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Teacher - MAT Cover (Reception)

Halsnead Primary School

Maternity Cover Teacher (Reception) - Fixed term contract to cover a maternity leave: Full Time (25 Hours per week) Grade: M1 – UPS 3 Start date: 10th of May 2024

Halsnead is an academy primary school, part of The Heath Family Multi-Academy Trust, and as such has strong links with partner primary schools across three north-west local authorities. We are looking for a reception class teacher. The appointment is a fixed term position to cover a maternity leave.

We are looking for someone with a passion for teaching and learning, someone who believes in giving children the best school experience, helping them to develop as learners and as individuals with a strong set of values. Our children are wonderful, and they thrive when they feel well supported and encouraged. Being able to form strong nurturing relationships is essential. You will be kind, reflective, dedicated and resilient.

You will be joining a strong, established team.

Visits to the school are strongly encouraged. 

For more information about the post, or to book a school visit please contact Faye Stevenson or the Halsnead office 0151 477 8130
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For an application form, please visit the school website or alternatively email Faye Stevenson.
Please email your completed application to 

•    Application closing date: Friday 8th March 2024

•    Shortlisting Date: Monday 11th March 2024

•    Interview Date: Monday 18th March 2024

The Heath Family Trust is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. The post is subject to all the relevant pre-employment checks set out in Keeping Children Safe in Education, including an enhanced DBS certificate with a barred-list check, references and online searches. The amendments to the Exceptions Order 1975 (2013 and 2020) provide that certain spent convictions and cautions are considered ‘protected’. Guidance and criteria on the filtering of these cautions can be found on the Ministry of Justice website.

Description: Fixed Term Contract (Cover Maternity Leave)


• To carry out the duties of a schoolteacher as set out in the current School Teachers’ Pay and Conditions document, subject to any amendments due to government legislation. This includes any duties as may be reasonably directed by the Headteacher.

• To demonstrate good inclusive practice with reference to children with special educational needs, and children with English as an additional language.

• To be committed to and actively promote the school’s equal opportunities policy.

• To uphold the school’s principles, vision and ethos through the implementation of policies which underpin good practice and ensure the safety and wellbeing of all.


  • Senior Leadership Team


The school is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.

The successful candidate will require an enhanced DBS clearance.


1. To plan work for the class in accordance with national, MAT and school curriculum policies and in co-operation with subject and phase leaders to ensure that the children experience a broad, balanced, relevant and stimulating curriculum.

2. To make appropriate educational provision for children with SEND and those learning EAL, with support from the SENDCo and the Inclusion Team.

3. To provide children with opportunities to manage their own learning and become independent learners.

4. To create a secure, happy, and stimulating classroom environment, maintaining the highest standards of organisation, and discipline.

5. To foster each child’s self-image and esteem and establish relationships which are based on mutual respect.

6. To arrange for resources, equipment, and materials to be available in such a way that they are properly cared for, easily accessible and will encourage the children to become more responsible for their own learning.

7. To work with colleagues to undertake medium- and short-term planning and the implementation of agreed schemes of work

8. To assess children’s progress, maintain records and provide written reports to parents and carers in accordance with school policies.

9. To communicate and consult with parents and carers and with outside agencies, as necessary, about children’s progress and attainment.

10. To ensure that the school’s aims and objectives in relation to the curriculum, equal opportunities and discipline are promoted in everyday classroom organisation and practice.

11. To liaise with school-based staff as well as colleagues from the MAT, LA & from other external bodies as required.

12. To take responsibility for the management of other adults in the classroom.

13. To engage fully with all opportunities for continuous professional development through self-directed reading, courses and in-service training

14. To undertake any other reasonable and relevant duties in accordance with the changing needs of the school.


  • Performance management will be based on the responsibilities listed above and judgements will be made against these as part of the school’s performance management cycle and against the Teaching Standards.


  • Demonstrate a thorough and up-to-date knowledge of the curriculum and effective teaching and learning strategies.


  • Demonstrate that you consistently and effectively plan lessons and sequences of lessons to meet pupils’ individual learning needs.
  • Demonstrate that you consistently and effectively use a range of appropriate strategies for teaching and classroom management.
  • Demonstrate that you consistently and effectively use information about prior attainment to set well-grounded expectations for pupils and monitor progress to give clear and constructive feedback.


Demonstrate that, as a result of your teaching, your pupils achieve well relative to the pupils’ prior attainment, making progress as good or better than similar pupils nationally (this should be shown in marks or grades in any relevant national tests or examinations, or school-based assessment for pupils where national tests and examinations are not taken).


• Take responsibility for your professional development and use the outcomes to improve your teaching and pupils’ learning.

• Make an active contribution to the policies and aspirations of the school.




• Demonstrate that you are an effective professional who challenges and supports all pupils to do their best through:

• Inspiring trust and confidence.

• Building team commitment.

• Engaging and motivating pupils.

• Analytical thinking; and

• Taking positive action to improve the quality of pupils’ learning.


Person Specification: Essential (E) / Desirable (D) 

Qualifications - 

* Qualified Teacher Status. (E) 

* Qualification from further Study. (D) 

Experience - 

* Primary School Experience. (E)

* Experience of working in early years. (E) 

* Evidence of professional development. (E)

* Experience of working successfully and co-operatively as a member of a team. (D)


Skills, Knowledge & Understanding - 

* Have a thorough knowledge and understanding of the Early Years Framework. (E)

* Up – to – working knowledge and understanding of a range of teaching, learning and behaviour management strategies and know how to use and adapt them, including how personalise learning, to provide opportunities for all learners to achieve their potential.  (E)

* Ability to create a happy stimulating & effective learning environment.  (E)

* Ability to promote the school’s vision & values.  (E)

* Develop good personal relationships within a team.  (E)

* Establish & develop positive relationships with parents, governors, & the community. (E)

* Communicate effectively (both verbally & in writing) to a variety of audiences. (E)

* Understand & comply with safeguarding children’s procedures. (E)

* Understand what is meant by safeguarding and the different way in which children can be harmed. (E)

* A commitment to promoting equal opportunities. (E)

 * An outstanding practitioner with high expectations of pupil’s achievement and behaviour. (D)

* Proven ability to inspire, lead & motivate. (D)

 * Successful experience of teaching within the early years. (D)

* Ability to be proactive & initiate. (D)

* Experience of interrogating pupil progress data. (D)

* Understanding of statutory & other pedagogical frameworks relating to teaching & assessment, such as assessment for learning (AFL), Metacognition & knowledge-based curriculum implementation. (D)