What we seek:
The English College in Prague seeks a committed and creative teacher to join its thriving Science Faculty. We are looking for a candidate who can enthuse students, many of whom are academically excellent, and deliver lessons that are both exciting and rigorous.
Ideally, the candidate will have experience of teaching all Sciences at KS3 and KS4. They should have experience of working in an academically aspirational school or the desire to do so. Knowledge of the International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma Programme would be a bonus. The school is introducing its own Pre-IB course (KS4) to replace IGCSEs and therefore an interest in innovative and bespoke curriculum development would be a big advantage; previous experience of the IB Middle Years Programme would be of interest as it might give us a fresh perspective on this new development. We will look at all applications on an individual basis and IB Diploma Programme teaching might be available for the right candidate.
We expect the successful candidate will be someone who has either newly or fully Qualified Teacher Status (or equivalent). UK-accredited induction year can be offered by the school for newly qualified teachers.
Very importantly, they will be an active participant in the Teacher & Learning Groups - timetabled periods where small cross-curricular groups of colleagues meet to discuss and conduct an annual cycle of classroom-based pedagogical research and/or other collaborative activities.
Science lessons are taught in our recently refurbished laboratories, with a strong emphasis on practical and investigation work. ICT is integrated throughout the curriculum at the College, so we are seeking someone who is excited by the possibilities provided by technology as an addition to, rather than a replacement for, more traditional teaching techniques.
The right candidate will be joining a diverse and dedicated team who maintain a dynamic learning and extra-curricular environment in which the needs and talents of the individual student are recognised and nurtured.
Short School Statement
We are an unusual, exciting and academic HMC secondary school educating both Czech and international students. While we prepare our students for a small number of core IGCSEs, and Common European Framework language exams, our main focus is on delivering success in the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme and the Czech Maturita qualification. Each year, our graduates go on to study at universities in the UK (usually including Oxbridge), continental Europe and North America. We offer the successful candidate adventure, challenge and good remuneration in one of the most beautiful cities in Europe.
For further information including a description of living and working in the Czech Republic, please visit the English College in Prague website via this link.
We are looking for someone with:
- A genuine understanding of the importance of establishing and maintaining good relationships for effective learning and academic leadership.
- A creative approach to teaching Science, combining engagement with academic rigour and an understanding of the importance of practical and investigation work.
- A passion for educating, inspiring and understanding children and a belief that every child can succeed beyond her/his expectations.
- A commitment to professionalism and the desire to be part of an HMC school with a prestigious history and an important role to play in providing all students with an internationally-minded liberal education.
- A love of learning and a commitment to continuing to learn, through classroom-based research, collaboration and peer observation.
- A desire to participate holistically in the life of a busy and ambitious school, through pastoral support and co-curricular activities (such as supporting school clubs or student charity work).
- The flexibility and sense of humour required to work abroad, with both the great benefits and minor challenges that it presents.
- An interest in getting to know Prague and the Czech Republic, its people, its culture and language.
Job Specification Overview:
The ideal candidate will:
- Have a good degree in an appropriate Science subject, as well as a recognised teaching qualification.
- Be able to teach all Sciences to Key Stage 4. Experience of specialist KS5 teaching is an advantage but not essential.
- Be able to work proactively within the Science Faculty, exchanging ideas and sharing resources.
- Be a team player and collaborative worker, but also able to infuse their teaching with their own personality and style.
- Participate in relevant training and internally-arranged professional development, including contributing to training sessions where appropriate.
- We offer assistance, both practical and financial, for those moving to the Czech Republic.
- An exceptionally well-resourced CPD environment with career development opportunities, in Europe and the UK.
- We usually fly successful candidates out in the term prior to taking up their appointment for an acquaintance visit.
- The College contributes to a Czech occupational pension scheme and employees enjoy the generous arrangements of the Czech health and social security system.
- We offer subsidised lunches, international ITIC membership (which offers discounts) and full access to the Czech National Technical Library’s physical and online resources) and a Multisport card giving subsidised access to many sports locations in and around Prague.
Criminal Records Bureau Disclosure and References Statement
The English College in Prague is totally committed to safeguarding the welfare of children and young people and expects the same from its employees. All new staff will be subject to enhanced DBS clearance or similar, depending on their country of origin or previous employment. Identity checks, employment checks and qualifications checks all form a non-negotiable part of the recruitment process. Any gaps in employment will be examined, and we will require at least two references, including one from your most recent Headteacher. Safeguarding and child protection training is given on arrival and the induction process also follows UK best practice in this area.
How to apply:
Fill in the application form which you can download after clicking at Apply Now and send a short covering letter to the Headmaster, Dr. Nigel Brown, at firstname.lastname@example.org. Please include a complete career history as well as the names, email addresses and telephone numbers of two referees, including your current or most recent Headteacher.
Only applicants selected for interview will be contacted. Shortlisted candidates will be notified as soon as their application has been reviewed (which will be within 2-3 days of receipt). Interviews will be conducted either by Skype, or in person in London or Prague (travel expenses will be reimbursed), depending on the circumstances.