An experienced and enthusiastic graduate is sought from September 2019 to join our highly-respected Social Science Faculty to be a teacher of Business and, ideally but not necessarily, either Economics or Politics. A PGCE is not essential as training can be provided ‘on the job’ to a suitably qualified candidate.
The position will suit either an experienced teacher or those looking for a first post.
A willingness to contribute to the wider co-curricular and pastoral life of the school will be expected.
A highly attractive package is offered, including salary on the school’s own scale and other benefits.
Accommodation can be available.
Applications should be received by noon on Wednesday, 23rd January.
Interviews during week commencing 28th January 2019
See our website for full details and an application form: https://www.tonbridge-school.co.uk/about/employment-opportunities
Telephone: 01732 365555
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About the Faculty
The Social Science Faculty is made up of three departments, Business, Economics and Politics, all of which are only taught at A level. Economics is the second-biggest Sixth Form subject area in the school, with approximately 70 students per year. Business is taken up by a smaller body of boys, typically 30 per year, whilst Government & Politics is studied by a similar number. The Faculty therefore provides a significant majority of Sixth Form boys with at least one course. It is made up of nine members of staff, most of whom teach, or have taught, more than one of the three subjects, and is located in the heart of the school with eight dedicated teaching classrooms, all of which are Wi-Fi enabled and have smart TV screens.
The Business Department teaches to the AQA A level course. Over the last five years there has been a highly respectable set of results with 86% A*/A/B grades. Three teachers from the nine in the Faculty currently take responsibility for delivering Business lessons, with each set shared between two of the three. It has traditionally experienced a two-set intake but is going through a mini-expansion with Lower Sixth intake doubling since the introduction of the new specification in 2015, and there will be three sets in both Sixth Form years from September 2019. Each set is nearly at the Tonbridge set capacity of 12 boys. The teaching approach is very much based on a flipped expectation that the boys will make independent progress with the content with lesson time spent focusing more on the higher order skills levels. It is not unusual for about half the boys who complete the course continuing with a Business-related degree at university.
The AQA A level Economics course is studied. The results at the school are strong, with 94% A*/A/B grades in Economics in the past five years of summer exams (77% A*/A grades). Economics classes are shared between two teachers, who split Micro and Macro teaching, and they typically range in size from 9 to 12 boys. One in three boys studying Economics currently go on to read an Economics-related subject at University, and we regularly send a few boys to Oxford and Cambridge for Economics-related courses.