SCIENCE TEACHER (Full-time or Part-time)

Edith Kay Independent School has a vacancy for a full-time or part-time Science Teacher

About Edith Kay Independent School

Edith Kay School is an independent school for students with special needs.  We are a small, dedicated community with high expectations for each of our pupils. Our pupils are offered a personalised learning journey and we actively set out to ensure that every young person thrives in all aspects of the curriculum. Our pupils are fully informed and active in their learning journey and have every capacity to achieve their aspirations successfully.

Preparing our young people for a successful and enriched future alongside ensuring our pupils are able to contribute to their community and society, irrespective of their starting point, is key to our vision. Our values of personal responsibility and respect are integral to our ethos where views, beliefs and differences are appreciated. This is in keeping with the support of our families and underpinned by our wellbeing programme.

Life at Edith Kay School is diverse, inspirational and aspirational. We offer a carefully structured curriculum. We firmly subscribe to a collaborative, reflective, outward facing community in ensuring that each phase of our young person’s career is meticulously supported and extended by the Edith Kay team.

Science Teacher Role Requirements

The Teacher of Science will be responsible for delivering high quality teaching, through planning engaging lessons to enable all pupils to make the best possible progress. The successful candidate must:

  • Demonstrate excellent subject knowledge and communicate this in an enthusiastic and imaginative way.
  • Have Qualified Teacher status
  • Teach across all levels and abilities at GCSE and A Level
  • A knowledge and understanding of the theory and proactive of providing effectively for the individuals needs of all pupils (e.g. classroom organisation and learning strategies)
  • Develop, maintain and stimulate pupils’ curiosity, interest and enjoyment in Science
  • Be prepared to innovate and devise imaginatively varied ways of teaching their subjects to inspire pupils; enabling them to have equal access to Science and to experience success in their work
  • Use teaching strategies that allow for the full range of ability and learning styles in each class, particularly taking into account the learning needs of LDD students.
  • Mark work according to departmental and School marking policies, giving appropriate feedback and maintaining records of student’s progress in their subject.
  • Research new topic areas and maintain up-to-date subject knowledge.
  • Undertake report writing and the award of internal grades as required
  • Have a knowledge and understanding of the statutory requirements of legislation concerning Equal Opportunities, Health & Safety, SEND and Safeguarding Children
  • Be able to communicate effectively in Science (both orally and in writing) to a variety of audiences
  • Be sympathetic to the aims and ethos of our school

For a full job description and person specification please see below.

Salary: based on experience.  The school has its own independent salary scale.

To apply: Please complete the application form along with a covering letter giving details of what skills you could bring to the role and why your application should be considered.  Send to admin@edithkayschool.com

FULL JOB DESCRIPTION

JOB TITLE Teacher of Science

REPORTS TO Headteacher

JOB SUMMARY:

The Teacher of Science will be responsible for delivering high quality teaching, through planning engaging lessons to enable all students to make the best possible progress. The Teacher of Science must be able to demonstrate excellent subject knowledge and communicate this in an enthusiastic and imaginative way. In addition, they will be expected to contribute to the routine and extra-curricular life of the school.

Roles and Responsibilities

  • Teach across all levels and abilities at GCSE and A level
  • Develop, maintain and stimulate students’ curiosity, interest and enjoyment in Science
  • Enable all students to have equal access to Science and to experience success in their work
  • Develop students’ familiarity, competence and confidence with appropriate Mathematical concepts, principles, methods and vocabulary
  • Provide challenge for every student and to encourage all students to achieve their potential in Science
  • Develop students’ understanding and applications of Science in its wider context
  • Make a contribution to and engage in extra-curricular activities (e.g. school day trips)
  • Share in school/departmental best practice
  • Willingness to invest extra time to ensure students achieve the best standard
  • Willingness to help out with departmental responsibilities

TEACHER – GENERIC DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

Below sets out the generic main duties and responsibilities of any teacher at Edith Kay School. Those holding positions of responsibility have specific job descriptions in addition to the duties described below. Above all, Edith Kay Independent School teachers are professionals who carry out their duties responsibly and with regard for the best interests of their students and the school.

