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University Tutor or Lecturer / Senior Lecturer (for suitably qualified candidate) PE Secondary Subject Lead

As a good provider of Initial Teacher Education (ITE) across all our provision, we are nationally recognised for our overall quality and high sustained employment rates of our trainee teachers.

In this context, the Institute of Education is seeking to appoint an inspirational and excellent PE specialist with a strong commitment to maintain and further develop our excellent reputation in teacher training including in Secondary PE. The successful applicant will play a key role in leadership for PE.

The successful applicant will be responsible for contributing to course development and will teach in their specialist area of PE, on our postgraduate ITE courses. They will also contribute to the professional development programmes for practicing teachers. In order to maintain our strong reputation for and commitment to an excellent student experience we are seeking someone who can model excellent practice in their teaching and inspire trainee teachers to achieve their full potential.

The successful applicant will show a clear commitment to practice-based research and should demonstrate some evidence of developing their profile in this particular aspect of academic work. We anticipate the successful applicant will actively engage in continuing their own professional and academic development, demonstrating their love of learning.

Selection Process:

Short-listed candidates invited to interview will be required to give a 15 minute teaching session to an audience of around eight members from the Institute of Education:

"Explain and model how you would introduce planning for personalised pupil learning to a group of PGCE PE trainee teachers. Make appropriate reference to the PE National Curriculum and relevant literature".

This will be followed by questions lasting around ten minutes. The chair of this group will provide feedback on the teaching session to the interview panel.





Closing date: Monday 13 Nov 2017

Reference number: IE1715 - 3442

Job details

Job details

AC2 / 3 £32,547 - £47,723 a year, with oportunity to progress to £52,131 a year
Full time
April 2018 (or earlier)
Responsible to
Head of Centre for Secondary and Post- Complusory Education
Responsible for
Interview date
Interview date to be confirmed



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.

As a large Institute, each year 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.

Following its successful submission to the REF (2014) there continues to be a strong and growing research culture in the IoE with a focus on research that informs practice and in particular, but not exclusively, the teaching and learning that we offer. All academics are expected to contribute actively to this important agenda and we are committed to working towards a sustainable research environment, which supports staff at all stages of their careers to develop as researchers and also to enhance a research culture which is vital and motivating.

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

With responsibility to the Head of Centre for Secondary & Post-Compulsory Education:

1. To undertake the full range of teaching, module and/or subject leadership, workplace assessment and related duties, with due regard to quality assurance and professional conduct.

2. To lead and contribute to development work in Secondary PE and Professional Studies, participate in and contribute to development work of the department, including participation in regular team meetings and Institute/UW committee work.

3. To contribute to the process of monitoring and profiling students and to fulfil a personal academic tutor role.

4. To write and contribute to academic/professional publications, materials and papers, or using other appropriate media to disseminate. This may include making presentations at conferences, team and IoE events.

5. To conduct individual or collaborative practice-based research which will inform your teaching and knowledge base as well as educational practice.

6. To participate in, and contribute to, procedural and administrative aspects of the course, such as student selection, open days, exam’ boards and course and resource management.

7. To have an understanding of the work of external agencies including, NCTL, Ofsted, Local Authorities, professional bodies, schools and subject associations.

8. To deputise as appropriate for the Head of Centre in matters related to areas of expertise.

*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 degree in a relevant subject area and Qualified Teacher Status (QTS). 

2. A Masters qualification (or working towards).

3. Excellent subject knowledge of the PE national curriculum across secondary and primary phases of education.

4. A successful record of experience of teaching PE in a secondary school.

5. Significant experience of working with trainee teachers.

6. An understanding of the OFSTED ITE framework and how this impacts on a teacher training programme.

7. Commitment to and experience of undertaking practice based enquiry/research both to inform your own teaching and/or practice in the field.

8. Effective interpersonal skills including excellent oral and written communication skills.

9. A good awareness of recent national / international initiatives and Government policies in the relevant area of specialism.

10. Ability to work flexibly and to travel throughout and beyond the immediate region.

11. ICT competence for teaching and administrative purposes.


Desirable Criteria

1. Commitment to and experience of writing or contributing to publications or and disseminating professional/academic information to a wide audience.

2. Substantial teaching in a Higher Education Institution.

3. PhD or Doctoral study.

*Newly appointed staff who do not already hold HEA professional recognition or a HE teaching qualification, will be required to achieve this within three years of their appointment to the post, either through completion of the PG Cert Learning and Teaching in HE, or for those with significant experience of teaching in HE, via the University’s accredited CPD scheme conferring Fellowship at the appropriate level.

Applications from Non EEA Workers:
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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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