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Conditions of Service

Posts are subject to the School Teachers’ Pay and Conditions Document. Full details of conditions of employment will be set out in a Statement of Main Terms and Conditions of Employment, which will be issued to the successful candidate on appointment.

Fitness for Employment

Successful candidates will be required to complete a medical questionnaire which may result in a check by the Occupational Health Physician. Satisfactory clearance with police records will also be necessary (please see Disclosure procedure).

Remuneration/working hours/annual leave

Teachers’ pay, working hours and annual leave are all set within the national framework of the School Teachers’ Pay and Conditions Document.

Flexibility

As a condition of employment, the post holder may be required to undertake such other duties as may reasonably be required, in addition to the major tasks outlined in the job description.

Smoking Policy

All sites within the QET is a non-smoking site and all prospective employees are expected to accept this as a condition of working within the Trust.

Equal Opportunities

The Trust is committed to the promotion of equal opportunities and is dedicated to pursuing non-discriminatory policies and practices and to eliminate unfair discrimination on any basis. This means that we are striving to ensure that no job applicant will receive less favourable treatment than another on grounds of gender, marital status, age, racial origin, disability, sexual orientation or political or religious beliefs.

Criminal Record Check via the Disclosure Procedure

The Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 gives individuals the right not to disclose details of certain old offences when asked about their criminal record as they may be defined as ‘spent’. There are exemptions to this if the individual is offered a post which involves contact with children or regular work at an establishment exclusively or mainly for children. The post you have applied for falls into one of these categories and, therefore, requires a criminal background check.

If a job offer is made you will be asked to apply for a Disclosure Certificate from the Criminal Records Bureau. This certificate will contain details of all convictions held on the Police National Computer including current and ‘spent’ convictions as well as details of any cautions, reprimands or final warnings. It will also indicate whether information is held on government department lists held by the Department for Education and Skills (List 99) and the Department of Health, or those individuals who are barred from working with children. The information provided on the certificate will be considered by the local authority to ensure that children remain adequately protected. A criminal record is not necessarily a bar to obtaining a position. Further information about Disclosure can be found at www.disclosure.gov.uk

Probation

All new staff will be subject to a probation period of six months (which may, in certain circumstances, be extended by up to 10 weeks). The probation period is a trial period, to enable the assessment of an employee’s suitability for the job for which they have been employed. It provides the school with the opportunity to monitor and review the performance of new staff in relation to various areas, but also in terms of their commitment to safeguarding and relationships with students.

Safe Recruitment

The Trust committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.

Professional Development

The Trust values professional development highly. All members of the department are encouraged to take an active role in planning their own CPD through the school’s performance management procedures. The team meet regularly to discuss teaching and learning strategies and some very exciting and creative work takes place.

Working Within the Quantock Education Trust

This job needs to be considered in the context of a changing and evolving Multi Academy Trust and therefore the duties detailed here will need to be adjusted to meet the needs of the Trust. Whilst this post is based at a specific school, this is a Trust-wide post and you could be required to work across the Trust Schools.