Teacher of Philosophy, Religion & Ethics / RSHE The Nobel School, Stevenage, Hertfordshire

Job description

• Responsible to: Headteacher; Director of Faculty; Director of Learning; Assistant Director of Learning; as appropriate.
• Plan and prepare lessons in line with subject schemes of work, using appropriate teaching methods and resources.
• Contribute to the development of Schemes of Work and Subject/Faculty/PSHE policies.
• Undertake rigorous form tutoring/PSHE lessons, making planned and effective use of all teaching and tutoring time.
• Ensure the effective and efficient deployment of classroom support.
• Ensure students are fully prepared for external examinations.
• Set high expectations for students’ behaviour, establishing and maintaining a good standard of discipline
• Undertake student supervisory duties and cover for absent colleagues in line with school procedures
• Maintain discipline in accordance with the school Behaviour for Learning Policy.
• Encourage good practice with regard to punctuality, behaviour, health & safety, standards of work and homework.
• Make every reasonable effort to ensure the Home School Agreement is adhered to.
• Provide guidance and advice to students on educational and social matters, especially in the role as form tutor, if applicable.
• Assess and record each student’s progress through observation, questioning, testing and marking.
• Make effective use of national, local and school data to set clear targets for students’ achievement and to monitor progress.
• Meet tracking and reporting deadlines.
• Contribute to subject/faculty monitoring of student assessment and keep DOLs, HOYs & Form tutors informed about student progress.
• Ensure effective assessment of students for external examinations, as required.
• Ensure familiarity with reporting requirements and prepare and present informative reports for parents.
• Communicate as appropriate with parents of students and external bodies concerned with student welfare.
• Take part in activities such as Parents’ evenings, Review Days, Open Evenings, Faculty meetings, staff meetings and other meetings/events as required.
• Promote high aspirations by monitoring the academic progress of form members and their attitudes to learning.
• Provide pastoral care of the form group, which supports the aims and values of the school, encouraging positive attitudes towards the Year and Hours systems.
• Establish and maintain high standards of behaviour and discipline in accordance with the schools Behaviour for Learning policy;
• Monitor and support academic progress, attitude to learning and the behaviour of form members, intervening when needed and communicating with parents/carers when required.
• Participate in family focused events, e.g. Form Tutor Evening and New Intake Evening.
• Participate fully in the school’s Performance Appraisal arrangements.
• Review own professional development and identify training needs.
• Take part in lesson observations to share good practice and as part of the school’s self-evaluation.
• Act on advice and feedback given and be open to support to improve own performance.
• Attend assemblies
• Take registers for classes.
• Provide suitable cover work in good time for planned absences.
• Establish effective working relationships and set a good example through personal and professional conduct.
• Any other duties requested by line manager, HOF or Headteacher/SLT link.
• To play a full part in the life of the school community, to support its distinctive aims and ethos and to encourage staff and students to follow this example.
• To promote actively the school’s corporate policies and to comply with the school’s Health and safety policy and undertake risk assessments as appropriate.
• Main Pay Scale teachers in Band 1 (Teacher) are expected to meet the criteria laid down in the school’s Pay Policy.

Essential educational requirements

Education to degree level in a Religious Studies/Philosophy/Theology specialist subject

Essential qualifications

Education to degree level in a Religious Studies/Philosophy/Theology specialist subject

Essential skills and experience

Evidence of successful initial experience or teaching practice

Potential expertise in the teaching of Religious Studies to all key stages

Willingness and ability to participate in cross-curricular activity

Good knowledge and understanding of the Religious Studies Curriculum and structure of Locally Agreed Syllabi.

Excellent oral and written communication skills

Employee benefits

• We provide a comprehensive induction programme for all colleagues joining our school and all our new teaching staff are paired with a buddy to support them.
• On-going in-house professional development is an expectation for all via our core CPD days; after school Pit Stops; open classroom weeks; our teaching and learning journal; Lead Practitioners; middle leader training; and open door policy practiced by both our Senior Leadership Team and our Directors of Faculty, all of which support the aims of our school improvement plan and encourage colleagues to develop their careers with opportunities provided for staff to advance within school, as well as offering support for those who may wish to find promotion elsewhere.
• We are active members of the Stevenage Educational Trust (http://www.educationtrust.org.uk/) and the North Herts Teaching Alliance (http://www.northhertsteachingalliance.org/) so we have excellent links with other schools in the area, plus robust networking and CPD opportunities.
• All NQTs are given a mentor and 10% release time to enable them to see examples of excellent practice across our school. They are also supported through the Stevenage Educational Trust (http://www.educationtrust.org.uk/) and receive specific training through Herts for Learning (http://www.hertsforlearning.co.uk/team/nqt-induction-service).
• Competitive salaries and pay progression - all our staff are entitled to an annual professional appraisal review, with strong performance evaluation systems and linked pay progression.
• Our recent rebuilding programme means that we have a ‘state of the art’ £38 million 21st century school with outstanding facilities (http://thenobelschool.org/venues/school-facilities/).
• Our Governing Body comprises professional people from business, finance and education (http://thenobelschool.org/about-the-school/governors/). Our Governors have both general and specialist roles in supporting the school and are very active backers of the leadership, staff and students. Additionally, the school has well-established and very close community links, with strong parental support.
• Occupational Health with Carewell – a free and confidential 24-hour employee assistance programme which provides advice and support, including a counselling service.
• Free, onsite parking for all staff.
• We have superb sports facilities that include a large sports hall, a gymnasium, a dance studio, AstroTurf, a climbing wall, a multi-use games areas and the trim trail. In addition to these facilities, we have a fitness centre available for use by staff for free until 6pm (http://thenobelschool.org/venues/fitness-suite/).
• Staff well-being survey (annual).
• Christmas and summer all-staff parties plus regular faculty-wide socials.
• VDU and eye tests as appropriate.
• Teaching Pension Scheme with generous employer contributions and the option to make additional contributions.
• Child Care Voucher Salary Sacrifice Scheme, with access to tax free childcare vouchers.
• Reduced rates for facilities hire (http://thenobelschool.org/venues/).
• Lunches are provided free on weekdays during term time for those that undertake school duties. The meals are prepared daily from fresh ingredients by the school’s caterers and hot and cold food choices are available.
• Local and national retail discounts - our school is a member of Herts Rewards, an online 'one-stop' portal (http://www.countyofopportunity.co.uk/about-us/rewards-benefits/).


About The Nobel School

Address
Mobbsbury Way, Stevenage, Hertfordshire, SG2 0HS
Phase
Secondary
Type
LA Maintained School
Website
The Nobel School website (opens in a new window)