Design and Technology Teacher

Wellington College China

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Tianjin | Academic | Wellington College Tianjin

Wellington College International Tianjin’s Senior School provides pupils aged 11-18 years with
access to an education rooted in the strong values and progressive approach to learning
synonymous with Wellington College. The school offers its pupils rigour and challenge
throughout the journey from Key Stage 3, largely mirroring the national curriculum in England,
and then on to IGCSE and A Levels in Key Stages 4 and 5. We aim to prepare pupils for success
during and after their time at the College; the overwhelming majority of our leavers in Year 13
go on to study at universities across the world.
Within a culture of shared vision, mutual respect, high academic standards, open
communication and a commitment to best practice, the teachers at Wellington form an integral
part of a close team determined to develop and evolve in their personal and professional
China today boasts at least two of the world’s great cities on its mainland – Beijing and
Shanghai. While these megacities, with populations well in excess of 20 million people, hog the
limelight, so-called ‘second tier’ cities, such as Tianjin provide some light relief from the hectic
pace of life. Tianjin may be the largest city most people have never heard of; it is China’s 4th
largest city, with over 15 million people spread across its main urban centres. It is the former
port city for Beijing, providing the capital with its access to the sea and the trade routes across
the world.Any visitor to Beijing or Shanghai cannot have failed to notice the scale of those cities, and
with that vast size comes an almost inevitable compromise in terms of traffic jams, higher
prices and crowds of tourists and locals alike. Tianjin, by contrast, has a rather less frenetic
pace of life. Inhabitants can take long, peaceful walks along the beautiful HaiHe river or mooch
around the former European concession areas in WuDaDao. It is a big city, but with the feel
of a compact and connected centre – the ‘downtown’ areas of shopping, sporting and leisure
facilities all sit within a few square kilometres of the CBD. Strolling, jogging or cycling around
the city is remarkably easy and affords a chance to see the historic and cultural highlights whilst
never being too far from a restorative coffee shop orrestaurant.
The city’s traditional heart is around the Drum Tower, just a few minutes’ walk from the
school. Here, arts and crafts’ shops rub shoulders with antique dealers and restaurants offering
local Tianjin delicacies. Further along the river, and again within easy reach of the school, lie
the former concessions, sections of the city which in the 19th Century were annexed by the
major world powers, including Britain, Germany, the US and Japan. All saw in Tianjin the
chance to exploit Chinese trade, and as a result, the city has developed some historic areas
which reflect the architecture and ambitions of their former occupiers. A day spent wandering
around WuDaDao, or the recently restored Italian concession area, makes for a fascinating
journey into the city’s past. Venturing outside the city, Tianjin has its own stretch of the Great
Wall, which makes for a scenic and peaceful two-hour hike: the crowded Wall sections around
Beijing will seem a million mile away once you set foot on the Huangyaguan stretch of this
UNESCO World Heritage site.
The DT department is a well-resourced facility, comprising three fulltime teachers and a
technician situated in a suite of four teaching rooms. The department is equipped with a
circular saw, band, thicknesser planer and dark room for screen printing. There are 6 desktop
computers with Rhino 3D modelling software installed, a vacuum former and an iPad trolley of
16 Apple iPads with Apple pens for use within the department.
Each of the main teaching rooms is equipped as follows:
4 Hegner scroll saws
6 – 10 sewing machines
1 vertical sander
1 pillar drill
1 bandsaw in room 127 (in addition to the bandsaw in the saw room)
1 thermoplastic strip heater (line bending machine)
1 table router
Traditional hand tools such as coping saws, tenon saws, hand files and handheld
electric drill and sander
The department teaches textiles and workshop-based product design throughout Key Stage
3, loosely following the UK curriculum. Projects in the workshop at KS3 focus on working
with soft, hard and manufactured woods, thermoplastics, electronics, pewter and aluminium
using CAD and CAM wherever possible. Techsoft2D designV3 is used to interface with a
laser cutting machine and the department has developed the use of resin-based 3D printing.
Lesson time is shared 50/50 with textiles where various surface decoration techniques and
construction techniques are experimented with leading to fabric-based product manufacture.
The day to day running of the department is managed by an enthusiastic, competent and
efficient Chinese speaking technician supervised by the HOD.At Key Stage 4,the department offers Cambridge International 0445 Resistant Materials and
Edexcel Art Design Textiles, with very strong examination outcomes.
At Key Stage 5, the department offers Edexcel 9DT0 Product Design and Edexcel Art
Design, again with outstanding academic outcomes.
General role description
To teach all areas of Design and Technology at KS3
To teach Edexcel Product Design at KS4 and KS5
To work with the Head of Design and Technology and other staff on the development
of engaging schemes of work, helping to build opportunitiesfor:
Ensuring progression
Active learning
Assessment for learning
Meeting the needs of all learners
ICT and new technologies, for example CAM and robotics
Enrichment and external links
To maintain up-to-date records of student progress across all aspects of
To ensure that your students make good or outstanding progress in DT
To deal effectively with behaviour, attendance and punctuality issues
To carry out the regular assessment and marking of students’ work, according to
the departmental and whole school assessment and marking policy
To keep records of student attainment and progress
To monitor student achievement against school and national data at individual
student and teaching group level, and to take action to improve achievement and
combat identified under achievement
To carry out assessment and feedback
To attend relevant meetings
To undertake any other duties as reasonably requested by the Master or Head
of DT
To contribute to areas of departmental development as a member of theDT
Guidance & Welfare:
Where appropriate, act as a form tutor, fulfilling the following functions:To take overall responsibility for monitoring tutees’ academic and wider progress
and development, acting in line with school policies in this area;
To review progress and support students in target setting and action planning;
To ensure that all students are valued and treated according to the aims of the
Knowledge, Experience and Profile
Required Qualifications / Skills:
a) A relevant degree and professional teaching qualification is essential
b) A minimum of two years’ experience in teaching DT from KS3 to KS5
c) A passion for the subject and a desire to share this with as wide a range ofstudents
as possible
d) Experience in designing and delivering progressive design and technology curricula at
all key stages
e) Knowledge of Edexcel Design and Technology (Product Design) A level curricula,
delivery and assessment
f) Knowledge of Edexcel 9-1 GCSE Art and Design Textiles or CAIE DT
g) Experience of using, and the ability to teach the use of, a range of CAD software and
CAM machines
h) Puts the well-being of the student at the heart of what they do and can demonstrate
how they will support the development of the school’s values and vision.
i) Fluency in written and spoken English to enable effective communication within
working relationships
j) Honesty, integrity, compassion, and a good sense of humour
k) Strong organisational, self-management and problem-solving skills
Desirable Qualifications / Skills:
Knowledge of Edexcel Art and Design Textiles A level /GCSE level curricula, their
delivery and assessment
Experience teaching and mentoring EAL students, with the ability to prepare and
deliver visual teaching resources to support EAL students
Important Note:
“Aligned with the recommendations of the International Task Force on Child Protection, we hold
ourselves to a high standard of effective recruiting practices with specific attention to child protection.”
ITFCP Statement of Commitment
Wellington College China schools are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children.
Assessment and testing of applicants’ suitability to work with children is an integral part of the selection
January 2023

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