Teacher of Mandarin

Harris City Academy Crystal Palace, London


Job details

Job role Teacher, Suitable for NQTs
Subject Other
Working pattern Full-time only
Salary MPS (Outer London)

Job summary

Inspire the next generation of leaders at Harris City Academy Crystal Palace

We are seeking an outstanding, qualified Teacher of Mandarin to work within our high performing academy. This position is open to both NQTs and more experienced teachers.

Your opportunity

The MFL team is a dynamic and innovative department under the leadership of the Head of MFL. We strive to ensure that the language learning experience for all of our students is creative, challenging and enjoyable and that students achieve and exceed their potential. Consequently, the department has seen successes at all Key Stages.

From September 2020, students in Year 7 will study two languages from a choice of French, Spanish and Mandarin. Year 8 – Year 11 will all study one language until the GCSE exams in Year 11. For students who want to take their language learning to the next level we offer French and Spanish at A-Level. High expectations are set within the department for both students and teachers alike. The MFL teachers at Harris City Academy Crystal Palace are committed to developing the way that they teach, taking on board new initiatives and experimenting with a wide range of teaching styles and strategies. Assessment for Learning is also considered to be of high importance and is a consistent part of each lesson.

The MFL department is a well-resourced curriculum area that makes outstanding use of interactive white-Boards, a range of on-line resources and a language lab. Students are encouraged to use the resources available to them to make choices as to how best they learn. At all key stages we strive to equip our students with the tools to become independent language learners. Independent learning tasks are planned to advance students’ understanding of topics studied.
Professional development of staff is promoted and supported. Performance Appraisal targets are set and training opportunities identified and all staff are involved in the Academy Improvement Planning and review process. The department benefits from the very latest teaching and learning strategies and innovations for literacy as well as ensuring that all teachers are expert practitioners in their field.

From Year 9 onwards MFL classes are set according to ability. Teaching is differentiated and personalised to meet the individual needs of all students. Equal emphasis is placed on each of the four skills of language learning (listening, speaking, reading and writing) and lessons are planned to incorporate cross curricular elements and opportunities to develop communication skills, thinking skills and creativity. Homework is integral to students’ success and books are marked to provide feedback to students and inform future planning. The language department aims not simply to teach a language but develop our students’ cultural understanding and to bring language learning to life. Therefore, we provide opportunities for our students to develop language skills outside of the classroom through trips, clubs and exchange opportunities.

What we are looking for:

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.

Why work at Harris City Academy Crystal Palace?

A long established and highly successful school: one of the most oversubscribed in the country and the top school in Croydon at Attainment 8 2017
As a Teaching School, we are able to offer all teachers an extensive programme of first class professional development and a vibrant learning community giving all the opportunities to excel.
All the advantages of a successful academy group, including a strong central team of support, teaching and leadership staff
Generous Harris rewards and benefits package

For a confidential discussion with the Principal or for further information, please contact Katherine Cumberbatch.

The Harris Federation

Our academy is part of the Harris Federation, the leading large Multi Academy Trust in the country for both primary and secondary education. Harris has an unrivalled track record in raising standards and achieving success for the children in our academies.

Closing the gap between young people from disadvantaged backgrounds and their peers is paramount to what we do. Social mobility has always been a core mission of the Harris Federation, which is why we have continuously set out to transform standards in schools that had, in some cases, failed for generations before joining us. We are committed to ensuring that every child in London has access to the best possible education in order to nurture their individual potential. Join us in creating spaces of learning where children everywhere are nurtured for their potential and given the tools necessary to shape their own future.

Professional development and sharing best practice are a key part of the Harris Federation success, and we can draw on this to offer you top quality training at every stage of your career path, from Beginner Teacher to Middle Leader. We will invest in you with coaching, mentoring, and can offer a wide range of trainingprogrammes, delivered by our Teaching School Alliance.

We look for motivated staff who are committed to helping us transform lives and who will share our belief that every child has the potential to do well.

Please note:academies may hold interviews as and when applications are received, and this job may be withdrawn at any point without notice. You will still be able to add information until the closing date, but you willnotbe able to submit your application. With this in mind, you are encouraged to apply as early as possible.

Harris academies are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and expect all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. All offers of employment are subject to an Enhanced DBS check, and where applicable, a prohibition from teaching check will be completed for all applicants. In line with our commitments to safeguarding, the Harris Federation uses preferred agencies and is unable to work with any agencies where Terms of Business have not been agreed by both parties prior to an engagement.Harris Federation is fully committed to equality and to valuing diversity as an employer and a provider of education.Click here to view our full equality and diversity statement.

Employee benefits

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
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!

School overview

School type Academy
Education phase Secondary
School size 1287 pupils enrolled
Age range 11 to 18
Ofsted report View Ofsted report
Website Harris City Academy Crystal Palace website (opens in a new window)
Contact email careers@harrisfederation.org.uk

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 info@harriscrystalpalace.org.uk to arrange a time to come in or an informal conversation with the Principal.

School location

Maberley Road, London, SE19 2JH