Teacher of English - Lasswade High School
Teacher Main Grade £22,416 - £35,763
Fixed term until 4 May 2018
Currently, Midlothian has 6 secondary schools, 32 primary schools (19 of which have nurseries) and 2 stand alone nursery schools. Our special school, Saltersgate, provides support for children with a range of physical, social, emotional, behavioural and learning difficulties. The schools range in size from our smallest primary school with around 20 children to our largest secondary with over 1200 pupils. We have a diverse range of school catchments, from rural to urban settings. We are fortunate to have a growing number of new build schools, with 15 of our primary schools and 1 secondary having been built within the last 10 years and several new builds planned.
Lasswade High School is the largest secondary school in Midlothian with a roll of approximately 1400 students and growing. The school's catchment area covers the towns of Bonnyrigg, Loanhead, Rosewell and surrounding villages. The school also receives several placing requests as a result of its strong reputation from within and beyond Midlothian.
Bonnyrigg is a small town in Midlothian a little over six miles south east of the centre of Edinburgh. It forms the south eastern part of a larger settlement created when it merged with Lasswade. In more recent times Bonnyrigg has thrived because of its proximity to Edinburgh.
The brand new Scottish Futures Trust £37m Lasswade High School incorporates a new community hub with library, leisure centre, nursery, computer hub, conference suite, swimming pool and state of the art sports facilities. Phase 2, completion of external works, will see a new multi-use games area comprising grass and all-weather football, hockey and rugby pitches and completion of extensive car parking.
The school is extremely well resourced with ICT equipment. Every classroom has access to interactive whiteboards and projection facilities and the school is well equipped with i-Pad technology and wi-fi. The school is proud to have maintained an Eco Schools Green Flag for over 10 years. The school places a high value on teacher participation in extra-curricular activity and also on its extensive school trip programme.
The High School has a School Leadership Team consisting of a Headmaster and four Depute Headteachers. The school presently has seven House Pastoral Principal Teachers. There are over 130 teaching and support staff in 12 Curriculum Area Departments. Each Curriculum Area benefits from its own Principal Teacher leading curriculum development, teaching & learning developments, attainment & achievement initiatives and supporting positive behaviour. The school benefits from highly successful Additional Support Needs staffing and resources, including a Principal Teacher of Support for Learning, Department Teachers and experienced Learning Assistants all positively recognised and highly praised by HMIe Education Scotland.
The school also has an extremely supportive and vibrant Parent Council. There are several placing requests outwith the catchment area and a number of senior school international students. As stated above, we have a partner school in Shanghai and teach Mandarin as part of the Modern Languages curriculum.
Interviews for the above post will take place W/C Monday 02 October 2017
Pre Employment Checks/Requirements for Teaching Positions
If you are successful, our offer of employment will be conditional on satisfactory completion of pre-employment requirements, such as medical screening, two written references, one which must be from your most recent/current employer, verification of your original qualifications and your eligibility to work in the United Kingdom. Registration with the General Teaching Council and a satisfactory PVG check for Regulated Work with Children will also be essential.
General Teaching Council Scotland
Teachers applying for permanent posts should be fully registered with the General Teaching Council Scotland (GTCS). For further information on registration please visit: www.gtcs.org.uk
Regulated Work with Children
This post is considered Regulated Work with Children, under the Protection of Vulnerable Groups (Scotland) Act, 2007. Therefore, it is an offence to apply if you are barred from working with children.
Successful candidates will require a PVG Scheme membership for Regulated Work with Children. You will be required to join the Scheme or undergo a PVG Scheme Update check prior to commencing employment with Midlothian Council, the cost of which will be met by you. The fee for a Full PVG Scheme Membership is £59. You will be required to re-pay this amount to the Council by salary deduction over 6 consecutive pay periods. The fee for a PVG Scheme Record Update is £18. You will be required to re-pay this amount to the Council by salary deduction over 2 consecutive pay periods. If your employment concludes before the amount is re-paid in full, the outstanding balance will be deducted from your final salary. If you are an existing employee the Council will pay the cost of the Application Fee.
In your application we ask for information under the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974. We ask you to disclose any unspent convictions. Disclosures should be made by writing to or emailing the Employment and Reward Manager, in confidence, giving details of the offence(s), penalty and date(s) of conviction. Applicants should note that failure to disclose a conviction which is subsequently advised through a Disclosure Scotland check may result in the withdrawal of any offer of appointment.
Having a criminal record will not necessarily debar an applicant from working with Midlothian. Decisions regarding suitability for positions of trust which are subject to vetting will be dependent on the nature of the position, together with the circumstances and background of the offence(s).
For further information on the PVG Scheme please visit: www.disclosurescotland.co.uk
Please apply on-line. Facilities are available at all public libraries in Midlothian.
If you have difficulty applying for this post or in accessing the attached documents, or if you have a disability and reasonable adjustment is required, please call 0131 271 3063 to speak to a member of the Recruitment Team stating the post reference number.
Sunday 24 September 2017
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