Key Stage Maths Coordinator
An able and inspiring teacher is required to lead Maths in the Junior School at Highgate from September 2019.
There are approximately 440 children in Key Stage 2 in five forms across four year groups. Highgate is a fully coeducational, academically selective school with able and enthusiastic children. Expectations are high across the curriculum and beyond.
Highgate embarked on a complete rebuild of the Junior School in January 2014. The new state-of-the-art accommodation, opened in September 2016 provides us with an outstanding purpose-built teaching environment. It is essential that we have the very best team of teachers in place in order to continue to make the most of this wonderful opportunity.
One of the most important statements in our Development Plan is ‘no glass ceilings’. This means we do not want any of our pupils leaving Year 6 believing they are ‘weak’ in any area of the curriculum. For this reason, we have no overt setting in maths or any subject in the Junior School. That said, it is vital that teaching and learning in maths and all subjects stretches and challenges the most able pupils as well as developing confidence in those who are less secure.
We have introduced aspects of Singapore Maths and the My Maths programme across Key Stage 2 and are currently building and developing teacher confidence and resources. The new Maths Coordinator will be expected to develop our practice and thinking in this area as well as considering other innovative approaches in the subject. A creative, flexible and collegiate approach is therefore essential.
We have close links with our Senior School Maths Department which shares the same underlying principles about teaching and learning as the Junior School. The successful candidate will be expected to meet regularly with the Senior School Head of Maths to ensure consistency and continuity in our approach.
Applications are sought from well-qualified teachers with relevant experience of the primary or the preparatory school curricula. Candidates will need to be able to contribute to a challenging, accelerated curriculum and have experience of teaching intelligent, lively pupils or an interest in doing so, and the flair, imagination and people-skills to do so successfully.
The person appointed should be both able and willing to teach across the curriculum and across any of the four year groups as well as to be flexible in their approach. All staff are expected to contribute to the extra-curricular life of the school.
Teachers at Highgate enjoy a welcoming, comfortable and exceptionally well-resourced environment and are provided with significant assistance from a range of support staff. Salaries are competitive.