D&T and Art Technician

Reports to: Head of Department

Key purpose of the job

To assist curriculum leaders and teachers to deliver successful practical lessons. Key responsibilities

• To prepare equipment and materials, including handouts, required for demonstrations and for practical work and dismantling and storage after use.

• To assist students and teaching staff with classroom practicals and demonstrations.

• To repair and maintain machinery and hand tools and reporting equipment for repair if outside the capabilities of the Technician.

• To construct and/or modify simple teaching aids.

• To inspect, maintain and ensure the correct use of safety equipment and attend health and safety meetings.

• To operate departmental documentation systems (cataloguing, filing, worksheets, etc.)

• To make petty cash purchases.

• To maintain a good stock of necessary materials including operating and administering stock control, ordering procedures, preparation of requisitions, obtaining quotations, checking deliveries, etc.

• To be responsible to the Faculty Leader for the maintenance and upkeep of the Technology areas and advising on any improvements which can be made in this respect. General

• Operate at all times within the stated policies and practices of the school.

• Establish effective working relationships and set a good example through their presentation and personal and professional conduct.

• Contribute to the corporate life of the school through effective participation in meetings and management systems necessary to coordinate the management of the school. Health & Safety

• Comply with all statutory requirements in relation to Health & Safety and be aware of the schools Health & Safety Policy.

• Be aware of the responsibility for personal health, safety and welfare and that of others who may be affected by your actions or inactions.

• To support the department head with ensuring that all COSHH, ACOP, HACCP, risk management, health and safety policies and procedures and other relevant legislation are met.


• GCSE Grade C or above in Maths and English or equivalent

• NVQ Level 3 or equivalent experience in Technology or Design

• Knowledge of CLEAPS guidelnes


• GCSE Grade C or above in Maths and English or equivalent

• NVQ Level 3 or equivalent experience in Technology or Design

• Knowledge of CLEAPS guidelnes


• Experience of working as a technician in an academy

Personal Qualities

• Ability to demonstrate enthusiasm and sensitivity while working with others

• Creativity, flexibility and innovation

• Reliability under pressure • Ability to work as part of a team and establish good working relationships with teaching staff and pupils

• A commitment to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of young people

• Outstanding communication skills

• Approachable

Overview of the Trust

The Nova Education Trust is a dynamic and growing Multi Academy Trust Group based in the East Midlands. Our Trust Group is committed to providing high quality education to all of our students, regardless of their backgrounds.

With a range of schools in the trust serving a variety of different communities, opportunities for career progression and wider professional experiences are extensive. We have outstanding CPD provision across our schools, supported by our Teaching School Alliance, which links 23 schools together, sharing effective practice and developing new models for staff development. We also have a unique programme designed to provide middle and senior leaders with all the skills required to develop their careers.

As an employer we offer an enhanced benefit package to all staff that includes help with healthcare and a fully-funded MA programme for all teaching staff. We can also offer help with relocation in certain circumstances. The Trust also has a policy of wider engagement for main-scale, middle and senior staff. In recent years, employees have visited schools in America, Canada, Finland, Singapore and South Africa as part of their professional development.

Overview of the School

Ethos Newark Academy has a very clear ethos focused on the achievement and well being of our students. We believe that a school should be at the very heart of the community and place great value on collaboration, partnership and service alongside a range of core values that compliment academic success. We encourage staff to be creative, independent and ambitious. We expect them to challenge and inspire our students, providing them with the motivation and support necessary to achieve their full potential.

To Summarise

• We have high expectations of students and staff;

• We believe every student can succeed; • We ensure barriers to learning are challenged and overcome;

• We expect teaching to be well planned, varied and stimulating;

• We expect learning to be active, focused, social and engaging; and Newark Academy and The Torch Academy Gateway Trust Website: www.newarkacademy.co.uk and www.torchacademy.co.uk

• We insist on high standards of behaviour at all times.


At Newark Academy we believe that examination success allows our students to make the very most of their lives and student achievement is at the very heart of everything we do.

We have developed a curriculum designed to challenge and engage students, offering them the very best preparation for examination success and the skills and confidence required to make full use of those qualifications.

Exciting, engaging and inspiring lessons lie at the centre of our curriculum and as a school we constantly strive to provide students with the very best educational experiences possible.

Should a student require additional support, Newark Academy provides a range of support services that will ensure every student’s success, whatever their individual educational needs.


At Newark Academy we pride ourselves on the quality of care, guidance and support given to individual pupils. At the core of this provision is a year system led by a Head of Year and supported by the Pastoral Leaders, Tutors and Learning Support teams. This system provides students with the care they need whilst allowing them to nurture friendships and develop a strong sense of community. Tutors play an active role in ensuring that students are happy, well supported and fully engaged in school life and serve as the first point of contact between school and home. There are regular updates of pupils’ progress through termly reports, online data and twice yearly Achievement events Newark Academy is a very caring community and the health, happiness and well-being of students underpins our overall ethos and philosophy.


Our curriculum follows National Curriculum guidelines and aims to provide a broad and balanced learning experience for all. At Key Stage 3 our two-year programme covers all the National Curriculum subjects. Students are taught in ability groups in the majority of subjects. During our three year Key Stage 4 programme all students study the English Baccalaureate core subjects of English, Mathematics, Science, a Modern Foreign language and a humanities subject such as Geography or History. Newark Academy and The Torch Academy Gateway Trust Website: www.newarkacademy.co.uk and www.torchacademy.co.uk A wide range of option subjects including visual and performing arts, technology, sports and computing courses supplement the core curriculum. We expect all our students to achieve their full potential in all their chosen qualifications and work hard to support them to do so.


Extra-curricular opportunities are an essential part of providing a balanced and exciting range of experiences in school. At Newark Academy our after-school ‘’enrichment’ programme provides students with an impressive range of courses and sessions across the week. Opportunities include Photography club, Science, Journalism, Canoeing, Debating, and a comprehensive range of sporting activities including football, Cricket, Netball, Rugby, Basketball, Tennis and Athletics are also available. Newark Academy students regularly compete at county level and our sports teams have a strong tradition of success. The Performing Arts also take a leading role in school life with regular Drama productions allowing all students to fully explore their creativity. In 2018 our students performed Sister Act to a packed audience in our Lecture Theatre alongside a range of other productions including Christmas Carols and our annual Halloween community event ‘Spooktacular’ In addition, there are regular opportunities to travel including a netball and football trip to Disney Land Paris.

Student Voice

Student voice is active within the school with each year group choosing student representatives that meet through our student council. There are additional opportunities for students to be leaders through our Prefect system which encourages students to apply for both junior and senior prefect roles. Students are involved in all aspects of school life and contribute to the interview process for new staff and assist at school open evenings and events. They have also delivered feedback to staff on aspects of teaching and learning, such as marking.

Safeguarding and Child Protection

The Trust and all its schools are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and expects all staff to share this commitment. All new staff within the Trust will be subject to an enhanced DBS check. Each school in the Trust has a designated senior member of the leadership team who is responsible for referring and monitoring any suspected case of abuse. All members of staff will receive training in line with our child protection policy

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