Teaching and Learning

  • Plan, prepare and deliver purposeful and productive lessons to assigned classes.
  • Be prepared to innovate and devise imaginatively varied ways of teaching their subjects to inspire students.
  • Encourage students and show enthusiasm for their subject in the classroom.
  • Mark work according to departmental and School marking policies, giving appropriate feedback and maintaining records of student’s progress in their subject.
  • Demonstrate an awareness of Assessment for Learning strategies and personalise the learning of all students, as appropriate.
  • Select and use a range of different learning resources and teaching styles, appropriate to subject and topic.
  • Participate in mutual lesson observations both within and beyond their department as a part of sharing best practice.
  • Use teaching strategies that allow for the full range of ability and learning styles in each class, particularly taking into account the learning needs of LDD students.
  • Research new topic areas and maintain up-to-date subject knowledge.
  • Undertake report writing and the award of internal grades as required.

Pastoral

  • Ensure that they are familiar with the school’s health and safety guidance and be responsible of their own health and safety and that of their students.
  • Manage student behaviour in the classroom, establish an orderly working environment and ensure the safety and good conduct of the students, following the guidance in the Behaviour Policy (and the Disciplinary Framework) and to enforce the students’ Code of Conduct.

Other Professional Duties

  • Support and foster the aims of the school.
  • Make themselves familiar with the contents of the Staff Handbook, the School’s aims and policies and endeavour to follow these closely.
  • Carry out such duties, including cover for absent colleagues and examination invigilation, as are allocated to them by Headteacher or Senior Teachers, punctually and efficiently.
  • Attend staff debrief meetings, Inset sessions and similar important functions both in
  • Notify the Headteacher as early as possible if they are going to be absent from School and set rigorous, appropriate work.
  • Attend relevant in-service training each year, after obtaining the consent of their Head of the Headteacher
  • Take part in the school’s performance management scheme and appraisal
  • Edith Kay Independent School is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children.

Appointment to this position

  • requires an enhanced DBS disclosure.

SAFEGUARDING:

The postholder will be required to:

  • Submit an Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Check (DBS).
  • Complete Child Protection Training.
  • Promote and safeguard the welfare of all children and young person’s they are responsible for or come into contact with.

EDITH KAY INDEPENDENT SCHOOL’S POLICY AND PROCEDURE

The postholder is required to actively follow and abide by all Edith Kay School policies and procedures including Equal

Opportunities, Safer Recruitment and Child Protection, and will maintain an awareness and observation of Fire and Health & Safety Regulations

If, during the course of time, the duties and responsibilities should change, the job description will be reviewed and amended in consultation with the postholder.

The postholder will carry out any other duties as are within the scope, spirit and purpose of this job description as requested the Headteacher

Person Specification: Teacher (Science)

Essential

Desirable

Qualifications

Qualified Teacher status

Evidence of continuous INSET and commitment to further professional development

Experience

The Teacher should have experience of teaching Science to GCSE and A Level

Working in partnership with parents

Knowledge and understanding

The Teacher should have knowledge and understanding of:

  • The theory and practice of providing effectively for the individual needs of all children (e.g. classroom organisation and learning strategies)
  • Curriculum requirements at the appropriate age
  • The monitoring, assessment, recording and reporting of students’ progress
  • The statutory requirements of legislation concerning Equal Opportunities, Health & Safety, SEND and Safeguarding Children
  • The positive links necessary within school and with all stakeholders
  • Effective teaching and learning styles

Skills

The Teacher will be able to:

  • Promote the school’s aims positively, and use effective strategies to monitor motivation and morale
  • Develop good personal relationships with the team
  • Establish and develop close relationships with parents, governors and the community
  • Communicate effectively (both orally and in writing) to a variety of audiences
  • Create a happy, challenging and effective learning environment
  • Willingness to run extra-curricular activities

In addition, the Teacher might also be able to:

Develop strategies for creating community links

Personal characteristics

  • Organised, resourceful, an excellent timekeeper, approachable, committed, empathetic, enthusiastic
  • A sense of humour and the ability to make learning fun
  • Sympathetic to the aims and ethos of our school
  • Patient and resourceful

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Who is Edith Kay

Edith and Kay were an ordinary couple who are representative of all those who devote their lives to taking care of vulnerable children, fostering them and welcoming them warmly into their family home. Over many years, Edith and Kay worked to promote resilience in vulnerable young people, and to instil the values of compassion and generosity of spirit. Their deep-seated belief in the power of education and care to transform lives underpins the ethos of our school.
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