Teacher of Spanish

Harris City Academy Crystal Palace, London


Job details

Working pattern Full-time only
Salary Main pay range 1 to Upper pay range 3, £37,368 to £53,120

Job summary

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

We are seeking an outstanding Teacher of Spanish to work within our high performing Academy, this position is open to both NQTs and more experienced teachers.

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.

Students study two languages at KS3 from a choice of French, Spanish and Mandarin. At KS4 all students study a language. 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.

Your opportunity

We can offer you the opportunity to advance your career within a supportive academy environment. You will be part of a Federation established in developing practitioners and nurturing excellent future leaders, with unrivalled opportunities for progression; whatever your aspirations as a teacher, middle or senior leader, our Teaching School Alliance provides a range of bespoke courses and qualifications, including our Aspiring Leaders NPQML and NPQSL programmes to help you achieve your ambitions more quickly.

Essential educational requirements

Undergraduate degree (or equivalent)

Essential qualifications

QTS (or equivalent)

Essential skills and experience

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.

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
An Inner/Outer London Harris Allowance, plus 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