Art Teacher (0.7 Contract worked over 3.5 days)

Arts Educational Schools LondonChiswick, West London, W4

ArtsEd, one of the UK’s leading, and most exciting Art’s schools based in Chiswick, West London is seeking to appoint, for  September 2021, an inspirational and talented Art Teacher.

ArtsEd Day School and Sixth Form is an exceptional independent school for 11 to 18-year-olds where pupils immerse themselves in high-calibre academic study whilst developing their talent and their passion for performance. Founded 100 years ago by two ground-breaking educationalists, Grace Cone and Olive Ripman, our ethos remains true to their vision: to provide a broad and balanced education stretching pupils to achieve both their academic and artistic potential.

Our combination of talented teachers meeting young talented minds creates a truly dynamic environment for teaching and learning. Dedicated staff build warm and constructive learning relationships with pupils, creating a strong ethos of nurture and individualism that enables each pupil to flourish as a person, as a learner and as a performer. Our successful balance of vocational and academic classes instils in our pupils a deep-seated confidence and a broad range of skills, giving them the scope at 16 or 18+ to pursue a path that’s right for them.

Exceptional pastoral care combined with expert teachers inspire pupils’ confidence, curiosity and commitment to all of their studies, both academic and vocational. Our aim is for every pupil to leave ArtsEd as a creative, articulate and imaginative young adult, assured of their ability to achieve their best in their chosen field.

ArtsEd pupils and staff have a clear passion for Visual Arts including Fine Arts and Photography; pupils respond exceedingly well to our teachers’ high expectations whatever their ability, and are very well supported by their teachers.

ArtsEd follows the Edexcel specification in Fine Art and Photography at both GCSE and GCE.  Results in public examinations are high; last year 100% of our GCSE and GCE Art and Photography pupils achieved 9-4/A*-C; GCE Art students achieved 100% A*-B. Our students have gone on to study at a range of top establishments for the visual arts such as St Martin’s, Chelsea and Kingston. Past History of Art students gained places on courses in The Courtauld, UCL, Edinburgh, Exeter, Royal Holloway and Exeter.

Whilst this success is valued, visual arts pupils are encouraged to investigate, explore and refine practical skills parallel to developing a creative response to the world that surrounds them. Work is individual and of personal relevance. Nurturing this original and intelligent approach enables pupils to develop skills that are of immense value within the subjects, but also far beyond them. History of Art students are encouraged to go beyond the aesthetics of works studied and explore the context, psychology and philosophy of painting, sculpture and architecture. They hone their essay writing skills and develop analytical and research skills which prepare them for the rigours of future academic life.

Pupils are encouraged to make independent visits to galleries and museums in London and beyond. Previous locations for Sixth Form field trips include New York, Barcelona and Paris. The successful candidate would be expected to help organise and participate in any future visits. The Department has successfully entered numerous competitions such as the Saatchi Gallery Schools Competition, and The Royal Academy Summer A Level Exhibition.

History of Art students have taken part in The Roche Court National Articulation Competition with notable results, performing their talks at the finals in Clare College Cambridge as well as working for the Trust as Ambassadors for the competition, carrying out promotional work such as performing at the British Museum and appearing on the BBC Culture Show.

The Art department is thriving and successful.  Art is a popular choice at GCSE and A Level, with some students continuing their study of Art at degree level.  The ethos of ArtsEd is one of shared responsibility to which all teachers make a significant contribution; many departments consist of just one-member so all teachers are expected to contribute throughout the year to the school’s strategic planning, and are required to contribute to the overall teaching of their chosen subject elsewhere in the school, using their wider skills to undertake form tutor responsibilities and covering colleagues when required.

Key responsibilities:

  • To teach Fine Art, Photography and ideally, History of Art across KS3, 4 and 5
  • To ensure that equality and diversity is firmly embedded in the teaching of Art and to employ a range of teaching methods to provide learning experiences that are relevant, experiential, diverse, engaging, challenging and inclusive
  • To model the skills and attitudes required to demonstrate cultural sensitivity, positive attitude and other-centredness
  • To actively encourage and promote the use of IT as a teaching strategy within your subject area
  • To empower students to take ownership of their learning and set goals collaboratively with them
  • To provide regular feedback to students on performance and encourage students to use assessment to inform their learning and set goals
  • To assess and record pupils’ progress in accordance with school policy
  • To maintain up-to-date records of student assessments and or portfolios as required
  • To use the school wide frameworks to regularly review the curriculum in collaboration with the Heads of Department
  • To ensure that instruction, learning and processes are aligned with curriculum and reporting procedures
  • To keep abreast of all examination specifications and meet all deadlines.
  • To write reports, attend parents’ meetings and respond to parents’ enquiries appropriately and sensitively
  • To set high personal and professional standards in all aspects within your subject area and act as a professional role model for students and staff.
  • To take on the pastoral responsibilities of a Form Tutor if appropriate
  • To liaise with other form tutors in relation to whole class and individual pupils
  • To actively implement and promote the school’s agreed policies
  • To maintain effective discipline through implementation of the school’s agreed policies and procedures
  • To actively promote and safeguard the welfare of children and young persons for whom you are responsible and with whom you come into contact.
  • To promote links with educational organisations outside of ArtsEd, including outreach
  • To collaborate with colleagues in the organisation of appropriate extra-curricular opportunities and experiences (e.g. educational trips) to enhance the enrichment and learning of pupils in your subject area
  • To promote an awareness of relevant career opportunities and experiences for pupils in Art
  • To keep abreast of national developments in Art across all Key Stages, and its assessment in order to select courses that develop the learning and attainment of pupils in line with national expectations.

ArtsEd can offer you:

  • A competitive salary
  • A great work life balance
  • Talented staff and students
  • Brand new facilities 
  • Free tickets to all of our world-class performances across Day School, Sixth Form, BA and MA
  • A great staff package including Scottish Widows contributory pension scheme, cycle to work scheme and health scheme
  • Outstanding access and commitment to your training and CPD

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