Teaching in a sixth form college offers many of the benefits of both the secondary school sector and the Further Education (FE) sector. And being an outstanding organisation Joseph Chamberlain Sixth Form College (JCC) is an exciting, dynamic and hugely rewarding place to work.
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Some teachers enjoy teaching lower school classes whilst others prefer the challenge and increased academic subject knowledge, debate and exploration that comes with higher level studies. The majority of provision at JCC is at Level 3; A-levels and the BTEC Extended Diploma. We do offer a number of Level 2 qualifications but these are still 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 that are required in schools and our students are free to leave the College grounds when they have no classes so there is no playground duty. Being much smaller than many large 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. As our recent Ofsted reports noted;
• an inclusive and harmonious environment for students in which they feel very secure and make very good use of the excellent learning spaces
• the behaviour of students at the college is exemplary and they display very positive attitudes to learning
• the outstanding enrichment programme is a major contributor to the high levels of tolerance and respect demonstrated across the college community
• students produce work of a high standard and enthusiastically explore their subjects through a range of well-considered learning activities
In 2015, 91% of our students progressed to university. Many of our students will be the first in their family to do so. This means in working with these young people 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 all is about; the difference you make.
The Staff Community
JCC is an extremely welcoming college. We pride ourselves on the College’s inclusive and friendly, yet highly professional atmosphere. New staff often comment on how quickly they become integrated into their departments and the Principal personally welcomes each new member of staff. We hold a welcome barbecue in August before the start of teaching to welcome all staff to the College after the summer break and we have an end of year celebration in July where we recognise the achievements of staff and enjoy strawberries and cream. We have an absolute zero tolerance on harassment and bullying and have no recorded instances.
Support for New Staff
We recognise that starting any new job can be a little scary. We offer excellent support for new staff including a thorough induction programme, which includes a welcome to the College, some key College systems and a comprehensive induction checklist covering your first day, first month and first three months. This is overseen by your line manager who will ensure you receive all the information and guidance you need when you join us.
Continuing Professional Development (CPD)
The College holds the CPD Mark; an award for excellence in staff development in education. The award recognises the comprehensive range of professional development opportunities we offer and the impact that these have had on supporting teachers and staff to improve their practice.
“All those questioned were able to articulate the impact the Chamberlain ‘CPD training road map’ had on themselves, their area and the college in general. There was an obvious pride displayed by all, in the respect for them as professionals by the leadership and how they believed the CPD programmes reflected this respect.” – CPD Mark Report
We provide a rolling programme of core development which is open to all staff and runs between 4.15pm and 5.15pm across the year. Teachers completing 5 of these sessions can claim an additional day’s holiday at the end of the year. The College holds five College-wide training days over the year. We are part of the Bishop Challoner Teaching School Alliance through which there are many development opportunities, including a University of Warwick masters degree for only £4000 (normal cost £9000). We are also part of the Birmingham South Network; a collection of schools which offer subject and general professional development for members.
If you become a member of teaching staff you will be an excellent teacher. This is because we only recruit the best teachers. In joining us you will contribute to an equally impressive team of teachers. In our most recent inspection, three of the five areas inspected were graded as outstanding and two areas graded as good. 94% of sessions observed were graded by inspectors as outstanding or good with 38% being graded as outstanding.
The College building received numerous awards when it first opened including, LIST AWARDS. It comprises of a main site; a separate teaching block, Orchard House; a sports centre and an 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 and design, fully-equipped laboratories, the latest in learning technologies such as a 3D projector, Wi-Fi throughout including for all students, a main hall with 200 raked seats, lighting and presentation facilities and a garden and pond environment 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. In Further Education there is no requirement to hold qualified teacher status as there is in schools. 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 to become a teacher 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 people who want to enter the teaching profession. This contributes to our purpose and core values. We support potential teachers by offering experience placements, professional practice clusters involving professional development, an introduction into teaching in a sixth form college and the context of Joseph Chamberlain College and most directly through taking trainee teachers on placement. 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.
National and International Reputation
The College was one of only three FE colleges featured in the latest Parliamentary Review which highlights best practice in Further and Higher Education. READ THE FULL REVIEW HERE. College staff regularly contribute to national conferences and share best practice in the sector. The Principal chairs the Sixth Form Colleges Association (SFCA) International Committee and the College runs the College for International Citizenship. It has active links with educational organisations in China, Japan and Germany.
Staff at Joseph Chamberlain Sixth Form College are able to take advantage of the following benefits:
Holiday Entitlement: The College offers a generous holiday entitlement to support staff, starting with 22 days, plus 8 bank holidays and 5 concessionary days. Staff are also required to set up to 2 days aside for the two week closure at Christmas. Teaching staff work term time only contracts.
Pension: All members of support staff are eligible to join the West Midlands Local Government Pension Scheme. Teaching staff are eligible to join the Teachers’ Pension Scheme.
Induction: The College provides a full induction program for all new staff.
Staff Development: Staff have access to excellent development opportunities, both internal and external.
Catering Facilities: On site Costa café with excellent choices of hot and cold drinks and snacks. Also available is the College Canteen for hot and cold food and drinks, with a comfortable environment to relax and enjoy a bite to eat. Both facilities offer excellent quality at a reasonable price.
BHSF: Discounted personal health care cover through the Birmingham Hospital Saturday Fund is available for all staff at the college to join.
Onsite Gym: Fitness sessions are available and some sports sessions are available to staff from Monday to Friday between 9am and 4pm.
Childcare Vouchers: The scheme is run through Kiddivouchers.
Travel: The College has free-onsite parking on a first come, first serve basis. The College offers a cycling purchase scheme and membership of a corporate travel scheme through Travel West Midlands. Staff are encouraged to use greener methods of transport.