Upper School Mathematics Teacher
Job Description for the Upper School teaching post of Mathematics
The vision of Norwich Steiner School is to provide a Steiner-Waldorf curriculum for pupils from age 3- 19 years of age, with pupils being able to leave the school as balanced, well-rounded and mature young adults, able to pursue their own futures and destinies with confidence and self-belief.
Norwich Steiner School is a young school. It has grown from just three pupils in 2005, to over 100 pupils covering an age range of 3-19 years old in 2017. The school follows the Steiner-Waldorf curriculum throughout the whole school and in all lessons, and is successfully offering the New Zealand based Level 3 qualification ‘the New Zealand Certificate of Steiner Education (NZCSE), formerly called the Steiner School Certificate (SSC) to pupils age 16 and above. Whilst the school is now well established, it retains a strong sense of being a ‘pioneer’ and the atmosphere is open and friendly.
The school operates a combined class system throughout all years. Classes are considered as being in upper school from class 8/9 upwards. Due to the combined class system, in alternate years the upper school may have either two or three combined classes. In class 10/11, pupils may opt to start the three-year NZCSE qualification.
Therefore, last academic year 2016-17, the upper school comprised Oak class (class 8/9); Birch class (class 10/11) who were studying for Level 1 of the Steiner Certificate; and Elder class (class 12/13), the pupils of which have now completed Level 3 of the Steiner Certificate and have left the school.
In the current academic year 2017-18, there are two upper school classes: Oak class (now class 9/10) and Birch class (now class 11/12) and studying Level 2 of the Certificate.
In 2018-19, the upper school will comprise Willow class (class 8/9), Oak class (class 10/11) studying Level 1 of the Certificate; and Birch Class (class 12/13), who by that stage will be in their final year of the school and studying for Level 3 of the Certificate.
The school does not offer GCSEs or A Levels and is free from the pressures of the National Curriculum.
Information about the vacancy, including key roles & responsibilities
We are looking for an experienced upper school teacher, ideally with good working knowledge of the Steiner-Waldorf approach, to work with existing teachers in our expanding upper school, in teaching Mathematics.
Although the main vacancy is for mathematics, there are opportunities to teach other subjects, depending upon the skills and experience of the successful candidate. It is anticipated that the upper school mathematics teacher may also be suitable to teach older classes in the lower/middle school.
Although the role of upper school math teacher is part time, there are opportunities for the successful candidate of creating a full-time post in the following way:
- Teaching other subjects than mathematics (e.g. physics or chemistry, games, woodwork)
- Teaching maths to the older lower school classes
The post will generally be expected to have associated pastoral care duties, as this school operates a class guardian system for older pupils and it is likely that a full-time post will include class guardian duties, Class guardians are responsible for liaising with parents and supporting pupils with their day-to-day routines and any issues arising. As with all posts in the school, teachers are expected to liaise with one another, attend staff meetings, parent evenings, staff training and inset days.
Our ideal candidate
- May previously have been a class teacher in another Steiner School, but willing to undertake on-going professional development and genuinely love working with adolescents.
- Must be able to teach from an understanding of what is developmentally appropriate for children at different ages (that is, to teach from Anthroposophy).
- Will have been educated in a relevant specialist subject ideally to degree level or be able to demonstrate a high level of competence through experience of teaching to above Level 3.
- May have a range of skills to offer.
- Will have vision and energy for helping to create something that is unique, but wholly appropriate to this school and to Waldorf upper school education.
- Will be fully aware of the demanding nature of working in a relatively small school that is still in the pioneering stages of its development. Whilst likely by equal measure to be highly rewarding, candidates should not underestimate the challenges of a young and developing Waldorf Upper School.
More detailed teacher job description
- Teaching of the daily main lesson for blocks of Mathematics. All teaching to be according to the principles of education laid down by Rudolf Steiner (as outlined in the book: ‘The Educational Tasks and Content of the Waldorf Curriculum’).
- Ensure year and term/block plans are produced and available at the school at all times, and that daily lesson plans (or copies) are filed at the school at regular intervals
- Attend relevant weekly staff meetings, held outside of school operating hours, to discuss pedagogical and other matters relevant to the school.
- Share responsibility for holding regular parent’s meetings (once per term), including at least once a year (or more frequently if necessary) a session of one-to-one meetings. Encourage the involvement of subject teachers for the class in the group parent meetings.
- Take a shared role in interviewing new parents and children for upper school, in accordance with the School's admissions procedure, actively seeking feedback from all subject teachers before progressing to a formal offer of a place. The admissions process is shared amongst the teaching team and the decision to take a child should be a joint one.
- Keep appropriate records, maintain the pupil files up to date and record and file all conversations with parents, Educational Psychologists etc.
- Produce individual school reports for parents in good time and in accordance with agreed deadlines.
- Participation at pre-planned public and open events promoting the school and Steiner education. Attendance at School Open days is obligatory; attendance at other events may be organized in rotation with other staff.
- Be a good advocate of Norwich Steiner School at all times in your professional capacity as a member of staff.
- Maintain the ambience of the class and its physical surroundings suitable to the tasks to be undertaken.
- Ensure that appropriate study materials are available in good time and that homework, when given, is marked and timely feedback provided to parents.
- Communicate clearly and in good time any reasonable requirements for support required (Finance, administration, teaching etc) to the teaching team, management team or the school administrator.
- Participation in workshops and/or training relevant to the running of the school.
- Participation in training/workshops relevant to professional development.
- Familiarisation with and implementation of all school policies. As necessary and appropriate, participation in re-writing or amending the existing policies as the school grows and evolves.
- Participation in the appraisal of own work performance and assist in the appraisal of colleagues. Work with SWSF mentor (Kevin Avison) and other mentors as provided or organised by the school, on pedagogical matters (all matters relating to the children for which there is a policy, including classroom management, curriculum delivery and curriculum development).
- Shared responsibility for supervision of all pupils during playtime.
- Cover for absent colleagues as required.
Terms & Conditions
The salary for this post falls in the range £22,000 - £25,000 for a full time post, depending upon experience and qualifications of the chosen candidate, with part-time posts being paid pro-rata.
The school does not offer free places for staff children within the School or kindergarten. Staff experiencing financial hardship may apply for a reduced fee via our concessionary fee process which is in place for all children/families.
Statutory sick pay allowances apply.
The school has a work place pension scheme in place, operated by NEST. The contributions are currently (2017) 1% Employer and 1% gross (0.8% net) Employee. Enrolment for new staff automatically occurs after 3 months of employment for eligible staff, although staff also have the right to opt in during the first 3 months.
Norwich Steiner School is committed to the health safety and wellbeing of all children and young people in the school. All appointments whether paid or voluntary are subject to evidence of the person being suitable and appropriate to work with children through a process of application, collection of references and the carrying out of checks through the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS).