Sports Coach / Learning Mentor
Purpose of the job:
Lower Fields Primary Academy are looking to appoint a Sports Coach / Learning Mentor to join the academy in April 2020. You will complement & support the work of teachers by taking responsibility for agreed learning activities. This involves leading PE planning, preparing and delivering learning activities for individuals/groups & whole classes (PPA cover) and monitoring pupils and assessing, recording and reporting on pupils’ achievement, progress and development. To support vulnerable pupils in groups and 1:1 during English & Maths sessions.
The academy is a 3-11 primary school situated on the outskirts of Bradford serving a culturally diverse population. Lower Fields Academy has a reputation in the community as a nurturing school where all our pupils receive a high quality education. We are extremely lucky to be based in stunning and extensive grounds which help to provide a wealth of outdoor learning opportunities.
The successful applicant will be joining an ambitious, committed and hardworking team who are relentless in their drive to make a genuine difference to pupils and prepare them with the necessary skills to be successful lifelong learners.
If you feel you would be the right fit for this role then we would very much like to hear from you.
We are very proud of our academy and visits would be warmly welcomed by appointment. Please contact the academy on 01274 770312 if you would like to arrange a visit.
Main Duties and Responsibilities:
- To complement the professional work of teachers by taking responsibility for agreed learning activities, either for individuals or groups of part or whole classes, including daily PPA cover;
- To manage and develop the specialist area of sport and PE within the academy and/or the management of other teaching assistants;
- To lead extra-curricular sporting activities and/or fixtures every week and every lunchtime;
- To provide sports CPD for all colleagues at regular intervals;
- To develop and maintain positive relationships with parents and carers, acting as an ambassador for the academy;
- To take responsibility for planning and delivering a high quality PE provision to whole classes in conjunction with the wider curriculum lead;
- To assess the needs of pupils and use detailed knowledge and specialist skills to support pupils’ learning;
- To establish productive working relationships with pupils, acting as a role model and setting high expectations;
- To support vulnerable pupils and enable them to access daily lessons;
- To develop and implement individual support plans;
- To promote the inclusion and acceptance of all pupils within the classroom;
- To support pupils consistently whilst recognising and responding to individual needs;
- To encourage pupils to interact and work co-operatively with others and engage all pupils in activities;
- To promote independence and employ strategies to recognise and reward achievement of self-reliance;
- To provide feedback to pupils in relation to progress and achievement;
- To engage in wider school activities and events;
- To organise and manage appropriate learning environment and resources;
- Within an agreed system of supervision, to plan challenging teaching and learning objectives to evaluate and adjust lessons/work plans as appropriate;
- To monitor and evaluate pupil responses to learning activities through a range of assessment and monitoring strategies against pre-determined learning objectives;
- To provide objective and accurate feedback and reports as required on pupil achievement, progress and other matters, ensuring the availability of appropriate evidence;
- To record progress and achievement in lessons/activities systematically and providing evidence of range and level of progress and attainment;
- To work within an established discipline policy to anticipate and manage behaviour constructively, promoting self-control and independence;
- To support the role of parents in pupils’ learning and contribute to/lead meetings with parents to provide constructive feedback on pupil progress/achievement etc.;
- To produce lesson plans, worksheets, plans etc. as necessary;
- To deliver learning activities to pupils within an agreed system of supervision, adjusting activities according to pupil responses/needs;
- To deliver local and national learning strategies; e.g. literacy, numeracy, early years and make effective use of opportunities provided by other learning activities to support the development of pupils’ skills;
- To use ICT effectively to support learning activities and develop pupils’ competence and independence in its use;
- To select and prepare resources necessary to lead learning activities, taking account of pupils’ interest and language and cultural backgrounds;
- To advise on appropriate deployment and use of specialist aid/resources/equipment;
- To follow the PE national curriculum and wider sporting curriculum exemplified in the Sports Premium Grant;
- To comply with and assist the development of policies and procedures relating to child protection, health, safety and security, confidentiality and data protection, reporting any concerns to an appropriate person;
- To be aware of and support difference and ensure all pupils have equal access to opportunities to learn and develop;
- To contribute to the overall ethos/work/aims of the Academy and wider Trust;
- To establish constructive relationships and communicate with other agencies/professionals, in liaison with colleagues, to support the achievement and progress of pupils;
- To take initiative, as appropriate, to develop multi-agency approaches to support pupils;
- To recognise own strengths and areas of specialist expertise and use these to lead, advice and support others;
- To deliver out of school activities within guidelines established by the academy;
- To contribute to the identification and execution of appropriate out of school learning activities, which consolidate and extend work carried out in class;
- To liaise with managers/teaching staff and teaching assistants;
- To hold regular meetings with staff;
- To represent teaching assistants at teaching staff/management/other appropriate meetings;
- To adhere to all safeguarding / health & safety regulations and provide an outstanding level of care at all times.
