Contingent Commander Force – Staff Instructor

  • Job title: Contingent Commander Force - Staff Instructor
  • Job Type: Part-time, 2 days per week + camps
  • Salary: £12,500
  • Department: Contingent Commander Force
  • Reporting to: Contingent Commander
  • Location: Highgate, North London, Bishopswood Road site
  • Start: September 2023
  • Closing Date: 30 June 2023 at 5:00 pm
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Would you like to put your military experience to good use, working for an award-winning educational charity?

Are you someone who loves the outdoors and is excited by the prospect of supporting a challenging cadet programme at a school where the Combined Cadet Force has been a mainstay for over 100 years?

We are looking to employ a dynamic, highly-organised and enthusiastic person to help develop the CCF programme even further: working on strategies for pupil-recruitment; planning inspiring camps and trips; co-ordinating closely with the CCF London Division and managing a staff-based adult volunteer team. Highgate is committed to the wellbeing and development of everyone who works and studies here, and we strive for continual learning and improvement; the right candidate would be supported to undertake all the relevant training in order to fulfil the requirements of the role. 


The Department

CCF is one of Highgate’s longest running co-curricular provisions; the CCF Army Contingent meets weekly to participate in a huge range of exciting and adventurous military themed activities. This long tradition at Highgate began as the ‘Volunteer Cadet Corps’ in 1892, being renamed in 1906 to the ‘Officers’ Training Corps’ and evolving again in 1948 to become the Combined Cadet Force we know today. Cadets follow a syllabus called the Army Proficiency Certificate (APC) which gets more challenging after passing each star level. APC is designed to be more practical, rather than classroom based, with a range of skills training within the areas of Fieldcraft, Drill, First Aid and Community activities. Members of CCF in Sixth Form can enrol on BTEC Public Services Level 2 National Diploma, equivalent to 4 GCSEs. The team is made up of teaching staff with long involvement in the CCF – some previously in the Contingent Commander (CCO) roles – and the newly-appointed SSI will work closely with the new permanent CCO. The cohort of pupils is currently around 50, with ambitions to grow; activities take place on Tuesday evenings and camps during some weekends and holidays.

Job Description
  • Working with the CCF Contingent Commander and Section Leader, to produce and update a yearly programme for cadets, NCOs and Officers/Staff and ensure that all pupils are actively engaged according to School and MoD Policy 
  • Plan and oversee delivery of weekly training of cadets 
  • Ensure that the Army database (WESTMINSTER) is kept up to date with current records  
  • Maintain all necessary paperwork and preparation for MOD inspections 
  • Act as Security Officer for the CCF (under the supervision of the Officer Commanding), in relation to the security of arms, ammunition, security systems, personnel, data handling compliance, documentation and inspections  
  • To assist in recruiting, training and managing suitable CFAVs to support the contingent. 
  • To support in coordinating Continuing Professional Development of staff involved in CCF. 
  • To support in ensuring that the contingent complies with the appropriate MOD and school safeguarding policies. 
  • Be responsible for Health and Safety in relation to all aspects of Highgate’s CCF including risk assessments and preparation for inspections 
  • Act as Property Manager in relation to CCF premises, including overseeing Health & Safety and any required maintenance 
  • Be responsible for the management of stores and equipment including stock control, billing and distribution  
  • Take a lead role in the planning and running of all training, camps, field days and expeditions including booking and management of transport or vehicles where required 
  • Work with the Contingent Commander to ensure appropriate support and guidance is provided to Cadets and required standards and discipline are maintained 
  • Undertake all of the required administration, data collection and analysis for the Contingent including ensuring that the Contingent databases are regularly updated in line with Brigade policy. 
Person Specification
  • Criteria
  • How will these be tested or verified?
  • Qualifications/Experience
  • Essential:
    • Military and/or CCF/ACF experience 
    • Ability to work effectively as a team 

    Desirable:

    • Knowledge of ‘Westminster’ computer system 
    • Ex-regular service experience 
  • Knowledge/Skills
  • Essential:

    • Capacity to inspire, motivate and energise the cadets 
    • Highly organised 
    • Able to navigate requisite IT (training provided)

    Desirable:

    • Full driving licence 
    • Military qualifications (e.g. skill at arms, range-qualified etc.) 

Benefits

CHILD PROTECTION

This role will not normally involve unsupervised contact with pupils; however in the context of his/her employment the member of staff will frequently be in the presence of children and will therefore have to have appropriate levels of training in child protection.

TERMS & CONDITIONS

The terms and conditions below do not form part of a contract and are for information only. Should you be offered and accept employment with Highgate School you will receive a contract setting out in full your terms and conditions. All offers of employment are subject to the receipt of references satisfactory to us, proof of eligibility to work in the UK and DBS checks.

Hours of Work

Normal working hours for this role are term time only, 35 hours per week. There is a need to be flexible about hours in order to carry out these duties and responsibilities effectively and no additional payment is made in this respect.  Attendance at all concerts and other music events is required. These hours must be agreed in advance with the Head of Music and time off in lieu may be given at your line manager’s discretion.

Probationary Period

This appointment will be subject to the completion of a probationary period of six months to the satisfaction of the Governors.

Lunch Period

The lunch break is unpaid and does not form part of your working hours.  A complimentary lunch is available when the Dining Hall is in operation.

Holidays

Academic holidays as they occur during the duration of the contract. The salary for this role includes an element of holiday pay in respect of statutory annual holiday.

Pension The School currently offers participation in the Pension Trust’s Independent Schools’ Pension Scheme (“the Pension Scheme”). The School will be offering membership of the APTIS Pension Scheme from 1 December 2022.

