Teacher of Music - Exmouth Community College


Teacher of Music - Exmouth Community College
Exmouth Community College
Academy Trust
Achievement for All
Teacher of
Start date:
End date:
Fixed Term
01 September 2015
31 August 2016
Approx 0.7300% FTE (approx. 17 teaching periods)
Closing Date:
07 May 2015 at 10am
Interview Date: 14 May 2015
For further information about this post contact Deborah Maddocks:
Email: [email protected]
Tel: 01395 255 687
Find out more about our College:
Introduction to the
Welcome to the Music Department, an enthusiastic, committed and forward looking
department. Our aim is to give all students the opportunity to fulfil their potential in Music, by
producing first class teaching and experiences. The Music Departmental Team includes a
Head of Department, 2nd in charge of the Department (TLR), two part-time practitioners, one
member of staff who has pastoral responsibility in the College as well as teaching Music, a
full-time Studio Technician, eight peripatetic tutors (employed by the College) and
administration support. The department also welcomes PGCE students from University of
Plymouth each year. Our extra-curricular programme is also greatly enhanced by staff from
other Departments. A major strength of the Department is the cohesive way in which all staff
members contribute to the work of the team.
Accommodation and Resources
The Department has purpose-built accommodation, opened in 2005. The three large teaching
rooms are well equipped, each with piano, computer, projector, DVD drive, audio provision,
percussion and keyboards (with headphones). There are five practice rooms, accommodating
the peripatetic lessons and group work. Two further rooms house the departmental specialist
ICT facilities. This is constantly being improved. We have nine machines, each with Logic,
Cubase and Sibelius, as well as license to use the programmes on a laptop and on classroom
PCs. There are a further seven desktop machines with Sibelius in teaching rooms. The
College holds a license for Dance eJay and this is utilised in College ICT Suites for Years 8
and 9. The students are able to keep their instruments in a dedicated store. The state-of-the
art Recording Studio is heavily used by students at both GCSE and Post-16 level. Due to
demand ‘Studio 2’ has now been established, primarily for A2 Music Technology students. The
equipment is managed by a full-time Music Technician. The department is also very near the
new hall, able to seat 499 audience/performers, where some of our concerts are held. The
majority of teaching is within the Departmental rooms on Green Close Site, wherever possible.
The progress and attainment of our students is very good. In Summer 2014 100% of Post-16
Music and Music Technology students achieved a Grade C or above and met (the large
majority exceeded) their target grades. GCSE results have risen rapidly and in Summer
2014 97% of students achieved a Grade C or above.
All students in Key Stage 3 receive one hour of Music per week. In year 7 this is taught in tutor
groups, whilst at years 8-9 we teach in mixed ability groups which are not whole tutor groups,
organised with the Art and Drama departments. The curriculum is planned and constantly
reviewed by the team and we are always looking for the best ways to enhance our work. There
is a range of Performing, Composing and Listening tasks within our termly units. Key Stage 3
homework is set half-termly. At Key Stage 4 we offer GCSE (OCR) as well as BTEC First
Certificate Level 1/Level 2 in Music (Pearson). Students receive three hours per week for each
option subject. At Key Stage 5 we offer AS/A2 Music (Pearson), AS/A2 Music Technology
(Pearson) and BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma in Music - Performing (Pearson). The BTEC
courses were introduced for first teaching in September 2014 so are at an embryonic stage.
Three staff have been trained as Internal Verifiers, with the Head of Department having been
OSCA accredited.
Extra-Curricular Programme
The department provides a vibrant and wide-ranging Extra-Curricular programme that is
supported by both class and peripatetic staff. Instrument lessons are co-ordinated at the
College and serve the majority of our feeder primary schools as well. As such, the College
employs its own team of dedicated and experienced professionals, teaching woodwind, string,
brass, piano/keyboard, voice, guitar and percussion. Students participate in ensembles at
College, local and regional levels. College ensembles have participated in the National Music
for Youth Competition, with the Balalaika Ensemble and ‘Weekend Rescue’ (student band)
reaching the National Schools Prom at the Royal Albert Hall. We work closely with feeder
primaries, the College running a transition choir (‘SHOUT’) for Years 5 to 8. Our current
provision includes: Senior Swing Band, Junior Band, Senior SING (choir), Junior SING, Guitar
Group, Sax Group, Music Technology club and Theory Class. All members of the
Departmental Team offer complementary skills helping to bring a full and rich experience for
our students
Additionally, the department presents an extensive concert and events programme throughout
the year. A typical year includes: Autumn Concert (in conjunction with a Rotary Club) held at
the College and attended by c.400, Community Carol Service (at our local Parish Church), four
year-group carol services (in conjunction with pastoral staff), two peripatetic music concerts
(an opportunity to hear students who learn instruments and to meet the teachers involved),
performance at the Devon County Show, performances in the Exmouth Summer Festival,
summer cabaret of performing arts (dance, drama, music at Exmouth Pavilion, in conjunction
with Exmouth Rotary club), a concert of vocal music, a summer Swing Band evening, outside,
weather permitting (usually with other local musicians from the community and/or local
secondary schools), A2 music recitals and college production in conjunction with
drama/dance. Recent musicals include Fame, Grease, Kiss Me Kate, Hair, Threepenny
Opera, Cabaret, Bugsy Malone and Oliver.
