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Year 3 and 4 Teacher - Full Time - Maternity Cover

Westbrook Hay SchoolHertfordshire

Teacher at Westbrook Hay

The purpose of this job description is to outline the main responsibilities of a Teacher.  It is not restrictive and includes any other reasonable requests that may arise.  This job description should be considered generic as the role will differ, depending on the subject. The safety and well-being of the children in School is paramount at all times. A Teacher is responsible for promoting and safeguarding the welfare of children for whom they are responsible, or with whom they come into contact. A Teacher will adhere to and ensure compliance with the School’s Child Protection Policy at all times.  If in the course of carrying out their duties, a Teacher becomes aware of any actual or potential risks to the safety or welfare of children in the School, it is their responsibility to report any concerns to the school’s Designated Senior Lead for Child Protection or the Headmaster.  

A Teacher is a Tier 1 responsibility and will be line managed by the respective Head of Years and responsible to the relevant Head of Subject on specific academic matters.

Personal Qualities

• Able to demonstrate high levels of interpersonal skills and emotional intelligence;

• Patient and kind, yet determined;

• Able to demonstrate integrity at all times;

• Loyal to the school and an embodiment of Westbrook Hay’s values (mission, vision and ethos);

• A lover of learning who is always willing to learn themselves;

• Empathetic to the plight/work of others and flexible enough to adapt their expectations to support others’ needs and challenges whilst delivering the highest quality of education;

• Understanding of the impact of their own behaviours on others;

• A personal and professional role model for the community.

Professional Qualities

• Committed to putting our children first;

• A supporter of the Westbrook Way Charter;

• The holder of high expectations for pupil attainment, progress, personal development and conduct;

• Able to maintain a good up-to-date knowledge of the relevant Key Stage Curriculum and, if relevant the Early Years Foundation Stage Statutory Guidance;

• Courteous, professional and respectful to all, at all times;

• Discrete and professionally sensitive;

• Well organised;

• Able to meet deadlines;

• An excellent communicator with children, colleagues and parents; 

• An adopter of a creative and innovative approach to teaching and learning including the appropriate use of ICT;

• Able to work effectively in a team and independently;

• Resilient and able to recover quickly from professional setbacks;

• Proactive and creative when problem solving;

• Able to lead others with a flexible approach;

• Confident, articulate and willing to offer ideas;

• Hard working;

• Able to manage differences of opinion and bring disagreement to an effective, respectful conclusion.

A teacher is expected to:

• Teach all subjects, specialising if necessary, as required to a class of pupils, and ensure that planning, preparation, recording, assessment and reporting meet their varying academic and pastoral needs;

• Adhere to all regulatory ISSR policies, school policies and the Westbrook Way Charter;

• Be a form teacher if required;

• Undertake all duties as required;

• Develop creative and exciting schemes of work;

• Liaise with other relevant members of staff regarding cross-curricular subject matter;

• Organise and lead year group/class School Trips in adherence to the relevant policies;

• Liaise with and implement the advice of the Head of Learning Support;

• Attend and contribute towards all relevant staff meetings and inset days;

• Attend parent’s evenings and staff meetings for relevant year groups;

• Attend Speech Day, Open Mornings and other relevant whole school events;

• Teach any required subjects to other groups and classes, as required;

• Be committed to academic excellence and develop and implement programmes of study to ensure that each pupil develops at a good pace through differentiated planning and teaching;

• Provide a safe and stimulating learning environment; 

• Maintain full and informative records as per school guidelines i.e. Records of Significant Conversations etc;

• Participate in co-curricular school activities including clubs, day and residential trips;

• Contribute to the school’s assembly programme;

• Meet the health and safety and safeguarding requirements of the school at all times;

• Be responsible for Assistants working in the classroom;

• Ensure individual reports are written for each child in accordance with Westbrook Hay reporting guidelines and ensuring relevant deadlines are met;

• Provide teaching cover as required throughout the school.

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