Teacher of English - September 2020, Westminster

Closing date:Expiring in 2 days

Portland Place SchoolWestminster

Date posted:
Start date: 1st September 2020
Contract type: Full Time
Salary: The salary will be in line with maintained sector but on the Alpha Plus Scale.
Contract term: Permanent
Suitable for NQTs: Yes

Portland Place School is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of all our children. All staff are trained in child protection. We ensure all candidates are properly police checked on appointment. The school will only accept fully completed application forms with three references and CVs attached.

Join Portland Place – a haven of creativity

Portland Place School is a leading independent co-educational day school for children aged 10-16, located directly in the heart of the City of Westminster. We were founded with a particular purpose in mind: to be an alternative to the intense, large, examination focused independent day schools of which there are many in London.

Part of the Alpha Plus family of schools, Portland Place offers rigorous and tailored career professional development to meet the needs of staff progression, a diverse and experienced group of teachers who share their pedagogical practice and first class teaching & learning and pastoral care for students. Portland Place School is undergoing a transformation in our approach to learning.  Our aim is to provide a real-life education where children are adaptable, empathic and prepared for 21st Century careers. 

The school is looking for an enthusiastic and highly skilled Teacher of English. The post is suitable for an experienced teacher or an NQT, for whom the school provides the ISTIP route. The salary will be in line with maintained sector but on the Alpha Plus Scale.

The successful applicant will be able to engage, motivate and drive enthusiasm amongst our students for English and play a key role in raising attainment at both Key Stage 3 and GCSE levels. The applicant will be expected to contribute, along with the rest of the English faculty staff, to further promote and develop English and literacy across the school.

Join Alpha Plus Group – the gold standard in education

At Alpha Plus schools and colleges we offer rewarding careers. Our teachers and staff are passionate about education and have a desire for personal development.

Alpha Plus is a values-led organisation that prides itself on its high expectations of all involved in the education process.

The successful candidate will meet all the requirements of the person specification, will receive strongly supported references and be subject to enhanced criminal record checks. All applications welcome regardless of age, gender, disability, ethnicity or religion but candidates must be fit and medically fit and have the right to work in the UK. Please view our school policies via the APG Portal.

Arrangements for interview will be detailed to short-listed candidates and will take full account of the current need for social distancing.

Job Description


Job Title: Teacher of English

Reports to: Head of English

Location: Portland Place School


To teach English at Key Stage 3 and GCSE levels;

To secure improved standards of learning and achievement in English for all students through high quality teaching and effective use of resources;

To contribute to the development and maintenance of whole school strategy, policies and ethos.



The job description allocates duties and responsibilities. It does not direct the particular amount of time to be spent in carrying them out and no part of it may be so construed. The job description is not necessarily a comprehensive definition of the post and it may be subject to modification or amendment after consultation with the post holder.

Knowledge and understanding

Have knowledge of and keep up to date with the curriculum for English;

Be familiar with the school’s current systems and structures as outlined in policy documents, including the Health and Safety and Child Protection policies;

Understand and know how national and school data can be used in professional and school development.


Planning, teaching and class management

Plan and teach, with regard for the school’s aims, own policies and schemes of work, the teaching programme for all children within the class, using clear differentiation;

Provide clear structures for lessons and for sequences of lessons, which maintain pace, motivation and challenge;

Make effective use of assessment information on students’ attainment and progress and in planning future lessons;

Ensure effective teaching of whole classes, groups and individuals, establishing high expectations of behaviour and attainment;

Monitor and intervene when teaching to ensure sound learning and maintain a safe environment in which students feel confident;

Use a variety of teaching and learning styles to keep all students engaged;

Be familiar with the Code of Practice and identification, assessment and support of pupils with SEND;

Evaluate your own teaching critically to improve effectiveness.


Monitoring, assessment, recording, reporting and accountability

Assess and record each student’s progress systematically with reference to the school’s current practice, including the social progress of each child and use the results to inform planning;

Mark and monitor class work and homework, providing constructive feedback and setting targets for future progress;

Set regular, ambitious yet achievable targets for students;

Provide reports on individual progress to the Headmaster and parents as required.


Other professional requirements

Be a form tutor;

Establish and maintain effective working relationships with professional colleagues and parents;

Participate as required in meetings with professional colleagues and parents in respect of the duties and responsibilities of the post;

Be aware of the need to take responsibility for your own professional development;

Participate in duty rosters, including taking assemblies;

Participate in the school’s arrangements for performance management and other professional development activities;

Safeguard the health and safety of all children;

Be supportive of and contribute to the extra -curricular life of the school.



 APG is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and as an employee of APG you are expected to share this commitment.  The protection of our students’ welfare is the responsibility of all staff within APG Schools and individuals are expected to conduct themselves in a way that reflects the principles of our organisation.

More about Portland Place School
Type: Mainstream School
Phase: All-through
Funding status: Independent
Gender: Mixed
Age Range: 10 - 16 years
Address: 56-58 Portland Place, London, W1B 1NJ, United Kingdom. View in Google Maps
Telephone: +44 207 3078700
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About Portland Place School

Portland Place is a mixed, selective, non-denominational all-through school with sixth form situated in central London. It is an independent school with a total of 251 pupils.

Portland Place was founded in 1996 at its pres...