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Senior University Tutor in Design Technology (Primary ITT)

The successful candidate will have evidence of ongoing professional practice along with a detailed knowledge of Design Technology as a foundation subject and be part of the primary team.

This is an exciting time to join our enthusiastic, committed and friendly team of staff in the delivery of initial teacher education and we are currently seeking to invest in a number of new posts, including in the subject area of primary Design Technology, in order to reflect our growth in applications and as a result of the development of new courses in the Institute of Education.

We would particularly welcome candidates with the ability to work across the Early Years Foundation Stage and Key Stages one and two of the primary curriculum, with extensive experience in at least one key stage. 

Design Technology is taught at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels in Primary ITT and is delivered as part of the foundation subjects curriculum on the BA Hon Initial Teacher Training Course and on our Primary PGCE Course. It is also offered as subject specialist option for some students on both Primary Courses. 

It is expected that the post-holder will be able to teach and inspire students across a range of established primary ITT courses; contribute specialist knowledge and also be able to contribute to developing knowledge transfer or CPD activity in the subject area. 

Our staff teams are committed to building on our achievements in learning and teaching and we have a growing profile in developing continuing professional development; we would hope that the new appointment could further contribute to these areas. We are friendly, supportive, ambitious, willing to learn and enjoy working with our students. We would like someone with similar attributes to join us in realising our educational aims. 

The role is based in the Centre for Primary Education within the Institute of Education, which is committed to both education and inclusion. We provide engaging and transformational learning experiences, to support students from a broad range of backgrounds, to widen participation in higher education, to raise aspirations, and to make a real difference to communities. In doing so, we are currently strengthening our profile in the areas of learning, teaching, consultancy and research. This is a very exciting time to join our team. 

The University of Worcester has long been noted for the high quality and innovative programmes in the field of Initial Teacher Education, Education Studies, Early Years Education, In-service Education and Continuing Professional Development and we continue to be at the forefront of new and exciting developments.

Selection process: 

Short-listed candidates invited to interview will be required to give a twenty-minute teaching session to an audience from the Education team on the following topic: 

The National Curriculum for design and technology ‘aims to ensure that all pupils develop the creative, technical and practical expertise needed to perform everyday tasks confidently and to participate successfully in an increasingly technological world’ (DfE, 2013).

Briefly identify one specific theme or aspect of the primary DT curriculum and demonstrate how you would begin to address this with a group of undergraduate or post graduate students showing the learning, teaching and assessment strategies you would employ.

The chair of this group will provide feedback on the teaching session to the interview panel.

Closing date: Thursday 26 Jan 2017

Reference number: IE1607a - 3153

Job details

Job details

AC3, £37,075 - £46,925 per year, with opportunity to progress to £51,260
Full time
Easter or September 2017
Responsible to
Head of Centre
Responsible for
Interview date
To be confirmed

Institute of Education

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“Our high quality programmes provide innovative and intellectually stimulating teaching, producing the very best professionals to support children, young people and their families.”

Ann Jordan, Head of Institute



The Institute of Education is a large and vibrant Institute which comprises of four Centres; the Centre for Children and Families, Centre for Primary Education, Centre for Secondary & Post-compulsory Education and the Centre for Education & Inclusion. Our overarching mission is to engage in high quality, relevant and informed learning and teaching, underpinned by excellent research. We aim to produce inspirational leaders in education in its broadest sense and produce highly skilled and excellent graduates who will make a positive contribution to society. Our work supports and upholds the overall aims of the University Strategic Plan and we are committed to providing outstanding education and continuing professional development. We are at an exciting time in our development and aspire to continue to build on the excellent progress we have already achieved. 

This role provides the opportunity to support and develop our initial teacher education courses. In addition, it provides the opportunity to develop leadership and management in Design Technology related subject work for a broad range of students across all phases of education. 

Our wide range of programmes already contribute significantly to the education, training and development of professionals working with children from early childhood, the wider school work force, initial teacher training and postgraduate development for a wide range of professionals in this field. We are, and continue to be at the forefront in developing programmes which address the needs of professionals working in services for children, young people and adults. 

As a large Institute, there are over 700 students training to be teachers at undergraduate and postgraduate level; over 400 students undertaking a range of undergraduate programmes in early childhood and education studies; over 400 students undertaking full and part-time Foundation Degrees in early childhood, learning support and learning and teaching; and around 260 students undertaking Masters or other postgraduate level work. We also have a growing number of full and part-time doctoral students in Education. 

