- School Description
The Perse School is a charitable company and one of the country’s leading independent day schools.
Our vision is to love learning and strive for the greater good. The values that define our community are: intellectual curiosity and scholarship, endeavour, breadth and balance, and valuing one another. All aspects of the School were classified as outstanding in its 2016 inspection by the Independent Schools Inspectorate.
We educate girls and boys from 3-18 on three sites in Cambridge: the Pelican Nursery and Pre-Prep, the Prep and the Upper. Children thus progress through three different schools, and have all the benefits of being part of one larger institution with an integrated curriculum and pastoral care system.
We have a clear learning philosophy. We are academically selective; bright children thrive here and embrace the many opportunities we provide to go beyond the curriculum. We provide a rounded education, with first class opportunities in sport, art, outdoor pursuits, music and drama, and a large number of thriving clubs, societies and extra-curricular activities in which all pupils participate.
The pastoral system is strong and supportive, the student body is diverse, and the atmosphere is open and friendly. We provide more than £1 million each year in means-tested bursaries at the Upper and Prep, to ensure children from all backgrounds can benefit from a Perse education.
In the last decade we have invested over £40 million in new and improved facilities across the three sites. This includes two new classroom blocks at the Upper, a Science Centre at the Prep, new sports fields in Little Abington and a Performing Arts Centre.
There are around 400 staff across the whole Perse School (Upper, Prep and Pelican), around half of whom are teachers.
For an overview of the benefits of working at The Perse, please see our reasons to work at The Perse section.
- The Role
FRENCH LANGUAGE ASSISTANT
(fixed term contract for academic year from 1st September 2019)
The Perse School wishes to appoint an enthusiastic, well organised and engaging native French speaker to assist with inspiring a passion for Francophone culture in pupils and developing their French language skills. At IGCSE, the successful candidate will work with small groups of pupils to help them perfect their pronunciation and feel confident speaking spontaneously. At A-level, he/she will have a weekly lesson working with the students in pairs to continue to build on this knowledge so that by the end of Year 13 all students can speak confidently and fluently on a range of contemporary topics. The person appointed will have a genuine passion for Francophone culture and current affairs and be keen to play an active role in the wide range of events and trips organised by the thriving MFL department.
Full details about the School, its locality, staff benefits and current teaching staff profiles can be viewed and downloaded from the school website.
All students at The Perse School study at least one modern foreign language to IGCSE. French is taught in ability sets from the Year 7 onwards. There are usually two French sets at AS and A2 level. The School currently follows the Edexcel specification for IGCSE and AQA for A-level. Departmental facilities include timetabled lessons for all pupils in an ICT room with language learning software, access to interactive whiteboards and an extensive collection of audiovisual resources. Expectations are high, and examination results are strong.
Further information about the department’s curricular and extra-curricular activities (and public examination results) can be found on the School’s website.
Applicants without formal teaching qualifications
Applicants without formal teaching qualifications will be considered for this position but experience working with pupils learning languages and preparing them for examinations will be a considerable advantage.
2016 ISI Inspection Report
The Pelican, Prep and Upper were inspected during the spring of 2016. The inspection report can be viewed at http://www.perse.co.uk/about-us/our-approach/inspection-reports/
JOB SPECIFIC TERMS AND CONDITIONS
Your normal hours of work will be from registration in the morning (8.35am) until the end of all of the School’s afternoon lessons, or the end of relevant extra-curricular activities, whichever is the later, on Mondays to Fridays (inclusive), during term time*. You are also expected to work some additional hours (including evening work where necessary) for which no overtime will be paid. Such additional hours will include, but not be limited to, participation in the School’s sporting, recreational and enrichment programme and attendance at the School’s parents’ evenings, School Open events, etc. Normal hours of work include a half hour, unpaid lunch break.
Lunch is provided free of charge to staff on Mondays to Fridays worked at School during term time, where their working hours allow for a meal break and encompass the times of School lunch.
This post is term time only (35 weeks). Term time is defined as the published school term dates, plus two additional days immediately preceding the published start date of the Michaelmas term, and one additional day immediately prior to the published start date of the Lent term each academic year.
