The post and the department
This is an opportunity to join a large and exceptionally successful department. The Mathematics department at d’Overbroeck’s is led jointly by Sarah Shekleton (Years 7-11), Nick Haines (Sixth Form) and Graham Hope (International School), who lead a team of thirteen other teachers.
The Edexcel specification is used throughout; i.e. the reformed GCSE 9-1 at key stage 4; both Mathematics and Further Mathematics IGCSE at our International School; and Mathematics and Further Mathematics at A Level and STEP.
Maths is part of the core curriculum up to year 11. There is also significant uptake of Mathematics in the Sixth Form; with around 80 Mathematics and 35 Further Mathematics students in the Lower Sixth it is the most popular subject offered at A level.
The successful applicant can expect to be involved in teaching Mathematics at all levels offered by the school and across two of the school’s three sites (Sixth form, Y7-11, International School). The post will involve sixth form teaching and an ability to teach Further Maths A Level is highly desirable. Class sizes are small (maximum 15 in Years 7-11; 10/11 at the Sixth Form), which enables teachers to gain a detailed understanding of each individual student’s strengths and needs. We value independence of thought above mere acquisition of skills, and although we seek to provide the best possible preparation for public exams we aim to do so in such a way as to foster real understanding and enjoyment of the material being studied.
Technology is used to support teaching and learning throughout the school, including the use of graphing and statistical software packages, interactive whiteboards, online learning, and in-class tablet computing.
We are looking for a talented and passionate mathematician to teach Mathematics at all levels offered by the school (Years 7-13). We place a high degree of importance on strong academic skills and subject knowledge, as well as the ability to convey enthusiasm and enjoyment of the subject to students across the ability and age range. Flexibility of approach, a sense of fun, a readiness to respond to students’ individual needs and an enthusiastic, open approach to teaching are among the qualities we value. d’Overbroeck’s offers teachers and students alike a friendly and welcoming environment where classes are small and standards are high.
We are very happy to receive applications from newly qualified teachers or graduates who hope to enter the profession but don’t have a PGCE. NQTs receive a full induction programme through IStip (http://istip.co.uk/) with the support and guidance of senior members of staff. Our recent report from IStip generously praised our provision for NQTs.
Graduates who have not completed a PGCE receive an extensive in-house training programme. Two of our Mathematics teachers joined d’Overbroeck’s directly from university and have followed this route. We pride ourselves on our ability to offer support and training to NQTs and recent graduates.
The advertised post is a full-time one, but the School is always willing to consider applications from teachers who only wish to work part-time.
All applicants will be expected to have a good degree in Mathematics or a related subject and be able to demonstrate their teaching ability. d’Overbroeck’s does not require that its staff possess a PGCE or equivalent formal teaching qualification, though most members of staff do in fact have an appropriate qualification.