Leisure Facilities

Subject always to the needs of pupils and School’s operations, staff are offered free access at stipulated times to the School’s sports facilities.

Confidentiality

The need for absolute confidentiality and discretion, both within Highgate and the wider community, must be understood.

Dress Code

Teachers and support staff are expected to set an example to pupils and should dress appropriately at all times.

Smoking

Smoking, including vaping, is not allowed on or immediately outside any School premises (the footprint of the buildings and the grounds) or in areas where smoking might be seen by parents or pupils during working hours.

Health and Safety

Highgate takes its obligations under the Health & Safety at Work Act seriously and the postholder will be required to comply with all aspects of Highgate’s Health and Safety Policy, particularly in relation to safe working practices.  All staff must keep up to date with Highgate’s Health and Safety Policies which are regularly updated and posted on the Staff Intranet.

Equality, Diversity and Inclusion

Highgate is strongly committed to inclusion and is an equal opportunities employer. We aim to create a welcoming, respectful and safe environment for all members of our community, from every ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, age, ability/disability, religion and background.  We know that more diverse teams are stronger teams, and that the more inclusive we are, the more our staff and pupils will feel a sense of belonging and will thrive. To enable us to make any reasonable adjustments, please let us know what you would require when you submit your application.

Data Protection

Highgate staff are expected to adhere to the Data Protection legislation at all times. Our Privacy Notice is available on the recruitment portal


Working at Highgate

A culture of community, kindness and belonging

Highgate is a caring, open-minded community, where we promote kindness, empathy and friendship. Everyone who works and studies with us deserves to feel they are part of a welcoming environment that enables them to be themselves and to thrive as individuals.

Our community extends beyond the school, through partnerships, charity work and our commitment to equality, inclusion and sustainability. All members of our school community are encouraged to look outwards and play an active role.

In a recent ISI inspection (Dec 2021), it was noted that “Pupils show exceptional respect for, and appreciate diversity within the school and wider community, and their own and other cultures, demonstrating sensitivity and tolerance to those from different backgrounds and traditions.”

Staff wellbeing

Highgate is committed to staff wellbeing, which we promote by encouraging a strong work-life balance; trying our best to support flexible working requests; providing a nutritious complimentary lunch in the dining hall; and offering access to sporting facilities including our recently renovated swimming pool.

The Staff Wellbeing Committee, with representatives across the School, meets regularly to drive forward initiatives, and a selection of staff have been trained as Mental-Health First Aiders.

We encourage an open culture throughout our school, with regular staff surveys, action committees and opportunities to feedback. We strive for continual learning and improvement, and staff training and development is paramount. There are opportunities to participate in the wider life of our school, such as taking part in trips or societies and getting involved in partnership projects.

More details about working at Highgate can be found here:

Work with us    Aims + Ethos


Charitable work and sustainability

As an independent school, we want to use our position as a charity effectively: to make high-quality education accessible to as many children as possible – through our bursary programme at Highgate and through our work with local state schools. We have partnerships with over 60 state schools across 7 London boroughs, and we are the principal educational sponsor for London Academy of Excellence, Tottenham – an academically-selective state sixth form in a community where such opportunities are lacking.

Alongside this, our staff and pupils undertake charitable activities throughout the year. These range from staff giving up their time to neighbourhood schools and charitable organisations, focused fundraising campaigns, to pupils undertaking community work in the local area or further afield.

As a school, we have a central role to play in educating our pupils, staff and parents about the importance of environmental sustainability. We are taking positive action to adapt our operational performance to tackle the negative effects of climate change. We encourage all our staff to reflect upon their personal and professional practices, to support our environmental agenda and to make positive changes wherever possible.

Application procedure

  • Closing Date: 30th June 2023
  • Timing of interviews: w/c 3rd July or sooner

Contact:  Recruitment Team are happy to answer any questions about this post.

Early Application: Applications will be considered ‘as and when’ received and we may close the vacancy if we appoint before the closing date.

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Inclusion

We know that more diverse teams are stronger teams, and that the more inclusive we are, the more our staff and pupils will feel a sense of belonging and will thrive. To enable us to make reasonable adjustments, please let us know of any disabilities (including neuro-divergence) when you submit your application.

Safeguarding

As this role will have regular unsupervised contact with children you must, if appointed, comply with Highgate’s Safeguarding Policy and Staff Code of Conduct. If in the course of carrying out the duties of the post the post holder becomes aware of any actual or potential risks to the safety and welfare of our pupils, these concerns must be reported immediately in accordance with the Safeguarding Policy.  If whilst in the post, Highgate becomes aware of any safeguarding concerns to staff, pupils or the community; these will need to be followed up in line with the safeguarding policy and code of conduct which is underpinned by KCSE and other legislation. These concerns may need to be shared with other agencies.  A copy of these policies will accompany all offers of employment. Training will also be provided to all staff to support Safeguarding practice.

Please read before you apply

Highgate is committed to the safeguarding and welfare of children and applicants must be willing to undergo child protection screening appropriate to this post, including checks with past employers, the Disclosure and Barring Service and overseas police check if necessary. Candidates from overseas must provide information about their past conduct, for example, by providing documents issued by overseas teaching authorities.

Please note that this role is ‘exempt’ from the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 and therefore, you are required to declare any convictions, cautions, reprimands and final warnings that are not ‘protected’ (i.e. filtered out) as defined by the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 (Exceptions) Order 1975 (as amended in 2013). Shortlisted candidates will be asked to provide details of all unspent convictions and those that would not be filtered, prior to the date of the interview.

In accordance with the latest guidance from KCSIE, we shall be conducting online searches on any candidates who are shortlisted.

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