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Teacher of Religious Studies / Citizenship

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

NQT's welcome to apply

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 Ethics Faculty is a strong team of seven, well-qualified, staff teaching their specialist subjects across the academy. Ethics is led by a Director of Learning, supported by two Key Stage Leaders (KSL). The faculty is responsible for the following subjects at The de Ferrers Academy PSHE, careers education, Citizenship. Government and Politics, and Religious Studies.

The Faculty incorporates Religious Studies, Citizenship and PSHE (called “Values”) across all Key Stages. In Key Stage 4 we offer GCSE Citizenship and GCSE Religious Studies, and all students have a core hour of values. Within a secure and well-rehearsed structure, we seek to deliver exciting and engaging programmes of study that respond and adapt to our ever changing society, in order to enable all our learners to attain at the highest level.

Each week, students in Years 7 & 8 study two hours of Values, incorporating

PSHE, Careers Education & Citizenship Studies.  They also have a separate hour of Religious Studies each week.  In Year 10 and 11, students will follow the Edexcel Religious Studies “B” new specification GCSE course for three hours a week. Students from 2019 have the option to choose GCSE Citizenship in their option pool, students will follow the OCR course for 2 hours per week. In addition, all students in Key Stage 4 have a one hour values lesson, incorporating PSHE, Careers Education and Core Citizenship. At Key Stage 5 students can chose to study AQA Religious Studies.

This is a period of intensive curriculum review with a drive towards outstanding teaching here at the De Ferrers Academy, following lesson structure based on research and the science of learning. As a new Faculty, we are committed to the continuing use and development of new technologies to create a relevant and engaging curriculum.  Our GCSE Citizenship course is regularly held up as an example of excellent practice in the use of iPads within an already Apple Accredited institution. All our Key Stage 4 and 5 courses make full use of all digital resources available in the delivery of lessons.

In the Ethics Faculty we are committed to preparing our young people for their roles as active citizens and are developing ways of utilising the student voice fully, to help us gauge our successes and effectively plan our priorities for development.  We will continue to develop and enhance our curriculum as well as our wider Academy activities, in order to achieve this goal.

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.

Applicants for positions are welcome to visit the Academy by contacting the Academy on 01283 247700.

Closing date: 22nd April 2020

Interview date: 30th April 2020

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 and ask to speak to 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.