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Personal Coach

Our vision is about ‘Creating Unimagined Futures’ for our young people but we know that we do the
same for our staff community. We are seeking equally outstanding individuals to join our amazing
team. We are looking for colleagues with a desire to make a difference with commitment to
outstanding education is key.

Join us and we will change your life!

Our school supports up to 100 young people in KS3 and KS4, who for a variety of reasons
mainstream education just didn’t work for them. Now we are able to support them in small classes
of up to 8 learners and with all the early intervention that they need to make a difference to their
lives and their futures. We encourage personal growth and academic progress through
unconditional positivity and through leading by example. It clearly works as 88% of our students
achieved Maths and English GCSE and 90% went onto education, training and work last year, not bad
for students who were all but written off in mainstream!

Stone Soup Academy has a great team of experienced staff, we have great facilities, great IT and we
are in a great location with a tram, train and bus a stone's throw away.
If you have a great sense of humour, tons of resilience and a good heart then please get in contact,
Role / Responsibilities across all Key Stages:-
● To create a calm environment where the welfare of the children comes first.
● Working within an agreed system of supervision, to oversee support in the inclusion unit and
support the learning of pupils within.
● To work with challenging children to promote positive attitudes.
● Work closely with the Engagement Team and others to achieve the collective aims of the
Engagement team.
● Support the implementation of behaviour management across the Academy.
● To be lined managed by Head of Engagement
● To liaise on a daily basis with the line manager
● To provide in class support and intervention for all students and those who need additional
support.

● Support the delivery of challenging and engaging lessons, differentiating support to meet
the needs of individual students.

Specific Responsibilities:
● As a member of the Academy Engagement Staff Team, provide support and cover for other
members of staff as required.
● Ensure that the physical environment of the Academy is safe and secure.
● Support inclusion as required
● Supporting specific students within this role.
● Work with your group of key students to ensure that they make progress at the Academy
this will include, but is not limited to
● Making morning phone calls to students/parents to improve attendance
● Set targets and carry out interventions to improve attendance/punctuality/behaviour
● Parent phone calls
● Parent meetings
● Monitoring and completing data
● Working the floor and using your skills and personality to support all students into their
lessons.

General Responsibilities:
● To participate in the Academy’s Performance Management/Appraisal process and engage in
continuous professional development and networking to ensure that professional skills and
knowledge are up to date.
● To maintain high professional standards of attendance, punctuality, appearance, conduct
and positive, courteous relations with students, parents and colleagues.
● To attend meetings as required.
● All staff are responsible for the implementation of the Health and Safety Policy as far as it
affects them, colleagues and others who may be affected by their work. The post holder is
also expected to monitor the effectiveness of the health and safety arrangements and
systems to ensure that appropriate improvements are made where necessary.
● This job description is a representative document. Other reasonably similar duties may be
allocated from time to time commensurate with the general character of the post and it’s
grading.
● The job purpose and key statements remain indicative and by no means exclusive – given
the evolving needs of the Academy, flexibility among staff is very important.
● Where appropriate staff will be available for reasonable overtime e.g. Open evenings,
Summer school etc.
● The Academy is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and
young people and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.
● Any other responsibilities/activities as reasonably expected by the Principal

Person Specification
Qualifications and Experience

● Experience of working with children / young people.
● Experience of working with disadvantaged young people.
● Experience of working in a school or similar establishment is preferable.
● Experience of working with external agencies and other professionals is preferable.
● GCSE English and Maths ( Grade C /4 or above) preferred
Knowledge and Skills
● Ability to build and form good relationships with students, colleagues and parents / carers.
● Ability to work constructively as part of a team, understanding school roles and
responsibilities including own.
● The ability to make professional judgements.
● The ability to respond to crisis.
● The ability to apply and maintain firm & consistent boundaries with pupils.
● Good understanding of how to motivate staff and students and get the best from them.
● Knowledge and understanding of how students learn and barriers to learning.
● Knowledge of Equal Opportunities and approaches to inclusion.
● Knowledge & understanding of Child Protection and Safeguarding procedures.
● Verbal and written communication skills appropriate to the need to communicate effectively
with colleagues, students, parents / carers and other professionals.
● Good standard of numeracy and literacy skills.
● Ability to proficiently use office computer including word-processing, spreadsheet, database
and internet systems.
● Ability to absorb and understand a wide range of information.
● Ability to maintain accurate records and filing systems.
● Ability to deal with confidential data / issues appropriately.
● Proven experience to de-escalate volatile situations
● The ability to deal effectively with volatile visitors to the school and deal with them in a firm,
calm and effective manner

