The Perse School

Vacancies

Teacher of Physics (Part-time, Fixed term)
Upper & 6th Form
Closing date 2nd Nov 2018, 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

Part-time, Fixed Term from 2 January to 31 December 2019

The Perse School is looking to appoint a high achieving professional to join an extremely successful, supportive and enthusiastic team. The post is a part time, fixed term teaching position. The current post holder will be on maternity leave and teaches physics to years 10, 11, 12, and 13 on a Monday, Thursday and Friday.

This is an exciting opportunity to motivate and inspire talented pupils, working part time within a very supportive department. Pupils at The Perse School are ambitious, intelligent and industrious.

Department

Physics is an energetic and collegiate department which is led by Dr David Tricker. The successful candidate will have a genuine enthusiasm for physics and be well placed to generate and sustain a high degree of motivation in all pupils, who are mainly of a high ability.

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 full time members of staff teach approximately 58 periods per cycle including games and enrichment sessions. The current post holder teaches 29 periods across the 2 week timetable cycle.

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.

Any queries regarding the application process should be directed to the HR Co-ordinator at 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 Physics 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 Physics. 

The closing date for applications is 2 November at midday, but applications will be considered as they are received; 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 Teacher of Physics 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/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 available 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. Part time teachers are required to make a proportionate contribution to the:

  • extra-curricular life of the school;
  • form tutoring;
  • PSHEE or Emotional Wellbeing 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.  

Qualifications

PERSON SPECIFICATION

  • High Class Honours Degree in Physics or related subject.
  • 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.
  • 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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