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On this page you can find all information about jobs vacancies and careers at Portslade Aldridge Community Academy, including teaching vacancies, administration and support staff jobs, and the careers opportunities PACA offers.

See Us In Action

We would like to offer potential candidates the chance to come and see the academy in action and to spend time with staff and students, to experience PACA at its best, prior to making an application. If you are making an application and would like to visit us first please use the contact details below.

Fill Out An Application

If you are making an application and need a form in a Word document please use the links below to download:

PACA Teaching Staff Application FormPACA Support Staff Application Form

Alternatively, if you don’t have Microsoft Word, please download the forms below in PDF format

PACA Teaching Staff Application FormPACA Support Staff Application Form

Vacancies

 Casual Exam Invigilator 

Job Title: Casual Exam Invigilator

Reporting to: Exams Officer

Contract Basis Casual

Location: Portslade Aldridge Community Academy

Salary: SCP 7 (11.59 per hour) 

Job Description:

To be responsible for supporting the Examinations Officer and the Senior Leadership Team to provide specific support to the school in the monitoring of internal and external examinations.

Key Duties:

· Report to and be briefed by the exams officer prior to each exam session.

· Assisting with setting up exam rooms.

· Keeping confidential exam question papers and materials secure before, during and after exams.

· Completing attendance registers.

· Dealing with extra candidates not on the registers.

· Recording absent candidates.

· Checking seating plans.

· Ensuring candidates have the correct papers.

To apply for the role please click on the following link: Every Candidate Portal - View Job Detail 

 Exams Officer (5 months Fixed-Term Contract)

Location: PACA

Working Pattern: Full-Time

Contract Type: Fixed Term (until end of academic year)

Application Deadline: Wednesday, 21st February 2024

Salary: NJC SCP 18- 22, Pro rata, per annum: £25,175.28 - £26,977.26

About us

PACA is a thriving mixed comprehensive school serving the communities of Portslade, Southwick, Shoreham and Hove.  We are an academy, but are also well integrated into the family of Brighton and Hove schools. 

In the last five years, PACA has doubled in size to its current capacity of 980 students.  Our 2021 Ofsted report noted: “Pupils and staff agree that, despite the ongoing growth of the school, everyone at PACA is known”, and “Pupils recognise that staff want the very best for them… This is reflected in calm and purposeful lessons”.

About Aldridge Education:

PACA is a member of the Aldridge Education family of schools, which locally also includes Brighton Aldridge Community Academy and Aldridge Adult Learning.

Aldridge Education is a charitable Trust of entrepreneurial community schools and colleges. Aldridge Education supports our schools’ Principals and teachers in rapidly improving the quality of education on offer at early years, primary, secondary and sixth-form levels in order to transform the life-chances of our students.

Key Duties:

Examinations General

· Directly responsible for leading and managing support staff including Invigilators, Senior Invigilators and to ensure an efficient and effective service is provided.

· Responsible for the establishing a 12-month programme for external and internal examinations.

· Responsible for maintaining full and current knowledge of all JCQ legislation observing rigorously and implementing changes as necessary (including associated training) ensuring that the school does not breach legislation.

· Production of detailed plans relative to examination resource requirements. Responsible for collecting and collating essential student information for examination and assessment requirements including consortia and external students as required.

· Manipulate relevant computer software packages to process and generate appropriate examination information, data and guidance notes.

· Plan and prepare examination venues including carrying out risk assessments as appropriate.

· Responsible for the recruitment, induction and training of all external invigilators.

· Responsible for the archiving of examination records in accordance with legal requirements.

· Preparing and setting up the exam room, laying out candidate cards and displaying the required IT software as necessary.

· Assisting candidates prior to the start of examinations by directing them to their seats and advising them about possessions permitted in examination venues.

· Offering advice and guidance to unregistered candidates without allocated seats; ensuring that candidates do not talk once inside examination venues.

· Invigilating during examinations, dealing with queries raised by candidates and dealing with examination irregularities in accordance with strict procedures.