Personal Qualities
● Positive and sunny disposition
● A person who gets the job done effectively and quickly.
● Strong powers of persuasion.
● Initiative and ability to prioritise one’s own work.
● Be able to follow direction and work in collaboration with line manager and colleagues as
well as work well independently, using your own initiative
● Able to work flexibly to meet deadlines and respond to unplanned situations.
● Flexibility in one’s approach and an ability to think and respond creatively to challenging
situations.
● Efficient and meticulous in organisation.
● Desire to enhance and develop skills and knowledge through CPD.
● Commitment to the highest standards of child protection.
● Recognition of the importance of personal responsibility for Health & Safety.
● Commitment to the school’s ethos, aims and its whole community.
● The ability to establish positive and professional relationships with staff, parents &
governors
● Self – assertiveness

● The ability to be trustworthy and discreet
● Professional in dealings with staff both in and out of the Academy
● Well developed sense of humour
● Ability to work in stressful situations whilst remaining professional
● Excellent time management
● Loyalty and honesty
● A passion for wanting to help and support young people be the best they can be

Application Process
Please complete an application form which can be found on our website or by contacting our HR
department on admin@stonesoupacademy.org.uk or call 0115 822 1834.

Please also send in a letter of application detailing how you feel that you can positively impact the
lives of our young people whilst supporting our vision of Creating Unimagined Futures. The letter
should be no longer than 2 sides of A4 in font size no smaller than 10.

Closing date: Sunday 7th July
Interviews: TBC
Salary: up to £24,000 (Dependant upon skills and experience)

Stone Soup Academy is committed to safeguarding, Safer recruitment and promoting Keeping
Children Safe in Education. The successful candidate will be subject to an enhanced DBS check.
Prior to the interview we will conduct an online search as per KCSIE September 2023 / safer
recruitment policy. If we find anything that raises concern please be aware this will be discussed at
your interview with the Principal. If shortlisted after the interview you will be asked prior to
employment to complete a criminal records self-declaration form.

English Teacher

We encourage personal growth and academic progress through unconditional positivity and through leading by example. It clearly works as 97% of our year 11 young people achieved 5+ qualifications including English and Maths. In fact virtually all students move onto education, work and training, not bad for students who were all but written off in mainstream education!

Following the expansion of the academy we are now looking for an enthusiastic, energetic and positive full time teacher to work with the department to take English at the academy to the next level.

Stone Soup Academy has a great team of experienced staff, we have great facilities, great IT and we are in a great location with tram, train and bus a stone’s throw away. We have also invested in an additional city centre building which boasts a SEND department, immersive room and cinema.

Our vision is about ‘Creating Unimagined Futures’ for our young people but we know that we do the same for our staff community. We are seeking equally outstanding qualified Teachers or aspiring Teachers, educated to degree standard, to join our amazing team. We are looking for colleagues with a desire to make a difference with commitment to outstanding teaching and learning is key.

Perhaps you are tired of classes of 30; feeling unappreciated, left with no work/life balance, and suffering under a mountain of paperwork. Or perhaps you are starting your career and are looking for a supportive community to support you to be the best that you can be. Join us, and together we will change not only your life but the lives of hundreds of young people from across Nottinghamshire.

We appreciate and care for our staff and we were nominated for the TES Award for staff wellbeing and achieved the Optimus award for wellbeing.

Our school supports up to 110 young people in KS3 and KS4, who for a variety of reasons mainstream education just didn’t work for them. Now we are able to support them in small classes of up to 8 learners and with all the early intervention that they need to make a difference to their lives 

If you have a great sense of humour, tons of resilience and a good heart then please get in contact, come and have a chat and we can show you what we do and more importantly what we achieve.

