Teacher of English
Inspire the next generation of leaders at Harris City Academy Crystal Palace
We are seeking an outstanding Teacher of English to work within our high performing Academy, this position is open to both NQTs and more experienced teachers.
English is taught across all Key Stages and is a core subject, for all students, at Key Stages 3 and 4. English Literature is taught at AS and at A2 level at Key Stage 5. The department has thirteen members of staff who are all trained specialists in English. Each Key Stage has a manager, a structure which encourages professional development of staff, as well as a strong sense of ownership of resources, ideas and initiatives. The staff are supported and guided in their work, resulting in high quality teaching and learning across the Key Stages.
The department, as a core subject, is vital to the achievement of the Academy and, as such, is promoted as being of high importance to the students. There is a range of strategies in place which are focused on supporting students in increasing their own skills, knowledge and awareness of the English curriculum. Students’ progress and achievements are valued greatly. The staff are encouraged to use and develop a wide range of strategies to improve the quality of teaching and learning in the area.
The KS3 Curriculum follows the model of a two year curriculum for Years 7 and 8, with the view to give a good grounding in English skills, with Year 9 planned as a transition year towards GCSE. For Key Stage 4 we use AQA (GCSE English Language and Literature, GCSE English). Key Stage 5 students follow the AQA English Literature A specification. A comprehensive range of literature is studied; ensuring students are exposed to as many aspects and genres as possible. It encourages high ability students and those considering studying English in Further Education to continue to develop their own personal reference library. For those less able, it ensures they too are able to access the higher bands of achievement through the close study of set texts.
The English department has the following aims:
• To provide an outstanding education for all students, regardless of ability, in order that they achieve above their predicted grades
• To develop and encourage an appreciation and love of Literature
• To set high expectations for all learners and staff, recognising and celebrating achievements
• To develop the Literacy skills of all students in order to allow them to better access the curriculum and to develop their confidence and skills of communication
• To develop the oracy skills of students
• To deliver the curriculum in a manner which encourages engagement whilst drawing on the subject knowledge and skills of both staff and students
• To continually revise and improve the provision of the curriculum
• To extend the curriculum beyond the confines of the curriculum and examination criteria
• To develop learners into considerate, confident, ambitious and motivated individuals
• To plan and deliver lessons that are interactive, engaging, differentiated and personalised
• To create a positive environment that supports and nurtures both staff and students alike.
We can offer you the opportunity to advance your career within a supportive academy environment. You will be part of a Federation established in developing practitioners and nurturing excellent future leaders, with unrivalled opportunities for progression; whatever your aspirations as a teacher, middle or senior leader, our Teaching School Alliance provides a range of bespoke courses and qualifications, including our Aspiring Leaders NPQML and NPQSL programmes to help you achieve your ambitions more quickly.
Essential educational requirements
Undergraduate degree (or equivalent)
QTS (or equivalent)
Essential skills and experience
We look for talented individuals who want to be a part of transforming education in London, and helping create exceptional places of learning. We would like to appoint a dynamic and inspirational qualified teacher. We are looking for an effective and enthusiastic classroom teacher who will be able to complement our dedicated team of outstanding practitioners. The successful candidate will ideally have significant experience in inner-city, multi-racial and urban areas.
We are looking for a strong communicator with proven strengths in engaging with, inspiring and motivating, not just the school community, but the wider community. You should hold QTS (or equivalent) and a relevant undergraduate degree.
Please download the job pack for a full job description and person specification.
As part of the Harris Federation, we can offer you a range of benefits, including:
Access to a diverse network of phase and subject specialist groups
Support and mentoring from some of the best leaders in education
An Inner/Outer London Harris Allowance, plus a performance and loyalty bonus
Pension scheme (TPS) and access to our Harris Wellbeing Cash Plan, covering a range of health and wellbeing benefits
The opportunity to work with our amazing students!
About Harris City Academy Crystal Palace
Harris City Academy Crystal Palace is a pioneering academy for 1,300 students aged 11-18, and celebrated its 25th anniversary last academic year. The founding academy of the Harris Federation, it has three consecutive outstanding judgments by Ofsted, most recently finding the academy to be outstanding in every aspect in 2014. It is one of the most oversubscribed comprehensive schools in the country and in the top 5% for performance. Come and see us in action: visits to Harris City Academy Crystal Palace are strongly encouraged and very welcome. Please call 0208 771 2261 or firstname.lastname@example.org to arrange a time to come in or an informal conversation with the Principal.
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