The Perse School

Vacancies

Head of PSHE
Upper & 6th Form
Closing date 4th Jan 2019, 12:00pm

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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

This is an important management and leadership position with the post holder playing a key role in shaping the School’s approach to personal, social, health and economic education. The post holder will lead a large team of staff who deliver the PSHE curriculum. This is a senior middle management position in the School, with responsibility for leadership and management of the subject and staff who deliver the course.

The successful applicant will have a keen interest in PSHE (demonstrating a good understanding of how the subject is evolving nationally and in line with Keeping Children Safe in Education, September 2018 and ISI requirements). The post holder will need an appreciation of how national developments can be adapted to meet the particular needs of Perse pupils.

The post holder will need to be a good team player and communicator to ensure that the PSHE programme dovetails with the work of Section Heads, Year Heads and Tutors, the Counsellors, the School Nurses and relevant Heads of Department to ensure that the School is providing a coherent pastoral programme.

Further information about the department’s curricular and extra-curricular activities (and public examination results) can be found on the school’s website:

Department: http://www.perse.co.uk/upper/subjects/

GCSE: http://www.perse.co.uk/upper/curriculum/exam-results/

A Level: http://www.perse.co.uk/sixth-form/academic-success/exam-results/

Timetable

The School operates to a ten-day timetable cycle, consisting of 80 periods. Most members of staff teach about 58 periods per cycle including games and enrichment sessions. The timetable will be split between teaching an academic subject, delivering PSHE lessens, contributing to the extra-curricular programme and tutoring. The Head of Department receives timetable remission for the role.

Salary

Full details about the salary and teacher benefits can be viewed at the school website. In addition to the scale point salary, Upper and form tutor allowance, the post carries 10 responsibility allowances and 6 periods of timetable remission per cycle.

Applicants without formal teaching qualifications or experience

Applicants without formal teaching qualifications will be considered for this position. However, we would expect the successful applicant to have relevant experience and skills to lead a successful department.

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/

Applications

Applications for external candidates must be made using the School’s online application form.

Any queries regarding the application process should be directed to recruitment@perse.co.uk.

Safer Recruitment

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. 

Recruitment Policy

The School’s Recruitment, Selection and Disclosure Policy and Procedure is available for your information on the School website.

The closing date for applications is at 2.00pm on 4th January; The Perse School reserves the right to make an appointment before the closing date. 

JOB DESCRIPTION

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.

Accountability:

The Head of PSHE is ultimately accountable to the Head through the Senior Deputy Head but day to day accountability will be to the Deputy Head (Pupils).

Key duties and responsibilities include:

  • Teach PSHE across the age range;
  • Reviewing and updating PSHE schemes of learning in line with KCSIE and the Independent Schools Inspectorate regulations on PSHE and SMSC (Social, Moral, Spiritual and Cultural Education);
  • Reviewing and updating the PSHE/SMSC policy on an annual basis;
  • Developing a coordinated 7-18 PSHE curriculum, in consultation with key staff at the Prep;
  • Developing an accessible resource bank to support the teaching of PSHE;
  • Coordinating the provision of detailed lesson plans to support staff including extension activities and adjustments for Special Educational Needs;
  • Meeting the staff delivering the PSHE curriculum to facilitate coordination of the programme throughout the school;
  • Liaising with Deputy Head (pupils) over items for the School Newsletter for example: Pastoral Tips;
  • Communicating with parents about schemes of learning to ensure they are kept up to date with topics being discussed. Engaging with parents questions and concerns about the PSHE curriculum;
  • Liaising with the library over the stocking and provision of PSHE literature;
  • Working with the Deputy Head (curriculum and operations) to ensure that appropriate staff are timetabled to teach PSHE;
  • Monitoring the quality and effectiveness of PSHE teaching (via observations / feedback questionnaires, etc) and providing appropriate training and support for PSHE teachers;
  • Ensuring that PSHE staff delivering sex, relationships, alcohol and drug education are appropriately trained and supported so that they can deliver these topics confidently and inclusively with due respect for the law;
  • Delivering Inset to staff new to teaching PSHE;
  • Organising appropriate PSHE talks for students (liaise with Heads of Section and the Senior Tutor to develop a comprehensive programme)
  • Assisting with events/sessions/talks for parents to help them support their children with PSHE matters;
  • Raising awareness of PSHE issues throughout the School through whole school and section assemblies, via wall displays and events;
  • Publicising the important work of the PSHE Department at Open Day and Open Evenings;
  • Working with Section Heads, Heads of Year and the Deputy Head (Pupils) re: the PSHE content of tutorial evenings;
  • Working with the Anti-Bullying Ambassadors to organise an annual anti-bullying questionnaire for students, assemblies on anti-bullying and staff sessions on the topic;
  • Attending HoD and Pastoral Team meetings;
  • Maintaining and updating the departmental sharepoint page;
  • Undertaking a regular programme of INSET in PSHE and share best practice with other PSHE staff. Promoting appropriate courses to PSHE and pastoral staff;
  • Maintaining the School’s membership of the Family Planning Association and PSHE Association;
  • Managing the PSHE budget and making appropriate budgetary submissions to the Deputy Bursar;
  • Reporting (where appropriate) to SLT and SMT on PSHE matters;
  • Contributing to whole-school aims, policies and practices including those in relation to behaviour, discipline and bullying; 

Responsibilities as a Teacher 

Curriculum

  • Teaching throughout the school in a manner appropriate to students’ ages and abilities;
  • Assessing and recording students’ progress in accordance with departmental and school policies;
  • Developing and sharing teaching and learning resources;
  • Monitoring the work and progress of pupils, including those with specific learning needs;
  • Maintaining professional skills through INSET and our Professional Development programme;
  • Being proactive in exploring innovative ways of delivering ICT through the curriculum;
  • Producing displays to create an attractive learning environment.

Extra-curricular

  • Contributing to the extra-curricular life of the school through Games, the Enrichment Programme or other appropriate commitment.

Pastoral

  • Taking part in the pastoral life of the school as a form tutor;

Safeguarding

  • Promoting and safeguarding the welfare of children and young persons for whom you are responsible and with whom you come into contact. 

Review

  • The job specification will be reviewed biennially as part of the professional development cycle. Any changes may only be made by agreement with the Head of Department and Senior Deputy Head.  

Qualifications

PERSON SPECIFICATION

  • High Class Honours Degree.
  • PCGE desirable but by no means essential.

Personal competencies and qualities

    • An outstanding, reflective teacher with a genuine passion for the subject.
    • Demonstrates high standards of behaviour and is able to model the School values (intellectual curiosity and scholarship, endeavour, breadth and balance, and valuing one another and the environment).
    • Proven communication and interpersonal skills.
    • High level of literacy, attention to detail and ability to use initiative.
    • High order administrative skills, effectively managing commitments and deadlines.
    • A vision for the future of the subject and capacity to lead and inspire a department.
    • Concern for the wellbeing of staff and ability to balance the needs of pupils, staff and the School’s operations.
    • Respects and values the different experiences, ideas and backgrounds others can bring to work and to teams.
    • Emotional resilience to cope with and learn from challenging situations.

 

 

Safeguarding and Recruitment Policy

Safeguarding

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.

Safer Recruitment

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.

Recruitment Policy

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.

If you have a query about applying for a job at The Perse please email recruitment@perse.co.uk

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