Business Studies and Industry Link Lead

From January 2024 

Permanent, Full Time or Part Time

We are keen to further develop our strong relationships with businesses across the Solent to ensure we fully prepare our young people for a successful working life. With an ever-increasing skills gap, we are determined to work with as many organisations across a variety of industries to help us inspire the next generation and enable them to leave with the right skills for an ever-changing workplace. We currently have strong links with a number of organisations supported by Natwest and are looking for a charismatic and forward thinking lead to continue to develop our links. We are determined to leave no stone unturned to eradicate the skills gap for our young people and the successful candidate will play a pivotal role in this. 

Our Team

Business Studies is an extremely popular subject at Cantell, with over 230 students studying this option pathway across Years 10 and 11. For that reason, we are looking for an enthusiastic, highly-motivated teacher to help us meet the needs of our burgeoning cohorts. 

Our Business team are dynamic, forward-thinking and collaborative. We aim to deliver engaging and relevant content so our students are EMPOWERED* for their life beyond Cantell, with the knowledge and skills to pursue any entrepreneurial interests. 

Our vision is brought to life by an expanding commitment to a range of co-curricular activities including:

  • Off-site trips: this year, Year 10 Business students visited Paulton’s Park, taking part in a marketing workshop to understand the main techniques used to attract different market segments. 
  • Guest speakers: our Year 10 students will be welcoming the ‘Social Media Marketing Manager’ from FatFace to discuss how to grow a brand and reach new audiences through social media platforms.  
  • Partnerships: our community is invested in Southampton City. We are aiming to create partnerships with key businesses and industries e.g. maritime, tourism, universities to provide vocational training and experiences. 
  • Oracy opportunities: for the last two consecutive years our students have been the winners of the Solent University Business Competition, involving a business pitch about sustainability in the city. Our students stood out for their innovative ideas and excellent public speaking skills. 

This is an exciting opportunity for an enthusiastic and imaginative classroom practitioner to join our successful and supportive team within Humanities. The successful candidate will continue to build on our success this year, showing the drive and determination for continuing school improvement and raising attainment. 

Humanities at Cantell:

“The world and its people”
Geography | History | Religious Education | Business | Travel + Tourism

A recent member of our Humanities team who joined in January 2023 says:

“I have rediscovered my love of teaching at Cantell School. Since joining I have felt valued, respected and supported by senior staff, middle leaders and other colleagues. Pupils are engaged, enthusiastic and polite. I have been given the opportunity to develop professionally and make progress in my career.” 

*EMPOWERED – Cantell actively promotes eight key EMPOWER skills which students will need to thrive in the workplace (Leadership, Organisation, Resilience, Initiative, Communication, Independence, Innovation + Entrepreneurship).

Our School

Pupils are rightly proud to attend Cantell School. They feel happy, safe and well cared for. Pupils enjoy being part of the ‘Cantell Family’. They like the school’s diversity. As one pupil said, ‘It is a vibrant place to learn.’
Ofsted, February 2023
Cantell School is proud to be a heavily oversubscribed, inclusive comprehensive school with a student intake that reflects a wonderfully diverse and vibrant local community. Our fundamental mission is to provide an exceptional learning experience for every student so that they may lead a happy and successful life now and in the future.

The post provides an excellent opportunity to develop your career within an attractive and well-resourced working environment supported by a talented and dedicated team of staff and would be suitable for an exceptional ECT or experienced teacher.

If you are an inspiring teacher, who forms effective relationships with young people and colleagues, is energetic, well organised and has the drive to make sure our pupils get the best learning opportunities we can offer them we would love you to join our exceptional team.

Further details and an application form are available on our website 

Alternatively, please contact a member of the HR team by email

We will offer the successful applicant:

  • A committed and extremely supportive staff team
  • An extensive and personalised CPD programme
  • The opportunity to make a real difference to our students
  • A thriving community of students and parents/carers

We wish to appoint candidates with:

  • Ability to promote high quality teaching and learning
  • Excellent interpersonal, communication and motivational skills
  • A passion for improving students’ lives and opportunities
  • High levels of ambition and drive for outstanding performance from staff and students

The school is committed to safeguarding children and all applicants are subject to an enhanced DBS check. Although applications will be processed as they arrive, an earlier closing date may be made before this if a successful candidate is found.