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Teacher of Mathematics

Highgate SchoolHaringey

An able mathematician who is also an inspiring teacher is required for this large and successful department to teach full-time across the entire range of ages and attainment at Highgate from Year 7 to Year 13 Further Mathematics, STEP and Oxbridge preparation. The post is available from September 2021.

The successful candidate should be academically well qualified: it is expected that applicants will have excellent grades in A Level (or the equivalent) Mathematics and, preferably, Further Mathematics, and have taken a degree, or pursued a career, containing a significant amount of Mathematics. The Department has significant experience in successfully training teachers who enter the profession without formal teaching qualifications (including the current Heads of Department and the current Director of Studies) and in providing suitable opportunities for continued professional development for all colleagues.

Our department teaching style is Socratic: pupils encounter new material through exploration and problem solving. We aim for pupils to take real ownership of their Mathematics by ensuring that all new study comes from them. This approach leads to a deeper understanding of the subject and helps pupils become the best mathematicians they can be. The successful candidate will subscribe to this teaching methodology, ensuring that their pupils’ experience of the subject is robust, challenging and enjoyable.

We have 25 specialist Mathematics teachers and Mathematics is the most popular A-level choice at Highgate. Standards of achievement are high: in 2019, 71% of A Level candidates were awarded an A* or A grade. There are around 35 Further Mathematicians in Year 12 and Year 13, from which there are usually a number of successful Oxbridge applicants. In 2018-19, all pupils in Year 11 took the new AQA 1-9 GCSE qualification; 64% of pupils attained a grade 8 or a 9 (equivalent to an A* in the old grading system) and 95% secured a grade 6 or above. About 220 pupils enter each of the UK Mathematics Challenges, with around twenty pupils qualifying for follow on rounds. In recent years, we have had pupils placed in the top fifty nationally in both the Intermediate and Senior Olympiads.

Partnership teaching is at the heart of our work as a department, with the equivalent of approximately two teachers’ timetable allocations devoted to working with local Haringey schools. The Mathematics Department has pioneered a number of partnership programmes, including Primary Maths Clubs for years 4 and 5, Mathematics Enrichment days, Further Maths teaching and university preparation courses. The successful candidate will be willing to contribute to these programmes as part of a team of teachers.

Working at Highgate

The School has in place DfE recognised arrangements for the Induction Year and the confirmation of NQT status and has considerable experience of and success in guiding entrants to the profession to qualified status. For all teachers new to Highgate, regardless of experience, there is a strong and supportive framework of induction to the School.

Teachers at Highgate enjoy a welcoming, comfortable and exceptionally well-resourced environment and are provided with significant assistance from a range of support staff.  Salaries are competitive.  The School pays the employer’s contribution to the Teachers’ Pension Scheme. Terms are shorter than in the maintained sector. Staff have free access to the School’s sports facilities.

Highgate is strongly committed to inclusion and is an equal opportunities employer. We aim to create a welcoming, respectful and safe environment for all members of our community, from every  ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, age, ability/disability, religion and background.  We know that more diverse teams are stronger teams, and that the more inclusive we are, the more our staff and pupils will feel a sense of belonging and will thrive. To enable us to make any reasonable adjustments, please let us know when you submit your application whether you have any special requirements.

Highgate is committed to the safeguarding and welfare of children and applicants must be willing to undergo child protection screening appropriate to this post, including checks with past employers, the Disclosure and Barring Service and overseas police check if necessary. Candidates from overseas must provide information about their past conduct, for example, by providing documents issued by overseas teaching authorities.

The Heads of Mathematics, Jonathan Wright and Martha Murphy (jonathan.wright@highgateschool.org.uk and martha.murphy@highgateschool.org.uk), or James Newton, the Deputy Head (Academic) (james.newton@highgateschool.org.uk) will be happy to answer any questions.

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