Design & Technology Technician
Ark Isaac Newton Academy
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Isaac Newton Academy, Redbridge

Principal: Jo Spencer

Design & Technology Technician Required (with General Curriculum Support across all departments) - Part time/ Job share considered

New all-through mixed 4-18 comprehensive in Redbridge.

In September 2012 Isaac Newton Academy opened with its inaugural cohort of 180 year 7 students. The school will grow, year on year, to become an 11-18 academy of 1250 students with specialist status in mathematics and music. In 2014 the primary phase of the academy opened to 90 reception-aged children. This too will grow each year, until full in September 2020.

This is a unique opportunity to join a team of committed staff striving to create an excellent comprehensive school. We are looking for a dedicated Design & Technology Technician to assist with the general maintenance of our Art & design technology department and who can assist in inspiring and supporting all departments to display work creatively. 

Our ideal candidate will:

  • have experience of technician support in a school environment,
  • have experience of working effectively with secondary aged pupils,
  • have a clear understanding of classroom roles and responsibilities,
  • have an interest in and be skilled in display
  • be committed to Ark’s ethos of high expectations and no excuses,
  • have the resolve to make a real difference to the lives of pupils.

If you are seeking a challenging and highly rewarding position, enriching the lives of the students who attend Isaac Newton Academy and members of the local community, then we are keen to hear from you.

Please complete your application by 11:59pm on 10th JAnuary 2019.

If you have any technical issues with the application form, please contact our recruitment team on 0203 116 6345 or For a candidate information pack or an informal, confidential discussion please contact our HR office, on 020 8911 6657 or


Location:                 Ilford, Redbridge

Start date:               As soon as possible

Deadline:                11:59pm on 10th January 2019.
Salary:                     Band 6 (£20,599- £25,239) actual salary based on 40 weeks per annum (£18,094 - £22,170)
Hours:                     36 hours per week, 40 weeks a year (plus 3 weeks – negotiable)- part time/ job share considered

Interviews will be arranged as suitable candidates are identified, so early application is strongly advised.

Ark is committed to safeguarding children; successful candidates will be subject to an enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service check.

Job Description: Design & Technology Technician

(With General Curriculum Support)

Reporting to:         Head of Art, Design and Technology.

Start date:               As soon as possible

Salary:                      Band 6 (£20,599- £25,239) actual salary based on 40 weeks per annum (£18,094 - £22,170)

Hours:                     36 hours per week, 40 weeks a year (plus 3 weeks – negotiable)- part time/ job share considered

Disclosure level:   Enhanced

The Role

A curriculum technician post with responsibility for whole school creative displays, supporting the preparation of lessons for ADT. You will also be required to provide support for other curriculum areas as a member of the schools operational staff.

This role is perfect for a dynamic individual who can work efficiently within a small team in the Art and Design department and who can assist in inspiring and supporting all departments to display work creatively. 

ADT Technician Responsibilities

  • To provide general maintenance of the ADT rooms, reporting any repairs as appropriate for action,
  • To support students and teachers in practical lessons by demonstrating specialist equipment and advising teachers and students, i.e. the kiln, equipment in the RM, textiles and food rooms,
  • To prepare equipment and resources for practical classes across the subject areas in the department,
  • To be familiar with all CAD practices, and in addition 2D design, Google sketch up and Adobe Photoshop,
  • To carry out administrative and other functions related to the smooth running of the department purposeful, orderly and productive working environment,
  • To monitor stock, inspect stock,  order resources and store resources as required,
  • To work with small groups of children on curriculum projects and provide in class support with use of technical equipment,
  • To assist the Head of Art and DT with the preparation of wall displays and materials for lessons,
  • To ensure that health and safety requirements and other relevant regulations are adhered to and observed. This may involve undertaking regular checking procedures and risk assessments, as appropriate.
  • To support with the setting up, supervision and execution of Art Exhibitions.

Display Technician Responsibilities

  • To help create high quality displays for all departments in Secondary and support with displays in the primary if required.
  • To be responsible for high quality artistic displays in focal points of the Secondary Academy and if required support with the primary, this will include the main entrances, halls, corridors, conference & Harkness Rooms, Primary and Secondary Libraries etc.
  • To receive and check deliveries of display board supplies and maintain this termly,
  • To repair, maintain and check the quality of displays across the academy,
  • Printing, scanning, photocopying and laminating and mounting students’ work to go onto display.


General Technician Responsibilities

  • To ensure timely preparation of specialist equipment/resources/materials for lessons,
  • To maintain specialist equipment, check for quality/safety and arrange for repairs/modifications to be carried out,
  • To support the PE department with supervising changing rooms at designated times,
  • To support the department and the whole school by contributing to the first aid rota (training will be provided).
  • To receive and check deliveries of supplies to ensure accuracy from suppliers,
  • To repair, maintain and store equipment in order to guarantee safe and effective upkeep,
  • To provide administrative support, e.g. making telephone enquiries, filing etc.
  • To support pupils in the classroom environment to assist in the learning process where technical equipment is involved,
  • In addition to the specific responsibilities of the post, the post holder will be expected to assist with other tasks as and when required, across the Primary and Secondary phases, as directed by the line manager.



  • To play an active part in the development of the students though positive interactions with them and direct support of their learning,
  • To be involved in whole school events, for example open evenings, Art exhibitions uniform sales etc.
  • To actively promote the academy and liaise with outside agencies as necessary, representing the Academy or Ark as appropriate,
  • To maintain a presence around the Academy to ensure that the highest standards of behaviour and site-usage are upheld,
  • To communicate and liaise with staff, students, parents, governors and members of the local community as appropriate,
  • To be active in issues of staff and student welfare and support,
  • To comply with and assist in the development of policies and procedures in relation to child protection, health, safety and security, confidentiality and data protection, reporting all concerns to an appropriate person,
  •  To demonstrate a commitment to Equality of Opportunity for all members of the Academy’s community,
  • To undertake any other responsibilities as directed by the line manager/Principal

 Person Specification: Design & Technology Technician

(With General Curriculum Support) 


Qualification criteria

  • Qualified to work in the UK,
  • 5 GCSEs/O levels or equivalent, including English, Maths and Science at grade C or above,
  • Art/Design graduate desirable.


Knowledge and Experience


  • Experience of technician support in a school environment.


Behaviours and Qualities

  • Vision aligned with Ark and the Academy’s high aspirations and high expectations of self and others,
  • An understanding of the strategies needed to establish consistently high aspirations and standards of results and behaviour in an urban school setting and commitment to relentlessly implementing these strategies,
  • The ability to work in close harmony with all staff,
  • The ability to follow instructions accurately, but make sound judgements and lead when required,
  • Excellent listening skills and ICT skills (Word, Excel, internet, email),
  • Strong interpersonal, written and oral communication skills, in particular when liaising with non-technical colleagues,
  • Strong organisational and time-management skills,
  • Adaptable, flexible and able to work with minimum supervision,
  • A commitment to the safeguarding and welfare of all students. An understanding of the importance of confidentiality and discretion,
  • The ability to develop positive relationships with all young people,
  • The ability to take personal responsibility, a readiness to reflect and self-evaluate and the ability to change, improve and develop,
  • The ability to work well under pressure,
  • A flexible attitude towards working hours.



  • This post is subject to an enhanced Criminal Records Bureau disclosure,
  • The post holder must be committed to safeguarding the welfare of children and to providing equality of opportunity.


Ark is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people in our academies.  In order to meet this responsibility, we follow a rigorous selection process. This process is outlined here, but can be provided in more detail if requested. All successful candidates will be subject to an enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service check.