Design Engineer in Residence

Fixed term, full time until 31 July 2023

A graduate in Design or Engineering, or a related degree, is required at the start of the academic year (September 2022) to take up this new position in our academically selective, coeducational North London day school.

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.

The Design Engineer in Residence is a new role within the Design Technology & Engineering Department which comprises two main parts:

  1. Teaching Design, Technology and Engineering to Key Stage Three and Four classes
  2. Overseeing commercial development in DTE

Each aspect is amplified, below.

Teaching Design, Technology and Engineering

The successful applicant will teach roughly half a full timetable and will join a team of four specialist teachers, who work in a modern, well-resourced department with the assistance of two technicians. Interest amongst the pupils is high and there is considerable scope for someone with imagination and drive to have a significant curricular impact and to help further develop one of the school’s most successful extra-curricular programmes.

Applicants should be academically well qualified in their field and be able to inspire academically-minded, intelligent pupils with an enthusiasm for technological processes, invention and innovation. Additionally, experience in, or a feeling for engineering, electronics or computer science would be a recommendation, as would be an enthusiasm for hands-on design and technological projects.

The formal programme of study in Design Technology is compulsory for pupils in Key Stage Three. We run the OCR Design Technology GCSE and OCR A Levels in Design Engineering and in Product Design. Take-up is popular both at GCSE and A Level.

 

 

 

 

 

 

DTE commercial development

This exciting aspect of the position will involve leading and developing a variety of initiatives with the overall objective of generating non-fee income. The post holder will work with the Director of DTE in order to:

  • Set up a makerspace / sustainability hub
  • Organise and run DTE conferences for teachers and/or pupils
  • Organise and run DTE holiday courses for pupils
  • Design bespoke DTE CPD courses for other schools
  • Develop links with a range of relevant external stakeholders including Local Authorities, Charities and SMEs

In addition, we hope the successful applicant will have their own ideas. The post holder will be expected to manage the significant bulk of the administration associated with the above and will work with other key personnel within Highgate, including the Commercial Director. This part of the role would be scheduled around the post-holder’s teaching commitments and may require working during occasional evenings, weekends, or school holidays. Additional remuneration may be paid for significant work undertaken during the school holidays.

This is an exciting opportunity, which may suit a variety of applicants, including existing teachers, or design engineers, recent graduates and professionals currently involved in makerspace/ sustainability settings who are interested in the teaching profession.

 

The Department

The DTE department is located in a custom-built Art, Design and Technology Centre. There are three teaching classrooms, three well-equipped workshops, two ICT suites, an electro-pneumatic lab and an automotive workshop. Additionally, there is a departmental office and two separate prep rooms, which are extremely well-resources, including 3D printers, a laser cutter, etc.

The department coordinates regular entry to a variety of national competitions and boasts significant success, including in Vex Robotics, Greenpower, the IET Faraday Secondary Challenge, the Technology Design Innovation Challenge and the Triumph Design Awards. The department organises pertinent educational visits within the London area, and also runs a numb number of very popular clubs, including Automobile Society and Robotics. Examples of the department’s work and various extra-curricular activities can be seen on Twitter and Instagram.

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Dedicated ICT labs

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3D printers

Working at Highgate

  • Teachers at Highgate enjoy a welcoming, comfortable and exceptionally well-resourced environment and are provided with significant assistance from a range of support staff.
  • Salaries are competitive. The School pays the employer’s contribution to the Teachers’ Pension Scheme.
  • Terms are shorter than in the maintained sector.
  • Staff have free access to the School’s sports facilities, including a fitness suite and the newly refurbished swimming pool.
  • 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.

More details about working at Highgate can be found here:

Work with us    Aims + Ethos

Application procedure

Closing date: 8:00am on 6 June 2022 but applications will be considered as they are received. Promising applicants will be called as they apply where notice is an issue. Please note that CVs will not be accepted as an application for this role and should not be attached to your online application form.

Click here to complete the on-line application form

James Newton, Deputy Head (Academic) or Andy Thomson, Director of Design Technology and Engineering, are happy to answer any questions about this post.

