Teacher of English
Duties and Responsibilities:
The Job Description should be read alongside the range of professional duties of Teachers as set out in Part X11 of the Teachers’ Pay and Conditions Document, sections 48 to 50. The post holder will be expected to undertake duties in line with the professional standards for qualified teachers and uphold the professional code of the General Teaching Council for England.
1. Planning, Development and Co-ordination
• To set challenging teaching and learning objectives which are relevant to all pupils’ in their classes
• To use teaching and learning objectives to plan lessons and sequences of lessons showing how this will assess pupils learning.
• To select and prepare resources, and plan for their safe and effective organisation, considering pupils’ interests and their learning needs, language and cultural backgrounds, with the help of support staff where appropriate.
• To contribute to teaching teams, meetings and events.
• To plan for the deployment of any support staff who are contributing to pupils’ learning.
• To plan opportunities for pupils to learn in out of school contexts.
• To produce long and short-term planning in accordance with College policy and procedures and within acquired deadlines.
• To implement and review the subject development plan in conjunction with line manager.
• To develop and audit schemes of work and other documentation related to the use of English within the College and to support cross curricular delivery including subject support for colleagues to enable curriculum requirements to be met.
• To develop strategies for the use of English to promote new teaching methods and improve learning throughout the College and monitor their effectiveness in raising standards of teaching and learning.
• To lead or contribute to professional development activities as part of the planned programme for the College and to promote the sharing of good practice.
• To manage the resources available for English and make recommendations to maintain and develop curriculum provision.
2. Monitoring and assessment
• To make appropriate use of the College monitoring and assessment strategies to evaluate pupils’ progress towards planned learning objectives.
• To use monitoring and assessment information to improve planning and teaching.
• To monitor and assess the effectiveness of learning activities and provide immediate and constructive feedback to support pupils as they learn.
• To involve pupils in reflecting on, evaluating and improving their performance and progress.
• To assess pupils progress accurately against appropriate standards.
• To identify and support pupils with differing levels of ability and those experiencing behavioural, emotional, and social difficulties.
• To identify the levels of attainment for pupils learning English as an additional language and identify learning activities to provide cognitive challenge as well as language support.
• To record pupils’ progress and achievements systematically, providing evidence of the range of their work progress and attainment over time to inform planning.
• To report on pupils’ attainment to parents, carers, other professionals and pupils as appropriate.
2. Teaching and class management
• To have high expectations of pupils and build successful relationships centred on teaching and learning.
• To establish a purposeful learning environment where diversity is valued and where pupils feel safe, secure and confident.
• To teach the required or expected knowledge, understanding and skills relevant to the curriculum for pupils’ in their age range.
• To teach clearly structured lessons or sequences of work which interest and motivate pupils, making learning objectives clear, employ interactive teaching methods and collaborative group work.
• To promote active and independent learning that enables pupils to think for themselves and to plan and manage their own learning.
• To differentiate teaching to meet the needs of pupils of all ability ranges considering varying interests, experiences and achievements in boys and girls and different cultural and ethnic groups to help them make good progress.
• To organise and manage teaching and learning time effectively.
• To organise and manage the physical teaching space, tools, materials, texts and resources safely and effectively with the help of support staff where appropriate.
• To set high expectations for pupils’ behaviour and establish a clear framework for classroom discipline in line with school policy to anticipate pupils’ behaviour
• constructively and promote self-control and independence.
• To use ICT effectively in delivery of teaching and learning.
• To take responsibility for teaching a class or classes over a sustained and substantial period
• To provide homework and other out- of-class work which consolidates and extends work carried out in the class and encourages pupils to learn independently.
• To work collaboratively with other professionals and manage the work of support staff to enhance pupils’ learning.
• To recognise and respond effectively to equality issues as they arise in the classroom and challenge stereotyped views, bullying and harassment in accordance with school policy and procedures.
• To be aware of and comply with policies and procedures relating to child protection, health, safety and security, confidentiality and data protection reporting all concerns to an appropriate person.
• To attend and participate in regular meetings.
• To participate in training, continuous professional development and other learning activities as required including participation in the school’s performance management arrangements.
3. Specific duties relating to this post
• The application of national, Local Authority, whole-school and departmental policies relating to the teaching of English.
• The duties of a form teacher if required.
4. The above duties are not exhaustive and the postholder may be required to undertake tasks, roles and responsibilities as may be reasonably assigned to them by the Senior Management Team.
5. This job description will be kept under review and may be amended via consultation with the individual, Governing Body and/or Senior Management Team as required. Trade union representation will be welcomed in any such discussions.
Essential educational requirements
Honors Degree in a relevant subject
Qualified Teacher Status
Essential skills and experience
Ability to teach English at Key Stage 3 and 4
Demonstrate a clear educational philosophy in sympathy with the school’s aims and values.
Demonstrate an ability to interpret national and LA initiatives in a way appropriate to the school.
Demonstrate a determination to secure the highest quality of educational experience for all pupils.
Demonstrate a clear understanding of and commitment to equal opportunities (gender, race, class and special needs).
Demonstrate commitment to inclusion.
Ability to set realistic targets.
Ability to accept responsibility, monitor and evaluate.
Ability to exercise judgement and make decisions.
Ability to work with and within a team.
Ability to communicate clearly and liaise effectively.
Ability to engage young people in learning and assess their progress.
Ability to form and maintain appropriate relationships with children and young people.
Access to Local Government or Teachers’ Pension Scheme
Excellent access to the college by public transport – direct trains to Barnsley from Leeds, Huddersfield, Sheffield, Wakefield, Meadowhall
Proximity to the M1 and A628 – around 30 minutes commute from Leeds, Huddersfield, Sheffield, Rotherham, Doncaster
Comprehensive staff wellbeing offer including: free breakfast; access to local authority wellbeing support; in-college HR wellbeing guidance and access to counselling; staff workload review; flu vaccinations; free access to the college gym
A comprehensive professional development programme for teaching and support staff, including opportunities for achieving professional qualifications and supporting career progression
Free Microsoft Office 365 and OneDrive for personal use for up to five machines/devices
About Horizon Community College
- Dodworth Road, Barnsley, South Yorkshire, S70 6PD
- LA Maintained School
- Horizon Community College website (opens in a new window)