Teacher of English The Oaks Academy, Crewe, Cheshire

Job description

Teacher of English - Job Description

An English teacher must:

1. Set high expectations which inspire, motivate and challenge pupils

• establish a safe and stimulating environment for students, rooted in mutual respect
• set goals that stretch and challenge students of all backgrounds, abilities and dispositions
• demonstrate consistently the positive attitudes, values and behaviour which are expected of students.

2. Promote good progress and outcomes by pupils

• be accountable for students’ attainment, progress and outcomes
• be aware of students’ capabilities and their prior knowledge, and plan teaching to build on these
• guide students to reflect on the progress they have made and their emerging needs
• demonstrate knowledge and understanding of how students learn and how this impacts on teaching
• encourage students to take a responsible and conscientious attitude to their own work and study.

3. Demonstrate good subject and curriculum knowledge

• have a secure knowledge of the relevant subject(s) and curriculum areas, foster and maintain students’ interest in the subject, and address misunderstandings
• demonstrate a critical understanding of developments in the subject and curriculum areas, and promote the value of scholarship
• demonstrate an understanding of and take responsibility for promoting high standards of literacy, articulacy and the correct use of standard English, whatever the teacher’s specialist subject

4. Plan and teach well-structured lessons

• impart knowledge and develop understanding through effective use of lesson time
• promote a love of learning and children’s intellectual curiosity
• set homework and plan other out-of-class activities to consolidate and extend the knowledge and understanding students have acquired
• reflect systematically on the effectiveness of lessons and approaches to teaching
• contribute to the design and provision of an engaging curriculum within the relevant subject area(s).

5. Adapt teaching to respond to the strengths and needs of all pupils

• know when and how to differentiate appropriately, using approaches which enable pupils to be taught effectively
• have a secure understanding of how a range of factors can inhibit students’ ability to learn, and how best to overcome these
• demonstrate an awareness of the physical, social and intellectual development of children, and know how to adapt teaching to support students’ education at different stages of development
• have a clear understanding of the needs of all students, including those with special educational needs; those of high ability; those with English as an additional language; those with disabilities; and be able to use and evaluate distinctive teaching approaches to engage and support them.

6. Make accurate and productive use of assessment

• know and understand how to assess the relevant subject and curriculum areas, including statutory assessment requirements
• make use of formative and summative assessment to secure students’ progress
• use relevant data to monitor progress, set targets, and plan subsequent lessons
• give students regular feedback, both orally and through accurate marking, and encourage pupils to respond to the feedback.

7. Manage behaviour effectively to ensure a good and safe learning environment

• have clear rules and routines for behaviour in classrooms, and take responsibility for promoting good and courteous behaviour both in classrooms and around the school, in accordance with the school’s behaviour policy
• have high expectations of behaviour, and establish a framework for discipline with a range of strategies, using praise, sanctions and rewards consistently and fairly
• manage classes effectively, using approaches which are appropriate to students’ needs in order to involve and motivate them
• maintain good relationships with students, exercise appropriate authority, and act decisively when necessary.

8. Fulfil wider professional responsibilities

• make a positive contribution to the wider life and ethos of the school
• develop effective professional relationships with colleagues, knowing how and when to draw on advice and specialist support
• deploy support staff effectively
• take responsibility for improving teaching through appropriate professional development, responding to advice and feedback from colleagues
• communicate effectively with parents with regard to students’ achievements and wellbeing.

Notwithstanding the detail in this job description, the job holder will undertake such work as may be determined by the Headteacher from time to time, up to or at a level consistent with the principal responsibilities of the job.

Essential educational requirements

Subject related honours degree or equivalent - 1st or 2nd class

Essential qualifications


Essential skills and experience

• Relevant successful experience of teaching English in a secondary school at Key Stages 3 and 4
• Ability to motivate learners aged 11-16
• Ability to plan strategically to meet the needs of a range of learners
• Understanding of use of assessment to promote individual learning
• Understanding of the value of English in raising achievement across the school
• Ability to demonstrate a range of teaching styles and to plan for individual needs
• Illustrate personal expertise and in depth understanding of issues relating to the teaching of English in a secondary school
• Involvement/commitment to the extended curriculum
• Have a clear view of what excellent teaching looks like in a successful department and a personal commitment to high quality and excellence when teaching
• Ability to and willingness to play an active role in supporting the whole school drive to improve literacy, reading and numeracy skills.
• Proactive user of ICT to enhance learning and teaching

Employee benefits

Annual CPD calendar for teaching and support staff
Teaching and Learning training for new teaching staff to the academy - internally led
Annual flu vaccine (optional)

About The Oaks Academy

The Oaks Academy is a mixed gender 11 – 16 academy, with around 440 pupils, that opened in January 2016. Schools on this site have served the community of Crewe for many years. It is situated in the south western part of Crewe and shares a pleasant campus with Cheshire College South and West and Gainsborough County Primary School. The playground and recreational areas around the school offer a safe and secure environment to all students. We offer a full range of GCSE subjects, which students begin studying at the beginning of Year 10 The academy is currently sponsored by Crewe Multi Academy Trust, founded by Cheshire College South and West, but as is stated above, we hope to be re-brokered into Congleton Multi Academy Trust shortly. The school is also part of the Chimney House Teaching Alliance.

Buchan Grove, Crewe, Cheshire, CW2 7NQ
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