The Perse School

Vacancies

Teacher of Mathematics (x2)
Upper & 6th Form
Closing date 11th Jan 2019, 2:00pm

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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

The Perse School is looking to appoint two high achieving Mathematicians to join this popular, dynamic and successful department, to start September 2019. The posts are full time, permanent positions.  Pupils at The Perse School are ambitious, intelligent and industrious and this is an exciting opportunity to motivate and inspire talented pupils in a fast-paced working environment.

The Department

Mathematics is an energetic, supportive and collegiate department which is led by Greg Davies. The successful candidates will have a genuine enthusiasm for maths and be well placed to generate and sustain a high degree of motivation in all pupils, who are mainly of a high ability.

Maths is taught in form groups until the October half term in year 7, and is then set by ability up to year 11 and in the sixth form double maths classes. We follow the EdExcel IGCSE course and the AQA level 2 certificate in further maths in year 11 and the Edexcel A-Level maths and CIE Pre-U maths and further maths courses in the sixth form. At present, approximately 80% of the lower sixth and 65% of the upper sixth study maths, AS further maths or further maths at A level and Pre-U. In the lower sixth there are 4 further maths sets, 1 AS further maths set and 7 single maths sets. In the upper sixth there are 4 further maths sets, 1 AS further maths set and 5 single maths sets.

The majority of maths teaching takes place in the North Building which was completed in 2010. The department also benefits from its own departmental office and book store.

The department is composed of 23 teachers who are genuinely excited about maths and committed to using innovative methods to bring the subject to life for all our pupils. A recent example of this is the installation of brightly-coloured glass boards in all the maths classrooms for shared problem solving activities and challenges.  This is a very collegiate department, where the sharing of ideas and resources is the norm, ensuring the best teaching and learning occurs in lessons. The Perse bucks national trends with unusually large numbers of pupils studying maths and science in the 6th form.  Significant numbers of students go on to read these subjects, along with engineering, economics and others, at university with a high proportion at Oxbridge. Class sizes are generally up to 24 in years 7 – 11.

The maths department achieves outstanding public examination results. Further information about the department’s curricular and extra-curricular activities (and public examination results) can be found on the School’s website.

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. Newly qualified teachers receive period remission in their first year for training and induction. 

Applicants without formal teaching qualifications or experience

Applicants without formal teaching qualifications or experience will be considered for this position. The Perse has a long record of training and developing teachers in situ, and many highly successful teachers started with no formal teaching qualifications. For applicants without a teaching qualification we are looking for: a high level of subject knowledge, enthusiasm, good communication skills, patience, an empathy with young people and a desire to get involved in the extra-curricular life of the school. The Perse supports unqualified teachers in achieving Qualified Teacher Status and the Post Graduate Certificate of Education qualification whilst working at the School. 

Newly Qualified Teachers

The School is fully accredited to participate in the Independent Schools Teacher Induction Panel NQT Programme (IStip: https://istip.co.uk/about/). NQTs are provided with a comprehensive induction and mentoring programme which supports them in achieving qualified teacher status (QTS).

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 are to be made using the School’s online application form, available from the School website.

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.

Interviews

Candidates will be invited to spend a day at the School and to meet the Head and Deputy Heads as well as the Head of Mathematics and the department. Candidates will be asked to teach a lesson as part of the selection process and further details will be available from the Head of Mathematics. The closing date for applications is 11th January 2019 at 2.00pm and interviews will be on 18th January 2019.  

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 Teacher of Mathematics is ultimately accountable to the Head through the Senior Deputy Head but day to day accountability will be to the Head of Department.

The following duties shall be deemed to be included in the professional duties which the Teacher may be required to perform: 

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;
  • Preparing students for university applications in related subjects;
  • Promoting and teaching IGCSE/GCSE and A Level/Pre-U;
  • Attending and contributing to departmental meetings;
  • 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 and pastoral  

All teachers at The Perse School are required to be a form tutor and contribute to the extra-curricular programme, alongside their academic teaching. These elements of a teacher’s role are fundamental to working at the school and embedded in our core values. Teachers are required to:

  • Contribute to the extra-curricular life of the school through Games, the Enrichment Programme or other appropriate commitment;
  • Be a form tutor;
  • Contribute to the PSHE and/or the Emotional Well-being programme.

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. 

PERSON SPECIFICATION 

Qualifications

  • High Class Honours Degree in Mathematics or related subject.
  • PCGE desirable but by no means essential.

Skills and Experience

  • The capacity to inspire pupils of all abilities and enhance pupil learning.
  • Proven communication and interpersonal skills.
  • High level of literacy, attention to detail and ability to use initiative.
  • High order administrative skills, effectively manages commitments and deadlines.
  • ICT competence and willingness to learn and use new technologies.

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.
  • 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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