Criteria for the post of Design Engineer in Residence

1. Essential professional criteria

 

CriteriaHow will these be tested or verified?
A good honours degree in Design Technology Engineering, or a related subject
  • Original degree certificate(s)
  • Questions about subject specialisation (and course content for more recent graduates)
  • Opportunities at interview to discuss techniques for teaching set topics
Excellent communication skills
  • Two panel interviews
  • A taught lesson
The ability to use ICT appropriately to support teaching, or a willingness to learn the skills
  • Lesson planning and resources
  • Opportunities to recount experience and expertise at interview
The ability to establish good relations with colleagues and pupils.
  • Opportunities at interview to recount experiences where these skills have been demonstrated
  • Questions which referees will be
  • Asked as part of the confidential reference request
Sympathy with and knowledge of fundamental British values
  • Questions at interview to test this
Awareness and understanding of safeguarding and welfare of children
  • Questions at interview to test attitudes towards and knowledge of children’s safeguarding and welfare
  • Questions which referees will be asked as part of the confidential
  • Reference request

2. Desirable professional criteria

 

CriteriaHow will these be tested
Experience of teaching academic lessons, either as an employed teacher or during a teaching placement, and an understanding of effective assessment.
  • A taught lesson with a lesson plan and resources
  • Questions at interview
  • A confidential reference request
  • Verification of a candidate’s employment history
A teaching qualification (eg PGCE, GTP)
  • Original certificate
Knowledge of, and experience of teaching Design Technology Engineering and at A Level
  • Opportunities at interview to recount
A willingness to be involved in the wider life of the department and school.
  • Opportunities at interview to recount experience of running or participating in such activities or to give ideas for these

3. Person Specification

Highgate School seeks to appoint teachers who will have, in addition to the professional qualities outlined above, the following proven personal qualities, or the potential to develop them. At interview, candidates will have the opportunity to demonstrate or give an account of these attributes.

  • Profound and continuing interest in the academic subject/s to be taught.
  • The depth of knowledge and agility of mind to allow flexibility in lessons, adapting delivery as appropriate in the light of pupils’ responses.
  • Empathy with pupils across the age and ability spectrum at Highgate and the ability to implement a range of teaching strategies to cater for each individual pupil.
  • Capacity to deal sensitively with problems raised by pupils, in line with Highgate’s pastoral policies and sanctions system, working in partnership with Highgate’s designated staff i/c pastoral care.
  • Ability to create effective rapport and a sound relationship with pupils, earning their respect and trust but maintaining proper professional boundaries by not deliberately courting popularity or friendship.
  • Dynamism and enthusiasm to contribute broadly to the life of a busy co- educational independent day school.
  • Willingness to contribute to the extensive range of activities provided for pupils and to support them in their co-curricular pursuits.
  • Capacity for industry and initiative in both independent work and as part of teams of colleagues in academic work, pastoral care, sports and co-curricular activities.
  • Awareness and understanding of matters relating to the personal, social, health and emotional development of pupils.
  • Willingness and ability to liaise effectively and professionally between pupils, staff and parents when required, making accurate records of these exchanges.
  • Patience and thoughtfulness to see any issues that may arise with pupils, parents or colleagues from a variety of perspectives.
  • The ability to defuse difficult situations using different strategies such as careful listening, sensitive use of humour, praise and recognition where due, utilising the School’s reward system.
  • Retention of a sense of perspective and, on occasion, the invaluable ability to laugh at oneself.

Application procedure

Closing date: 8:00am on 6 June 2022 but applications will be considered as they are received. Promising applicants will be called as they apply where notice is an issue. Please note that CVs will not be accepted as an application for this role and should not be attached to your online application. 

Click here to complete the on-line application form

James Newton, Deputy Head (Academic) is happy to answer any questions about this post.

Please read before you apply

 

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 when you submit your application whether you have any special requirements.

As this role will have regular unsupervised contact with children you must, if appointed, comply with Highgate’s Safeguarding & Welfare Policy. 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 Policy. A copy of this Policy will accompany all offers of employment. 

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. 

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