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Teacher of English

Westcliff High School for BoysSouthend-on-Sea




The standard teacher pay scales would apply although financial incentives are available for well qualified and/or experienced teachers.

This post would be suitable for graduates who are seeking to train to be teachers, Early Careers Teachers and more experienced teachers.

Job Purpose:

The teacher is required to carry out the general professional duties of a school teacher under the reasonable direction of the Head of Department and Headmaster and to perform such particular duties that from time to time which may reasonably be assigned him/her by the Headmaster. Teachers on the Upper Pay Scale (UPS) will be expected to make broader contribution to the School as a normal part of their work.

Duties and Responsibilities:

The following responsibilities are included in the professional duties which the teacher is required to perform:

General Duties:

·   to support and promote the School’s general purposes, ethos and Learner Profile;

·   to be familiar with and respect and follow the School’s Policies and Procedures;

·   to maintain a good understanding of whole School Evaluation and Development Planning;

·   to act as a role model to pupils through always being punctual and well prepared and to maintain appropriate professional relationships and an atmosphere conducive to learning;

·   to attend School and Year Assemblies and to carry out a share of supervision duties in accordance with published rotas;

·   to contribute actively to the maintenance of the School as an orderly community by upholding the provisions of the School’s Rules and the Pupils’ Code of Conduct;

·   to maintain good order and discipline among the pupils, safeguarding their welfare both on School premises and when engaged in authorized activities elsewhere;

·   to participate in staff and other meetings relating to the School’s curricular, pastoral or administrative arrangements;

·   to assist with covering or taking other classes as and when required (e.g. staff illness) and being available for examination invigilation;

·   to communicate and co-operate on educational issues with persons or bodies outside the School as appropriate;

·   to contribute to the extra-curricular life of the School as appropriate and attend and support School and House events wherever possible.


·   to ensure that lessons are planned in appropriate detail (considering pupils’ prior attainment) and are prepared and delivered in accordance with the Learner Profile, departmental Schemes of Work and regulatory standards, reinforcing the need for high expectations which inspire, motivate and challenge pupils;

·   to take account of pupils’ educational needs (differentiating where appropriate), to teach in a manner appropriate to a Grammar School (as outlined in the School’s Guide to Outstanding Teaching), including the setting and marking of work, to be carried out by the pupils in School and elsewhere (homework), according to agreed schedules;

·   to assess, record and report on the development, progress and attainment of pupils in accordance with the School’s policy, in order to ensure pupils fulfil their potential. This record of assessment should be available to the Head of Department or Directors of Studies on request;

·   to regularly mark pupils’ work, giving appropriate feedback and keeping records of marks;

·   to provide mark lists, grading lists, written reports, internal comments or references relating to individual pupils as the School may require;

·   to communicate with Head of Department and Form Tutor regarding the progress of individual pupils, as necessary;

·   to attend Parent Evenings to discuss the progress of pupils and use such occasions to offer constructive advice on what pupils need to do to improve their progress;

·   to participate, within the guidelines laid down by the Head of Department, in the evaluation and development of appropriate methods of teaching, syllabuses and materials, writing Schemes of Work as reasonably requested and contributing to the development of departmental policy;

·   to assist with displays and publishing of pupils’ work;

·   to utilise ICT as an effective tool to aid teaching and other classroom resources as appropriate;

·   to assist with departmental voluntary activities, societies, trips and initiatives.

Pastoral Care:

Teachers will act as Form Tutors under the direction of a Progress Leader and Director of School and they will:

·   be ‘in loco parentis’, responsible for the welfare of pupils in the Form and the first point of contact for those seeking help or guidance or wishing to express concern;

·   take an interest in the personal circumstances and development of each pupil in the designated Form Group, in his/her happiness and security, and to be available for advice or consultation with parents as well as provide comments on Reports, and to handle correspondence;

·   promote the academic progress and well-being of individual pupils and any Form Group, class or group, ensuring consistent feedback is given, which guides pupils. Discussing Reports and supporting self-evaluation activities with the designated Form Group;

·   providing tutees with guidance and advice on educational, careers and social matters, monitoring their welfare and making relevant records and reports (including reference and personal profiles) in accordance with the School’s policies. If necessary, directing pupils to sources of more expert advice on specific questions;

·   ensure that the Form Group’s Pupil Planners are kept up to date and to ensure they are used effectively by pupils including as a means of parent(s)/School communication;

·   promote the Learner Profile and high standards of behaviour, attendance, punctuality and attitudes to work.

·   ensure that pupils’ dress and appearance conform to the requirements set out in the Code of Conduct;

·   encourage pupils to develop their interests and talents through participation in extra-curricular activities and the broader life of the School;

·   discharge effectively a range of Form administrative duties.

 Personnel and Continuing Professional Development:

·   to attend and participate in Staff INSET and training courses and events, as requested;

·   to contribute, as requested, to the selection, appointment and professional development of staff, including the induction of new teachers;

·   teachers on the Upper Pay Scale will be expected to make a greater contribution to the School’s Appraisal and CPD arrangements as part of their normal working arrangements.



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