Learning Walks from Louise Astbury

Just a reminder that learning walks will take place next week with a focus on:

  1. Classroom climate is characterised by respectful behaviours, routines, tones and discourse including the 3 Rs.
  2. Available class time is maximized for learning
  3. Instruction includes a range of techniques such as direct instruction, facilitating, and modelling
  4. Opportunities for students to apply new knowledge and content are embedded in the lesson.

We are also taking new staff on learning walks in some of the P3 and P5 slots so you may have 3-4 people in your lesson for 15 minutes. I appreciate that some rooms are a squeeze so apologies for adding more bodies to the room.

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The staff engagement group from Lewis Entwistle

The staff engagement group will be meeting in  room 75 at 1.05pm on Monday 17th September.

If you have any suggestions to put to the group regarding projects you think we could focus on please email us, write your suggestion down  and pop it in the suggestions envelope on the staff noticeboard,  tell one of the group, or join us at the  meeting. All welcome.



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The college LGBT+ group from Deborah Ward

The next meeting of Love is love,

The college LGBT+ group is on :

Date: Thursday 20th September

Place: room 99 ( College 1 )

Time: lunchtime 1-1.40 pm

Everyone is welcome

It is a safe space to meet like-minded people and 

discuss any issues in confidence.

Please feel free to bring your lunch along,

there will be biscuits too!

If you have any questions or would like

any further information please contact

dwd@osfc.ac.uk , rpn@osfc.ac.uk or


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Transition Activities for Students from Carolyn Powell

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Behaviour for Learning drop-in sessions from Doug King

Friday Lunch Room 99 

The sessions aim to provide an informal opportunity for teaching, pastoral and support staff to identify behaviour issues, share strategies and ideas to develop behaviour for learning amongst our students. 

The key topic for the first term will be about practical ideas to embed Keystone Classroom Routines, one of the key tools in effective management of the behaviour of students. These routines are the cogs at the centre of classroom practice and can have a huge impact on the behaviour of a class, addressing common behaviour issues and quickly re-focus students. 

Questions to consider about our classroom routines: 

  • What routines do we have for: the start and end of lessons, mobile phone usage, group work, individual work, working on PC’s, lateness? 
  • Are these shared routines for all teachers who teach the class?
  • How often are the routines shared with students?
  • How are they shared with students?
  • Do our routines get reluctant, one-off compliance or help create positive and productive environments?
  • Can we go too far with routines?



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External adverts

The following jobs have been advertised on greater jobs and our website.

Learning Resources Facilitators (Officers)

Full time, Full Year (Term Time options available), Permanent. To commence as soon as possible. Working hours are 7 hours 20 minutes per day (36.40 weekly) to be worked between 8am and 5pm Mon to Fri. Flexibility is required to attend college events such as open days/evenings.

Salary: Pro-rata of Points* 23 – 27 of the Sixth Form College’s Support Staff pay spine, currently £19,094 – £21,814 per annum.

A library qualification is not essential for this role.

The successful candidates will provide high quality guidance and support to students and staff, on an individual or group basis, on the use of learning resources, digital platforms and information technologies.

The post holders will work with the Learning Resources Manager to maintain a smooth day to day running of the Learning Resource Centre (The Know). This will involve advising and guiding students and staff in the use of a range of digital & learning resources. You will need to assist with the development and creation of digital learning materials and resources, to support a number of curriculum areas and actively engage with learners to ascertain their learning/ study needs. You will also be required to deliver a comprehensive range of Information and Digital Skills training to students & staff. The role will also involve administrative and clerical duties as well as help desk work. You have should excellent IT and literacy skills and be able to communicate with staff and students to provide a customer focused service.

Advert Closing Date: 12 noon Monday 24th September 2018

Interviews Date: w/c 1st October 2018

*Progression to points 26-27 are subject to satisfactory completion of a specific role related project as determined by the Senior Leadership Team.

College Security Assistant

25 hours per week (11.30am – 4 30pm Monday to Friday), 39 weeks per year. To commence as soon as possible. Fixed term until 25th May 2019.

Salary: Pro-rata of Points 16-21, of the Sixth Form College’s Support Staff pay spine, which is currently £16,400 – £18,125 per annum.  

Oldham Sixth Form College is looking to appoint a highly motivated College Security Assistant. The successful candidate will supervise students, encouraging positive behaviour and an outstanding learning culture in the College. They will also help to maintain security on the College premises. The successful applicant will have excellent communication skills, an ambition to work with young people and engage with them positively, a belief in the power and value of education and the ability to work on their own initiative. A patient calm and authoritative personality is also highly desirable.

Advert Closing Date: 12 noon Friday 21st September 2018

Interviews Date: Wednesday 26th September 2018


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New starter

Welcome to Amy Milovanovic (AMC) who started on the 10th September as a Progress Tutor.

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Annual Leave and Days to Work Back

The new leave entitlements (2018/2019) for full year staff and the ‘Days to Work Back’ for 40/41/42 week staff are now available on self-service.

Christmas Closure 2018/2019

The end of the term for term time support staff is Friday 21 December 2018.  The Christmas holiday period is Monday 24 December 2018 until Friday 4 January 2019 (inclusive).

Full year Support Staff Christmas Closure.

The College will be closed for full year support staff from Monday 24 December 2018 until Tuesday 1 January 2019 (inclusive) and will re-open on Wednesday 2 January 2019 for full year support staff.

Full year support staff are required to take 3 days from their holiday entitlement (2018/2019), for the period of the Christmas closure for the days Thursday 27 December, Friday 28 December and Monday 31 December 2018. (Monday 24 December is an additional days holiday given to full year staff in line with 194 days term time).

Friday 21 December Last day of term for all staff (inclusive)
Monday 24 December College Closed (day given to full year staff)
Tuesday 25 December College Closed (Christmas Day) Bank Holiday
Wednesday 26 December College Closed (Boxing Day) Bank Holiday
Thursday 27 December College Closed (1 day’s annual leave required)
Friday 28 December College Closed (1 day’s annual leave required)
Monday 31 December College Closed (1 day’s annual leave required)
Tuesday 1 January College Closed (New Year’s Day) Bank Holiday
Wednesday 2 January College reopens for full year support staff
Thursday 3 January College open for full year support staff
Friday 4 January College open for full year support staff
Monday 7 January College open for all staff

Please note the Christmas closure is always subject to annual review.

Summer Term 2019

Please note the end of term for support staff on a term time contract will be Wednesday 10 July 2019 in order for term time staff to have worked the 194 days per year contract.

Any queries should be directed to the HR Department.  HR@osfc.ac.uk

We reserve the right to cancel or amend the dates of annual leave due to business requirements and the needs of the College, and will give at least 7 days’ notice.

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Teaching and Learning – Action Research Group from Maria Beswick

We are inviting staff to participate in a group who will trial research in the classroom. The programme will run from Sept 2018 to April 2019. Staff will work in triads looking at a specific pedagogical approach (Recall/retrieval; marking; modelling and guided practice; lean learning). Please contact Maria Beswick mbs@osfc.ac.uk if you are interested in being involved.


Thanks, Maria.

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National Poetry Day – Thursday 4th October from Andy Eachus

The Know will be holding a Haiku competition for students to celebrate National Poetry Day. Please encourage them to send in a Haiku on the theme of

Change by 4.30pm on 3rd October. They can tweet it @theknowosfc or email it to theknow@osfc.ac.uk.

Not sure what a Haiku is, click here to find out.

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