· Checking attendance during examinations; recording details of late arrivals, early leavers, and collecting scripts from early leavers.

· Escorting candidates from venues during the examinations as required and supervising candidates whilst outside examination venues.

· Collecting and collating scripts at the end of the examination in accordance with strict procedures.

· Supervising candidates leaving examination venues, ensuring that candidates do not remove equipment or stationery from the venue without authorisation and ensuring that candidates leave venues in an orderly and quiet manner.

· Supervising and supporting candidates in access arrangement room. For example read, scribe, prompt. Following the regulations in the JCQ Instructions for Conducting Examinations booklet.

Packing down the room after the exam has finished and returning all equipment to the main room ready for the next exam.

Other Duties:

· Communicate routine and complex information efficiently and effectively to a broad range of audiences: Teaching Staff, Leadership Group, Site Officers, Students, Parents, Awarding Bodies, Support Staff, Invigilators

· Responsible for actioning exam queries and giving advice on all exam matters across the School.

· Undertake training and development commensurate with the post.

To view the full job description please follow the link to apply.
 
Safeguarding Statement:
 

Aldridge Education is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of its students and expects all employees and volunteers to share this commitment.

Where the role for which you are applying involves engaging in regulated activity, it is an offence to apply for the role if you are barred from engaging in regulated activity relevant to children.

A copy of Aldridge Education’s Child Protection policy is available on our website at www.aldridgeeducation.org

Following successful application, Aldridge Education will carry out the necessary prohibition checks for all teaching staff, as well as for all candidates undertaking regulated activity.

If you are shortlisted for the position you are applying for, you will be required to complete a Declaration giving details of any relevant criminal offences and other relevant information relating to our safeguarding duty. Further information will be provided on that form.

Any offer of employment will be made conditional upon a satisfactory enhanced DBS check and barred list check (where applicable to the role in question).

If you are shortlisted for the position you are applying for, Aldridge Education will undertake online searches (including social media) in accordance with KCSIE 2022.

This role is considered exempt from the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 and the amendments to the Exceptions Order 1975, 2013 and 2020. Which means standard and enhanced DBS checks will now always show all unspent records, including youth conditional cautions, meaning some previously unrecorded details will now be disclosed. 

Further information about filtering offences can be found in the DBS filtering guide. It is an offence to apply for the role if you are barred from engaging in regulated activity relevant to children.

Benefits

  • Aldridge Benefits scheme
  • Cycle to Work scheme
  • Employee Assistance Programme
  • Flexible working opportunities
  • Free on-site parking
  • Opportunity to join the Teachers’ Pension Scheme or Local Government Pension Scheme
  • Refer a Friend scheme
To apply for this role please click on the following link: Every Candidate Portal - View Job Details

Trust Lead for Professional Development (ITT Lead Mentor)

Location: Central, UK

Working Pattern: Full-Time

Contract Type: Permanent

Application Deadline: Monday, 5th February 2024

Interview Date: 22nd February 2024

About us

Aldridge Education is a charitable Trust of entrepreneurial community schools and colleges that help young people to reach their potential. We support our schools’ Principals and teachers in rapidly improving the quality of education on offer at early years, primary, secondary and sixth-form levels in order to transform the life-chances of our students.

About the Role:
The person appointed will take on the role of the ITT Trust Lead Mentor, responsible for training and supporting our cohort of trainees as well as ensuring the quality of support and mentoring in each of our schools.

Further details about the role including the full job description and person specification can be found by following the link to apply.

Completing the application
Candidates will need to create an account and are asked to complete all the standard information required on the application form. Please also address the mission alignment and capacity to meet the requirements of the Essential and Desirable criteria of the Person Specification and Job Description. CVs are not accepted as part of the application process.

We may interview candidates ahead of the closing date so early application is advised. The Academy reserves the right to interview and appoint prior to the advertised closing date. The advert may be closed at any time.