The Perse operates its own competitive salary structure, and the school is keen to recruit high quality staff. The salary will be £22,080 for the fixed term contract (1 September 2019 – 3 July 2020) which includes 6 weeks paid holiday. Salary scales will next be reviewed with effect from September 2019.
Paid holiday entitlement is 6 weeks including Bank holidays per annum, which must be taken during School holidays. Other support staff benefits are outlined on the website.
The Perse School is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and applicants must be willing to undergo child protection screening appropriate to the post including: references from previous employers, a Disclosure and Barring Service check at the enhanced level, as well as eligibility to work in the UK (in compliance with UK immigration regulations). Interviews will be conducted in person, and they will explore candidates’ suitability to work with children.
The School’s Recruitment, Selection and Disclosure Policy and Procedure is available for your information on the School website.
Applications are to be made using the School’s online application form, available from the School website.
Any queries from job applicants may be addressed to: firstname.lastname@example.org
HR Department, The Perse School, Hills Road, Cambridge, CB2 8QF.
Tel: 01223 403800.
Candidates will be invited to spend a day at the School and meet the Senior Deputy Head, the Director of Modern Foreign Languages and the Head of French. Candidates will be asked to teach a small group lesson as part of the selection process and further details will be available from the Head of French. The closing date is 24th April at 11.00am, interviews will be in the week beginning 29th April.
The French Language Assistant is ultimately accountable to the Head through the Senior Deputy Head, but day to day accountability will be to the Director of Modern Foreign Languages and to the Head of French for the programme of study.
- Liaising with French teachers and the Head of French regularly to ensure that an appropriate programme of study is in place for each class
- Developing engaging and interesting teaching resources for this programme
- Teaching speaking skills to ensure impressive levels of vocabulary, accurate grammar, correct pronunciation and intonation, fluency and confidence
- Adapting lessons and resources to meet the needs of students with Special Educational Needs and provide stretch and challenge for the most able
- Assessing pupil progress and attainment in accordance with policies and providing regular feedback to teachers and the Head of French on this
- Taking a lead in teaching A-level students to select, research and prepare appropriate projects for their French speaking exams
- Taking a lead in developing an interesting programme of study for native speakers, considering their interests and study goals
- Offering guidance for supplementary personal study (reading, cinema, art, theatre or research for any other subject related project)
- Promoting Francophone culture and language learning via vibrant, up-to-date displays in the French OLT teaching room
- Contributing to and promoting extra-curricular activities and helping with evening events such as French plays, soirées and debating competitions
- Attending and contributing to departmental meetings
- Working with young people to develop their language proficiency
- Awareness of the IGCSE and A-level French curriculum (experience of the DELF qualification would also be useful but is not essential)
- Extensive knowledge of Francophone culture and current affairs
- Degree level (or equivalent) education
- Native French speaker
- Confident and accurate oral and written ability in French and English
- Proven communication and interpersonal skills
- High level of literacy and attention to detail
- Ability to take initiative and work independently
- Empathy for pupils, parents, staff and the community
- Committed to continual personal and professional development
- High order administrative skills, effectively manages commitments and deadlines
- ICT competence and willingness to learn and use new technologies
- Works collaboratively and supportively with colleagues within school and with colleagues in other organisations
- Respects and values the different experiences, ideas and backgrounds others can bring to work and to teams
- Safeguarding and Recruitment Policy
The School is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.
Applicants must be willing to undergo child protection screening appropriate to the post including: references from previous employers, a Disclosure and Barring Service check at the enhanced level, as well as eligibility to work in the UK (in compliance with UK government Immigration regulations). Interviews will be conducted in person, and they will explore candidates’ suitability to work with children.
The School’s Recruitment, Selection and Disclosure Policy and Procedure is available for your information on our policies page. This provides details of the pre-appointment vetting checks conducted by the School for all appointments, and how any criminal records disclosures are handled.
- How to Apply
Please apply using our online system.
Please note that you will need to have the necessary information ready in order to complete your application in one go, as you will not be able to save the form to continue later.
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