Technician - Science
Purpose of the job:
Don Valley Academy are looking to appoint a Science Technician to join our academy in October 2021. You will support teaching and learning in the Department on a day to day basis as directed by the Head of Department.
Don Valley Academy is proud to be rated Ofsted GOOD (April 2019) for the first time in its history! This has been achieved by having dedicated and enthusiastic staff who are committed to giving our community an extraordinary educational experience.
We are a vibrant 11-18 Academy with 1074 students on roll, including 33 at Post 16. We benefit from a new building which opened in November 2016 enabling our students and staff to use state of the art facilities. We serve a significantly deprived community with 42% of students being pupil premium and 38% being in the bottom 10% for deprivation. Despite these challenges, you will find Don Valley students to be polite and engaged with learning.
As a community we embrace all opportunities and strive to support and challenge each other. We have a comprehensive professional development calendar which is tailored specifically to meet the current needs. Staff enjoy the leadership opportunities found within our ‘DEEPs’ model and are able to gain experiences of roles across the Academy from Aspiring Leaders to Associate Assistant Principals.
Collaboration is at the heart of the Academy for both students and staff and you will find Don Valley Academy to be positive and reflective towards their own professionalism, with wellbeing as a pivotal aspect of our Academy ethos.
Visits to the academy would be warmly welcomed by appointment. Please contact the academy on 01302 651035 if you would like to arrange a visit.
Responsibilities and accountabilities:
- To organise apparatus and resources prior to lessons, including the construction, preparation and checking of any specialist equipment.
- To assist with the duties of absent colleagues and ensure work left by absent teachers is delivered to the classroom as well as any other resources prior to the start of the lesson.
- To oversee the storage and replacement of resources required for the delivery of science.
- To assist teaching staff as required in the demonstration of practical work.
- To ensure the safety of equipment, laboratories and preparation areas, including:
- Annual testing of science apparatus
- Daily visual checks of gas, electricity and water supplies and turning them off at the end of each day
- Safe storage of hazardous apparatus
- Monitoring and maintenance of hazardous sources
- To maintain accurate inventories of departmental resources.
- To assess future stock requirements and place orders as required for departmental resources and stationery.
- To carry out routine maintenance and minor repairs within the department and to liaise with the Site Supervisor regarding more serious maintenance issues.
- To clean and remove apparatus at the end of each lesson.
- To review and reorganise the storage of apparatus on a regular basis.
- To take an active role in ensuring all Health and Safety procedures are met.
- To liaise with other departments and outside agencies in line with the Academy Development Plan.
- To participate in appropriate meetings relevant to the above duties.
- To carry out Portable Appliance Testing (PAT) of all electrical equipment in designated areas.
- To carry out Fire Marshall duties in the case of Fire and/or Emergency Evacuation.
- To be aware of and work in accordance with the Data Protection Act 2018, including the General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR) 2018.
- 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.
This job description may be subject to change, following consultation between the post holder and the Academy.
External: Contractors, suppliers, parents, external agency professionals.
Internal: Students, staff, AAB members, parents and any other visitors to the Academy.
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 Maths and English grades C or above (or equivalent) (A/C)
- Willingness and ability to obtain and/or enhance qualifications and training for development in the post (A/I)
- Excellent communication and listening skills (A/I/R)
- Ability to respect and maintain confidentiality (A/I/R)
- Working knowledge of standard computer packages (word processing, email and spreadsheets) (A/I/R)
- Ability to prioritise and manage own workload to meet appropriate deadlines (A/I/R)
- Efficient and effective organisational skills (A/I/R)
- Ability to relate to students in a pleasant and sympathetic manner and to recognise potential child safeguarding issues (A/I/R)
- Ability to work constructively as part of a team (A/I/R)
- Commitment to self and team development (A/I)
- Work in ways that promote equality of opportunity, participation, diversity and responsibility (A/I)
- A commitment to abide by and promote the Academy’s Equal Opportunities, Health and Safety and Child Protection Policies (A/I)
- A professional responsibility to promote and safeguard the welfare of children and young people (A/I)
- The post holder will require an enhanced DBS (C)
- Previous experience of working with young people preferably in a school setting (A/I)
- Previous experience within the specific curriculum area, in particular experience in electronics and/or physics would be an advantage (A/I)
- Understanding of Academy child safeguarding procedures (A/I/R)