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Learning Resources Centre Manager/Librarian

Harris Federation
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1 Oct 2021

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We are looking for a committed and passionate Learning Resources Manager/Librarian to join our team at Harris Academy Sutton.

About Us

We are a new Academy moving into our first year of GCSE studies situated in the centre of Sutton on the site of the London Cancer Hub. We are settling in to our £40 million state-of-the-art Passivhaus building and are looking for a committed and passionate subject specialist to join our growing community and support our students as they look to progress into an ever-more competitive workplace

Main Areas of Responsibility

  • At specified times of the day/week provide administrative support to staff with reprographic tasks
  • Setup an efficient structure for staff to request reprographic tasks
  • Ensure reprographic tasks are performed in a timely manner and to specified requirements

Other Duties
  • Management, organisation and supervision of the Learning Resources Centre;
  • To maintain a professional, stimulating and tidy learning environment at all times, foregrounding student achievements;
  • To contribute to presentation and consultation evenings and meeting with parents to encourage reading beyond curriculum time;
  • To provide advice to staff, students and the community regarding use, provision, development of Learning Resources;
  • To devise and offer INSET activities in teaching and learning techniques in relation to learning resources and training in the use of Learning Resource materials;
  • Time-tabling LRC/enterprise centre and other resources, for group or individual use, ensuring optimum use of facilities;
  • Offer support to other staff for appropriate projects or events
  • To organise and publicise an annual book week;
  • Organise regular events to promote a culture of reading for pleasure within the Academy, including regular visits from authors;
  • Encouraging the effective use of the Learning Resource Centre across the curriculum at Key Stage 3/4 and 16+;
  • Providing guidance to groups and individuals using the Learning Resource Centre; including an 'Introduction to the Library' lesson with all Y7s.
  • Liaison with other information agencies including other resource areas, as well as LRC managers across the Federation in order to provide an excellent service;
  • Development and implementation of study and information skills linked into the curriculum; including assisting teachers with guidance on 'research' tasks;
  • Participating in community links, including opening out of academy hours. A flexible approach to working hours is required;
  • To be responsible and accountable for the management of the Centre's delegated budgets;
  • To keep appropriate and effective records using academy ICT systems, that will enable efficient management of resources across the academy;
  • Disseminating information on resources and access to staff and students;
  • To monitor, evaluate and review the use and development of the area, this to include procedures for collecting data, e.g. student questionnaires;
  • To supervise pupils in the Library before school, after school, and at lunch time and break time;
  • Offer support to other staff for appropriate projects or events;
  • Promote the House system by embedding an ongoing House Reading competition;
  • Produce regular reports, publications, blogs and manage a HASU Library Twitter account to keep staff, pupils and parents aware of the library and literacy developments;
  • To use and maintain a library management system and manage a regular stock-take of resources;
  • To teach small groups of pupils requiring literacy interventions;
  • To ensure the effective use of specific resources and ensure the choice of literature meets curricular and leisure needs;
  • To ensure that all learning resources equipment is well maintained, reporting all computer faults immediately to the ICT team

Qualifications & Experience
  • English and Mathematics GCSE or equivalent
  • Degree or equivalent
  • Knowledge of library systems
  • Knowledge of Accelerated Reading scheme
  • Knowledge of National curriculum particularly for English
  • Librarian qualifications (desirable)
  • Three years' experience of working in an inner city school or educational establishment
  • Experience of managing a library service
  • Experience of a range of reading schemes
  • Experience of working with students from a range of ethnic backgrounds (desirable)

Professional Development & Benefits

Our people are at the heart of our success. We have developed a strong culture of collaboration and best practice, with professional development and career planning at its centre. We invest in our staff with support, coaching, mentoring, and a wide range of top-quality training programmes delivered at every level to senior leadership.

We look for talented individuals who share our vision for creating exceptional places of learning, and are committed to ensuring that every child in London has access to the best possible education.

In addition to the opportunities for career progression, training and development, we also offer a competitive rewards and benefits package which includes our Harris Allowance, a Performance and Loyalty Bonus, Pension Scheme, a Wellbeing Cash Plan and many other benefits.

Safeguarding Notice

The Harris Federation and all our academies are committed to ensuring the highest levels of safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, and we expect all our staff and volunteers to share in this commitment. All offers of employment are subject to an Enhanced DBS check, references, and where applicable, a prohibition from teaching check will be completed for all applicants. Before applying, please review our Policy Statement on the Recruitment of Ex-Offenders.

Equal Opportunities

The Harris Federation is an equal opportunities employer and welcomes applications from all suitably qualified candidates.

As a provider of employment and education, we value the diversity of our staff and students, and all our staff are equally valued and respected. We are committed to providing a fair, equitable and mutually supportive learning and working environment for our students and staff.
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