Operating Norms
We believe that the way we operate at all times and with all partners is of paramount importance.
​Our agreed operating norms are as follows:

  • We are Aldridge Education
  • The standard is excellence
  • We champion equality
  • We’re in the work together
  • We behave with integrity
  • We lead by example
  • We use time well

References
Candidates are advised that references will be taken up immediately after shortlisting. Candidates are asked to ensure that their referees are aware of the need to respond within the timescale set. In all cases two professional references are required.

Safeguarding Statement:
Aldridge Education is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of its students and expects all employees and volunteers to share this commitment.

Safeguarding Statement: 
Aldridge Education is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of its students and expects all employees and volunteers to share this commitment. 

A copy of Aldridge Education’s Child Protection policy is available on our website at www.aldridgeeducation.org 

 

Following successful application, Aldridge Education will carry out the necessary prohibition checks for all teaching staff, as well as for all candidates undertaking regulated activity. 
If you are shortlisted for the position you are applying for, you will be required to complete a Declaration giving details of any relevant criminal offences and other relevant information relating to our safeguarding duty. Further information will be provided on that form. 

 

Given the nature of the Trust’s activities and the regulatory framework it is subject to, any offer of employment will be made conditional upon a satisfactory enhanced DBS check and barred list check carried out by the Trust (where applicable to the role in question). It is an express condition if you are appointed to the role that you join the DBS update service. 
 
If you are shortlisted for the position you are applying for, Aldridge Education will undertake online searches (including social media) in accordance with KCSIE 2023. 

This role is considered exempt from the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 and the amendments to the Exceptions Order 1975, 2013 and 2020. Which means standard and enhanced DBS checks will now always show all unspent records, including youth conditional cautions, meaning some previously unrecorded details will now be disclosed.

Further information about filtering offences can be found in the DBS filtering guide. It is an offence to apply for the role if you are barred from engaging in regulated activity relevant to children.

 

Key Benefits of working for Aldridge Education

  • Aldridge Benefits scheme
  • Cycle to Work scheme
  • Employee Assistance Programme
  • Flexible working opportunities
  • Free on-site parking
  • Generous annual leave allowance which increases after 5 years' service
  • Opportunity to join the Teachers Pension Scheme or Local Government Pension Scheme
  • Refer a Friend scheme

Application Link: Every Candidate Portal - View Job Details

Trust Lead for curriculum development: Science (and PSHE)

Reports to:                          Chief Academic Officer

Start date:                            ASAP

Salary range:                      £50,000 - £60,000

Contract:                             Permanent

The Role

The Trust Lead for Science will promote and implement strategies for improving attainment in Science across the Trust, significantly through curriculum development and associated activity.  Working in partnership with senior School Improvement Partners, other Trust Leads, Principals, Heads of Department and Aldridge staff, the role involves a strategic overview of the subject across the Trust and the postholder is the leader of subject development for the Trust.  The key responsibility for this postholder is curriculum writing and development but this will include engagement with related areas such as modelling strong practice with new units of work, testing materials, assessment writing, standardisation and moderation, network meetings and national inset days.  The postholder will also work with subject leaders across the Trust to support curriculum development in PSHE, ensuring that we build a strength of resource in more than just our core subjects.

Key responsibilities

Curriculum development

  • Provide the strategic lead for curriculum development in a range of subjects at both primary and secondary phase
  • Be a joint-owner of the curriculum review tool and ongoing thinking, research and review to ensure that Trust curriculum thinking is evidence-based and high-quality. Make recommendations to the CEO for changes and developments to Trust thinking and practice.
  • Write curriculum materials for your core subject area, ensuring that it fully meets the requirements of our curriculum review tool and developments we make to our curriculum best practice models
  • Ensure that all components of our data-informed approach are incorporated into curriculum materials
  • Test out materials through visits to schools and other activity to allow you to work with our teaching staff to listen, consult, review and refine
  • Provide exemplar materials and model best practice in the delivery of (particularly new) units of work for staff team around the country
  • Consider requests from schools around particular units and other resources that would be useful to have created and support these as agreed with your line manager and based upon prioritation of work
  • Work with PSHE leaders and support them in creating curriculum materials that meet the Aldridge standard as per the work in your specialist core subject. This includes writing components of these curriculum materials, as much as is possible in a non-specialist area
  • Liaise closely with these subject leads across the Trust to ensure that they receive strong Trust support

