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Lecturer in Agriculture

Northumberland College
Kirkley Hall campus, Ponteland
£27,478.66 - £35,831.03
Closing date
4 Jan 2022
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Post Ref: 6661

Full Time, Permanent. £27,478.66 - £35,831.03 per annum (Depending on relevant teaching qualifications) *

Attractive benefits for this post include 48 days’ holiday per year plus bank holidays and the opportunity to join the Teachers’ Pension Scheme.

An excellent opportunity has arisen for a Lecturer in Agriculture to join our ambitious team at Northumberland College. We are looking for an experienced and passionate Agriculture Lecturer who can use this energy to inspire learners to have lifelong careers in this key sector

The role is based at Northumberland Colleges’ Kirkley Hall campus sited at

Ponteland. The curriculum area offers a range of full-time and part-time courses that encompasses agriculture, countryside and environment, floristry, horticulture, military and outdoor adventure.

The Agriculture curriculum benefits from a working farm and extensive woods and natural environments of the Kirkley estates. The courses also have access to local farms and the Northumberland countryside along with a good working relationship with local employers. It is very much our desire to build up the student numbers at Kirkley and fully utilise the facilities on offer as well as continue to develop the resource. The Land and Outdoor Academy has approximately 25 full time staff complimented by a number of part time staff who support specialist delivery within the curriculum area.

The successful candidate will be an experienced, committed, and passionate individual with a strong Agriculture background and knowledge. They will mainly teach programmes up to level three, so a minimum of a level 4 agriculture qualification is required. They will plan, promote, deliver, monitor and evaluate the progress of their courses and learners and will create and cultivate strong links with the industry.

If you feel this opportunity is for you, you must be passionate about teaching agricultural education and be part of reshaping and developing an innovative curriculum which leads to outstanding outcomes. The role includes teaching technical and work-based qualifications. You will also be responsible for ensuring the students have an exciting fully inclusive enrichment programme which supports wider skill development. The role also includes supporting the management of the programmes of study within the curriculum.

Due to the nature of this post you will be required to undertake an Enhanced Disclosure Check.

To find out more about this great opportunity please visit and select the job description and person specification within the Information section. Please note we will only accept EPNE application forms. Any queries please email or call 0191 511 6046.

You can also apply for this role by clicking the Apply Button.

All applications must be received by 04 January 2022

It is anticipated that interviews will take place during the week commencing 10 January 2022

We are working towards equal opportunities and welcome applications from all sections of the community.  We are committed to PREVENT and safeguarding the welfare of children and vulnerable adults.


Job Description

(This is a description of the job as it is as present constituted.  It may be necessary, from time to time, to update job descriptions to ensure that they relate to the job as then being performed.  Therefore, management reserve the right to make changes to your job description, commensurate with your grade/level in the organisation, after consultation with you).


Post Title: Lecturer 2 in Agriculture
Post Reference: 6605
Reports to: Land and Outdoor Curriculum Manager
Department: Land and Outdoor Academy
Grade: 026-035 (point 26 unqualified)
Contract: Full Time, Permanent
Location: Kirkley Hall Campus



The Land and Outdoor Academy is based at Northumberland Colleges’ Kirkley Hall campus sited at Ponteland.   The curriculum area offers a range of full-time and part-time courses that encompasses:  SEND provision, animal management, equine studies, veterinary nursing, agriculture, arboriculture, horticulture, floristry, countryside and environment.  These range from entry level to foundation degree with associated short specialist courses being offered.

The agriculture curriculum benefits from the ability to access the whole estate including Kirkley Zoo with over 200 species of animal an Equestrian centre and two working farms, sports facilities and horticultural areas. A new purpose-built Foundation Learning Centre with bespoke specialist facilities to support learners at all levels of educational need.

The Land and Outdoor Academy has approximately 25 full time staff complimented by a number of part time staff who support specialist delivery within the curriculum areas.



The Agriculture Lecturer will support in the planning, promotion, delivery, monitoring and evaluation of their teaching and the progress of their learners. They will create and cultivate strong links with parents, carers, and external agencies along with the relative industries to ensure that all students gain an outstanding experience.



Leadership Responsibilities

  • Be a role model for all students
  • Lead all cohorts in the teaching environment

Management Responsibilities

  • Manage behaviour of learners
  • Manage the classroom or teaching environment to an outstanding level

Role Responsibilities

  • Plan, prepare, teach and assess as required by your line manager.
  • Develop resources for courses/subjects including maintaining effective links across College for resources
  • Supervise student learning activities in a learning centre, library, lecture room, IT centre, workshop, field work, visits, placements or any other learning situation
  • Be up to date in teaching and your subject area
  • Support the Business Development team in developing new provision
  • Attend regular meetings
  • Maintain employer relations when visiting learners in the workplace              
  • Engage in curriculum development activities, individually and as a team member, to develop and improve the curriculum and learner experience
  • Support the course team leader to maximise their learner experience
  • Effectively utilise the college resources to enhance experience
  • Contribute to the pastoral care and discipline of the learners
  • Guide and support learners in achieving their targets
  • Contribute to learner recruitment and selection
  • Attend parent evenings
  • Contribute to student reports
  • Maintain comprehensive, up to date course/subject records
  • Deliver across any programme as required within your overall skill and competence framework
  • Participate effectively as a team member
  • To deliver learner centred activities
  • To integrate Functional Skills through the curriculum

Financial Responsibilities

  • Adhere to the College’s financial regulations.
  • Ensure that financial resources are deployed to maximise learner effectiveness, through regular monitoring and review.
  • Ensure effective and efficient use of resources.

Quality Responsibilities

  • Be actively involved in the College’s continuous improvement culture
  • Participate in standardisation and moderation and external verification visits as required
  • Contribute to self-assessment
  • Implement class room strategies to achieve high success rates

College Responsibilities

  • Engage in enterprising behaviours and activities
  • Participate in Appraisal and Professional Development activities as required
  • Value diversity and promote equal opportunities
  • Engage in marketing activities as requested by line manager
  • Work within health and safety guidelines and be aware of your responsibilities for health and safety
  • Adhere to College policies and procedures including data protection
  • Be responsible for safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults

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