of collaboration and partnerships across individual institutions to ensure all flourish. We will engage with all collaboratively to ensure excellence as standard is achieved through roles and responsibilities that are shared within and across the Trust. We will ensure we operate within a culture of ‘high challenge, low threat’.
MET will develop excellence as standard across seven aspects of its schools:
Letter from the Principal
This is a great time to be joining Impington Village College. The College has continued to improve, innovate and deliver success over recent years and as a result secured an excellent OFSTED report in November 2019, with the Impington International Sixth Form College (IIC) once again recognised for its outstanding provision. IB pass rates at IIC have been in excess of 95% in the last four years, with over 95% of students securing their first choice place at university and a third of students going on to top Russell group universities. In 2019 IIC was the top performing non-selective IB World State School in the UK. Average GCSE Progress 8 scores have been in excess of +0.5 for the last four years and in terms of attainment, approximately 40% of students achieve the top grades (7-9/A-A*). Progress and attainment at IVC has been in the top 10% of schools nationally for the last four years and has been recognised by the Schools, Students and Teachers Association (SSAT) which works with high performing schools nationally. As a result IVC is now firmly established as one of the strongest educational establishments in the region, was in the top 3 non-selective state schools in the country in the Sunday Times and Parent Power School league tables and was voted their school of year for East Anglia in 2019.
Looking to the future, the success achieved in 2016 – 2019 has allowed IVC to be the Lead School in the development of the Morris Educational Trust, which has expanded and developed to incorporate the Cavendish School for Autistic students due to open in 2021 on the IVC site.
Our successes have enabled us to focus our efforts on developing the culture and experience at Impington for the benefit of staff and students, whilst retaining our high standards and expectations for all. Our focus on wellbeing has had a tangible impact on the experience of colleagues at the college and the new enrichment programme (iCAS) and curriculum model implemented in 2018 has had the same effect for students. In 2019 we were one of only 34 schools in the UK to reach the standards to receive the Carnegie Gold Award for Mental Health and Wellbeing in schools.
We have a highly efficient, effective and dynamic leadership team, a growing and influential team of Lead Practitioners and Middle Leaders and a Professional Development Programme that is second to none. IVC is a place where you will be valued and supported and have the opportunity to achieve success, enjoy your vocation and be invested in to become an outstanding practitioner and/or leader.
We look forward to welcoming you to IVC as part of our recruitment process so you can see first-hand what we are all about. If you wish to discuss any matters professional or personal, please contact my PA, Valerie Hastings to arrange a meeting.
Inclusive, Inspirational, International
Impington Village College is part of the Morris Education Trust and is a comprehensive school like no other. It was originally founded in the late 1930s as part of the ‘village college’ movement in Cambridgeshire and remains true to this vision of community education and learning to this day. We were one of the first schools to pioneer the adoption of the IB Diploma and were one of the first Language Colleges in the country, and are now one of around 30 state schools in the UK to hold the status of IB World School. We are renowned for our work with Special Educational Needs and performers from the College have graced many a notable stage.
Impington Village College and International College have delivered consistently outstanding outcomes for students in the last four years. GCSE results for students have consistently placed Impington in the top 5% of non-selective schools nationally. In 2019 43% of all GCSE grades were at 7-9 and 15% of our students secured the new ‘super’ grade 9. All of our students achieved at least one GCSE grade, including our EHCP and Enhanced Resource students who follow an entry level curriculum alongside their GCSE courses. The IB Diploma pass rate has been in excess of 96% for the last four years, 15% above the international average, and as a totally non-selective College our average point scores are also outstanding, with significant proportions of students achieving above 40 points. Impington International College is also a flagship provider for the IB Careers Programme (IBCP). These outcomes have led to the College being awarded several national accolades, including most recently East Anglia's State Secondary School of the Year (2019) by the Sunday Times. We were ranked in the top 3 comprehensive schools in the whole of the UK and were the top non-selective state IB provider.
Student outcomes are certainly impressive and have played a crucial role in the development of the College and the rising popularity for parents and students, resulting in over 260 first choice applications to Impington in 2019 and large numbers of UK and overseas applicants to the sixth form. However, the appeal of Impington is far more than just the possibility of academic success.