Working together, with over 500 schools, academies and colleges, we aim to motivate and empower our students to reach their full potential through excellent, innovative teaching and high quality placements in order to make a transformational contribution to local communities and wider society. All of our provision is based on the strong principles of exceptional partnership and developing reflective professional practice. We have developed strong partnerships locally, regionally and nationally and we embrace new and exciting developments in a range of provision from Early Years through to Further and Higher Education. 

The IoE already has an increasingly diverse academic portfolio including Foundation Degrees for the wider educational and early years workforce; undergraduate provision in Teacher Training, Early Childhood and Education Studies; Primary and Secondary PGCE programmes and a range of other school based teacher training through SCITT and School Direct routes, an extensive postgraduate education programme which consists of school-based Masters programmes as well as other taught provision; and research degrees provision including Education Doctorates, MPhil/PhD and PhD by portfolio. The IoE has a very strong profile in gaining and successfully delivering externally funded work which also include a number of contracts in the field of school improvement and working with middle and senior leaders. 

The quality of our programmes and our reputation is rated very highly regionally, nationally and internationally. Initial Teacher Education has regularly achieved exceptional grades in its Ofsted Inspections with Primary ITE, Secondary ITE & FE all being graded as good with outstanding provision, and our Early Years ITT having achieved the highest possible outcome in the QAA audit reports of 2013 and 2014.

Main duties

Main duties

1. To demonstrate and lead in the full range of teaching, assessment and other associated duties, to ensure high quality teaching and learning and to contribute to Primary Design Technology related course curriculum, as required. 

2. To reflect critically on the teaching for which you are responsible, implementing improvement, sharing good practice and contributing to Quality monitoring and enhancement and professional accreditation processes as appropriate. 

3. To support the recruitment and selection of trainee teachers in Primary ITT and contribute to open days and other recruitment activity. 

4. To contribute to the development of effective partnerships and student experience opportunities including visiting trainees on placement and engaging in mentor training activity as required. 

5. To communicate effectively and constructively with colleagues within the Institute and University, attending, participating in and contributing to development work, including participation in regular team meetings and Institute/UW committee work. 

6. To contribute to further developing professional development activity and knowledge transfer in the Institute of Education. 

7. To actively engage in all quality assurance procedures, including those related to Ofsted Inspection processes and other quality evaluation reports in the area of Design Technology. 

*Maintain personal and professional development to meet the changing demands of the job; participate in appropriate training activities and encourage and support staff in their development and training. 

*Take steps to ensure and enhance personal health, safety and well being and that of other staff and students. 

*Carry out these duties in a manner that promotes equality of opportunity and supports diversity and inclusion, and takes into account the University's commitment to environmentally sustainable ways of working.

Person specification

Person specification

Please provide evidence of how you meet each of the essential criteria.

Essential Criteria: 

1. A first degree or equivalent in a relevant primary subject area. 

2. Qualified Teacher Status (QTS). 

3. Up-to-date knowledge and experience of current curriculum requirements in Design Technology across the 3-11 age phases. 

4. Successful and recent school teaching experience in Design Technology as a foundation subject in At least one relevant key stage (EYFS; KS1; KS2). 

5. A commitment to and some experience of disseminating professional/academic information to a wider audience, demonstrating commitment to research informed teaching and wider professional practice. 

6. Ability to communicate confidently and clearly with a wide range of people, both orally and in writing. 

7. Excellent ability to work independently and as a member of a team with enthusiasm, flexibility and commitment drawing on effective team working and interpersonal skills. 

8. Ability and willingness to travel throughout the region and beyond. 

Desirable Criteria: 

1. Post Graduate Study or Masters qualification (or working towards). 

2. Up-to-date knowledge and experience of current curriculum requirements in Primary Science. 

3. Some experience of working with/supporting ITT. 

4. Experience of teaching in other educational contexts.#

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Unspent convictions, cautions and bind-overs

The University is strongly committed to the fair treatment of its staff and potential staff, regardless of race, gender, religion, sexual orientation, responsibility for dependants, age, physical/mental disability or offending background. 

In line with the University's policy on the Recruitment of People with a Criminal Record, shortlisted candidates are required to provide information of any unspent convictions, cautions and bind-overs. Applicants are advised to seek independent advice if there is any doubt about the status of a previous conviction, caution or bind-over. Disclosures will only be considered at the point when an offer of employment is made. The existence of a criminal record will not in itself prevent you from gaining employment. 

This is a description of the job as it is presently constituted. This job description is intended to enable a flexible approach to be offered working across the University as required. It is subject to review and amendment in the light of changing needs of the University and to provide appropriate development opportunities. Members of staff are expected to participate fully in discussions about changing requirements and it is the University's aim to reach agreement to reasonable change. If agreement is not possible, it reserves the right to require changes to the job description after consultation with the individual concerned.

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