The Headmaster is looking to appoint a high achieving graduate to teach French and Spanish within a highly successful department. This is a part-time post (approximately 0.8 FTE), and the successful candidate will have a genuine enthusiasm and passion for French and Spanish and be capable of teaching French to A Level, and Spanish preferably to GCSE. They should be able to generate and sustain a high degree of motivation in all pupils, and to contribute to the department in providing and delivering excellent teaching.
The MFL Department take pride in their teaching, and the results are consistently very good. The post would involve teaching French to committed A level and GCSE examination groups, and Spanish teaching at GCSE and, possibly, A level. However, the exact make-up of the job will depend in part on the candidate’s abilities and interests. The department follows the AQA GCSE French and Spanish specifications at KS4 and AQA French and Spanish specifications at A level. Able linguists are encouraged to take two languages at GCSE, and most students are encouraged to take at least one MFL option, which means that numbers are healthy both at GCSE and then at A level. The department uses Pearson’s Dynamo and Viva teaching resources at Keystage 3. At Keystage 4 the department uses Activelearn, and then at A level they use Kerboodle. The department holds regular department meetings where good practice is pro-actively shared. The department runs an annual Second Form residential trip to Normandy, and then a residential trip to Seville every other year. There are plans for the running of further trips to France.
Successful candidates would find the department a happy and very supportive one in which to work. It consists of three full-time members of staff as well as external ‘language conversations’ assistants.
The department operates dedicated support sessions and it takes part in whole School academic enrichment activities and organises many cross-curricular residential trips.
The successful candidate should have:
• Degree Level qualification related to French (Spanish also desirable)
• Further post-graduate qualifications / experience relating to French and Spanish (desirable)
• Experience of teaching French at KS3-5, and Spanish at KS3-4
• PGCE / QTS (desirable)
• Dynamic, effective teaching strategies that engage all learners
• Excellent written and oral communication, numerical and interpersonal skills
• Excellent organisational skills
• The ability to work under pressure, plan and prioritise their own workload, remaining professional at all times
• Initiative and resourcefulness, and be able to produce excellent teaching plans
• High standards, accuracy and attention to detail, and be able to meet all deadlines
• Enthusiasm and passion for Modern Foreign Languages, the School and teaching pupils
• A willingness to undertake further professional development
• A desire (or willingness) to support the Christian ethos of the School.
• Strong people skills, including a personal warmth and good humour
• A willingness to support the pastoral side of the School
The Selection Process
Applications are to be made using the School’s application form, available from the School website. Any queries regarding the application process should be directed to the Deputy Head (Staff) at firstname.lastname@example.org
Candidates should apply by completing the application form and a letter of application. A CV is not required. Applications should be addressed to:
The Headmaster, The King’s School, Gloucester, GL1 2BG.
Closing date is Monday 18th March at 12 noon, with interviews taking place week commencing 25th March
The King’s School is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and applicants must be willing to undergo child protection screening appropriate to the post including: references from previous employers, a Disclosure and Barring Service check at the enhanced level, as well as eligibility to work in the UK (in compliance with UK immigration regulations). Interviews will be conducted in person, and they will explore candidates’ suitability to work with children.