Students and staff at Impington are part of a family of IB World Schools that are committed to delivering a world class international education. A curriculum that places international mindedness at its heart through our unique ‘individuals and societies’ programme, the promotion of cultural awareness and understanding through exposure to languages throughout a student’s educational journey and celebration of our community’s diversity ensure that Impington students are equipped to thrive in an increasingly connected and multicultural world. Beyond the classroom students have the opportunity to develop and express their interests through iCAS, our timetabled enrichment programme, and the huge variety of extra-curricular clubs and activities available.
A focus on wellbeing for all members of our community, students and staff alike, ensures that our community feel well cared for and supported within a compassionate environment to meet the varying challenges they will face over the course of their time with us and beyond. This includes a full wellbeing directory for staff, a commitment to flexible working and a reduced allocation for teachers to support with workload and professional development. Our work supporting mental health and wellbeing has led to the College being one of the first schools in the UK, and the first in our region, to be awarded the Gold Carnegie Medal for Mental Health. We are deeply proud of our inclusive ethos, with Ofsted (November 2019) commenting that it 'shines through', noting 'everyone is welcome, regardless of sexuality, nationality, disability or any other personal characteristic'. We are proud to be a Stonewall Champion school and actively celebrate our diverse community.
The Morris Education Trust formed in 2016 to develop a local family of schools initially within Cambridgeshire. We are passionate about and deeply committed to comprehensive, community-rooted education. Our schools share and collaborate in a partnership, believing that education in our region should be highly regarded across our nation and beyond. Impington Village College is also the Lead School in the newly established Morris Teaching School Alliance, providing staff with a range of opportunities for professional development.
This vibrant city has it all…. threatres, cinemas, museums, an abundance of cafes, bars and restaurants and a lively performing arts scene. In the summer months there are al fresco performances of music in the greens and parks and an 8 week Shakespeare Festival performed in idyllic and unique settings of Cambridge University’s private gardens. Cambridge Folk Festival is one of the premier music events in Europe and one of the longest running and most famous folk festivals in the world.
The compact and largely pedestrianised centre offers a wealth of shopping from the daily market in Market Square to an abundance of boutiques and independent shops as well the renowned Grand Arcade and the Grafton Centre.
Cambridge has an abundance of sporting facilities and many of the university managed sports facilities are available for hire to external groups.
To meet the growing demand for housing in this popular location there are a number of housing developments. CB1 in the centre of Cambridge offers a modern city lifestyle. Whilst major developments are under construction in the south of the city; Great Kneighton and Trumpingon Meadows and Northstowe to the north of the city, to name just a few. www.cambridge.gov.uk/major-growth-sites-detail
Located only 50 miles north of London, Cambridge is well served by road and rail links, and is within easy distance of the major London airports, with Stansted 29 miles south of the city. Cambridge also has great transport links which include a guided bus and a planned second railway station and then of course there are the bikes. Because of its flatness, Cambridge is one of England's most bicycle-friendly cities with a vast expanse of cycle paths which extend out into the villages to give a great alternative to the car!
I was recruited to IVC four years ago as Lead teacher: Biology, having taught for four years previously since qualifying from my PGCE. During the summer prior to me taking up my post at IVC I received a letter from Cambridge University informing me that staff at IVC had recommended me to apply for their School and University Partnership in Education Research MEd course (SUPER) due to my interest in research.
During my first and second year at IVC, I completed my SUPER MEd part-time with the school releasing me every Thursday to attend Cambridge University when required and I graduated in April 2014. During my third year at IVC I was appointed the position of Deputy of Lower School, which I completed alongside my Lead teacher role to gain experience in the pastoral side of school life. This lead to me successfully being appointed to Head of Keller House/ Overseeing Year 10 as the College progressed from a horizontal model to the vertical tutoring and house system.
Throughout my time at IVC I have also had many opportunities to professionally develop my skills in not only the academic side of my subject but also in my other passions like the Duke of Edinburgh Award where the college put me through my Hill and Moorland Leadership Award.
I first arrived at IVC in 2013 as a Science PGCE student with The University of Cambridge, on my second school placement. I had previously worked as a Teaching Assistant and harboured a personal interest in working with SEND students.
Throughout my PGCE, the Science department and my professional tutor were hugely supportive, encouraging me both in the classroom and with my written assignments.
As I neared the end of my PGCE, I was offered the opportunity to apply for a permanent position, and to complete my NQT within the school. After accepting the role, I began my NQT year within the science department, teaching a wide range of students from all backgrounds and abilities.
