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Teaching in a sixth form college offers many of the benefits of both the secondary school sector and the Further Education (FE) sector. Being an Ofsted Outstanding organisation, Joseph Chamberlain Sixth Form College (JCC) is an exciting, inclusive, dynamic and hugely rewarding place to work. Here are just some of the reasons why:
Compared to secondary school teaching, sixth form teaching requires increased academic subject knowledge, as well as skills in debate and exploration. The majority of provision at JCC is Level 3; A-levels and the BTEC Extended Diploma. We also offer a number of Level 2 qualifications delivered to post-16 students. Our small amount of Level 1 provision is delivered by specialist teachers, as is our Adult Learning provision.
As a post-16 provider, we put a strong emphasis on developing our students as young adults to contribute to the community of the College and society as a whole. We don’t have the same restrictions as schools and students are free to leave the College grounds when they have no classes (so there is no playground duty). Being much smaller than many FE colleges, we are able to promote high levels of respect and tolerance within our College community and deal with the very rare instances of misbehaviour easily and rapidly. Our recent Ofsted reports noted;
• An inclusive and harmonious environment for students
• The behaviour of our students is exemplary and they display very positive attitudes to learning
• High levels of tolerance and respect are demonstrated across the college community
• Students produce work of a high standard and enthusiastically explore their subjects
In 2018, 93% of our students who applied successfully progressed to university. Many of our students will be the first in their family to do so. Working with these young people means you have the opportunity to make a real and significant impact on their lives. You will be in a position to make a dynamic difference to their futures and that’s what being a teacher is all is about; making a difference to young lives.
The Staff Community
JCC is an extremely welcoming college. We pride ourselves on the College’s inclusive and friendly atmosphere and new staff quickly become part of the family. Every summer we host an event to welcome new staff and thank existing staff for their hard work throughout the year. We have an absolute zero tolerance on harassment and bullying and have no recorded instances.
The College building received numerous awards when it first opened. Our campus comprises of a main site; a separate teaching block; a sports centre and the Adult Learning Centre on Moseley Road. Every classroom is fully equipped with a computer and smart board (or touch screen) and a white board. There are specialist rooms for art, fully-equipped laboratories and a presentation hall with 200 raked seats. We also have a garden, providing both a learning environment and a green space for staff and students.
Newly Qualified Teachers (NQTs)
The College’s support for newly qualified teachers is more akin to schools that offer Further Education. Unlike in schools, there is no requirement to hold qualified teacher status in Further Education. However, we believe newly qualified teachers should receive extra support in their first year of teaching and beyond. Whether you trained in Secondary Education or Further Education, we will help you to become a qualified teacher. For all NQTs, we provide an Indication Tutor who will guide you through your first year of teaching and help you achieve Qualified Teacher status (QTS) or Qualified Teacher Learning and Skills (QTLS) status, as appropriate. This will include a ten day placement in a school for a secondary NQT. All NQTs will have a 10% reduction in timetable and will be timetabled to participate in a weekly development programme run by the College’s NQT co-ordinator.
The College has a commitment to support everyone wishing to enter the teaching profession. We support potential teachers by offering experience placements, professional practice clusters involving professional development and an introduction into teaching in a sixth form college. We work with three main partner universities for teacher training: Birmingham City University, the University of Birmingham and the University of Warwick. Each trainee is assigned a mentor from the appropriate subject area. Being a mentor provides an opportunity to work closely with a trainee teacher and is hugely rewarding.