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Teacher of Economics

Highgate SchoolHaringey

Highgate is looking for a highly capable and inspiring economics specialist to join its successful, vibrant and supportive Economics Department. The role would suit an experienced teacher or an ambitious and creative entrant to the profession.

Applicants should have an undergraduate degree in economics, or a related joint honours degree such as PPE, from a university with an excellent reputation for economics. Applicants should demonstrate a profound and continuing academic interest in economics and an enthusiasm for sharing this passion with pupils and colleagues. The successful candidate will have a strong commitment to professional development, an enthusiasm for learning and a willingness to experiment, as well as the ability to reflect deeply on their practice.

Applications from candidates with no prior teaching experience are encouraged. The School has considerable experience and success in guiding unqualified entrants to the profession through induction and into established teaching and leadership positions at the school. For all teachers new to Highgate, regardless of experience, there is a strong and supportive framework of induction to the School.

The role includes opportunities to contribute to the pastoral and co-curricular life of the school, both of which are valued highly at Highgate. If the successful applicant were an experienced teacher, s/he would also have the opportunity,  should s/he wish, to teach part-time at the London Academy of Excellence in Tottenham, for which Highgate is the principal educational sponsor.


The Department 

The Department is committed to embedding in students a deep conceptual understanding of Economics and an appreciation for its applications to wider social issues. Through our teaching, we aim to foster a genuine passion for Economics and to create resilient, independent and thoughtful learners, who engage with the subject at the deepest level.

Progressive in its outlook, the department emphasises the development and sharing of best practice. Peer observation is welcomed and encouraged. The department office, in which every member of the team has their own desk space, is shared with the Politics Department and provides an extremely collaborative and supportive environment, offering plenty of opportunity for spirited discussion and professional dialogue. 

Economics is one of the most popular A-Level subjects at Highgate, studied by over 100 pupils in the Sixth Form. There are currently five full-time members of the Economics Department, some of whom also teach Politics. The department is extremely well equipped and resourced, with the department office located conveniently close to dedicated classrooms. In addition to the extensive in-house programme of professional development, a generous department budget for CPD is used for exam-board training and subject specific conferences.

The Department has a strong reputation for enabling pupils to be involved in economics beyond the classroom. The popular, pupil-led Economics Society meets weekly to hear student talks and host external speakers. Students enter a wide range of competitions, have the opportunity to contribute to the department blog, and can participate in the department Book Club. 

The Department follows the Eduqas A-Level specification (Economics A), with all assessment under this linear specification taking place at the end of the two-year A-level course. The department achieves impressive results in public examinations and supports a good number of Oxbridge applicants each year. The successful applicant would be expected to teach A* calibre pupils and to participate fully in the department's Oxbridge preparation and extension programme. 


Working at Highgate

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.  The School pays the employer’s contribution to the Teachers’ Pension Scheme. Terms are shorter than in the maintained sector. Staff have free access to the School’s sports facilities, including a fitness suite and the newly refurbished swimming pool.

Highgate is strongly committed to inclusion and is an equal opportunities employer. We aim to create a welcoming, respectful and safe environment for all members of our community, from every ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, age, ability/disability, religion and background.  We know that more diverse teams are stronger teams, and that the more inclusive we are, the more our staff and pupils will feel a sense of belonging and will thrive. To enable us to make any reasonable adjustments, please let us know when you submit your application whether you have any special requirements.

Antonia Burrows, the Head of Economics, or James Newton, Deputy Head (Academic) (antonia.burrows@highgateschool.org.uk or james.newton@highgateschool.org.uk) are happy to answer any questions about this post.


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