Graduate Assistant Programme
graduate job
Expires23 days

Graduate Assistant Programme

Job description

These roles are offered annually on a fixed term basis to recent university graduates. The purpose of our pro- gramme is to encourage the pursuit of further academic qualification and to provide experience for talented individu- als in an academic environment. These positions are intended to suit individuals with an interest in pursuing a career in education. This year we would love to hear from recent graduates with specialisms in art, science, psychology, music, maths, SEN, EAL, sports and PE though all disciplines will be considered and also graduates interested in joining our prep school.

The programme is designed to give our Resident Graduate Assistants an all-encompassing experience of school life working and living in an independent school. You will live on site at your chosen school either at the college where the pupils are aged 11 to 18 or at our preparatory school with the younger children aged three to 11.

The college and the preparatory school require consistently high delivery from our graduates on the programme, the experience will be hugely varied and the opportunity for future teaching opportunities will differ due to legislation surrounding our early year’s pupils but both are exciting opportunities for the right people.

Each year we look for enthusiastic and talented recent graduates who are excited about providing an inspirational education and supporting our teaching staff in delivering this. Your involvement in the wider aspects of the school including sports, music, drama and other enrichment activities is equally important and means that we are looking for multi-talented individuals who are flexible and able to bring a wide range of interests and skills with them; that might mean teaching maths, whilst assisting in the running of the school play and running a book club or teaching psychology whilst running a hockey team and playing a musical instrument at a competent level, etc.

The role

In the classroom
In the first few months Graduate Assistants are given plenty of opportunity to observe lessons and learn about teaching. You will be expected to support the teachers by preparing some of the activities before the lesson and also assisting in class, where you feel comfortable, during class activities.

As the year progresses, if you are keen and we are confident, you can progress to teaching elements of classwork with the support of the class teacher – so there are lots of opportunity to learn more and test your communication skills.

The houses
Outside the classroom you will get assigned to one of the schools eight houses. Here you will get to know the students in an entirely different environment. Your role in the House is very much one of support for the Housemaster or Housemistress.

As time progresses and you become more comfortable in the house environment, you will be expected to be avail- able for duty nights. It might be weekly, fortnightly, or just as and when required. The duties involve overseeing prep times and bedtimes. You may also be asked to tutor some students, becoming a ‘first port-of call’ for them both academically and for extracurricular guidance.

Coach, come manager, first-aider, referee and chief organiser.

There are four games sessions a week (one junior, one senior. and two combined) when you are comfortable/ qualified, you will be involved in delivering these sessions in some way. We offer a full range of sports from hock- ey, netball, rugby, cricket, Kayaking or trampolining – you could be involved in any.

School fixtures usually take place on Wednesday and Saturday afternoons and you will travel with your team (possibly driving a school minibus—once qualified) and offer support, again as coach, referee etc.

Evening activities
The school offers a wide range of evening activities that run from 8-9.30pm. On three nights a week you will either ‘oversee’ students in the fitness suite, sports hall, astro-turf or evoke thoughtful discussion at book club or with the philosophy society. Alternatively, you are encouraged to suggest any new activities and promote them as you feel appropriate.

If you are based at the junior school, you will be expected to supervise and support staff with the evening activities and boarding routines. School activities run between 4:10 and 5:10 and include a range of clubs from scuba diving to computer programming. After tea the pupils will be supervised in an evening 'prep session', before taking part in an evening activity. The evening activity is organised or supervised by the 'Graduate on duty'. From 8:15pm House staff and graduates assist with ensuring pupils follow the 'routines' before bedtime. You will be expected to work between two and three late duties each week and depending upon the number of boarders, you may be expected to provide overnight cover once or twice per week.

The benefits package
Working at Worksop is as much about a lifestyle choice as it is about pursuing a satisfying career path. The college has high expectations of its staff and therefore looks to reward them with an attractive benefits package, which includes:

  • On site free accommodation
  • Free laundry service
  • Use of our facilities (including a gym, swimming pool, tennis courts)
  • All meals are provided during term-time
  • An annual allowance, paid monthly, September 2019 to June 2020.
  • Exceptional candidates may subsequently be offered support to qualify as a teacher where we have a need in their subject specialism.

What we are looking for

Accepted degree subjects


How to apply

If you are excited about the prospect of joining our school either at Worksop College or at the preparatory school then please follow the application process.

All applicants must complete an application form which is available via the Apply button.

Under the schools safer recruitment policy, we are not able to accept CVs and incomplete application forms will not be considered.

Please also send us a covering letter detailing what you feel you can bring to the role if you are successful.

  • All shortlisted candidates will be subject to safeguard checks prior to their interview including the production of three pieces of ID, proof of address, two separate clear references and completed medical questionnaire. Any candidate who has lived, studied or worked overseas during the previous three years will also need to provide local police checks for each country, if necessary, translated into English.
  • If successful, the candidate will also have an enhanced Disclosure and Barring Services check to ensure that they are cleared to work within a School.
  • The School is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young persons and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.
  • Worksop College and Ranby House Preparatory School forms part of the Woodard Family of Schools.

Click Apply to start your application now. This job will be available on Prospects until 11/02/2019

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Closing date: Continuous recruitment


Additional job details


Competitive salary

Working hoursFull-time

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