Benefits

A highly resourced English department with all the equipment that you might need to excite and engage young people. A well funded faculty.  A commitment from the academy to make English the best that it can be. Strong links with Nottingham College, University of Nottingham, Nottingham Trent University making collaboration effective.

Salary negotiable dependent upon skills and experience

Newly qualified and ECT welcome 

We will consider staff with the relevant background and experience who are willing to become a qualified teacher whilst at the academy.

We will also support Early Career Teachers in their training programme.

We do lots to look after our staff’s physical and mental wellbeing including:-

  • Staff end of term meals
  • Staff team building activities
  • Free school lunch
  • Skinny Monday
  • Skinny Friday
  • Skinny last week of term
  • Friday cakes
  • Free AXA medical and dental care after 6 months
  • Free mental health support via AXA
  • Birthday cards
  • Friday sunshine moments
  • Friday thank you
  • Free training (NPQML)
  • Disaggregated training days 
  • Christmas Meal
  • Christmas present 
  • Access to gym
  • Medical box for staff
  • Free sanitary products provided
  • Discretionary pay review
  • Performance management review
  • Leadership opportunities
  • Effective communication including Monday briefing, Wednesday and Friday briefings, line management meeting and faculty meetings.
  • Easy access to senior leadership team and Principal.
  • Free high quality coffee and tea throughout the day
  • Free lunches

Job Description

Job Purpose 

  • To ensure that high quality learning takes place to enable good and outstanding student progress through effective teaching 
  • To promote and deliver high quality extra-curricular learning 
  • To actively participate in activities in support of the aims of the Academy 
  • To be familiar with and follow all Academy policies in particular those related to safeguarding 
  • To promote the welfare of children  

 

Accountable for: Learning, progress, outcomes, safety and welfare of students, both in classes taught and within a designated pastoral group 

  • To ensure the delivery of high quality teaching and learning opportunities for the students of Stone Soup Academy 
  • To prepare and teach appropriate, engaging and challenging lessons 
  • To ensure that ICT is an integral part of the curriculum 
  • To contribute towards the production of schemes of work and programmes of study for each year group 
  • To keep abreast of current developments in the educational field to enable effective curriculum planning 
  • To assess students’ work and report on progress as required 
  • To promote student progress and well-being with due regard for discipline and health and safety 
  • To monitor student progress throughout the subject 
  • To participate and contribute to appropriate meetings and staff development
  • To take responsibility for the effective care and guidance of a tutor group
  • To effectively monitor the academic performance of students within a designated tutor group 
  • To work closely with parents 
  • To promote the Academy within the community 
  • To demonstrate a keen interest in the life of the Academy 
  • To coordinate and  implement effectively the literacy recommendations of the literacy working group and keeping up to date the literacy action plan
  • To lead on the staff wellbeing group
  • To deliver the literacy CPD programme in liaison with the SENCO and follow up that actions are implemented 
  • To work closely with the intervention literacy staff and ensure that interventions are delivered effectively and progress is measured
  • To evidence the progress and impact of literacy initiatives across the academy including the quality assurance.
  • To report regularly to the SENCO on progress of students 
  • Any other duties as reasonable requested by the Principal

As a member of staff at Stone Soup Academy you are expected: 

  • To work in accordance with, and in support of the Academy’s vision and values 
    • To contribute to the Academy’s ethos by setting a good example to colleagues and young people 
  • To take part in performance management activities and reviews as required by the Academy’s policy and use the process to develop your personal and professional effectiveness 

Person Specification

If you are currently not part of the teaching profession, but have a desire to become a qualified teacher, we understand that you may not have some of the skills, knowledge and experience listed below. In which case please try to apply your experience to date as closely as possible to the specification.

QUALIFICATIONS A graduate or equivalent,  preferably in English

Qualified Teacher Status preferably in English

EXPERIENCE                      Proven experience of successful delivery of GCSE English Language and Literature across the secondary age range. 
PROFESSIONAL KNOWLEDGE AND SKILLS An understanding of the needs of, and barriers to learning for students in an alternative provision across the ability range.

A good knowledge of the strategies to support students in the classroom.

A teacher who can inspire and enthuse students and who uses a range of teaching and learning strategies for effective delivery.

An understanding of the criteria employed in determining student progress.

