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  • Start date details

    1st September 2024 or 1st January 2025

  • Closing date

    8 July 2024 at 8am

  • Date listed

    23 May 2024

Job details

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Subject

Modern Languages

Working pattern

Part time, full time

Contract type

Permanent

Full-time equivalent salary

MPS / UPS

Teacher of Modern Languages job summary

MFL Teacher to teach Spanish and German

Start Date: September 2024 or 1st January 2025

(early applications are encouraged and will be considered on receipt)

Contract: Full time or part time

Salary: MPS/UPS


The Post

You will join a team of committed and enthusiastic teachers with a very positive mentality; if you share our growth mindset approach to both learning and life then we would love to hear from you!

We are looking for someone with a genuine and infectious passion for their subject, who will enthuse and engage the students they teach; someone with high expectations for all students whatever their prior attainment.

The post is suitable for candidates who are able to teach MFL at GCSE and A Level. We are ideally looking for someone who can teach Spanish and German (German to KS5). Sixth form classes may be held at Didcot Girls’ School or our partner senior school in Didcot; St Birinus School. Further details about Didcot Sixth form can be found here

We welcome applications from experienced teachers as well as those new to the profession and currently in training.


The Modern Languages Department

The Modern Languages Department is staffed by a supportive group of 6 teaching staff and 3 Foreign Language Assistants. We are also working in partnership with Oxford Brookes University on their Hanban programme and have a teacher placed with us during the academic year to support the teaching of Chinese Mandarin. Results at all levels are strong and following an upward trend. At GCSE results are excellent across all languages: Chinese Mandarin (93% C/4+), French (92% 4+), German (92% 4+) and Spanish (83% 4+).

Accommodation

  • teaching rooms with Promethean Smartboards
  • 30 laptops for students

Curriculum

At Key Stage 3 students are taught in mixed ability classes. All students in Year 7 study Spanish and then either French or German over the course of Years 7 and 8 and specialise in one language in Year 9, although they can choose to continue with two. Some students in Year 7 opt to follow the Mandarin Excellence Programme when they join the school and they study Chinese Mandarin and Spanish in Years 7 and 8. We use a range of resources for our schemes of work, including units from the Studio course for French, Jin Bu for Chinese, Viva for Spanish and Stimmt for German.

In Years 10 and 11 we run GCSE courses in German, French, Spanish and Chinese Mandarin as part of our options programme, following Edexcel specifications for all languages and using published resources tailor-made for this exam board. All examinations are taken in Year 11.

We are also part of the Mandarin Excellence Programme which is a very exciting intensive learning programme where students are taught 4 hours of Chinese every week from Year 7 upwards, with the expectation they will study the subject throughout their time at the school and into the Sixth Form. This programme features immersion learning in China in Year 8 and a university residential course in Year 10.

MFL options are increasingly popular in the joint Sixth Form with all four languages offered across our joint Sixth Form with St Birinus School (the boys’ school located s short walk away and part of the Ridgeway Education Trust). We follow the AQA specification for German, French and Spanish and the Cambridge International Level 3 Pre-U Certificate specification for Chinese Mandarin.

Extra-Curricular Activities

We have a very strong enrichment programme for our students including in and out of school competitions and weekly support/extension clubs for both upper and lower school. We run regular trips abroad which are very popular, from a short residential trip to Northern France with Year 7 students to longer visits to Paris, Salamanca, Munich and China. Didcot is twinned with the German town of Planegg and we have strong links with the school there.

International Schools Award

Didcot Girls’ School has held the International Schools Award for over twenty years. As a Languages Specialist school in the days when specialisms were available, the school has a long tradition of and commitment to language learning and approximately 65% of each year group will opt for at least one MFL GCSE. We believe it is essential that our school community is outward-looking and international in its focus in order to prepare our young people for global futures.


The School

Didcot Girls’ School is a dynamic school. In November 2022, the school was judged as continuing to be Outstanding. As Ofsted recognised, we invest in all of our staff:

“Leaders support staff very well. They have established a collaborative and respectful working environment. With the trust, they provide highly valued training and leadership programmes. Staff are exceptionally proud to work at the school.”

Ofsted also noted the high standards within the school and commented that “Pupils’ behaviour is exemplary.”

We are a values-driven school, committed to high quality teaching and learning and respectful relationships within an inclusive learning community. Developing stimulating and student-centred teaching and learning is at the centre of our school development work. We work hard to ensure that all girls’ education enables our students to develop confidence, leadership skills and high levels of aspiration.

We are committed to continuous professional development and have wide-ranging training and development opportunities. We are also mindful of the competing demands people face in their lives and make every effort to accommodate flexible working.

