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KeyStage 2 Class Teacher

  • Closing date: 23 November 2018

Laithes Primary School 

Laithes Lane, Smithies, Barnsley S71 3AF 

Key Stage 2 Class Teacher (MPS) 

Required for January 2019 for Spring and Summer term maternity cover 

Applications are welcomed for the post of temporary full-time class teacher to join our friendly and supportive staff teams in our happy, well-resourced, and popular Trust. 

Applications from NQTs and experienced teachers are warmly welcomed. 

The successful candidate will:  

  • be an outstanding classroom practitioner,  

  • have high expectations and an unwavering belief in the potential of every child, 

  • be confident in establishing a creative and stimulating curriculum and learning environment  

  • be supportive towards our caring ethos. 


This is an excellent opportunity for the right person to join our dedicated team of supportive staff, governors and parents, and build upon the successes of our rapidly improving, creative and innovative school. 

In return we will offer you: 

  • A chance to join a skilled, talented and committed staff with a great team spirit; 

  • Supportive governors and friendly hard working pupils; 

  • Excellent support mechanisms and great opportunities for personal development in the school and throughout the trust; 

  • A flexible and forward thinking approach to teaching and learning;    

  • A well- resourced and vibrant working environment. 


Visits are warmly welcomed. To arrange a visit please contact Georgina Fletcher, Head of School on 01226 345030 or 07505282143.  

Application forms are available from, and returnable to:  g.fletcher@shiremat.co.uk .  

Closing date for applications:  Friday 23rd November 2018 at 9 am. 

Interviews to be held Friday 30th November 2018.  

 Please note for this post you will be required to undergo an enhanced Criminal Records Bureau check. 

The Shire MAT is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. This post involves working with children and therefore if successful you will be required to apply for a disclosure of criminal records at an enhanced level. Laithes Primary School is an equal opportunities employer. 


Job description


Post: Class Teacher

School: Laithes Primary School

Age Range of Pupils: 3 to 11

Responsible to: Executive Head/ Head of School/ Key Stage Leader

Salary Range: MPS 1 -6

Purpose of the Job:

Teach a class, working constructively as a member of staff within the whole staff team. Promote the ethos of the Trust within the context of our Vision Statement. Work within the Trusts policies, procedures and guidance documents. Promote and safeguard the welfare of all pupils. Meet the requirements of the School Teachers’ Pay and Conditions Document. Make the education of pupils their first concern and meet the requirement of the Professional Standards for teachers. Co-ordinate a curriculum, social or other area.

Knowledge and Understanding

* Have knowledge of and keep up to date with the requirements of the foundation stage and Primary National Curriculum and the Agreed Syllabus for Religious Education.

* Understanding the stages of child development and how pupil learning is affected by their wider experiences and life context

* Be familiar with school systems and structures including all those linked to health and safety and safeguarding.

* Have a thorough and up-to-date knowledge and understanding of the National Curriculum, drawing on subject expertise of other staff when appropriate.

* Use detailed subject knowledge to deal effectively with subject related questions raised by pupils and the common misconceptions that they hold- thereby deepening the pupils’ knowledge and understanding.

Teaching, Learning and Class Management

* Plan and deliver learning to the assigned class or classes in line with national requirements and Trust and school policies.

* Keep up to date planning on the Shared Drive

* Provide lesson which are well structured, maintain pace and provide appropriate support and challenge for all groups of pupils based on effective use of assessment to inform next step learning.

* Provide a stimulating learning environment that promotes learning and celebrates achievements. Maintain a tidy, organised classroom and contribute to the overall appearance of the shared areas in school.

* Evaluate own teaching critically, drawing on development opportunities to improve effectiveness.

* Make effective use of data to ensure pupils make appropriate progress.

* Identify those with Special Educational Need and disability, implement planned programmes and seek appropriate support from other professional.

* Direct and deploy any support staff or classroom assistant effectively.

* Establish and maintain a high standard of discipline by the use of praise, rewards and sanctions, promoting effective behaviours for learning in all contexts so children feel secure and confident as learners.

* Set homework in line with Trust/School policy to consolidate and extend learning.

