Head of Drama

English College in PragueCzech Republic

The English College in Prague is looking to appoint a Head of Drama. We are flexible regarding the exact qualification and experience of the applicant, but are looking for someone who would enjoy teaching the subject up to IB / A-Level as well as contributing significantly to the artistic life of the College.

The successful candidate will have experience of working in an academically aspirational school or the desire to do so. Ideally, they will have knowledge of the International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma Programme. Previous IB teaching experience is preferable but not essential as all the necessary IB training will be provided. Experience shows us that a flexible and resourceful A-Level teacher will be able to deliver the IB syllabus effectively. Excellent practical resources and schemes of work are in place for all our courses, and the successful candidate will receive support from our experienced Head of Faculty, but we also encourage input and innovation from all members of staff as they deliver their lessons. Very importantly, the successful candidate will be interested in in-school pedagogical development. All teachers in the school are intensively involved in cross-curricular teaching and learning activities, such as classroom-based action research groups, personal research projects and mutual observations. A strong interest and desire to connect with and learn from other colleagues is essential.

The right candidate will be joining a diverse and dedicated team who maintain a dynamic learning and extra-curricular environment in which the needs and talents of the individual student are recognised and nurtured.

Short School Statement

We are an unusual, exciting and academic HMC secondary school, educating both Czech and international students, that is committed to fostering good relationships. While we prepare our students for a small number of core IGCSEs, and Common European Framework language exams, our main focus is on delivering success in the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme and the Czech Maturita qualification. Each year, our graduates go on to study at universities in the UK (usually including Oxbridge), continental Europe and occasionally, Asia and North America. The majority of our teachers are native speakers of English, immersing our students in the language as authentically spoken and supporting their own language development, and our teaching style is typically that found in the best British schools. We offer the successful candidate adventure, challenge, permanent contracts and good remuneration in one of the most beautiful cities in Europe. For further information including a description of living and working in the Czech Republic, please visit the English College in Prague website via this link

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Job Specification Overview:

Drama is a popular subject at the English College, with a long-standing reputation for excellence. The successful candidate will benefit from a newly renovated and well-resourced black box theatre classroom, equipped with a range of stage, lighting, and projection options. Working within a collaborative, collegiate and forward looking Arts Faculty, your productions will be supported with set design, and musical performances; you will also enjoy access to external performance spaces in some of Prague’s well-known, centrally located theatres. The city itself has a long-standing and much loved tradition of theatre and scenography. The extra curricular portfolio for the Arts Faculty is vibrant and busy; there are normally two main teacher-led productions per year, supported by a range of smaller plays, often led by senior students. During the recent online learning scenario, the Drama Department diversified its repertoire further, exploring acting for the screen, and delivered a range of virtual productions.  

The ideal candidate will:  

  • Have experience of teaching Drama / Theatre Arts up to A-Level or IB Diploma  
  • Have a degree directly relevant to either subject  
  • Have a PGCE and already have obtained Qualified Teacher Status - although QTS training for appropriately experienced and qualified candidates is possible   
  • Be experienced and confident in staging and managing productions on a variety of scales  
  • Be able to commit fully to supporting the extra-curricular activities of the Arts Faculty   
  • Be excited about working collaboratively with colleagues from Music and the Visual Arts.

Desirable but not essential:  

  • Knowledge of the LAMDA Certification process   
  • An interest in Musical Theatre and/or Film Acting 

Staff Package:  

  • We offer assistance, both practical and financial, for those moving to the Czech Republic.  
  • An exceptionally well-resourced CPD environment with career development opportunities, in Europe and the UK.  
  • We usually fly successful candidates out in the term prior to taking up their appointment for an acquaintance visit.  
  • The College contributes to a Czech supplementary pension scheme and employees enjoy the generous arrangements of the Czech health and social security system.  
  • We offer subsidised lunches, international ITIC membership (which offers discounts), full access to the Czech National Technical Library’s physical and online resources and support for a Multisport card giving subsidised access to many sports locations in and around Prague.

Criminal Records Bureau Disclosure and References Statement

The English College in Prague is totally committed to safeguarding the welfare of children and young people and expects the same from its employees. All new staff will be subject to a police check, ICPC or similar, depending on their country of origin or previous employment. Identity checks, employment checks and qualifications checks all form a non-negotiable part of the recruitment process. Any gaps in employment will be examined and we will require at least two references, including one from your most recent Headteacher. Safeguarding and child protection training is given on arrival and the induction process also assiduously follows UK best practice in this area. 

How to apply:

Fill in the ECP application form which you can download after clicking at Apply Now and send a short covering letter to the Headmaster, Dr. Nigel Brown, at headmaster@englishcollege.cz. Please include a complete  career history as well as the names, email addresses and telephone numbers of two referees, including your current or most recent Headteacher. Only applicants selected for interview will be contacted. Interviews will be conducted either online, or in person in London or Prague (travel expenses will be reimbursed), depending on the circumstances.

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