Summer 2023 GCSE results were superb with 85% of all students achieving 4+ in English and Maths, and 71% doing the same at 5+. Results at A level in the mixed sixth form shared with our partner school, St Birinus School, are also extremely strong with 34% of grades awarded as A* or A and 66% achieving Grades A*-B. These results place us as one of the highest performing schools in the county. Didcot Girls’ School is also in the top 3% of state schools in the countrybased on National Performance Tables data. Didcot Girls’ School has also been named as one of the top ten comprehensive schools in south-east England by the Sunday Times Parent Power performance table for 2023-24.


RET - Ridgeway Education Trust

As a member of Ridgeway Education Trust, Didcot Girls’ School (Ofsted Outstanding November 2022) works in close partnership with St Birinus School (Ofsted Good, February 2020). The two schools share a 400 strong mixed Didcot Sixth Form (Ofsted Outstanding, November 2022) which is based predominantly at St Birinus. 

Employing great staff is key to the success of our school: the Headteacher is actively involved in every interview process. 

We understand that valuing and developing our staff is the best way to release and realise their potential. In return, we seek staff who are passionate about working with young people, resilient, and with a truly growth mindset. If this is you, we look forward to hearing from you! 

Didcot Girls’ School is a Family Friendly School, committed to supporting our staff so that they can carve out a professional and personal life that is fulfilling and balanced.  

RET SCITT

Didcot Girls’ School plays a key role in teacher training, as founding partners in our own SCITT (RET SCITT), we are working with Teach First and Orchard Learning Alliance to provide outstanding teacher training across both secondary and primary phases. This provides opportunities for our teachers to help develop the next generation of teachers whilst also ensuring that teacher development remains a core part of our ethos.

This ethos allows us to maintain our track record of highly successful fast-track career progression, leadership development and excellent CPD. There is the possibility of leadership responsibility on appointment for the right candidate. The school's place as a leading school in Ridgeway Education Trust also provides the opportunity for school improvement and leadership work across trust schools in the future.


Application process

The school reserves the right to interview on receipt of applications and to appoint prior to the published deadline, so early application is recommended.

Ridgeway Education Trust is committed to safeguarding, equality and promoting the welfare of children and expects staff working in all its schools to share this commitment. The successful applicant will be subject to satisfactory enhanced DBS, references and pre-employment safeguarding checks. All Leadership roles will require a Section 128 check. The possession of a criminal record will not necessarily prevent an applicant from obtaining a post. All cases are considered confidentially and according to the nature of the role and information disclosed.

To view our Safeguarding policy, please visit our website: https://www.didcotgirls.oxon.sch.uk/265/school-policies

Please be aware that you will be required to bring your original degree certificate, proof of residence and photographic ID, as applicable, to interview and online searches may be made for shortlisted candidates, as part of due diligence checks.

Didcot Girls’ School is a Family Friendly School, committed to supporting our staff so that they can carve out a professional and personal life that is fulfilling and balanced.

Our RET Staff Charter summarises the commitment we make to all staff who join and work at Ridgeway Education Trust.

We are committed to expressing our values of high-quality learning, respectful relationships and an inclusive environment in the day-to-day experience of staff and students throughout the school.

Didot Girls’ School is an equal opportunities employer.



Commitment to safeguarding

Didcot Girls School is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and expects staff working in all its schools to share this commitment. The successful applicant will be subject to an enhanced DBS check along with standard pre-employment safeguarding checks.

Please be aware that you will be required to bring your original qualification certificate(s), proof of residence and photographic ID to interview.

Didcot Girls School is an equal opportunities employer.

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About Didcot Girls' School

School type
Academy, ages 11 to 18
Education phase
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School size
1614 pupils enrolled
Age range
11 to 18

Didcot Girls’ School is a dynamic school. In November 2022, the school was again judged to be Outstanding. As Ofsted recognised, we invest in all of our staff:

“Leaders support staff very well. They have established a collaborative and respectful working environment. With the trust, they provide highly valued training and leadership programmes. Staff are exceptionally proud to work at the school.”

Ofsted also noted the high standards within the school and commented that “Pupils’ behaviour is exemplary”

We are a values-driven school, committed to high quality teaching and learning and respectful relationships within an inclusive learning community. Developing stimulating and student-centred teaching and learning is at the centre of our school development work. We work hard to ensure that all girls’ education enables our students to develop confidence, leadership skills and high levels of aspiration.

We are committed to continuous professional development and have wide-ranging training and development opportunities. We are also mindful of the competing demands people face in their lives and make every effort to accommodate flexible working.

Summer 2022 GCSE results were superb with 88% of all students achieving 4+ in English and Maths, and 72% doing the same at 5+. Results at A level in the mixed sixth form shared with our partner school, St Birinus School, are also extremely strong with 44% of grades awarded as A* or A and 68% achieving Grades A*-B. These results place us as one of the highest performing schools in the county.

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