Teacher of English and Media

Guildford Education
18 Mar 2017
17 Apr 2017
Contract Type
Part Time
A highly successful comprehensive school for students from 11-18 years old, serving the communities around Epsom in Surrey, are looking for a enthusiastic, motivated and passionate Teacher of English and Media to join them on a full time and permanent basis.

The students are a pleasure to work with; intellectually curious, empathetic and fun, they continually challenge themselves to achieve demanding objectives which leads to great personal success. This is coupled with a body of incredibly dedicated and passionate staff who are driven to deliver the best possible provision to our students, to help them all overcome their personal challenges to ensure all doors remain open to them, and to empower them to achieve their dreams, makes the school a great place to work.

Our expectations are high and as a result of a stimulating and enriching curriculum and our celebration of personal success and individual talents, girls acquire skills of leadership and teamwork, become confident and enthusiastic learners, develop varied sporting, creative and academic talents and are thoughtful and valuable citizens.

We have appeared in the list of the top 100 performing non-selective schools in the country since 2012 but as a school we continually strive to improve on our previous best, never taking our success for granted. We seek to maintain a calm, happy and purposeful school environment based on an inclusive culture of mutual respect. Central to this is our partnership with parents which we know is crucial in helping students achieve their full potential. We are proud of the members of our community, our facilities and our standards of achievement and believe that every girl should and can excel whilst in our care.

The English Department has a strong team of thirteen teachers, a mix of full and part time staff, led by the Head of Department. The Department works well together to teach from Year 7 to Year 13, sharing ideas and enthusing students.

Personal and professional development are encouraged and supported; several
members of the team hold other responsibilities within the school.  Expectations of students are high and examination results are excellent. Our students work hard and so we are looking for a teacher who will challenge them academically and enable them to sustain this high standards.

There is genuine scope to really explore higher level subject knowledge and texts with our students as well as opportunities to further the exploration of English Language and Literature through extra-curricular enrichment activities.

The English Department is well resourced and housed in the upper floor of a spacious building where we believe we have creating a thriving learning environment. Some English teachers also deliver Media at GCSE or A level and we also benefit from a well-equipped Media suite.

Key responsibilities
1 Teach within one or more Departments, following the school’s Teaching/Learning Policy and Department schemes of work, enthusing students and enabling them to make good progress;
2 Prepare students adequately for public exams;
3 Implement Department and school policies consistently, promoting the ethos of the school;
4 Attend Department meetings and contribute to reviews, planning and new initiatives;
5 Integrate numeracy, literacy and ICT into teaching;
6 Work towards maintaining and further developing a high standard of work in the specific subject(s)
7 Keep records of students’ progress and write reports to parents/colleagues as required
8 Keep abreast of developments in the subject specialism(s) and participate in staff development activities including INSET;
9 Be a form tutor, monitoring progress of students in the form and, as a member of a Year Team, to plan and review policies, procedures and activities for the Year Group;
10 Be a point of contact for parents and others and to attend parents’ evenings;
11 Promote and support students’ achievements;
12 Promote the development of self-discipline, confidence and self-worth in students;
13 Carry out school duties.

- A graduate or equivalent in English and/or Media 
- A DFE recognised teaching qualification (UK QTS status)

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities
- A thorough knowledge of the National Curriculum in the subject 
- An understanding of the needs of pupils across the ability range
- A teacher who can inspire and enthuse pupils and who uses a range of teaching and
learning strategies for effective delivery
- An understanding of the criteria employed in determining pupil progress in the subject
- An awareness of ways to raise pupil attainment in the subject 
- The ability to use ICT to enhance learning an