Teacher of Sport and Physical Education (A level, BTEC and practical sports)

F/T Salary based on Sixth Form Colleges’ Pay Scale currently up to £39,329 pa
dependent on skills and experience
(2019/20 and 2020/21 national pay awards pending)

Applications are invited from suitably qualified candidates for the above full time teaching post which offers an excellent opportunity to join a strong department at this highly successful Sixth Form College.  The College holds Good Ofsted status and also Beacon status - one of the first four Sixth Form Colleges in the country to be awarded the latter.

The post is open to new entrants to the profession (Trainees or NQT’s) as well as experienced teachers. The College has a strong staff development programme and very good support arrangements for newly qualified, qualifying or trainee staff (please see details of the College Traineeship Scheme). Remission time from timetabled teaching classes is provided for qualifying or trainee staff to support their training and development.

The department has a strong team working ethos, is very supportive and excellent schemes of work are in place. A mentor will work with the appointee to support their development. There is also an excellent college wide support and development programme for all new staff.

The successful applicant will be expected to take up the post from 1st September 2020.

Personal Qualities

The successful applicant should have a good honours degree in Sports Science or in the field of Sport and Physical Education and ideally also a PGCE or equivalent teaching qualification. The appointee will be expected to make a teaching contribution to the spread of theoretical aspects and some of the practical components contained within the A Level and BTEC course specifications - and also contribute to the wider sports activities within the College Additional Studies Programme and BTEC Sport (Certificate/Extended Certificate level).  The theoretical work within A Level Sport and PE includes Anatomical/Physiological, Social and Psychological course components.  There is a certain amount of flexibility within the department and appointing the right person to teach the academic courses is more important than a specialism. Sports offered on a regular basis at the College include Football, Hockey, Trampolining, Volleyball, Fitness/Weight Training, Rugby, Netball, Gymnastics, Basketball, Badminton, Table Tennis, Athletics and Cross Country, Tennis, Squash and Golf - and a number of other sports are offered on a facilitation basis e.g. Boxing, Bootcamp, Yoga. The ability of applicants to offer two practical sports from Football, Hockey, Basketball, Trampolining* and Volleyball would be an advantage.

*If the successful applicant does not have a level 2 trampolining teaching qualification a willingness to attend a training course would be beneficial.

It is expected that the appointee will be trained for and then achieve the College minibus driving qualification.

Applicants should be hardworking, enthusiastic and have a high level of commitment. They should have a specific ability and focus in fostering the learning and ensuring the success of 16-18-year-old students. Experienced candidates should be able to evidence excellent levels of value-added achievement and, for Post 16 work, retention levels.  A high level of integrity is required.

Responsibilities of the Post Holder 

The duties of the holder of this post include:

  • The teaching of A Level Sport and Physical Education (the range of theory and applied work and some of the practical aspects) and the BTEC Level 3 National Certificate and Extended Certificate in Sport. Also contribute to the wider College Sports Programme and managing a team squad. The teaching duties involve all those constituent duties expected of a professional teacher, such as preparation of work in line with departmental schemes of work incorporating the requirements of relevant specifications, counselling and assessing students and keeping up to date in the subject area including undertaking appropriate INSET.  
  • Working with and being responsible to the Head of the Sport and Physical Education Department and relevant Course Leaders with respect to those matters concerning the delivery of the courses and activities.
  • Participating in departmental matters, such as meetings and educational initiatives, curriculum development and developing resources.
  • Assume the role of Personal Tutor (see Pastoral section)

Nature of the Department and Courses Offered

 In 2020/21 the department will comprise of three full time and two part time specialist Sport and PE teachers, a full time Sports Technician and Instructor, a part time Fitness Centre Manager and a team of part-time teaching specialist coaches and instructors who contribute in a range of practical sporting activities. 

The department is one of the largest A Level Sport and Physical Education centres in the country with approximately 200 students studying the course and around 100 students study the BTEC Sport Certificate/Extended Certificate course. The department has consistently achieved strong examination results, and has achieved high levels of success in team and individual competitions and sporting events. The department offers a wide range of sporting, fitness and recreation programmes to all College students which attract a relatively high level of participation.

The department also offers the Community Sports and Physical Activity (CSPA) level 2 and level 3 course and a wide programme of recreation, fitness and sporting activities made available to all students within the College Additional Studies programme.  The College offers the Duke of Edinburgh Gold Award Scheme and the department works with the College (Student) Council Sports Committee to run ‘cross college’ sports and activities and also holds an Annual Sports Awards event. The department enters the Association of Colleges (British colleges) sports competitions in a wide range of sports and has a high level of success in achieving qualifications for the weekend residential national finals - usually held at the University of Nottingham.

There is a relatively high level of student uptake of sport with a busy programme of fixtures, events and activities between September and May. 

More information regarding the specific courses can be found in the Course Information Sheets which can be located via the Courses tab on the home page.

A number of the departmental staff are currently A Level examiners with the AQA Board.


The College has a large and well-equipped sports hall, a fitness centre and an all-weather floodlit sports area. Many excellent specialist off-site specialist sports facilities in the area are also used for specific sports.

Excellent teaching facilities are available with each department having its own self-contained suite of rooms, with projectors or interactive whiteboard facilities.  Departments are well resourced with a wide range of textbooks and support materials both within the classrooms as well as the college intranet.  There are good IT and internet facilities within the College including the provision of the ‘Moodle’ Virtual Learning Environment in which the department is fully actively involved.


All qualified and experienced full-time teaching staff are expected to fulfil both an academic teaching role and a pastoral role in the College and act as a Personal Tutor to a group of about 25 students.  This involves staff in all aspects of tutorial work including guidance, pastoral support, first level safeguarding, monitoring and encouraging progress, contact with parents, writing reports, compiling student references and the delivery of part of the College's Personal Tutorial programme during the timetabled Tutorial Period.  For a full time role, a firm commitment to this aspect of teaching in a sixth form college is essential.  It is possible that this role will be assumed in the first year of appointment for experienced staff and would apply from the second year for staff new to the profession.


Annual salary for a qualified teacher will be in accordance with Sixth Form Colleges’ Teachers Pay Scale, which from appointment for a full-time post currently involves a salary of up to £39,329.00. (Plus 2019/20 and 2020/21 pay awards) Salaries are reviewed by national negotiation with effect from 1st September each year. Sixth Form College sector conditions of service apply which are very similar to schools’ sector arrangements. Progression through the national Teachers pay scale is subject to acceptable annual performance appraisal. Alternatively, please see information regarding the College Traineeship Scheme if this is relevant.


To apply, a College application form (please see link at top left of this page) must be completed and submitted to humanresources@colchsfc.ac.uk (unaccompanied CV’s and third-party application forms will not be accepted). Please note that our interview process will require that you attend the College in person as we do not offer a remote interview process.  If submitting by post please address to:

Human Resources Department
The Sixth Form College, Colchester
North Hill
Essex CO1 1SN

Closing Date: 12 noon Thursday 27th February 2020

 Interviews are likely to take place mid March 2020