Part Time Teacher of History, Reading

Closing date:

The Abbey School ReadingReading

Date posted:
Start date: 01/09/2020
Contract type: Part Time
Salary: Undisclosed
Contract term: Permanent


 Reports to: Head of History

Location: Senior School

Start date: September 2020

Overall job purpose

To work as part of a successful and committed History team, teaching History from Year 7 through to GCSE and Sixth Form (A Levels and International Baccalaureate). 

Knowledge, Skills and Experience

• Educated to Bachelor’s degree level (or international equivalent) at a minimum in the subject or closely related subjects.

• A teaching qualification relevant to the subject and stage is preferred but not essential.

• Experience of teaching the subject at the relevant stage is preferred but not essential; applications from NQTs are welcome.

• Strong IT skills are preferred; good IT skills are essential.

• Fluent in both verbal and written English.

Person Specification

• Demonstrates consistently high standards of personal and professional conduct

• Demonstrates the ability to engage and enthuse pupils in the subject

• Develops good relationships

• Demonstrates empathy with students, parents and colleagues

• Committed to promoting the wellbeing of students 

Teacher Standards

Teachers at The Abbey are expected to adhere to the Teachers’ Standards as detailed by the Department for Education; these cover teaching as well as personal and professional conduct and can be found here: 

The History Department

This is a vibrant and successful department situated in large airy classrooms in the newest part of the school. Examination results are very good at GCSE, A Level and IB.  Many girls go on to study History at University, including Oxford and Cambridge.

All girls take History for the first three years of the Senior School. A chronological and skills-based approach is followed at KS3 exploring aspects of both national and world History and with an emphasis on delving deeply into topics. The GCSE course is Edexcel (9-1) including Medicine in Britain, the British sector of the Western Front, Conflict in the Middle East, the reigns of King Richard I and King John and Weimar and Nazi Germany. The A Level course is also with Edexcel and covers England 1509-1603, Luther and the German Reformation and the making of modern Russia (1855-1951). For the International Baccalaureate course there is a greater focus on world history covering topics such as the end of Muslim rule in Spain, the Cold War and Authoritarian States and History of the Americas.

The department has a tradition of arranging stimulating visits and activities such as the Y7 trip to Weald and Downland Open Air Museum, the Y9 trip to Ypres and the Y10 visit to the Chalke Valley History festival. We offer further enrichment opportunities throughout the year including our own lecture series with visiting speakers


The School is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff to share this commitment. The successful candidate will be subject to an Enhanced DBS check.

Equal Opportunities

The Abbey School aims to promote equality of opportunity for all with the right mix of qualifications and abilities, talent, personal qualities, skills and potential.  The Abbey School welcomes applications from candidates of diverse backgrounds and personal circumstances.  A detailed Equal Opportunities policy is available on request.

To find out more about our lively and well resourced school and for a full job description please visit our website on the work for us tab.

Interviews will only be arranged following our receipt of a completed application form.

Please apply via the Abbey Careers Portal completing an application form, uploading your CV and covering letter

Closing Date for Applications:  midday Tuesday 25th February, however, early application is encouraged as we may interview before the closing date.

The School is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff to share this commitment. The successful candidate will be subject to an Enhanced DBS check.

More about The Abbey School Reading
Type: Mainstream School
Phase: All-through with sixth form
Funding status: Independent
Gender: Girls
Age Range: 3 - 18 years
Denomination: Christian
Address: 17 Kendrick Road, Reading, Berkshire, RG1 5DZ, United Kingdom. View in Google Maps
Telephone: +44 118 9872256
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The Abbey is a vibrant and welcoming community of almost 1,070 girls aged 3-18 years. Academic excellence is achieved in an environment that is diverse, inclusive and energetic, while an exceptional extra-curricular programme enables girls to develop...