Currently our department consists of Key Stage 5 – A Level Psychology; following the AQA Psychology Specification. Experience in this area would be highly beneficial, alternatively a candidate must be willing to engage in training and development in this particular specification.
We are looking to appoint someone who is enthusiastic about Psychology and enjoys teaching the subject to all abilities. In particular, the candidate should have a desire to strive to achieve grades beyond expectation. The capability to teach another subject is desirable but not essential.
The Department relies on excellent communication between students and staff. Use of the VLE (Firefly) is essential in the role and previous experience of similar systems would be beneficial.
Students do carry out mini-projects as part of the Research Methods topic, therefore the teachers should be able to transform classic Psychological studies into accessible and practical learning opportunities.
The department uses a variety of teaching and learning techniques; teachers are encouraged to keep up to date with technologies which can aid learning and boost progress as well as maintaining innovative assessment and lesson plans.
Students are offered a variety of ways to learn, e.g. with hands-on projects and practical exercises. We give students experience with research methods through hands on practical projects, visits from specialists and attending lectures from high profile psychologists. Experience of developing similar arrangements would be desirable.
The VLE is used extensively, both for resources and to set homework tasks and track achievement. There is a department office shared with the History staff, and teaching takes place in school rooms within the sixth form buildings.
Continuous professional development is crucial in this fast-moving subject. Members of the department are encouraged to keep updated on the examination system and attend conferences and courses. We feel that an enthusiasm for learning new skills helps us to engage our students and keep lessons fresh and relevant.
Single Staff accommodation may be available on-site.