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Part-time Teacher of Religion and Philosophy

Colfe's SchoolGreenwich

We are looking for an enthusiastic and conscientious teacher to join our highly successful Religion and Philosophy department from September 2021. 

The post holder will teach Religion and Philosophy at Key Stage 3 for between 10 and 16 periods per fortnight (approx. 0.3 of full-time). Hours and days are flexible and can be discussed at interview. There is also the possibility of additional cover supervision work for interested applicants who might wish to increase the time commitment of this role.

The Religion & Philosophy Department currently consists of the Head of Department and two other specialist teachers. It is fortunate in having two new classrooms, both of which are equipped with interactive whiteboards.  There is also a new departmental office/resource room. 

In the first two years at Colfe’s, pupils study both religious and philosophical themes. Pupils are introduced to the beliefs and practices of the world’s major religions, allowing them to develop a deeper understanding of people in our multi-cultural society, and in the global community. Additionally, they consider other themes such as New Religious Movements to enable them to understand the nature of religious belief in greater depth. The philosophical aspects of the course address issues in Epistemology, Ethics, Political Philosophy and Metaphysics, asking questions about the existence of God, what the mind is, and how we can know that we exist. The aim is to encourage pupils to think critically about belief and are encouraged to ask and explore questions, without necessarily seeking answers. In Year 9 pupils study Buddhism, Islam, Contemporary Philosophy and Ethics, plus arguments for and against God’s existence. Virtues such as respect, care, concern, commitment, fairness, tolerance, self-understanding and enquiry are studied, promoted and fostered. In this way, students have opportunities to grow emotionally, as well as intellectually.  Results at GCSE and A Level have been excellent, both in terms of grades achieved and value added. Our Key Stage 3 curriculum is a vital part of building towards this success.

We are seeking to appoint someone who is an excellent classroom practitioner with the ability to translate rigorous academic standards into practical and successful classroom outcomes.  They must be bright, knowledgeable and passionate about Philosophy and the study of religion.  

Teachers appointed to posts are expected to maintain the highest professional standards and to contribute to the co-curricular life of the school. In return, those who join Colfe’s can expect to become part of a caring, purposeful and committed community.

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