ACT - The Association of Christian Teachers

for Christians working in education

The job
Items relating to the work of schools and colleges, including resources and training opportunities.

Medina Valley Centre - Field Studies Tutor (Geography) Vacancy.

 

MEDINA VALLEY CENTRE

FIELD STUDIES TUTOR (Geography)

Commencing ASAP

 

 

 

The Medina Valley Centre has an exciting opportunity for a passionate Geographer to join our team as a Field Studies Tutor. You will primarily be designing and leading practical fieldwork courses for groups of GCSE and A level Geography students as well as having an involvement in other area's of the centre

 

 

 

Job Title:                     Field Studies Tutor

 

Salary scale:               £20,500 - £22,000

 

Responsible to:          Head of Field Studies.

 

Requirements                        A degree in Geography and Qualified Teacher Status

 

 

Main responsibilities:

 

  1. Teach field      study courses up to A2 level
  2. Special      responsibility to assist with the development of the Geography courses to      fulfil the requirements of the various examination boards
  3. Teach      cross-curricular field studies at Key Stage 2 and Key Stage 3
  4. Contribute      to research projects, environmental monitoring and management of the      Centre’s nature reserve as required.

 

 

Other responsibilities:

 

  1. Assist in teaching the fieldwork component of multi-activity programme
  2. Take responsibility for weather recording at the Centre and maintain the weather database
  3. Assist in the continuing development of the use of GIS in Geography fieldwork
  4. Contribute to raising the profile of the Centre through the website, social media and Island events
  5. Assist in developing, teaching and promoting multi-activity programmes, including bushcraft and orienteering
  6. Contribute to the smooth running of the residential Centre
  7. Drive the Centre’s minibus or be willing to train

 

The successful candidate will:

 

uphold the aims and objectives of the Centre

 

take a full part in the life of the Centre

 

support the Christian ethos and spiritual life of the Centre

 

assist and support other departments in the Centre when there is a need

 

       receive training for the First Aid qualification (Health & Safety at Work)

 

adhere to the Centre’s safeguarding policy and undergo a DBS check with enhanced       disclosure

 

 

Personal specification and qualities:

 

A passion for the Great Outdoors and natural history, and have an awareness of the potential for motivating and transforming young people through fieldwork

Have an ability to inspire awe and wonder in the natural world

Be an effective team player, responding to needs throughout the Centre as they arise

Have a servant heart

 

Opportunities:

 

  • Work alongside experienced tutors who are keen to pass on their knowledge about the Island’s special natural history and fieldwork sites
  • Training will be available to gain qualifications in sailing, canoeing/kayaking, powerboating, archery, target shooting and bushcraft
  • Opportunities to assist with the multi-activity programmes

 

E-mail the Centre Manager, Dave Sinclair, for a job description and application form, and include a brief CV             dave@medinavalleycentre.org.uk

The Medina Valley Centre is a charity with a Christian foundation and there is a genuine occupational requirement that the appointee is a practising Christian

 

 

Background to the Centre:

 

Medina Valley Centre for Outdoor Education owns a 3 acre site and manages an acre of woodland at a beautiful location on the banks of the Medina Estuary, one mile north of Newport, the county town of the Isle of Wight.

This 100 bed residential Centre has charitable status and provides a quality of care to all-comers that reflects its Christian roots and ethos. The Centre provides field study courses and multi-activity programmes for schools in term time.

During school vacations there are Royal Yachting Association dinghy sailing and yacht master courses, and multi-activity courses, including canoeing, kayaking, mountain biking, archery, orienteering, nightline and rifle shooting.  The Centre also hosts day conferences and offers a venue for training for a variety of national and local organisations, as well as church and youth group conferences and retreats.

There is a newly opened high quality wooden lodge which provides en-suite accommodation and lounge space which will expand the range of groups attracted to the Centre.

 

There is a small leadership team, an administration team, and a catering and domestic team, led by the Centre Manager. The Assistant Chief Instructor heads up the water sports and multi-activity programmes, involving a team of activity instructors who are resident at the Centre.  Uniquely, there is a resident host who provides a special quality of care and an Outreach Officer who works as an ambassador for the Centre.

The team of four highly qualified tutors deliver the field study courses for all Key Stages, including GCSE and A Level Geography and Biology.

 

Around 1800 young people visit our Centre each year and many of the schools return year after year. School rebook in the knowledge that their students will receive a professionally-led course, while having a memorable residential experience in a Christian atmosphere, where care for the individual and respect for one's neighbour are highly rated and actively taught by example.

