Teacher of English
Purpose of the post
• To facilitate and encourage learning which enables pupils to achieve high standards, grow as individuals and nurture shared values.
• To share and support the corporate responsibility for the well-being, education and discipline of all pupils.
• To contribute to the provision of holistic education and the positive experiences which can help pupils to achieve their purpose in life, fulfil their potential and become good citizens. Contribute to the Religious, Spiritual, Moral, Social, Linguistic and Cultural development of children.
Professional Values and Practice
• All staff are a part of the Nishkam Education team and are required to support the ethos, mission and values of the Trust. You will also be expected to work closely with colleagues at other Nishkam Schools to support strategic development and share good practice, working collaboratively to ensure that the Nishkam Schools are presented in a positive light.
• As well delivering the outcomes for teaching and learning, and raising their educational achievement, you will have high expectations of all pupils, promoting their religious, linguistic, social, cultural and emotional needs. We will also work collaboratively to meet the needs of colleagues, parents/carers, families and pupils.
• Work with others and pupils with respect and consideration, and demonstrate and promote positive values and attitudes.
• Work within the statutory frameworks and NST policies, participate in continuous professional development, take increasing responsibility for their own personal professional development and engage actively in the performance management process.
• Contribute to the wider activities of the school and your specific Department. Undertake reasonable work that is not specified in this job description.
Learning and Teaching
• Participate in the development of curriculum overviews, resources, schemes of learning, policies and teaching strategies.
• Ensure effective teaching of whole classes, groups and individuals to achieve agreed outcomes. Ensure momentum and challenge are maintained, and best use is made of teaching time.
• Plan and teach well-organised lessons, informed by sound and secure subject knowledge to deliver teaching that is consistently good to outstanding.
• Use teaching methods which keep pupils engaged, including stimulating pupils' intellectual curiosity, effective questioning and response.
• Demonstrate clear presentation and good use of resources.
• Have appropriate and demanding expectations for pupils’ learning and motivation. Ensure the needs of different pupils are met through effective differentiation, use of resources and positive liaison with other staff assigned to ensure effective provision e.g. co-teachers, associate support staff, trainee teachers.
• Use a range of appropriate monitoring and assessment strategies to evaluate pupils' progress towards planned learning outcomes and use information to improve own planning and teaching.
• Monitor and assess pupils' class and homework providing constructive, oral and written feedback to support pupils’ progress.
• Liaise effectively with pupils' parents/carers and family through informative oral and written reports on pupils' progress and achievements, discussing appropriate targets, and encouraging them to support their children's learning, behaviour and progress.
Standards, Outcomes and Achievements
• Ensure learning and teaching outcomes are challenging, relevant and based on knowledge of pupils, their achievements and expected standards, using NSWL guidelines as well as local and national data.
• Set clear targets for pupil progress and monitor how pupils move towards making greater progress.
• Maintain pupil records, moderated assessment information and other data to meet the requirements of the school’s assessment procedures and to inform teaching.
Pupil Development and Well Being
• Establish a purposeful learning environment conducive to learning where pupils feel safe, secure and confident.
• Set high expectations for pupils' behaviour, establishing and maintaining a good standard of discipline through well-focused teaching and through positive and productive relationships.
• Deal with inappropriate behaviour in the context of the school’s behaviour policy, using the language of values.
• Take responsibility for implementing school policies and practices.
Be a Form Tutor and Mentor to an assigned group of pupils.
Promote the general progress and well-being of individual pupils and of the tutor group as a whole.
Wider role in the School
As well as developing your pedagogical skills in your specialist area, we hope that you will play a key part in the wider life of the School. We would expect all staff to serve as tutors and mentors to groups of pupils, and play an active and leading role in the enrichment programme.
It would be an advantage if you were able and willing to teach another subject in addition to your specialism.
Evolution of the Role
The role of the classroom teacher will develop as the school grows to capacity in the secondary phase. Unique features of the post in the first instance will be the opportunity to explore best practice not only across phases, but also across the Trust, as well as developing an inspiring Key Stage 3 curriculum in collaboration with the other NSWL Curriculum Leaders and teachers. Subsequently, the demands of delivering exceptional examination outcomes will become more prominent.
This job description may be amended at any time following discussion between senior leaders and the member of staff, and will be reviewed annually.
Essential educational requirements
• A good first degree in a relevant discipline
• A recognised teaching qualification/QTS
Essential skills and experience
• Potential to be an outstanding classroom teacher
• Experience at teaching through to both GCSE, and A-level
• Ability to demonstrate clear value added in terms of student progress
• An excellent understanding of strategies to be used to improve standards of learning and teaching
• An excellent understanding of the role assessment plays in developing learning and teaching
• To be ICT literate, making appropriate use of ICT as a teaching and management tool
• To have excellent knowledge of current educational issues and initiatives
School CPD training and Trust CPD trainings take place annually.
About Nishkam School West London
- 152 Syon Lane, Osterley, TW7 5PN
- All Through
- Free School
- Nishkam School West London website (opens in a new window)