I then applied for, and was successful in securing, a TLR role within the SEND department. This opportunity has allowed me to fulfil my ambition of working more closely with students with additional needs. I have now successfully completed my NQT year, and begun my TLR, and look forward to spending another year with the staff and students of IVC.
I have been at Impington Village College for almost 23 years. It goes without saying that I truly love the place. As a student and a local lad I always knew Impington was an incredible place for education; boasting great facilities, fantastic teachers and amazing academic results which would later provide a foundation for my career choices. Furthermore, the Performing Arts faculty, with a rich history of nurturing talented students of the arts, would enable me to embark on a fulfilling life as a professional dancer.
In between shows and touring the College would invite me back to teach and share my experiences with the students. These ‘Impington experiences’ became vital in developing my own pedagogic framework. The College had always been there supporting my needs as a progressing young professional and providing me opportunities to further develop my performance and teaching skills.
After my teach-direct (on-the-job) training I was offered a full time role which later developed in to the position of Assistant Director of Performance. Progression is key to life at Impington and this was another fantastic opportunity for the establishment to provide me with appropriate skills, training (iMLDP – middle leadership programme) and experience to fulfil my aspirations.
I joined IVC in September 2014 as a Teaching Assistant working in the SEND Department. During this time I developed an interest in working with vulnerable students.
During my second year at IVC, I applied for the position of an Administrator within the Pastoral Care Department and was successful in securing this role. This gave me the opportunity to learn about the non-academic side of the College and it gave me further knowledge of the accessible support that was available to students and families. Working in this environment made me enthusiastic to want to seek a career in Pastoral Care and to be able to support those students who needed it the most.
Whilst in my current position I was given the opportunity of a secondment to a Student Manager’s position to cover maternity leave for a year.
An opportunity for a permanent position for House Manager became available, which I was able to secure. During my two years in this role, I gained confidence with working with teachers, students, families and outside agencies.
IVC offered me the chance to complete a Level 6 course on Careers Guidance and Development to allow me to support the CEIAG Program in the College. I now deliver careers guidance to students in Years 7-11 and organise various career events for students.
IVC has not only supported me in my professional development, but has also supported a personal interest of mine, which is Mindfulness. I recently trained to be a Mindfulness Teacher and we have currently introduced Mindfulness as part of the curriculum in Year 7 and part of the enrichment programme for the rest of the year groups.
I joined IVC as a Teaching Assistant upon completion of my Masters degree in Clinical Psychology in September 2017. Through my role as a member of the SEND department, my professional development was supported through training in areas such as epilepsy, attachment and speech and language disorders. This experience enabled me to deliver needs-based interventions, such as speech and language sessions, to students.
After a year as a Teaching Assistant, I joined the House team as Wallenberg House Manager. As the College progressed to form the Pastoral Support Team in September 2019, I was appointed as Year 7 and Transition Pastoral Support Officer. I was empowered to make the role my own and to identify areas, such as Child Protection, where I would like to develop my professional skills. From this, I was provided with shadowing opportunities and training courses to support my development.
Whilst working at IVC, I have always felt supported and valued by my line manager, allowing me to focus on giving my all when working with our students. The unending support I have received has resulted in me working towards my ambition of supporting students, no matter what their needs may be.
Impington Village College is the second school I have taught in. I started here in 2016 and was straight away impressed by the ethos of the college. I started at IVC in the role of a Science teacher, the Science department were incredibly supportive and I felt very welcome and was treated as a member of the team from day 1. I was particularly impressed by the wellbeing provision in place for both staff and students at the college - there is a real sense of everyone caring for everyone else and wanting to help boost each other to help them succeed.
During my first year at IVC I expressed an interest in taking on a pastoral role within the college. I was allowed to shadow one of the Heads of House and opportunities were created for me to gain experience in this area of school life. In 2017 I was offered the role of deputy head of Turing house. During my year in this role, I took part in the Impington Middle Leadership Development Programme and was able to hone my skills as a leader within the college. In 2018 I took over the role of Head of Keller house and I have thoroughly enjoyed this role since.
I first arrived in IVC in 2013 as a Teaching Assistant and for that first year I supported a number of SEN students, mainly in PE lessons but also in Maths, English, Languages and Humanities. Although I was already a qualified teacher, I arrived in the country a year before and had just 3 months of experience working as a supply teacher, so working as a Teaching Assistant was a great opportunity to see and learn the ethos of the English education system.
