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  • Start date details

    1st September 2024

  • Closing date

    8 March 2024 at 8am

  • Date listed

    26 February 2024

Job details

Job role

  • Teacher

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Working pattern

Contract type

Maternity or parental leave cover

Full-time equivalent salary

MPS / UPS

Teacher of Psychology job summary

PSYCHOLOGY TEACHER

Start Date: September 2024

Closing Date: Friday 8th March 2024

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

Contract: Full time, fixed term 1-year maternity cover

Salary: MPS/UPS

We are looking for a forward thinking, ambitious and energetic teacher of Psychology to join our dynamic team from September 2024 for one year to cover maternity leave.

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 Psychology at GCSE and A Level. 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 Psychology Department

The Psychology Department is led by a dynamic, talented and supportive Head of Department.

Outcomes

Results at all levels are very strong. Last year, Year 11 students significantly outperformed national averages: 7-9 (44% in 2023) and 9 - 4 (81% in 2023). Disadvantaged students perform just as well as non-disadvantaged students in Psychology and we are very proud of this achievement. A Level Psychology is very popular with strong results each year with around 82% of students achieving A*-B grades. Many students continue to study Psychology at university.

Accommodation

There are two dedicated Psychology classrooms with projectors and whiteboards. In addition, there is an office and kitchen facilities that are shared with Computer Science.

Curriculum

GCSE Psychology begins in Year 9 with students following the new Edexcel GCSE Specification. Psychology is very popular at Key Stage 4, with four classes in most year groups.

Psychology A Level is also a popular option in the Sixth Form, with two classes in each year group; we offer the AQA Specification.

Extra-Curricular Activities

We have many enrichment opportunities for our students including trips to Psychology conferences, opportunities to take part in research, Psychology peer mentoring and externally run competitions.

We are looking for a highly motivated, enthusiastic teacher to join our department.


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 country based 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.


Application process

We encourage visits to our school in advance of applications; please do not hesitate to get in touch if you would like a conversation and/or tour of the school by contacting Miss Frances Adley, PA to the Headteacher, via email fadley@didcotgirls.oxon.sch.uk or by calling 01235 812092.

If you would like further information regarding the Department please either view our website www.didcotgirls.oxon.sch.uk or contact, Mrs Freya Ralph, Head of Psychology, by emailing fralph@didcotgirls.oxon.sch.uk

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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