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Teacher of PE

Atlantic Academy Portland

The Teacher of PE is directly accountable to the Subject Coordinator in charge of PE , and is an integral part of a small PE team. The Teacher of PE will contribute to the effective day to day operation of the PE Department, and its ongoing success, delivering PE across the academy. The Teacher of PE will be fully supported by the Subject Co-ordinator in both a subject and pastoral capacity. The PE Teacher should support the Subject Coordinator as an excellent practitioner, committed to a high quality knowledge based PE Curriculum. Main aspects of the role: · Carry forward the Aspirations Academies Trust vision; · Support the continuous and consistent Aspirations Academies Trust-wide focus on raising achievement and improving student outcomes; · Ensure the Aspirations framework is embodied in every aspect of their practice. · Deliver high quality PE lessons and support the culture of excellence and challenge. Purpose: · To support the raising standards of student attainment and achievement within the subject area and to monitor and support student progress. · To be accountable for student progress and development within their classes. · To engage in a full programme of continued professional development. · To contribute to the development of the subject area. · To encourage a learning experience which provides students with the opportunity to achieve their individual potential. · To contribute to raising standards of student attainment. · To help to raise the aspirations of students in the subject and in the School. Responsible for: · Students within the subject area and their tutor group. Operational and Strategic duties: · To support the development of appropriate syllabuses, resources, schemes of work, marking policies, assessment and teaching and learning strategies in the subject area. · To actively monitor and follow up student progress. · To attend all appropriate meetings. · To have an awareness in their practice that fully reflects the distinctive philosophy of the Aspirations Academies Trust. · To ensure that Health and Safety policies and practices, including risk assessments, throughout the subject area are in-line with national requirements and are updated where necessary, therefore liaising with the Academy’s Health and Safety Manager. Curriculum Duties: · To liaise with the Subject Corodinator to help deliver an appropriate, comprehensive and high quality curriculum programme that complements the vision of the Academy. · To keep up-to-date with national developments in the subject area and teaching practice and methodology. Student Support Duties: · To support the overall progress and development of students within the subject area. · To implement the Academy policy on rewards. · To ensure the Behaviour Management system is implemented in their classes so that effective learning can take place. Teaching Duties: · To undertake an appropriate programme of teaching in accordance with the duties of a standard scale teacher. · To assist in the development of appropriate syllabuses, resources, schemes of work, marking policies and teaching strategies in the curriculum area and subject area. · To contribute to the curriculum area and subject area’s Improvement Plan and its implementation. · To attend all appropriate meetings. · To plan and prepare courses and lessons. · To teach students according to their educational needs, including the setting and marking or work to be carried out by the student in Academy and elsewhere. · To assess, record and report on the attendance, progress, development and attainment of students and to keep such records as are required. · To provide, or contribute to, oral and written assessments, reports and references relating to individual students and groups of students. · To ensure a high quality learning experience for students which meets internal and external quality standards - to aim to be an outstanding teacher. · To maintain discipline in accordance with the Academy’s procedures and to encourage good practice with regard to punctuality, behaviour, standards of work and homework. · To undertake assessment of students as requested by external examination bodies, subject area and Academy procedures. Other Duties: · To undertake whole Academy duties as outlined in targets set for Heads of School each year. · To adhere to the Academy’s Dress Code · To engage actively in the performance review process. · To continue personal development as agreed at appraisal. · To undertake any other duty as specified by School Teachers’ Pay and Conditions Body (STPCB) and the Principal not mentioned in the above. · To play a full part in the life of the Academy community, to support the distinctive aim and ethos of the Aspirations Academies Trust and to encourage staff and students to follow this example. · To show a record of excellent attendance and punctuality. General: Employees will be expected to comply with any reasonable request from a manager to undertake work of a similar level that is not specified in this job description. Employees are expected to be courteous to colleagues and provide a welcoming environment to visitors and telephone callers. The Academy will endeavour to make any necessary reasonable adjustments to the job and the working environment to enable access to employment opportunities for disabled job applicants or continued employment for any employee who develops a disabling condition.

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 and 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


We positively encourage you to come and visit, we love showing people around the


Our success so far


We have witnessed a remarkable turnaround in

all aspects of the Academy, with the expectations

having immediately raised outcomes. The calm

and purposeful atmosphere supports all aspects

of learning, 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 reception and Year 7 to be at capacity. We have year groups of 60 in

Primary and 120 in Secondary which helps promote the unique and supportive atmosphere

at the Academy.


In 2018, after one year as an Academy:


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

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

o Best performing school in Weymouth and Portland

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

o Top 8% Nationally for Reading

o Most progress, and top performing in reading in all Weymouth and

Portland schools, 3rd highest performing school in Dorset.

o Moderated progress in Writing,TOP performing school in Weymouth and

Portland, 3rd  in whole of Dorset.Top 10% of schools nationally

o Top 20% of schools nationally for Maths - Primary

We have several further mantras that support our vision:

‘100% Every day. No Shortcuts’

‘Excellence is a habit’

‘Climbing the mountain to university’


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


‘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


‘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 and run

centrally by SLT

● Expectation of disruption free learning, high SLT visibility ALL day, focus on

students. Allowing 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. Checked every morning, students will

not attend lessons if full equipment is not present. You will never have to

lend a pen, or look for a calculator again!

● Highly visible and supportive SLT, supporting you to keep high expectations

● Very clear and transparent sanctions – all detentions centralised and run by

SLT each day. 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



If you believe that this may sound like the school for you would thrive in, are ambitious

for all students, then here is information specifically about the vacancy:

Teacher of PE

You will be part of a successful PE and Performing Arts team and will deliver PE lessons

across the academy, with a possibility of teaching some primary PE. The department is lead

by the Subject Co-ordinator for PE and Performing Arts and the successful candidate will be

part of a small and successful team. As an all-through Academy this a unique, and

immensely exciting, opportunity to inspire young people to engage in sport with enthusiasm

and passion, setting healthy habits that we hope they will carry with them through their

adult life.

With a diverse and rich range of Enrichment Sport encompassing everything from

trampolining and yoga to team sports played at a competitive level, you will be part of a

team that gives all students the opportunity to be the best they can be.

The PE and Performing Arts team is fully staffed with excellent and supportive, fully

qualified team. PE is well resourced with a large purpose built Multi-sports Hall as well as

outside pitches with a view of the sea that is second to none! PE is on a rotation with Dance

up until Year 10 when students currently opt for either Health and Fitness or Dance BTEC.

Last year, 79% of Year 11 students gained a merit or above in Health and Fitness and 50 a

distinction or distinction*. We encourage best practice through CPD and visits to high

performing schools and departments.

Students take part in a range of sports including, but not restricted to, rugby, football,

hockey, rounders, netball, basketball, cricket, gymnastics, badminton, tennis, athletics, table

tennis. We have had particular success in cricket and have worked in collaboration with the

English Cricket Board, and our location opens up many exciting opportunities in water sports

where we have been able to work alongside local partners. Students at Atlantic Academy

have a genuine love of PE and this is reflected in the results achieved last year, and expected

this year.


How to Apply:

Please send completed applications forms to the below contact.


We very much look forward to hearing from you.

Please contact Clare Butler cbutler@atlantic-aspirations.org or 01305 820262

Atlantic Academy Portland


Atlantic Academy Portland
Maritime House
Southwell Park

T: 01305820262
E: cbutler@atlantic-aspirations.org
W: http://www.atlantic-aspirations.org/1230/current-vacancies

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