 

 In accordance with the Centre’s Christian foundation there is a genuine occupational requirement that the appointee be a practising Christian.

 

Further information may be found on our web site www.medinavalleycentre.org.uk

 


Medina Valley Centre - Ecology Field Tutor Vacancy.

 

The Medina Valley Centre has an exciting opportunity for an ecology tutor to join our team! We are looking for a passionate biologist who will work with groups of GCSE and A level students delivering Ecology field courses.

 

Job title:                     Ecology Field Tutor

Salary:                         £18,500 - £21,000

Responsible to:          Head of Field Studies

Requirements:           A degree in Ecology, Marine Biology or a related subject

                                    Qualified Teacher Status an advantage

Main responsibilities:

  1. Teach the ecology component of GCSE and AS/A level Biology field study courses
  2. Teach cross-curricular field studies at Key Stage 2 and 3
  3. Assist with teaching Geography at all Key Stages, up to A Level
  4. Contribute to research projects, environmental monitoring, and management of the Centre’s nature reserve

Other responsibilities:

  1. Contribute to raising the profile of the Centre through the website, social media and Island events
  2. Assist in teaching the fieldwork component of multi-activity programmes
  3. Assist with the delivery of multi-activity programmes, including orienteering, bushcraft and target shooting
  4. Assist with recording and presenting data from the Centre’s weather station
  5. Contribute to the smooth running of the residential Centre
  6. Drive the Centre’s minibus or be willing to train

 

The successful candidate will:

uphold the aims and objectives of the Centre

support the Christian ethos and spiritual life of the Centre

take a full part in the life of the Centre

assist and support other departments in the Centre when there is a need

receive training for the First Aid qualification (Health and Safety at Work)

adhere to the Centre’s safeguarding policy and undergo a DBS check with enhanced   disclosure

       

 

 

 

 

 

Personal specification and qualities:

A passion for the Great Outdoors and natural history, and have an awareness of the potential for motivating and transforming young people through fieldwork

Have an ability to inspire awe and wonder in the natural world

Be an effective team player, responding to needs throughout the Centre as they arise

Have a servant heart

Opportunities:

  • Work alongside experienced tutors who are keen to pass on their knowledge about the Island’s special natural history and fieldwork sites
  • Training will be available to gain qualifications in sailing, canoeing/kayaking, powerboating, archery, target shooting and bushcraft
  • Opportunities to assist with the multi-activity programmes

 

E-mail the Centre Manager, Dave Sinclair, for a job description and application form, and include a brief CV             dave@medinavalleycentre.org.uk

The Medina Valley Centre is a charity with a Christian foundation and there is a genuine occupational requirement that the appointee is a practising Christian

 

Background to the Centre:

 

Medina Valley Centre for Outdoor Education owns a 3 acre site and manages an acre of woodland at a beautiful location on the banks of the Medina Estuary, one mile north of Newport, the county town of the Isle of Wight.

This 100 bed residential Centre has charitable status and provides a quality of care to all-comers that reflects its Christian roots and ethos. The Centre provides field study courses and multi-activity programmes for schools in term time.

During school vacations there are Royal Yachting Association dinghy sailing and yacht master courses, and multi-activity courses, including canoeing, kayaking, mountain biking, archery, orienteering, nightline and rifle shooting.  The Centre also hosts day conferences and offers a venue for training for a variety of national and local organisations, as well as church and youth group conferences and retreats.

There is a newly opened high quality wooden lodge which provides en-suite accommodation and lounge space which will expand the range of groups attracted to the Centre.

 

There is a small leadership team, an administration team, and a catering and domestic team, led by the Centre Manager. The Assistant Chief Instructor heads up the water sports and multi-activity programmes, involving a team of activity instructors who are resident at the Centre.  Uniquely, there is a resident host who provides a special quality of care and an Outreach Officer who works as an ambassador for the Centre.

The team of four highly qualified tutors deliver the field study courses for all Key Stages, including GCSE and A Level Geography and Biology.

 

Around 1800 young people visit our Centre each year and many of the schools return year after year. School rebook in the knowledge that their students will receive a professionally-led course, while having a memorable residential experience in a Christian atmosphere, where care for the individual and respect for one's neighbour are highly rated and actively taught by example.

 

 In accordance with the Centre’s Christian foundation there is a genuine occupational requirement that the appointee be a practising Christian.

 

Further information may be found on our web site www.medinavalleycentre.org.uk

 


Medina Valley Centre - Field Studies Team Leader Vacancy.