The following were also part of our programme for the current academic year: a workshop and
concert with the Band of HM Royal Marines (CTCRM Lympstone), Senior SING attending
workshop and performing in Exeter Cathedral as part of the Devon ‘Celebrating Singing
Excellence’ event, SING supporting a professional operatic trio at a concert, a GCSE/Post-16
visit to the Royal Opera House, workshop and concert with an American Gospel Choir from
Tennessee. We also run a recording experience and workshops with adults with learning
difficulties during the College’s Activity Week. There are other events throughout the year,
both in and outside of college, organised by community groups and students. In March 2011,
the Music Department ran its first Tour to Paris, taking 60 students to perform in the French
capital (singers and instrumentalists). This has been followed by equally successful tours to
Valkenburg, Netherlands (March 2013) and Dublin (February 2015).
If you feel that you have the subject knowledge, energy and professionalism to work within the
department, then we would welcome your application.
Head of Music
Job Description
Teacher of Music
Fixed-Term – Cover for a Vacancy
Start Date:
01 September 2015
End Date:
31 August 2016
Approx 0.7300% FTE (approx. 17 teaching periods)
Reporting to:
Head of Music
Purpose of the Job
Exmouth Community College is seeking a qualified teacher to take on a role teaching Music.
The successful applicant will be expected to provide outstanding teaching and learning of
Music to ensure the high attainment of their students.
Key responsibilities:
· Provide a nurturing classroom and school environment that helps students to develop
as learners.
· Help to establish / maintain discipline and good order in the classroom and across the
Music department.
· Contribute to the effective working of the Music department, including the extracurricular programme
· Participate in departmental CPD and undertake professional development as identified.
Teaching and Learning:
· Plan and teach engaging and effective lessons that motivate, inspire and improve
student attainment.
· Use regular assessments to monitor progress and set targets.
· Respond accordingly to the results of such monitoring.
· Ensure that all students achieve at chronological age level or, if well below level, make
significant and continuing progress towards achieving at level.
· Maintain accurate pupil data that can be used to make teaching more effective.
· Identify situations where the Head of Department needs to be involved.
· Communicate enthusiasm of the subject, and the areas of learning related to it, to
Department Ethos:
· Work positively and constructively as part of a cohesive team.
· Have an infectious enthusiasm for the teaching of Music.
· Be willing to participate fully in the College’s extra-curricular programme.
· Ability to develop resources.
· Interested and involved in the College’s aim to service the needs of the whole
· Undertake the professional duties of a teacher as set out in the School Teachers’ Pay
and Conditions of Service document and College policies.
Person Specification
Qualified to degree level in Music
Qualified teacher status
Competent musician
Confident instrumentalist
Ability to teach GCSE , BTEC and/or A Level
Ability to teach Music Technology
Teaching Experience:
Successful experience of teaching Music in a placement or a
previous school
Experience of raising attainment in a positive classroom
Evidence of participating in extra-curricular activities
Teaching Standards:
Set high expectations which inspire, motivate and challenge
Promote good progress and outcomes for students
Demonstrate good subject and curriculum knowledge
Plan and teach well structured lessons
Adapt teaching to respond to the strengths and needs of all
Make accurate and productive use of assessment
Manage behaviour effectively to ensure a good and safe
Fulfil wider professional responsibilities
Personal Qualities:
Willingness to take an active part in the programme of extracurricular events
Adaptable, flexible and creative
Excellent written and oral communication skills
Good level of ICT skills
Ability to take responsibility and show initiative
Enthusiastic and inspiring
Ability to command respect
Enthusiasm for the subject and performing
Commitment to regular and on-going professional development
and training to establish outstanding classroom practice
Able to work as part of a team and help drive the department
Physical ability to carry out the duties of the post with reasonable
adjustment where necessary
Understanding and recognition of the principles of equality and
Commitment to the safeguarding and welfare of all students
Further Information
Committed to Excellence
Exmouth Community College is a fully comprehensive academy. We are committed to providing the
best educational opportunities, care and welfare for our young people. We set high standards of work
and behaviour and lead by example: we expect all our staff and volunteers to share this commitment.
Enhanced DBS required
A satisfactory Enhanced DBS clearance will be required prior to commencement of employment.
If you have any enquiries about this post please do not hesitate to contact us.
Email: [email protected]
Tel: 01395 255687
Find out more about the College
Get a real flavour for what a dynamic and exciting place the College is by exploring our award winning
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We hope that you will apply for a position at this exciting college.
To apply, please complete a Teaching application form.
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Exmouth Community College
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