Lead Teacher of Religious Education, Barking and Dagenham

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Goresbrook SchoolBarking and Dagenham

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Contract type: Full Time
Salary: Undisclosed
Contract term: Permanent
Suitable for NQTs: Yes

Lead Teacher of Religious Education

Full time 

Competitive salary (above Inner London) 

Required from September 2020 

Do you want to be part of a team that transform the lives of young people?

As a new all-through school, Goresbrook School is attempting to do the seemingly impossible; ensure all young people, regardless of background, have the real option to succeed at a top university. Goresbrook School is an exciting new school that opened in 2016. Tenacious in approach, our team are committed to transforming the lives of students and do so through unwavering belief, positivity, creativity, hard work and collaboration. Many of us are TeachFirst Ambassadors but regardless of how we came into the profession we are all determined to leave a lasting legacy.

Teaching is an art form. It requires an unrelenting dedication to refining your craft. This is at the core of everything we do at Goresbrook. For this reason, it is a very special place to work. All of us are passionate about growing (getting better at what we do through careful reflection and deep thought). All of us are committed to working as a team (we know that far more can be achieved through working together). We each have an unrelenting belief that the stubborn link between poverty and academic achievement can be overcome through the creation of an exceptional school.

We are looking for an enthusiastic teacher who is passionate about Religious Education to lead and develop our curriculum. The successful candidate will be an exceptional classroom teacher with the subject knowledge and expertise to design a curriculum. This curriculum will provide young people with a deep and lasting knowledge of religions and beliefs that form as part of a contemporary society alongside opportunities to develop a greater understanding and appreciation of their own values and views. We want to develop knowledgeable, compassionate, worldly and reflective young people and view Religious Education as an important vehicle in helping this become a reality. As a small school, you will be the only Religious Education teacher. This brings with it great autonomy and a unique opportunity to really enact your vision. You will be well supported by the wider humanities department and staff team. If you are looking for a new and fresh challenge and want to be part of an exciting, then this is the post for you.

What we offer:

• Clear purpose. We are all here to make a real difference to students lives

• Lots of opportunities to observe others and receive feedback. We have an open door policy and place Teaching and Learning at the centre of what we do. We never grade lessons and all feedback is developmental

• An environment in which student behaviour is exemplary. Teachers can teach and students can learn

• Curriculums that are designed in order for pupils to achieve mastery of both content and skills. We have a strong focus on core knowledge and use cutting-edge insights from cognitive science and educational research to ensure that content is retained over time

• Joint planning time on Wednesday afternoons for core subjects

• Year groups of 120 students. We are a small school and pride ourselves on knowing our students

• Very minimum of two hours curriculum time for each subject area allowing teachers to know students next steps

• Weekly in-school CPD, including a tailored NQT programme

• External CPD programmes, including NPQML and NPQSL

• Opportunities for promotion and development

We currently have 480 students in years 7, 8, 9 and 10. In September 2020, we will have 600 pupils.  We will continue to grow each year until we are at full capacity, 720 students including our Sixth Form. Whether you are an outstanding experienced teacher looking for a new challenge, or trainee teacher seeking your first role, you will play a key part in the School’s development.  You could play a part in leading and shaping the vision and future of our school for many years to come.

If you align with our vision, values, and are committed to ensuring that ‘disadvantaged’ does not dictate educational outcomes, then you will greatly enjoy working at Goresbrook.

Goresbrook School is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children therefore all positions in the school will be subject to a satisfactory Disclosure and Barring Service check.

You may also like to arrange an informal chat with the Principal, Megan. Feel free to contact her directly on:


How to apply: Click apply or email Gayna.bedwell@goresbrookschool.org.uk for more information.

United Learning is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and expects all staff to share this commitment. An enhanced DBS check is required for all successful applicants.


Closing date: 21st February 2020 at 9.00am

Interviews: 25th February 2020

United Learning is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and expects all staff to share this commitment. An enhanced DBS check is required for all successful applicants.

More about Goresbrook School
Type: Mainstream School
Phase: All-through with sixth form
Funding status: State - Free School
Gender: Mixed
Age Range: 3 - 18 years
Address: Ripple Road, Dagenham, Essex, RM9 6XW, United Kingdom. View in Google Maps
Telephone: +44 203 597 6666
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Do you want to be part of a team that is creating a transformational all-through school? Do you believe that every young person has the potential to gain an A* at A-level, and go on to rigorous academic study in a highly competitive University? If so...