* Use Planning, Preparation and Assessment (PPA) time effectively. At least 10% of timetabled time will be designated as PPA time, and it will be allocated in blocks of no less than 30 minutes.

* Assess and record each pupil’s progress and attainment systematically in line with school current practice.

* Mark and monitor class work and homework providing feedback in line with the feedback and guidance policy and use the results for future planning, teaching and learning.

* Write/collate high quality and informative individual, positive, honest annual reports to parents/carers and discuss pupil’s progress and welfare at parents’ meetings and other occasions developing positive relationships.

* Prepare pupils for National Curriculum Assessment and conduct tests in line with official guidance.

Whole School Contribution

* Lead Collective Worship.

* Carry out duties of supervision during playtimes and lunchtimes in accordance to rotas/timetables. Supervise pupils at transitions, beginnings and ends of session and ensure orderly movement around school.

* Contribute to the maintenance of good discipline in and around school at all times.

* Be supportive of the schools extra-curricular activities.

* Contribute to the shared responsibility of all staff for display and general appearance in the shared areas of school.

* Contribute to the maintenance and organisation of shared resources around school.

Curriculum Area Leader Responsibility

* Ensure that the requirements of the National Curriculum for are being met.

* Support/develop curriculum initiatives to improve the quality and continuity of teaching and learning throughout the school for .

* Write action plans for inclusion in the Trust/School Development Plan as appropriate and at the request of the Executive Headteacher or Head of School.

* Establish and maintain and evidence base in the form of a Curriculum Area Leaders folder including a portfolio of learning samples.

* Lead staff meetings and be a point of support and guidance for other members of staff.

* Keep up to date with current thinking, reports and developments and disseminate good practice across the trust using a variety of methods.

* Prepare guidelines, policies and schemes of work and ensuring the regular review/revision of these.

* Maintain current and accurate inventories of equipment/necessary resources.

Professional Standards and Development

* Understand the professional responsibilities in relation to Trust/school policies and practices and in doing so actively support and reinforce those policies.

* Be aware of the role of the board of directors and the local governing body.

* Set a good example around the whole school, in appearance and personal conduct.

* Establish and maintain effective working relationships with other professional colleagues, not only those within school and across the Trust, but those from outside agencies.

* Attend meetings within the constraints of directed time and contribute to the development of school procedures, practices and policies as appropriate

* Contribute to the development of Trust/school based initiatives in line with the Trust/School Development Plan.

Other Professional requirements

* In conjunction with the Executive Headteacher, Head of School or Key Stage leader, take responsibility for personal professional development; keep up to date with research and development in teaching and pedagogy and changes in the school curriculum, which may lead to improvements in teaching and learning.

* Undertake any necessary professional development as identified in the school development plan taking full advantage of any relevant training and development.

* Maintain a reflective approach to evaluating and improving own practice.

* Engage in annual review of performance.

* Contribute to the professional development of colleagues, especially NQT’s.

Health and Safety

* Be aware of the responsibility for personal health, safety and welfare and that of others who may be affected by you action or inactions.

* Co-operate on all matters to do with Health, Safety and Welfare.

Specific Pastoral Duties

Support, guidance, Monitoring and Reporting

* Consider promoting and safeguarding pupils’ welfare as paramount, and take action in accordance with responsibility ‘in loco parentis’

* Report any safeguarding concerns in line with school procedures.

* Monitor the social progress of pupils, including the progress in PSHE lessons.

* Encourage pupils to explore thoughts, feeling and solutions to problems.

* Have a detailed knowledge of the pupils in the class and play a central role in behaviour support for that of the pupils in your class.

* Develop in pupils a positive attitude towards themselves and others with strong sense of self- respect. Also to develop a sense of respect for others people’s property, ideas and beliefs irrespective of gender, race disabilities or academic achievements.


This Job description is subject to amendment from time to time within the term of your conditions of employment but only to an extent consistent with those conditions of employment as the needs of the Trust/School may require and only after consultation with you.

The Trust’s grievance procedure is available in relation to any dispute arising in connection with this job description and any amendment.

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