Teacher of IB DP Chemistry, MYP Sciences (with IB DP ESS)

International School of London (ISL)W3 8LG

We are looking for creative innovative professionals from diverse cultural backgrounds who are willing to join us in celebrating the story, the worth and the purpose of every member of our learning community.

The successful applicant will have strong collaboration skills and a commitment to personalised learning in and beyond the walls of the classroom, with an understanding that every child can and should be challenged.

Job Title: Teacher of IB Diploma Chemistry and MYP Sciences, with consideration of IB Diploma Environmental Systems and Societies (ESS)

Reports to: MYP and Diploma Heads of Department – Sciences

Contract: Permanent, full-time, term time only

Campus: London Campus - including the DP College

Start date: August 2021. If an outstanding candidate is found, ISL reserves the right to make an early appointment. Candidates with additional experience in teaching Environmental Science/Biology and an interest in teaching IB Diploma ESS are very encouraged to apply.

Overview: This position involves managing and implementing a wide variety of teaching techniques to support students in the IB Middle Years Programme and the IB Diploma Programme.

0. General

• Our teachers are the essence of the work of the School. Each teacher is responsible for the education of the students in his/her classes; ensuring that the learning environment is alive, welcoming and authentic.

• Our teachers ensure that all students are safe, secure and properly supervised at all times.

• We work collegially with our Departmental Teams to support the school’s vision, mission and philosophy; support the school’s curricular and philosophical commitments as an IB World School, and to assist the team in meeting its planning goals.

• We effectively plan and teach classes according to the timetable and appropriate programmes of study. Catering for personalised learning, differentiation, ELL and SEN should be evident in both planning and delivery.

• Our teachers engage in both internal and external professional development opportunities, contributing to teaching and learning practices across School programmes.

• Our teachers value the cultural identity of each member of our ISL community, and invoke passion in learning.

1. Accountability

• Assume responsibility for the effective delivery of the agreed curriculum to the students in his/her classes, aligned with School Policy and Departmental Essential Agreements.

• Be informed about the aims and curriculum of the area in which he/she teaches.

• Be committed to the appraisal documents and process that encompass what is expected of teachers in relation to their teaching and professional practices.

• Keep vertical scope and sequence programmes and maintain planning records, using ManageBac.

• In case of planned absence, leave work for students with your Head of Department.

• Be present at all internal professional development days and sessions.

• Be punctual for class and take attendance registers at the start of each lesson. Be available as designated on the sub/cover rota and for assigned duties.

• Maintain inventories of all textbooks and other resources, including those issued to students, and to ensure the return of these; make recommendations for new resources.

2. Academic Quality

• Develop the content of courses in relation to the school's philosophy, objectives and appropriate IB recognised programmes.

• Select the educational experiences - related to skills, content and concepts - appropriate to the needs of each student in his/her classes, in relation to the school’s philosophy and objectives and in the light of the agreed curriculum. The expectations for the delivery of these are spelled out in the Department Handbook and linked to appraisal.

• Assist the relevant Coordinator and/or Head of Department with curriculum development.

• Ensure at the start of each course/unit that students understand what is to be covered and how they will be assessed. Secondary students should be given a course outline or syllabus at the outset, together with information on the criteria by which students will be assessed.

• Set and mark a variety of formative and summative assessment tasks throughout the year.

• Document formative feedback in a timely, constructive and relevant manner to inform future learning; produce student reports for parents by the date set by the School and attend all Parent-Teacher Conferences as set by the School.

• Maintain on-going records of students’ work and progress, using Managebac. 

• Assign and mark differentiated homework in a timely manner, according to the School Homework Policy and relevant Department Handbook; meet reasonable requests for homework during students' absences. 

3. Community

• Work to ensure that, at all times, the School’s curriculum provides a safe, supportive learning environment for students, teachers and all other members of the ISL community

• Work with colleagues, students and the ISL Community to create a thriving, dynamic, aspirational and academic culture that recognises, values and nurtures each person’s cultural identity. 

4. Communication

• Keep the Pastoral Team and Tutors informed about student absence and lateness, and notify of any behavioural commendations or concerns.

• Keep the Head of Department and/or members of the Secondary Leadership Team appraised, as relevant, of all academic, teaching and learning matters.

• Form an integral part of a professional, inspirational and collegial teaching team.

5. Care & Guidance

• Help promote a culture of student agency where diversity is encouraged, students learn to value and respect identity, take responsibility for their actions, exercise leadership and strive for personal academic excellence.

• Provide a welcoming, safe and secure classroom environment, at all times, for all children in his/her care.

Teaching qualification and experience:

• Degree and teaching qualification

• IB MYP teaching experience in Sciences (Grades 6-10) 

• IB DP teaching experience in Chemistry  (Gr11-12)

• An ability to teach IB Diploma Environmental Systems & Societies (ESS) is an advantage

• Two or more years of teaching, preferably in an international school context

• Able to communicate effectively in English as the working language of the school

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