Maths Teacher and Sparx Ambassador

Job description

About the Role

This is a maths teaching role with a difference, offering a unique and exciting opportunity for a teacher of maths to become part of something cutting edge! We are looking for someone to be a brand ambassador while using Sparx products during their lessons. In return you will gain invaluable experience, data and insights into using innovative technology during your teaching as a Sparx maths teacher.  This unique position would equip you to be a trailblazer within maths education.

Reports To:     Head of Customer Adoption and Retention (Sparx)

                        + Head of Maths, Exeter - for teaching provision
 
Salary Grade:  M1-M6/UPS 1-3
 
Key Purpose of Job
 
To ensure that students, regardless of their social or cultural background, are motivated to succeed and make outstanding progress through creative, relevant and innovative teaching and learning.
 
Initially, this post will involve full-time teaching provision within school whilst also acting as a Sparx evangelist within the industry. In time this role could lead to building upon the Sparx customer relationship element of the role, with a view to becoming full-time with Sparx, developing and maintaining successful relationships with customer schools.
 
Key Responsibilities:

  • To teach Maths across the schools age and ability range, in accordance with the requirements of a professionally qualified teacher. Identify ways to improve Sparx products and how they can be used/deployed within the school environment.
  • Develop and maintain successful relationship between Sparx, its Partner schools and customers.  
  • Collaborate with the Sparx School Partnership Team to feedback on what’s working (and what’s not) through the analysis of school lessons and associated data. 
  • Build connections in the education industry and raise awareness across key stakeholders such as maths teachers, trust management and trade organizations
  • Might engage in “special projects” for Sparx as the need arises

Requirements

About you  


We welcome applications from both newly qualified and experienced teachers’ who enjoy inspiring young learners, have the motivation and dedication to see each child achieve their full potential and easily builds rapport with pupils, fellow colleagues and parents alike. You’ll enjoy working in a team and be passionate and dedicated about their work. You must be a self-motivator, reliable and creative.  


You are a whirlwind of activity: proactive, dynamic and enthusiastic with the ability to multi- task. You will focus on the detail of planning and delivering lessons, without losing sight of the bigger picture. You will thrive under pressure and are used to fast-paced environments. In addition, you can adapt in the face of changing priorities. 


In terms of specifics, the list below gives an overview of the skills and experiences we are looking for:  


Essential 


Qualifications and Experience: 


  • A Maths, Science or any relevant technical degree 
  • QTS or equivalent 
  • Recent and relevant teaching of good to outstanding lessons at Key Stages 3 and 4 

Curriculum and Knowledge: 


  • Wide knowledge and understanding of Maths within the curriculum context and wider world 
  • Knowledge of current educational issues, an awareness of recent developments in the National Curriculum and changes in the Key Stage 4 curriculum 
  • Ability to use data effectively to support student progress 
  • Know and use a range of teaching and learning styles 
  • Show an awareness of what constitutes outstanding pedagogy and practice 

Desirable 


  • Evidence of further professional study 
  • Understand changes to exams and whole school accountability measures 


About Sparx 

Here at Sparx we're using a scientific and research-based approach that takes the guesswork out of education. Through data and real-world classroom observation, we're investigating what makes the best learning experience in order to improve educational outcomes for students today and tomorrow. 

Every year, around 40% of UK students who sit GCSE Maths fail to obtain a grade 4 or higher (previously grade C). This is an alarming statistic and is one of the fundamental issues motivating Sparx. We want everyone to fulfil their learning potential, and be excited and motivated about learning.

Founded by Mark Dixon and Glenn Woodcock in 2011, Sparx employs over 70 people, all of whom are working to create a learning platform that can be rolled out across schools in the UK. The platform includes ‘big data’, granular content and gaming, all of which are carefully brought together and fashioned into a system capable of significantly improving the pace and quality of learning. Data captured from the lessons is truly remarkable, allowing real-time feedback which enables the re-positioning of certain concepts, to better the students’ understanding of the material. The impact of this work is potentially transformational. It is a major initiative and a tremendous opportunity. 

Our platform for maths uses custom-built content and a powerful, data-driven web and mobile framework to deliver a tailored set of exercises, games and incentives that are redefining the limits of what young people can achieve. 

We’re looking for people with a real passion for education and a belief in the power of technology to improve it; people who want a challenge and people who want to make a difference. 


Our team

We’re about living life, not putting it on hold. Our generous benefits include substantial holiday leave and the chance to join our company pension. We have a range of on-site facilities for all employees to use free of charge. On site we have a netball court, a five-a-side football pitch, a running track, a pool table, an Olympic table tennis table, as well as an on-site gym with classes throughout the day. Our café serves delicious, local, and organic food. Did we mention it’s all free? On top of this you’ll have great views from your office window of the foothills of Dartmoor and boats out at sea on the horizon – with the beach just 20 minutes away. Plus, we’re constantly organising events and activities to support our charities, and to socialise. Our work is serious but we’re all about having fun while we do it!