    Assessment

  • Write and produce formal formative assessments such as mock papers for the Trust, leading on the choice of past papers and ensuring mark schemes are fit for purpose
  • Train departmental staff in standardisation sessions prior to marking and then lead the moderation process after marking
  • Analyse mock data for years 10 and 11 and flag up strengths and gaps to the executive team with recommendations for required actions. Work with schools to support them to provide targeted and timely intervention

    Networking activity and training

  • Lead regional subject initiatives and meetings; sharing, innovating and disseminating good practice, including co-planning and moderation
  • Take part in writing and delivering national inset day content as required
  • Write and run ITT and other subject-specific training for the Trust as requested by the Head of Professional Development
  • Lead on Trust-wide projects such as commonly-used diversity units, Trust-wide competition etc
  • Support regional and academy-level work to ensure that curriculum decisions are appropriate
  • Support staff with planning through co-planning sessions and train staff to close gaps using Trust agreed strategies for achieving this
  • Ensure that subject knowledge, curriculum understanding and pedagogy around GCSE and GCE specifications are facilitated in allocated academies

Other

  • Take part in monitoring and review work across the Trust as requested by the CEO
  • Support recruitment work as requested by the CEO
  • Undertake other various responsibilities as directed by the line manager
  • Work in alignment with and promote our Trust Operating Norms
  • Undertake the main professional duties of a member of staff as set out in the Aldridge pay and conditions of service document
  • Comply fully with Aldridge policies and procedures, aligned with Aldridge’s ethos of high aspirations and high expectations which lead to strong outcomes for our students

Please follow the link to apply: Job Openings (peoplehr.net) 

  

Apprentice Learning Support Assistants 

 

PACA currently has some Learning Support Apprentice vacancies, to apply click here

Main description:

To support all aspects of student learning and achievement across the school. Working alongside other apprentices, you will be part of a dedicated team who will support you to develop your knowledge, skills and behaviours. You will have one day off per week as a study day when you will be set assignments by your nominated tutor.

Key Duties

  • To support the learning and emotional/social/behavioural needs of students in accordance with Trust policies.
  • To communicate regularly with subject specialists regarding student’s additional needs and to assist in the preparation of learning materials/resources.
  • To prepare and host interventions with groups or individual students under the direction of the SENDco, providing tailored support to enable the students to access learning.

Entry requirements

Education to GCSE standard grade C/4 (or equivalent) in English and Maths

Skills required

  • Communication skills
  • IT skills
  • Organisation skills
  • Customer care skills

Training to be Provided

Teaching Assistant Level 3 Apprenticeship Standard, which you will  receive training to develop and demonstrate the Knowledge, Skills and Behaviour also included:

  • Level 3 Diploma – Supporting Teaching and Learning
  • End-Point Assessment (EPA)
  • NCFE combined knowledge and competency-based qualification
  • Work-based learning
  • 20% off the job training
  • Training is delivered on-line and face to face
  • A nominated tutor
  • Functional Skills in maths and English if required

Things to consider

Evening and weekend work may be required. You may be required to undertake duties as reasonably required with this grade. Satisfactorily meeting the Trust’s employment checks – a Disclosure and Barring Service Check (including any relevant overseas checks), health assessment, references, qualifications and legal entitlement to work in the UK

Future Prospects

A permanent position may be offered upon successful completion of the apprenticeship. Opportunity to learn and develop within the company. Progression on to higher apprenticeship/university course. The L3 Diploma Supporting Teaching and Learning in Schools and Colleges is embedded within the apprenticeship training programme.