The ability to use ICT to enhance learning and aid teaching.

Ability to work under pressure

Ability to motivate and inspire students 

Excellent classroom teacher.

Ability to adapt teaching to recognise new and emerging technologies

Excellent communication skills, written and oral.

Proven organisational abilities.

Evidence of positive impact upon the progress of students in a school environment preferable

Proven ability to plan and deliver successful and inspiring lessons in the relevant subject area

Proven track record of delivering excellent outcomes for students at all abilities

A commitment to extracurricular activities

Proven track record of exam success at KS4

PERSONAL QUALITIES Unrelenting positivity.

Resilient with a can do approach.

Reflective, willing and able to amend your approach.

Passion for making a difference to the lives of vulnerable students, and the ability to inspire others.

A genuine desire to provide the best education for students.

A commitment to the aims and ethos of the school.

Excellent time management and well organised.

Reliable and conscientious.

A willingness to keep up-to-date with developments in the subject area and become involved in relevant training.

A willingness to support colleagues and the Academy in any capacity in the support of the students.

Enthusiastic team player

How to Apply

If you would like to join our amazing academy then please email the academy with a completed application form and letter of application, no longer than two sides of A4, font no smaller than point 10 addressing the person specification and within your letter please explain how you would add to our vision of ‘Creating Unimagined Futures’. To obtain an application form please contact the academy. CVs will not be accepted.

The successful candidate will have to meet the requirements of the person specification in order to be offered the post and will be subject to an enhanced DBS check and satisfactory references. The school is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects staff and volunteers to share this commitment. We welcome applications regardless of age, gender, ethnicity or religion.

We will also review your social media presence as part of the assessment process and in line with safer recruitment.

Closing date:- 23rd June 2024

Interviews:- ASAP

Start Date:  1st September 2024

Salary: Commensurate with skills and experience up to £32,000

Working pattern: Full time: Monday – Friday / permanent 

Stone Soup Academy is committed to safeguarding, Safer recruitment and promoting Keeping Children Safe in Education. The successful candidate will be subject to an enhanced DBS check.

Prior to the interview we will conduct an online search as per KCSIE September 2023 / safer recruitment policy. If we find anything that raises concern please be aware this will be discussed at your interview with the Principal. If shortlisted after the interview you will be asked prior to employment to complete a criminal records self-declaration form.

Volunteering at Stone Soup Academy

Joe, Final Year Education Studies undergraduate at University of Derby

Volunteering at The Stone Soup Academy has been a fascinating and rewarding experience. Every day, there is always something different to expect and to interact with. During my time here, I worked mainly with the engagement team. I was amazed as to how well all the staff knew the students, I could sense the friendly and positive relationships they shared even on my first day! Facilities such as the Games room and Learning hub provided excellent opportunities to get to know the students and build relationships myself.

I also had the opportunity to experience lessons across the wide range of subjects the Academy offers.
Again, I was astonished by the quantity and quality of resources present in every room, this combined with very high quality teaching made every lesson a pleasure to be part of. It was terrific to see the students using these resources in order to achieve their aims and goals, both academically and personally.

I am so happy that I applied to volunteer at The Stone Soup Academy, being able to be part of this community driven environment has changed and improved my knowledge of educational provisions. It is an experience that has certainly prepared and excited me for my own future in the education field.

Briony, 2nd year Education studies undergraduate at Nottingham Trent University.

I started volunteering at Stone Soup academy as part of a requirement for my university degree, as a 6 week placement. From my first day, the staff have been so welcoming and helpful, and truly made me feel like part of the team.

The students have been challenging, but I have been learning different ways to handle challenging behaviour, with help from the staff. The whole staff team put everything into the school, helping every student achieve more than they thought they could, and giving students a more tailored approach to education. I have built important relationships with the students, and now plan to continue volunteering for a few days a week for the rest of the school year.

Download Volunteer Application Form

A Day in a Life of a Personal Coach

Rebekka Ashmore
Head of Engagement

“I place high precedence on providing bespoke support for each student, having high expectations of them and encouraging them to achieve all they are capable of.”

