Mandarin Teacher Greig City Academy, London

Job description

Inner London Pay Scale

Could you be a teacher in Greig City Academy’s Modern Foreign Languages Faculty? We are seeking to appoint an outstanding Teacher of Mandarin to join a successful and motivated department in our school and to lead the Mandarin Excellence Programme (MEP). As part of this professional and dedicated team you will be instrumental in inspiring and motivating our students. Our forward thinking Faculty takes a collaborative and supportive approach to the development of its staff and you will play a key role in continuing to raise standards. This post is suitable for an NQT or someone looking for experience in another school setting.
The MFL faculty are committed to promoting a love of learning foreign languages to students. If you joined our team you would be working with a committed group of teachers who believe in sharing resources, supporting each other and working together in order to build and maintain an outstanding faculty. As part of the MEP you would be attached also to our colleagues form other schools who take part in the programme. In September we will have a Mandarin class in years 7, 8 and 9. This is an exciting curriculum development that has already proved popular with our new parents, with a large number opting to take a foreign language aptitude test in year seven. The intention is that students who have an aptitude for languages will take a GCSE in Mandarin as soon as they are ready, and the school has plans to introduce it as a GCSE option in the future. The appointment is an excellent opportunity for a teacher to have responsibility to grow and develop a new subject area within the school.

Essential educational requirements

Educated to degree level

Essential qualifications

Good degree in the relevant subject
Qualified Teacher Status

Essential skills and experience

If you are the successful applicant, you will be a good classroom teacher capable of planning and delivering interesting and engaging lessons and will have an understanding of the different ways that students learn and the appropriateness of different teaching styles to meet the individual learning needs.

In addition, you will have:
- Excellent interpersonal skills
- Excellent communication skills
- Excellent ICT skills

You will be fully aware of the school’s policies and procedures including those relating to Child Protection and specifically in accordance with ‘Keeping Children Safe In Education’. You will support the school’s equal opportunities policy and support difference, ensuring each child has equal access to opportunities to learn and develop.

Employee benefits

Teachers will be able to apply for one of our Learning Awards up to an annual value of £2,400, which could enable you to develop particular talents or skills.

Other benefits include:
- Coaching and mentoring
- Cycle to work scheme
- Eye care vouchers
- Employer pension contribution
- Season ticket loan
- Health and well-being activities
- Local community discounts

What is great about being an employee at Greig City Academy?
GCA staff work hard to ensure that students are challenged and stimulated and they are keen to work with new colleagues who are just as enthusiastic as they are about passing on a love of learning. They will inspire and challenge you but, in turn, they will welcome the ideas you bring for departmental and school improvement.

You will be encouraged to lead on projects in and out of the classroom and your efforts will always be recognised and appreciated. All our staff run at least one extra-curricular activity. We have been designated the Haringey STEM innovation hub in recognition of the wide range of projects we deliver in this area including robotics, rocketry, coding and electric car racing. Sports, drama, music, art, community action, public speaking, enterprise and animation also feature strongly and we are keen to develop new activities for our very enthusiastic students and are keen to know your ideas.

Outdoor education and Duke of Edinburgh Award programmes are strengths of the school and an exciting, well-established activity is sailing - on our very own fleet. Staff say these programmes give them a great opportunity to get to know students better as well as a chance to develop their own leadership skills.

We are committed to developing staff both professionally and personally and you will find managers responsive to your opinions as to how this can best be achieved. There are lots of opportunities to share good practice, for example our Teaching and Learning Café, where you can present your ideas on the topic of the week and listen to the ideas of your colleagues.

If you are a newly qualified teacher, GCA offers the perfect environment to start your teaching career, with:
- A comprehensive induction programme
- Reduced timetable
- Supportive teams and a great working environment with high staff retention
- Tailored CPD to suit the individual
- Internal opportunities for upward progression
- Lots of support with your allocated subject mentor
- Staff social events and events to help you settle in
- GCA allowance to enhance your CPD
- Lesson observations to view good practice
- Weekly BT and NQT meetings
- Protected time in the school day to meet with mentors

Your well-being is important to us. We aim to help you to achieve a positive work-life balance. We do this by tailoring our approach to the individual so we welcome your ideas as to how we can best support you.

Of course, we know that you enjoy working with young people and want to make a difference to their lives. We will give you the best possible chance to do so.

We could say a lot more but we think the best way for you to get a feel for what it would be like to work for GCA is to pay us a visit. Viv Oxley, PA, HR and Administration Manager, is happy to arrange for you to talk to students and staff so do email her on if this is of interest to you.

About Greig City Academy

Greig City Academy is a Church of England school that welcomes staff and students of all faiths or no faith. We are located in Hornsey in a leafy area of North London close to Alexandra Park, Queens Wood and Highgate Wood. The school is on a busy high street close to the neighbourhoods of Crouch End and Muswell Hill. Transport links are excellent. Ours is a caring and well-ordered environment in which all students can enjoy learning, develop enquiring minds and acquire the skills and knowledge they need for a changing world. Every day we see the results of our efforts in students who work responsibly and with consideration for others – they are the best ambassadors for the school.

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