Teacher of Economics

The Grammar School at LeedsLeeds

We are seeking an inspirational, well qualified and dynamic teacher of economics to join our highly effective department starting April or September 2021 to suit the right candidate. The successful candidate is also likely to contribute to the teaching of business studies and experience in this subject would be an advantage. 

The economic studies department teaches A Level economics and business studies, and GCSE business studies. In the current academic year over 130 students are studying economics and almost 70 studying business at A Level, following the AQA specifications. Almost 190 pupils are studying GCSE business studies, following the OCR specification. Academic results are very strong. Over the most recent 5 years of external examinations the pass rate at A Level has been 100% in both subjects, with 85% achieving grades A*-B in economics (of which 60% were at A*/A) and 60% achieving grades A*-B in business studies.  Under the new 9-1 GCSE in business, 49% of grades were 7 or above (including 33 results at 8/9) with 95% of all grades at 4 or above. In addition, last year was also one of our most successful years for economics with 88% of grades at A*-B and 67% at A*/A. 

There are currently six members of the department, all teaching on a full-time basis. We like to think of ourselves as having a distinctive departmental ethos, and alongside a commitment to academic excellence, we have an equal commitment to fun, warmth and liberality. As individual teachers we enjoy considerable independence of opinion and style but have long made a practice of innovation, sharing resources and seeking harmonization around firm templates of subject content. As such, life within the department is creative, co-operative and high-spirited.  

In addition to classroom teaching the department has for many years run the LEAP scheme (similar to Young Enterprise), as well as numerous trips, competitions, visiting speakers, and attendance at conferences such as the IEA and IFS. In the last academic year there have been study trips to China and London as well as attendance at the prestigious Marshall Conference at Cambridge University. In addition, outside of the classroom there is a thriving Economics Society run by our student subject leaders. 

We are seeking an enthusiastic classroom teacher who is committed to the teaching of economics and who is willing to develop present aspects of the curriculum aiming to further enhance the department’s standing. The successful candidate will also have strong classroom management skills and will be expected to play a full part in this busy department. 

Colleagues have the opportunity to participate in the wide range of extra-curricular activities available within the school and to support the house system. 

There are also a range of generous non contractual benefits available including salary sacrifice schemes and access to the school gym and pool. 

Full details of the post are shown in the job description and person specification

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