For a personal coach at Stone Soup Academy, no two days are the same. Each member of our engagement team is a personal coach and has their own group of students for whom they are responsible for. This includes monitoring their engagement and progress in lessons, attendance, punctuality and behaviour around the building.

The personal coach can then share in students’ successes, offering praise where necessary and also put in interventions as and when required. These interventions can range from a chat to a parent meeting, with a lot of target setting and reviews in between to monitor progress. Our personal coaches work closely with the teaching staff at the Academy in order to find out how their key students are engaging in lessons, what they are doing well, where they need support and how best to provide this. As personal coaches are usually the people who have the closest connections with their students, they will share information with all staff as to ways to best engage the student and facilitate them in their learning. Consequently, all the staff work together to create a bespoke learning environment tailored to the needs of the student to create the best learning environment possible.

Not only do the personal coaches build up strong relationships with their key students but also their parents and carers; personal coaches are regularly in contact with home and referrers to ensure all stakeholders are updated and can work together for the best interest of the child. For each of their students, the personal coach is their ‘go to’ person, whether that is to laugh, cry or vent. The students take comfort in the knowledge that their personal coach is there to support them in any way possible, offering positive but disciplined support, to ensure their journey at Stone Soup is a constructive and successful one.

A Day in a Life of a teacher

Duncan Bennett
Head of Sciences, Business and Enterprise

“Having the opportunity to work in a such a positive and challenging environment brings out the best in me and the students.”

The day begins at 9:00, first I check the games room is set up as this is my area for duty. The games room needs Xbox controllers, pool balls and staff. We are then ready to greet the students with positivity, enthusiasm and care. It is so important to greet every student like they are special, shake their hands and make them feel welcome. Once we’ve said hello to the students that cross our path we will spend the first fifteen minutes of the morning either having meaningful conversations or building relationships playing games. 

FIFA is popular, pool is always busy and this helps our students make a great start to the day.

Form time is next, greeting each student with the same positivity and shaking hands if they haven’t been seen already. Six points are added to their dojo, hopefully if they were on time, they already have ten points for that. Punctuality is important and this is emphasised by those with the extra points. If there is a video to watch then this is a great way to start the day. Staff focus and class dojo assembly are always popular and a great way of making feedback visible for our students. Staff focus is filmed every Friday and shown to students on a Monday or throughout the week if they haven’t had chance to watch it. Staff thank students for their efforts the week before and let them know how well they are doing in each subject. Class dojo assembly informs of how well they are doing in their dojo and how much money they have accumulated in their accounts ready to leave in year 11 if they have met all their attendance and behaviour targets.

Onto the teaching day, my day will consist of either sport theory lessons, practical lessons at NTU sports hall or using the gym onsite. My students are studying a BTEC First Award in Sport and enjoy the challenge of completing it all in one academic year. This isn’t an easy task and there will be ups and downs but each student overcomes their difficulties and strives to improve themselves by the end of the year.

Practical lessons at NTU could involve football, badminton, basketball, handball or dodgeball throughout the year. Students will be working on leadership skills coaching sessions, applying the rules of sports or considering the physical implications of each sport and what component of fitness they are using.

Tour of the Academy

The gym is used to focus students and prepare them for the fitness elements of the course.

Lunch is for more relationship building, getting to know our students and helping them make the correct decisions. We all eat together, like a family, discussing our days and thinking for the future. The school menu is vast and gives our students and staff a great choice of food for the day.

Half of my lunch is for food and the other is spent in the games room. Here I join in with whatever the students are doing, playing games or having conversations with as many students as I can.
Afternoon forms leads us to votes for schools with a different topic being introduced each week. From this, students discuss various PSHE subjects are learn more about the world we live in.
Friday afternoons are special, enrichment is on and the students can pick from a variety of activities. These are skateboarding, football, vocal coaching, enterprise, art, media or photography. This is where relationships are further built and students begin to trust and feel comfortable with their teachers.

After school, depending on the day, we have teacher focussed time to prepare for our lessons, teaching and learning training or a whole school meeting to reflect, strategize and brief each other on school events.

The staff finish Fridays with a thank you meeting every week. Staff thank others for their help and support over the week. It is a great way to reflect and feel good about your week. A positive end to a positive week at Stone Soup Academy.