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Teacher of French - Maternity Cover - Key Stages 3 & 4


The post and the department 

The advertised post is a 0.8 of full-time, maternity cover post, commencing on 24 November 2021 and ending on 30 June 2022.

This is an opportunity to join a lively and successful Modern Languages department in the year 7-11 section of the school. All students study French in year 7 and both French and Spanish in year 8. In year 9 they choose two of French, Spanish and Latin/Classical Civilisation. In years 10 and 11 French and Spanish are option subjects at GCSE, with two groups running in each year and each language. The course taught is the Edexcel International GCSE. The successful candidate will be responsible for teaching all GCSE French groups, as well as one group in each of years 7-9. They will work as part of a team of five other MFL teachers in years 7-11.

Teaching is in small groups of up to 16 students in years 7-9 and somewhat smaller in years 10 and 11. These small groups enable us to focus on students’ individual needs and help them to achieve their full potential. While not narrowly selective, academic expectations are high. At all levels, we prepare students towards their next examinations but also want really to teach them the language and prepare them for continuation – for example in years 10-11 we help students to achieve their best possible results in the GCSE, but also treat them as potential future A level or university language students and equip them to be successful at a higher level. Moreover, at GCSE all language students have oral sessions with the language assistants, and this happens during their timetabled language lessons. MFL at d’Overbroeck’s is a well-equipped department, with teachers supplementing the use of textbooks and online teaching platforms with specific language-learning software. We also encourage all students to read and watch films in their target language, beyond the specification requirements.

Technology is used to support teaching and learning throughout the school, including the use of interactive whiteboards, data-logging equipment and online learning. We use Microsoft Teams and One Note as our online platforms.

Outside of lessons we are keen to provide students with opportunities for extension and support- for instance, the language leaders programme in years 9-10, language competitions such as the Spelling Bee, or events such as Day of languages. There is usually one trip to France and one trip to Spain each year, and students also have the opportunity to practise their language skills on a crime trail in Oxford. 

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