We are seeking to appoint an inspirational and enthusiastic teacher of Science to join an exciting,
dynamic and successful department. The post is suitable for either an NQT or an experienced teacher.
- A specialism in Physics would be desirable but not essential.
Student attainment is good within the Science GCSE courses and there is a substantial cohort of
students taking the Triple Science course, Trilogy results were above the national average in 2019 and
making great progress within Biology, Chemistry and Physics. Science also has a successful post-16
uptake, with A-level courses in Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Applied Science, Psychology and Health
and Social Care.
The person we are seeking will:
- be passionate about Science and have the desire to share that passion with students;
- be an innovative and inspiring classroom teacher;
- be able to work collaboratively in a large and diverse team;
- be reflective and eager to develop their teaching skills.
Little Heath School is a highly successful comprehensive school (1610 on roll, including 320 in the Sixth Form) situated in a pleasant semi-rural setting to the west of Reading, with good access to road and rail links. As a school, we pride ourselves on our Continuing Professional Development Programme, which supports
teachers to continually improve their practice in innovative ways collaborating with other members of staff in order to develop their practice.
JOB DESCRIPTION: Classroom Teacher
Job Title: Teacher of Science
Report to: Leader of Science
Job Purpose: Teacher of Science:
- raise standards of student achievement within Science;
- carry out the professional duties of a classroom teacher as set out in the current STPCD; perform the duties of a form tutor, including acting as academic mentor for tutees as described in the school policy and thus providing pastoral care and support for tutees.
Salary/pay grade: Main Scale 1-6 (Nationally agreed pay scales are used as
defined in the STPCD).
Specific responsibilities of the post:
- Teaching and Learning
- To develop innovative approaches to teaching and learning in Science in order to raise standards of student achievement.
- To create a climate for learning in the classroom through high quality planning of lessons.
- To monitor and evaluate student achievement in Science, including the progress of specific groups (such as gifted and talented + SEN).
- To use ICT effectively as a tool for the transformation of learning.
- To prepare students for external assessment, including coursework.
- To contribute to the development of generic skills such as literacy, numeracy and citizenship.
- To support the delivery of the department development plan.
- To be able to speak fluent English to an appropriate standard.
Assessment and Recording
- To use the range of assessment data to track the progress of individuals and teaching groups within Science.
- To provide diagnostic, formative and summative assessment information to students, parents and other school leaders as appropriate.
- To follow departmental policy and practice as described in the department handbook.
- To contribute to department planning and curriculum development.
- To keep up-to-date with national developments in curriculum design and pedagogy.
- To contribute to the development of teaching materials and schemes of work for use throughout the department.
- Student personal development and well-being
- To promote good standards of personal conduct and behaviour at all Key
- Stages so that effective learning can take place.
- To ensure that the school follows the national policy on safeguarding and thus ensures that students are healthy and safe at school.
- To promote good attendance, punctuality and a high standard of school uniform in the Science Department.
- To promote the personal development of students through engagement in
- a range of extra-curricular opportunities.
- Management of Staff
- To ensure that teaching assistants or support staff are employed
- effectively within the classroom.
- Relationships with key stakeholders
- To foster positive relationships throughout the school community.
- To develop effective relationships with parents which focus on students’ learning and progress.
- To develop positive relationships with the local community, including employers, outside agencies and the LA.
- To establish and maintain productive relationships with the department.
- To undertake any further duties as outlined by the Headteacher provided that they are reasonable and appropriate.
Little Heath School is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young
people and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. Little Heath School Governing
Body is an equal opportunities employer. Appointments are subject to satisfactory pre-employment
checks and the successful applicant will be required to apply for an enhanced disclosure from the
Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS). Further information can be found at www.homeoffice.gov.uk