 

MEDINA VALLEY CENTRE

Field Studies team leader

Commencing ASAP

 

 

The Medina Valley Centre is looking for an experienced Geographer who is passionate about teaching and developing young people in the field and in the classroom, and who can lead, grow and develop our field studies team.

 

 

Job Title:                     Field Studies Team Leader

 

Salary scale:               £25000 - £27000

 

Responsible to:          Head of Centre.

 

Main responsibilities:

 

  1. To lead a      small team of field study tutors
  2. To      co-ordinate the field studies department’s liaison with primary and      secondary schools
  3. To teach      field study courses from Key Stage 2 to Key Stage 5
  4. To oversee      the delivery of the fieldwork component of the multi-activity programmes
  5. To encourage      the continued development of the Geography GCSE and A Level fieldwork      courses and resources to fulfil the requirements of the examination boards     
  6. To encourage      the delivery of the Ecology component of the A Level Biology through      fieldwork programmes
  7. To encourage      the use of GIS in Geography fieldwork
  8. To co-ordinate      the environmental monitoring and management of the Centre’s nature reserve      and research projects.
  9. Maintain      links with other Island education providers and conservation organisations
  10. To be a      member of the Centre’s Leadership team

 

Other responsibilities:

 

  1. To      contribute to the content and management of the Centre’s website
  2. To ensure      that the field and lab equipment is up to date and well-maintained
  1. Assist in the instructing and promoting multi-activity programmes
  1. Contribute      to raising the profile of the Centre
  2. Drive the      Centre minibus or willingness to train

 

We expect the post holder:

 

  1. To uphold the aims and objectives of the Centre and promote its Mission Statement
  2. To take a full part in the life of the Centre
  3. To support the Christian ethos and spiritual life of the Centre
  4. To assist and support other departments in the Centre when there is a need
  5. To receive training for the First Aid qualification (Health & Safety at Work)
  6. To adhere to the Centre’s safeguarding policy and undergo a DBS check with enhanced disclosure

    Background to the Centre:

    Medina Valley Centre for Outdoor Education owns a 3 acre site and manages an acre of woodland at a beautiful location on the banks of the Medina Estuary, one mile north of Newport, the county town of the Isle of Wight.

    This 100 bed residential Centre has charitable status and provides a quality of care to all-comers that reflects its Christian roots and ethos. The Centre provides field study courses and multi-activity programmes for schools in term time.

    During school vacations there are Royal Yachting Association dinghy sailing and yacht master courses, and multi-activity courses, including canoeing, kayaking, mountain biking, archery, orienteering, nightline and rifle shooting. The Centre also hosts day conferences and offers a venue for training for a variety of national and local organisations, as well as church and youth group conferences and retreats.

    There is a newly opened high quality wooden lodge which provides en-suite accommodation and lounge space which will expand the range of groups attracted to the Centre.

    There is a small leadership team, an administration team, and a catering and domestic team, led by the Centre Manager. The Assistant Chief Instructor heads up the water sports and multi-activity programmes, involving a team of activity instructors who are resident at the Centre. Uniquely, there is a resident host who provides a special quality of care and an Outreach Officer who works as an ambassador for the Centre.

    The team of four highly qualified tutors deliver the field study courses for all Key Stages, including GCSE and A Level Geography and Biology.

    Around 1800 young people visit our Centre each year and many of the schools return year after year. School rebook in the knowledge that their students will receive a professionally-led course, while having a memorable residential experience in a Christian atmosphere, where care for the individual and respect for one's neighbour are highly rated and actively taught by example.

    In accordance with the Centre’s Christian foundation there is a genuine occupational requirement that the appointee be a practising Christian.

    Further information may be found on our web site www.medinavalleycentre.org.uk

     

    Opportunities:

     

    • Spend a transition period working alongside experienced tutors who are keen to pass on their knowledge about the Island’s special natural history, heritage and fieldwork sites
    • In-service training will be available for the ArcGIS Geographical Information System
    • In-service training to enable familiarity with the operating system for the Centre’s website
    • Training will be available to gain qualifications in sailing, canoeing/kayaking, powerboating, archery, target shooting and bushcraft
    • Opportunities to assist with the multi-activity programmes

     

     

    Person specification & qualities

     

    The successful applicant will have

    • a PGCE, and will be an excellent classroom practitioner
    • a passion for the Great Outdoors and an awareness of the potential for motivating and transforming young people through fieldwork
    • experience in leading fieldwork programmes with students, ranging in age and ability
    • the ability to motivate a close knit team of tutors with inspired leadership qualities
    • the desire to promote the Centre and further enhance its reputation in educational circles
    • a servant heart

     

 

 

 

 

 

 


Campaign to put less pressure on pupils because of Sats.

