Careers at Devonshire Junior Academy


At Devonshire Junior Academy we are committed to supporting all staff with the development of their careers, whatever point they are at and path they may choose to take.


In addition to teacher training days and courses, we aim to provide all staff with the experiences and opportunities they need to achieve their professional goals. This may be anything from tailor made programmes for NQTs delivered through our Multi Academy Trust to leadership programmes offered through the Whole Education Network.


We also understand that time is needed for staff to work together in a professional and supportive environment in order to reflect and continually improve their practice. So in addition to teacher training days and courses we do the following:


Teaching Development Days

Teaching Development Days happen once a term in our school and they enable teachers to work together to observe learning in action in the classroom. They are usually focussed on a particular area of teaching or teaching strategy that we have researched and discussed as a staff beforehand. Together, teachers identify where and when teaching strategies are at their most effective. We use this knowledge to reflect on our own teaching and to share best practice across the school.


Research Days

Once a term, teachers come out of the classroom to research and discuss a particular area of interest that may benefit their cohort of children. This may be anything from engaging reluctant readers to strategies for effective collaboration. Research days enable staff to stay in touch with up to-date educational thinking and evidence-based research.


Planning, Preparation and Assessment

Year group teachers have PPA at the same time and on the same day each week. Working together in year groups enables teachers to use share expertise and use their time efficiently. Sports Plus and Sandwell Music and Arts deliver lessons during this time ensuring high quality teaching at all times.



We are also conscious of the need for staff to maintain a healthy work-life balance so we give additional PPA time (PPA+) in order to support staff with greater responsibilities such as leadership roles, managing a subject or working on additional one-off projects.

Teaching vacancies

No current vacancies.

Non-teaching vacancies

Devonshire Infant Academy

Learning Support Practitioner

Grade D Point 9-17

27.5 hrs per week from January 6th 2020

Fixed term to August 2020 due to SEN funding.

Term time only plus 2 training days.


Devonshire Infant Academy is looking for a LSP3 to work with children who have additional needs, including visual impairment.

As support staff, you will be responsible for providing individual and small group support within the classroom and designated small group areas and preparing resources to meet needs.


You must have an understanding of, and experience of working with, children with special educational needs including those with Education and Health Care Plans. Experience of working with a visually impaired child would be an advantage. Training and support will be given to successful candidates.


Candidates should have the following qualities and experience:

*Minimum of NVQ level 3 relevant qualification

*Experience of working with children who have additional needs

*The ability to use your initiative to create resources and direct learning as necessary i.e. when a child is struggling to understand, provide learning aids, appropriate materials or recover previous learning in order to move the child's learning forward.


Hours will be 8.45am -12.25pm then 1.25 – 3.15pm Monday to Friday. Plus an additional lunchtime SEN support contract of 2.5 hours per week for the successful candidate.


Devonshire Academies are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children so you will need to take a disclosure and barring check. We are committed to promoting Equal Opportunities and therefore only applications submitted on the Academy’s application form will be considered. We do not accept CV only applications.


Visits to the schools are welcomed and can be arranged through the Junior School office on 0121 558 1652.

Closing date:  Monday 2nd December

Interviews :   Tuesday 10th December