Class Teacher - Primary School
Teachers make the education of their pupils their first concern, and are accountable for achieving the highest possible standards in work and conduct. Teachers act with honesty and integrity; have strong subject knowledge, keep their knowledge and skills as teachers up-to-date and are self-critical; forge positive professional relationships; and work with parents in the best interests of their pupils.
Part One: Teaching
A teacher must:
1. Set high expectations which inspire, motivate and challenge pupils
• establish a safe and stimulating environment for pupils, rooted in mutual respect;
• set goals that stretch and challenge pupils of all backgrounds, abilities and dispositions;
• demonstrate consistently the positive attitudes, values and behaviour which are expected of pupils.
2. Promote good progress and outcomes by pupils
• be accountable for pupils’ attainment, progress and outcomes;
• be aware of pupils’ capabilities and their prior knowledge, and plan teaching to build on these;
• guide pupils to reflect on the progress they have made and their emerging needs;
• demonstrate knowledge and understanding of how pupils learn and how this impacts on teaching;
• encourage pupils to take a responsible and conscientious attitude to their own work and study.
3. Demonstrate good subject and curriculum knowledge
• have a secure knowledge of the relevant subject(s) and curriculum areas, foster and maintain pupils’ interest in the subject, and address misunderstandings;
• demonstrate a critical understanding of developments in the subject and curriculum areas, and promote the value of scholarship;
• demonstrate an understanding of and take responsibility for promoting high standards of literacy, articulacy and the correct use of standard English, whatever the teacher’s specialist subject;
• if teaching early reading, demonstrate a clear understanding of systematic synthetic phonics;
• if teaching early mathematics, demonstrate a clear understanding of appropriate teaching strategies.
4. Plan and teach well-structured lessons
• impart knowledge and develop understanding through effective use of lesson time;
• promote a love of learning and children’s intellectual curiosity;
• set homework and plan other out-of-class activities to consolidate and extend the knowledge and understanding pupils have acquired;
• reflect systematically on the effectiveness of lessons and approaches to teaching;
• contribute to the design and provision of an engaging curriculum within the relevant subject area(s).
5. Adapt teaching to respond to the strengths and needs of all pupils
• know when and how to differentiate appropriately, using approaches which enable pupils to be taught effectively;
• have a secure understanding of how a range of factors can inhibit pupils’ ability to learn, and how best to overcome these;
• demonstrate an awareness of the physical, social and intellectual development of children, and know how to adapt teaching to support pupils’ education at different stages of development;
• have a clear understanding of the needs of all pupils, including those with special educational needs; those of high ability; those with English as an additional language; those with disabilities; and be able to use and evaluate distinctive teaching approaches to engage and support them.
6. Make accurate and productive use of assessment
• know and understand how to assess the relevant subject and curriculum areas, including statutory assessment requirements;
• make use of formative and summative assessment to secure pupils’ progress;
• use relevant data to monitor progress, set targets, and plan subsequent lessons;
• give pupils regular feedback, both orally and through accurate marking, and encourage pupils to respond to the feedback.
7. Manage behaviour effectively to ensure a good and safe learning environment
• have clear rules and routines for behaviour in classrooms, and take responsibility for promoting good and courteous behaviour both in classrooms and around the school, in accordance with the school’s behaviour policy;
• have high expectations of behaviour, and establish a framework for discipline with a range of strategies, using praise, sanctions and rewards consistently and fairly;
• manage classes effectively, using approaches which are appropriate to pupils’ needs in order to involve and motivate them;
• maintain good relationships with pupils, exercise appropriate authority, and act decisively when necessary.
Essential educational requirements
1. Qualified Teacher Status
2. Evidence of continuing and recent professional development relevant to the post
Essential skills and experience
1. Understanding of equality of opportunity issues and how they can be effectively addressed in schools.
2. The knowledge and understanding of current theory and best practice in learning and teaching, particularly as this relates to high achievement and attainment.
3. Understanding of a diverse range of teaching and learning styles and techniques.
4. Good understanding of the importance of culture and ethos and how this impacts on morale, high expectation and high standards.
5. Good understanding of effective procedures for managing and promoting positive behaviour among pupils.
6. Good understanding of the role of parents and the community in school improvement and how this can be practised and developed.
7. Clear understanding of data analysis and the important impact this can have on achievement and attainment.
About St John's Walworth Church of England Primary School
- Larcom Street, London, SE17 1NQ
- LA Maintained School
- St John's Walworth Church of England Primary School website (opens in a new window)