Schools are being drawn to a campaign that calls on them to put the interests of children above the pressures of the accountability system.

Primary head Jon Le Fevre wants school leaders to sign a charter which commits to not putting too much pressure on children to pass Sats, especially in Year 6.

He says 50 schools and organisations have already expressed an interest, with the campaign yet to officially launch.

“Headteachers are in this job for the right reasons but people have expressed their feeling that the accountability system is making schools act in a way that prioritises the Sats outcomes and maybe not in the best interests of the children,” Mr Le Fevre, head at Pilgrims Cross CE Primary School in Andover told Tes.

Read the detail.


Education minsters visit mostly london schools.

Education ministers have made more than 10 times as many visits in London as in the North East, the Department for Education has admitted.

The visits were counted in the time period since Damian Hinds was appointed as education secretary in January.

In a parliamentary answer, education minister Anne Milton said that 31 out of 127 ministerial visits had been made in London, with only three in the North East. A further 23 were in the South East, where all but one of the ministers have their constituency.

Read more.


How does UK education rank in the world?

How does funding and support for schools and universities in the UK compare with the rest of the world?

Every year an international comparison of education in industrialised countries is published by the OECD (Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development), providing a snapshot of trends.

The figures, picking out some distinguishing features, combine the education systems in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.

Read the detail.


US school brings in wooden paddle for punishment.

A school in the US state of Georgia is asking parents to consent to allowing their children to be spanked with a wooden paddle as a form of punishment.

The Georgia School for Innovation and the Classics sent a letter to parents requesting to paddle students after their third behavioural infraction.

Students who are not authorised to be paddled will instead face a suspension.

Georgia is among 19 US states that allow corporal punishment - including paddling - in schools.

"In this school we take discipline very seriously," Superintendent Jody Boulineau told local media.

Read more.


Gypsy, Roma and Traveller children missing school.

Bullying, racism and feeling left out of the curriculum are major factors in low school attendance rates among Gypsy, Roma and traveller (GRT) children community, MPs have heard.

Poor attendance was their main barrier to academic achievement, experts told the Women and Equalities Committee.

They have the worst educational outcomes of any ethnic group, with just 21 in England sitting A-levels in 2016.

But the cross-party committee heard that the picture was complex.

Sean Harford, national director for education for Ofsted, said: "Exclusions are very high - exclusions, absence, a lack of previous education, certainly in the case of Roma children coming from Eastern Europe, and areas of bullying and racism.

Read more.


Action needed in schools to prevent sexual assaults.

Two mothers whose daughters were sexually assaulted at school by other pupils are calling for action to stop other pupils being attacked. 

It is two years since MPs recommended a range of measures, after the BBC revealed more than 5,000 sexual offences at schools in three years.

Ministers say they recognise that peer-on-peer abuse can devastate victims.

New guidelines for England's schools this month set out their legal duty to protect children from such abuse.

The women wrote a letter to the BBC, which began: "We are two mothers. Each of us has a daughter who has been raped by a boy from their school."

    

In an interview last year one of the women, the mother of "Bella",  described how her daughter had been repeatedly sexually assaulted at the age of six by boys using their fingers over many weeks.

Read more.


Cyber attacks against colleges and universities.

A security analysis of cyber-attacks against universities and colleges in the UK has discovered staff or students could often be responsible, rather than organised crime or hacking groups.

A government-funded agency that provides cyber-security has examined the timing of 850 attacks in 2017-18.

Jisc found a "clear pattern" of attacks being concentrated during term times and during the working day.

When the holidays begin, "the number of attacks decreases dramatically".

The analysis of cyber-attacks on the research and academic network concludes there are "suspicions that staff or students could be in the frame".

    

Rather than criminal gangs or agents of foreign powers, the findings suggest many of the attacks on universities and colleges are more likely to have been caused by disgruntled staff or students wanting to provoke "chaos".

Read more.


 

©2002-2015 Association of Christian Teachers. All rights reserved. Use of this website is subject to our Terms & Conditions and Cookie Policy. Click here to read ACT’s Privacy Policy. Click here to read ACT’s Refund Policy. Click here to read ACT’s Electronic Transactions Security Policy. Website by: Serve Design 

ACT Login