- To ensure strict confidentiality in all areas of work.
- To work and process personal and sensitive information in accordance with Data Protection Act 2018 including the General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR) 2018.
- To ensure work is conducted in a way that protects the safety and security of information (e.g. strong passwords, reporting breaches, securing paper records, securely disposing of records).
- To understand and comply with the statutory guidance regarding safeguarding of children, ensuring the safeguarding and promotion of children’s welfare at all times, reporting any concerns to the Designated Safeguarding Officer immediately.
- To comply with the Trust and academy’s policies and procedures at all times.
To undertake other reasonable duties (with competence and experience) as requested, in accordance with the changing needs of the organisation.
The duties and responsibilities highlighted in this job description and person specification are indicative and may vary over time. Post holders are expected to undertake other duties and responsibilities relevant to the nature, level and scope of the post and the grade has been established on this basis.
The Trust is committed to safeguarding the welfare of its students and the successful applicant will be subject to an enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service certificate and checks of the relevant barred list / prohibition lists.
Experience and Knowledge
Key: A = Application, I = Interview And Assessment, R = Reference, C = Certificate
- GCSE or equivalent in English and Maths at Grade C (A/C)
- PE degree or equivalent (A/C)
- Training in relevant learning strategies (e.g. literacy) (A/C)
- Experienced in coaching in sport (A/C)
- Basic First Aid (A/C)
- Full working knowledge of relevant policies/codes of practice legislation (A/I/R)
- Working knowledge and experience of implementing national/foundation stage curriculum and other relevant learning strategies/programmes (including KS1/2 PE curriculum) (A/I/R)
- Constantly improve own practice/knowledge through self-evaluation and learning from others (A/I/R)
- Good understanding of child development and learning processes (A/I/R)
- Understanding of statutory frameworks relating to teaching (A/I/R)
- Play based learning and lunchtime strategies/forest schools (A/I/R)
- Good understanding of primary behaviour management strategies (A/I/R)
- Previous experience of working with children of the relevant age range in a learning context (A/I/R)
- Excellent proven track record of good and outstanding coaching (A/I/R)
- Previous experience in a primary setting (A/I/R)
- Communicating and working effectively, confidently and respectfully with colleagues whilst maintaining confidentiality (A/I/R)
- Working within a school and team environment (A/I)
- Working within a partnership context, including co-ordinating collaborative activities and plans (A/I)
- Effectively use ICT to support learning (A/I)
- Ability to organise, lead and motivate others (A/I/R)
- Ability to relate well to children and adults (A/I/R)
- Highly organised and self-motivated, with the ability to manage time to ensure that deadlines are met (A/I/R)
- Able to communicate effectively both orally and in writing with a wide range of people (A/I/R)
- Ability to work as part of a team (A/I)
- Ability to work independently, with good awareness of when to take initiative and when to check and confirm actions (A/I)
- Ability to be well organised and accurate in all aspects of the role with the ability to prioritise (A/I)
- Ability to work well under pressure and to respect sensitive and confidential work (A/I/R)
- Ability to form strong and effective working relationships with colleagues, within the academies and in partner organisations, even when working remotely (A/I/R)
- Ability to use SIMS (A/I/R)
- Ability to use other ICT packages as required (A/I/R)
- Diplomacy and discretion and the ability to appropriately manage confidential information (A/I)
- Proven ability to work as a team member to achieve goals in effective co-operation (A/I)
- To display a responsible and co-operative attitude to working towards the achievement of the organisation aims and objectives (A/I)
- Commitment to own personal development and learning (I)
- A commitment to abide by and promote the Trust’s Equal Opportunities, Health and Safety and Child Protection Policies (A/I)
- The post holder will require an enhanced DBS (C)
- The ability to travel independently across the Trust (A/I)