The following two years I was employed as a Cover Supervisor and also given the opportunity to be a part-time PE teacher as a maternity cover. This experience was extremely important as it enabled me to develop my teaching skills and it also gave me the chance to experience all subjects IVC has to offer. One thing I particularly enjoyed was the opportunity to build relationships with the IVC students across all year groups- experience of this made me realise that I wanted to work in the pastoral element of education.
During my fourth year I was employed as a full time PE teacher and was then given the opportunity to be Deputy Head of Keller House in 2018. I am currently completing the Impington Middle Leadership Development Programme.
I couldn’t be more grateful on how IVC supported the progression of my teaching career, as every single step taken at IVC was extremely important to help me develop as a professional.
Impington Village College respects all who share in the life of the College as individuals and aspires to provide a quality of experience which gives them fulfilment and which develops their self-respect and self-esteem.
We place a high value on diversity and we aim to meet the needs of all taking account of differences of gender, ethnicity, culture, religion, language, sex, age, ability, disability and social circumstances. We recognise that equal opportunity does not necessarily mean treating everyone the same, and we encourage diversity to flourish. We seek to provide a positive working environment free from discrimination, harassment or victimisation. The College seeks to make all its members aware that they have a legal and moral duty to play their part in promoting a culture of equal opportunities for all.
Impington Village College has a Safer Recruitment and Selection policy that has been produced in line with the local authority taking into account “Keeping children safe in education 2014” and “Safeguarding Children and Safer Recruitment 2007”. This policy aims to ensure both safe and fair recruitment and selection is conducted at all times. Making safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children an integral factor in recruitment and selection is an essential part of creating safe environments for children. Resourcing the best people to work in our College not only helps to reduce the risk to children, young people and vulnerable adults, it also helps to raise standards overall.
Impington Village College believes that people working in close contact with, or are in positions of trust with children or vulnerable adults, are suitable for their positions. As part of the recruitment process candidates selected for interview will be required to complete an Enhanced DBS Disclosure and provide evidence of identification. The successful candidate cannot commence work until a successful Enhanced DBS Disclosure has been received.
The College will require the shortlisted applicants for all posts, paid or voluntary, to complete a form declaring all spent or unspent convictions, cautions, warnings or reprimands except those that are protected. This is on the basis that all roles in Colleges are covered by the Recruitment of Ex-Offenders Exemption Order. The declaration form will also include a question regarding any pending criminal prosecutions.
Some convictions or cautions (including warnings and reprimands) are deemed “protected” under the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 (Exceptions) Order 1975 as amended by the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 (Exceptions) order 1975 (Amendment) (England and Wales) Order 2013. This means that some spent convictions and cautions will become protected when specific conditions are met. Protected convictions and cautions will not be disclosed in a DBS check and the College cannot ask for information about protected convictions or cautions, or take these into account when considering an appointment.
The Principal (or his/her nominee) will discuss any relevant, positive declarations with the applicant, However, they must not ask about anything that is protected. The disclosure of convictions, cautions or pending prosecutions will not necessarily prevent the applicant being appointed but the information will be considered as part of the pre-employment risk assessment in the same way as DBS disclosures.
Guidance and criteria for the filtering of convictions and cautions can be found on the Disclosure and Barring Service website at: https://www.gov.uk/disclosure-barring-service-check/overview.
The Personnel Manager will email the necessary documentation to all short-listed candidates to complete regarding declaration/disclosure information.
Reference requests will specifically ask the referee to confirm:
References will be compared to the application form to ensure that the information provided is consistent. Any discrepancies will be discussed with the candidate at interview.
The following pre-employment checks will be undertaken before any new employee begins work at our college – this applies to casuals and volunteers (with the expectation of medical clearance):
The successful candidate will be informed that we will not confirm their appointment until all of the above checks have been completed satisfactorily.
Once appointed all support staff are subject to completing a satisfactory six month probationary period.
In accordance with the Disclosure and Barring Service Code of Practice this policy is made available to all job applicants at the outset of the recruitment process. The DBS Code of Practice is available at https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/dbs-code-of-practice
Having a criminal record will not necessarily bar you from working at the school. This will depend on the nature of the position and the circumstances and background of your offences.
Required: September 2020
Salary: IVC Lead Practitioner Scale 3-7 Currently £43,357 - £47,942 FTE