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Teacher of Design & Technology - All Materials/Product Design

The de Ferrers Trust is a Multi Academy Trust currently based in Staffordshire and Derbyshire. We consist of 3 Secondary Academies and 4 Primary Academies.

Our Vision and Aims

To ensure that all the children and young people in our care have the opportunity to fulfil their potential through achieving highly, regardless of their ability or background.

We aim to achieve our vision through:

  1. Delivering a high quality education for all pupils.
  2. Recruiting, developing and retaining high - calibre members of staff.
  3. Establishing and developing robust governance.
  4. Ensuring financial probity and viability.
  5. Developing a highly efficient trust infrastructure and central services.
  6. Establishing effective systems to support the sustainable growth of the Trust.


The de Ferrers Academy

Location: Burton on Trent, DE13 0LL

Available to start September 2020

Specialist in All Materials and Product Design required.

NQT’s welcome to apply

We are looking to appoint a Teacher of Design and Technology with specialist knowledge in all materials and Product Design.

We believe that The de Ferrers Academy and Trust is a very special place to work.  We have fantastic facilities and a truly supportive and skilled staff at all levels.  We also believe that to get the best out of our students we need to be the best we can be as staff. We take great pride in ensuring that we all support and develop ourselves and our teams.  We offer a fantastic range of staff wellbeing (Physical, Social and Emotional) and CPD opportunities at local, Trust and National levels.

Our students are a strength too.  They want to learn and make the most of the opportunities on offer to them.  They too take great pride in showcasing what is good about being a part of DFA.

The Faculty has a strong tradition of excellence and innovation within all areas of Design & Technology. The compulsory programme of study that is offered to Key Stage 3 students is innovative and dynamic. Students at Key Stage 4 are offered a wide range of GCSE subjects to choose from and at Key Stage 5 we offer Design and Technology: Product Design and Design and Technology: Fashion and Textiles.  There are eight members of staff teaching Design and Technology and two full time and two part time Technicians for the faculty. 


The Academy has a range of specialist rooms within Design and Technology to accommodate curriculum requirements.  Facilities within the area allow for a wide range of courses to suit student’s needs enabling us to implement new developments to the curriculum.

All specialist rooms in Design and Technology have computer access along with CAD/ CAM facilities in all areas. At Year 9, Key Stage 4 and 5, the Faculty embraces the use of iPads as an integral tool for learning.


Students at Key Stage 3 are introduced to Design and Technology at The Academy through foundation courses in all material areas in which they develop a range of new and exciting skills and knowledge.    Year 9 students have the opportunity to specialise in material areas further in preparation for Key Stage 4. The modules that students undertake at Key Stage 3 enable them to embark on ‘real life’ design situations and prepare students for the new Pathways at GCSE.

At Key Stage 4 we currently offer the following GCSE courses; AQA Food Preparation and Nutrition and AQA Design and Technology.

At Key Stage 5 we currently deliver AQA Design and Technology: Product Design and Design and Technology: Fashion and Textiles. 

Other initiatives

The Academy prides itself on the Primary Partnership links that we have throughout the year and the Design and Technology Faculty has become a key part of this over the past few years with staff delivering workshops to year 5 and 6 students. The Faculty has also worked on national initiatives with the Department for Education. The Academy has an excellent reputation for Design and Technology and prides itself on being the first Secondary School in the country to achieve the Design Mark. The Faculty endeavours to be at the forefront of initiatives within the subject area and enjoys competing in numerous external activities and competitions including Faraday and First Tech Challenge events.

The Future

The Design and Technology Faculty is extremely forward thinking and will provide many opportunities for the appointed candidate to be part of a successful team. It will provide the opportunity to grow as an individual and be part of a dynamic team that inspires the next generation of designers.

The Candidate

The successful candidates will be highly qualified and be able to support in the promotion of excellent standards of student learning, achievement, progress, attainment and behaviour through working effectively and collaboratively. They will be passionate about their specialist subject and seek to positively impact their field and Academy.


The Trust believes that professional development is key to successful teaching and offers excellent opportunities for colleagues to grow and achieve. 

Benefits Package

The de Ferrers Trust strives to be ‘Employer of Choice’ and are committed to the wellbeing and development of colleagues. Offering an excellent benefit package which includes:

  • Cycle to Work Scheme
  • Taste Card
  • Discounts for days out, shopping, holidays and much more, with different offers each month!
  • Access to a fully fitted fitness suite, located on site at The de Ferrers Academy.

Closing date: TBC

Interview date: TBC  

How to Apply:

You can apply directly to the Trust HR Team via the Trust website 

or email your application to You must complete an application form to be considered. Due to safeguarding reasons we cannot accept C.Vs.

Please note: Completed applications should be received by 9:00am on the closing date.

If you do not hear back after 5 working days from closing date, please consider your application unsuccessful. Due to the volume of applications we receive, it is not policy to give individual feedback at this stage.

If you would like to discuss the role, or have any other queries, please contact careers and address them to either the Trust HR Team or Samantha Lawless, HR Officer.

The Trust is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and this position is subject to an Enhanced Disclosure check under the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974.

All applicants must be able to provide documentation to prove their right to work in the UK.