Starting in January 2021 we have positions to fill at both our South East London base in Swanley and in Canterbury in East Kent.
Are you a passionate teacher with a musical background looking to make a difference to vulnerable young people’s lives? Do you love music and understand the music industry?
If the answer is yes, an exciting opportunity exists to join our teaching team at SupaJam, one of the country’s leading learning providers.
SupaJam is a music focused Post 16 Specialist Provider supporting vulnerable and disadvantaged 16-25 year olds across our two bases in Swanley and Canterbury. The majority of our students have EHC plans and a variety of SEN needs, or who have previously disengaged from mainstream education.
Our students are united by their passion for music, and with our support, engage in the RSL Music Practitioners (Business Pathway) syllabus from Levels 1-3, as well as English and Maths and additional programmes that cover SMSC, British Values, Practical Musicianship and work experience.
At SupaJam, we pride ourselves on the opportunities that we are able to give every student, from meeting and workshopping with professional music industry specialists to working alongside the multi award winning Black Deer music festival.
Additionally we have recently added our own 32 channel purpose built recording studio to our existing live music venue in Swanley and completed a professional radio and podcast studio at our Canterbury base.
Our ethos is to be forward thinking, caring and encouraging whilst providing a structured, supportive and non-judgemental environment, allowing all our young people to thrive and achieve to their full potential. Indeed, last year 85% of our leavers achieved places at university!
Supported by the senior leadership team and managers, our teachers work hand in hand with their dedicated teaching assistants, as well as the pastoral and safeguarding teams, to allow every student to achieve at their own pace.
Being a teacher at SupaJam is unlike any other teaching job in education. Our young people have all struggled in life, often through no fault of their own, and battled with often undiagnosed special educational needs. To be part of a company that challenges the status quo, goes the extra mile for all of our young people whilst immersed in the music industry is often challenging, but always rewarding.
Qualifications and Skills:
- The ability to uphold the SupaJam ethos at all times and manage difficult situations calmly.
- Have an active and demonstrable interest in music and the music industry.
- Candidates will ideally have Qualified Teacher Status but must have a minimum Level 4 teaching qualification, or currently be studying for one.
- Ideally have previous experience of teaching the RSL Music Practitioner (business pathway) syllabus.
- Candidates must have a minimum of GCSE English and Maths or equivalent recognised qualifications at a level 2.
- Candidates must have previous experience of working with SEN students with learning, emotional and behavioural needs.
- Be creative, enthusiastic and resourceful and be able to provide fun and engaging learning sessions.
- Have a great sense of humour, endless patience and the ability to engage with young people on their level.
Responsibilities and Duties:
Answering to the Teaching Learning and Assessment Manager, the successful candidates will be responsible for:
- Effective planning, delivery and marking of students work, ensuring high standards of consistency.
- Successfully teaching the RSL Music Practitioner syllabus at either our Swanley or Canterbury base.
- Liaising with the SEN team to fully understand the learning requirements of each learner.
- Working within RSL guidelines and Internal Quality Assurance.
- Effective recording of student progress and achieving all academic deadlines.
- Implementing SEN teaching best practices to support our learners.
- Engaging with students who are falling behind,implementing strategies to ensure progress as well as arranging intervention programs where necessary.
- Communicating behaviour progress to parents/guardians or carers.
- Working closely with the management team on developing and expanding our unique curriculum.
What SupaJam can offer you:
- A friendly, supportive and rewarding work environment.
- One full PPA day a week.
- Access to the staff pension scheme.
- Frequent staff social events.
- Working with a senior leadership team that is passionate about training and CPD opportunities for its staff.
- A chance for you to use your musical or life skills to enrich the lives of vulnerable young people.
- A chance to work backstage at the Black Deer festival with our students.
- Opportunities to meet and interact with some of the leading professionals of the music industry.
Applicants will need to fill out an application form. SupaJam is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of our students. Therefore this appointment will be subject to satisfactory references and any other safeguarding checks relevant to this role.
SupaJam Education in Music and Media is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.We particularly welcome applications from under represented groups including ethnicity, gender, transgender, age, disability, sexual orientation or religion.