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Andoca

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Middle School on Staffs/Cheshire Border
« on: April 05, 2011, 10:31:34 PM »
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Geog and History are taught as separate subjects.  The school runs on the secondary school model, with most staff being secondary subject specialists. Vacancy due to retirement of Head of History and internal promotion of Head of Geog.  Its a lovely school with extensive grounds backing onto National Trust property.  

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Re: Middle School on Staffs/Cheshire Border
« Reply #1 on: April 19, 2011, 09:02:45 PM »
I can confirm that this is a great school and Andoca has everything in place so you would be inheriting a great scheme of work and keen enthusiastic pupils whose enthusiasm for geography has been fuelled by Andoca's passion for the subject!

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« Reply #2 on: April 25, 2011, 09:45:56 PM »
Thanks for that Kate.
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Re: Middle School on Staffs/Cheshire Border
« Reply #3 on: April 25, 2011, 10:03:27 PM »
I think some people don't apply for jobs in middle schools as they think that they will be unable to return to exam work. Having worked in 3 secondary schools I worked as HoD in a middle school in Suffolk and loved it. I'm now HoD at the upper school.

I'd really recommend working in a middle school - a great opportunity for professional development and learning so much more about how children/young people learn. If you've never worked in this context you'll be amazed at what can be achieved by middle school age pupils. So if you're not sure about applying - go for it!


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Re: Middle School on Staffs/Cheshire Border
« Reply #4 on: April 26, 2011, 03:02:04 PM »
I'm quite tempted to move counties! Son is moving to Canada and selling the house could be time .................

I agree with Judith that middle schools do offer good opportunities and a considerable amount of freedom over the curriculum

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« Reply #5 on: April 26, 2011, 11:13:44 PM »
It is a fantastic place to work.  As for job progression I certainly can't complain!  It is not the dead end that some people perceive.  Like most of our staff I was a secondary specialist (mostly teaching A' level and GCSE),  I was an examiner at both levels.  It was once pointed out to me that the really rich people also send their kids to Middle Schools, and have done so for years, they just call them Prep schools instead. Teaching KS2 is my hardest challenge, and I am still not sure I have cracked it, but love the challenge it presents.  We do teach "proper" Geog. 

Advantages: The kids, designing your own curriculum, lack of exam pressure, teaching in a wonderful location.
Disadvantages:  Lack of exam pressure (I do miss the buzz), working in a v small dept.  SLN has been my department for 6 years, its the sounding board and ideas generator I needed as a result of not having other geographers around. It is not a well financed dept but every room has an IWB and again who needs text books with SLN?

The History dept is very well organised and the SOW is very detailed.  It is a job that will develop at the speed you set, It won't all have to be done overnight.

There has been a fair amount of interest, but there is still time before the closing date.  There are other vacancies in the school for KS2 numeracy and literacy specialists, an ICT teacher and a headteacher.  All due to either retirement or increasing pupil numbers.

 

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Mother, worrier, football fan, rainbow chaser.

 

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