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Sage Gateshead

Archived: FE Tutor Gateshead College (Vocal)

Deadline for applications: 9am, Friday 9th December
Reports to: FE Programme Leader
Location: Sage Gateshead
Working hours: Wednesdays during term time 10am-5pm (1 hour dinner)
Salary: £32,081 p/a pro rata. SCP 34, which equates to £28.57 per hour including prep and meeting time.

About Sage Gateshead

We are an international music centre based on the banks of the River Tyne. We are a unique venue where artists from across the world perform and audiences from a wide range of backgrounds come to hear, make, and enjoy all types of music.

We support local people to be creative, to develop a passion for music and put music at the heart of communities. Our artist development programme provides local artists with the opportunities they need to develop a career in music. We support young people to make music in our building and in the wider community through programmes such as In Harmony Newcastle Gateshead.

We believe our work makes life better for people in the North East. We’re building a creative, diverse, and passionate team and that’s where you come in…

About you

Are you someone with a passion for supporting young people to grow in confidence as they develop musical skills? Are you self-motivated, happy working in a team environment and flexible enough to adapt to a changing environment? If this sounds like you, here are some specific types of experience that will help you hit the ground running.

You must have proven experience of:

  • Performing to a high level;
  • Teaching young people (age 16+) vocal skills and pedagogy across a range of syllabuses and/or courses;
  • Effectively teaching young people of varying experience and ability levels;
  • Contributing to the development of music practice and pedagogy frameworks;
  • Collaboration with other music leaders, teachers or tutors;
  • Developing session plans and schemes of work in line with requirements;
  • Musically inclusive practice;
  • Safeguarding within education contexts.

Knowledge and/or understanding of:

  • Appropriate music processes and methodologies;
  • High level of musicianship;
  • Proven awareness of vocal teaching pedagogical methods e.g., Estill, Speech Level Singing etc.
  • Understanding of access and inclusion needs in relation to working with young people.

Ability to:

  • Develop and sustain excellent working relationships, and communicate with young people from a wide range of backgrounds;
  • Support and advise students as to their individual needs in entering and preparing for exams and performances;
  • Teach to objectives and schemes of work;
  • Collaborate effectively with colleagues and/or other teams;
  • Manage your own workload, working on your own initiative and as part of a team;
  • Accept appropriate individual responsibility for the observance, promotion and implementation of Safeguarding, Health & Safety, Customer Care, Equality and Diversity, Dignity at Work and other policies with the Trust.

It also helps if you have:

  • Knowledge of a range of musical styles;
  • Ability to accompany young people during lessons.

If you’re not a perfect match for the job description and criteria, we encourage you to apply anyway. We are more interested in your determination, positivity, and willingness to get stuck in.

About the role of FE Tutor Gateshead College (Vocal) at Sage Gateshead

In partnership with Gateshead College, Sage Gateshead leads a UAL (University of the Arts London) Level 3 Music Performance qualification and a BTEC HNC/HND (Higher National Certificate and Higher National Diploma) Level 4 and Level 5 Music Performance qualification.

Your responsibilities:

  • To lead high quality vocal group and ensemble tuition for students enrolled onto the Gateshead College FE and HE programmes;
  • To maintain high standards of teaching and learning;
  • To be an advocate of the course and to liaise with the FE Programme Leader on academic matters;
  • To undertake student assessments;
  • Contribute to the development of the musical practice, pedagogy, and curriculum in collaboration with the Further Education Programme Leader and Tutor team;
  • Liaise with the Further Education Tutor team to share information and collaborate on the curriculum being taught, to make sure there is parity of experience for all students;
  • Develop relevant materials or resources to support teaching;
  • Design a varied and challenging scheme of work and lesson plans to develop the needs of students;
  • Lead high quality, inclusive vocal tuition within the Further Education programme;
  • Prepare, plan, and teach young people in group sessions, working on appropriate technique and repertoire;
  • Plan, prepare and manage resources as appropriate;
  • Work with the FE Coordinator to manage timetables, resources and report any issues;
  • Lead students in any end of term performances and sharing events where applicable;
  • Provide appropriate pastoral support to students;
  • Advise and prepare students for course assessments and external vocal exams as appropriate.
  • Make continuous formative assessments of student’s progress;
  • Comply with quality assurance procedures, in collaboration with Gateshead College requirements.

Works in conjunction with:

  • FE Tutors and FE Programme Leader;
  • FE Coordinator;
  • Schools Producer;
  • Head of Young People’s Programme;
  • Curriculum Leader Gateshead College.

Our commitment to your development

At Sage Gateshead, we’re always learning. Through training and support, we’ll help you develop the skills and knowledge you need to thrive in your role. This may be through gaining a qualification, on-the-job training or learning within your team.

We provide you with training in areas such as health and safety and safeguarding when you start work, and you’ll receive annual refreshers.

Every staff member is on their own training and development journey. You’ll work closely with your manager to identify what your journey will look like at Sage Gateshead. If you have a specific interest or you would like to develop your skills in a certain area, we want to hear about it.

Diversity, Equality, and Inclusion

At Sage Gateshead, we encourage a working environment that’s welcoming, inclusive, and diverse. Different backgrounds, views and experiences are valued so everyone can be themselves.

Our venue and programmes are for everyone, so we want to make sure this opportunity is available to everyone, no matter your background or the challenges you’ve faced.

For example, we would love to hear from you if you:

  • Are D/deaf. Have a disability, learning difficulty or significant long -term health condition which affects your daily life
  • Describe yourself as neurodiverse (this might include dyslexia, dyspraxia, dyscalculia, ADHD, autistic spectrum, and others)
  • Grew up in a family receiving Universal Credit or state benefits
  • Have ever lived in council or social housing or been on the housing register
  • Have ever lived in sheltered accommodation or experienced homelessness
  • Experienced being in care at any point in your life
  • Have been a refugee or asylum seeker
  • Are from the African, South, East and South–East Asian, Middle East, Latinx or North African diaspora, or have experienced racism
  • These are some common examples of challenging circumstances but there may be others. Everyone is welcome to apply.
  • We do not discriminate because of race, colour, religion, gender or gender identity, sexual orientation or expression, age, disability or any other protected characteristic as outlined in the Equality Act 2010.

Safeguarding children, young people and vulnerable adults

We are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and adults at risk and expect all of those that work with us to share this commitment. We operate a robust safeguarding framework and continuous assessment and development to support safer working practice across out workforce. Our roles are subject to a safer recruitment process which includes relevant background checks and the disclosure of criminal records, sanctions, and investigations where appropriate. This position is eligible for an Enhanced DBS/ with a check of the Children’s / Adult’s Barred List.

Our application process

Closing date for applications: 9am, Friday 9 December
Interview date: Thursday 15 December (interviews and mini-teach workshop)

We understand that interviews can be a nerve-racking experience. We want you to feel comfortable so you can be yourself and shine!

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If you have any questions about the role or the application process, please contact Lois, HR Coordinator at

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