ISP Teacher of Science
Purpose of Role
To be a dynamic and inspirational teacher of Science with in-depth knowledge and a real passion for this subject. Effective planning plan and the delivery of creative and dynamic lessons to all age groups from Key Stage 3 through to A Level is paramount and at the same time promoting the application of Science knowledge through a wide range of engaging, practical activities. You should have experience of teaching the Exam syllabus at both GCSE and A Level and will strive to maintain the high standards already set in this subject, promoting inquisitive, reflective and independent learning and encouraging all pupils to reach their own individual goals. You should be a strong team player with a practical and flexible approach to problem solving who is also keen to play a leading role in the continuing development and improvement of Science and the implementation of new technology-based initiatives across the school.
Role Specific Duties
- To be responsible for the teaching of Science throughout the Secondary School ( Key Stage 3 – 5)
- To raise awareness of Science across the secondary school as across the curriculum
- To promote Science as an excellent option choice at IGCSE/AS and A Level
- To ensure that the Science department is adequately resourced to meet pupil needs and course requirements and that technological resources are used appropriately
- To create an inspiring learning environment for Science
- To produce, enhance and constantly develop learning schemes for Science
- To be available to support teaching staff with help and training in Science
Job Grade Specific to role - Grade 5
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Treat everyone with care and respect. We look after one another, embrace similarities and differences and promote the well-being of self and others.
Operate effectively. We focus relentlessly on the things that are most important and will make the most difference. We apply school policies and procedures and embody the shared ideas of our community.
Learn continuously. Getting better is what drives us. We positively engage with personal and professional development and school improvement.
ISP Teacher Science Key Responsibilities
- Adhere to global ISP Principles and follow the criteria set out in the ISP Teacher Role Profile (also attached)
- Be accountable for leading, managing and developing teaching and learning in your key stage in line with age-related curriculum objectives and school policies
- This post receives 20% of the teaching timetable as PPA time (8/40 periods of 40 minutes) during which staff may be asked to cover for absences when needed.
- Additional time to lead a subject area subject to further negotiation
- Be responsible for supporting other members of staff to develop their expertise in planning and teaching in your curriculum area
- Record, analyse and interpret data, in partnership with the Senior Leadership Team, in order to set targets to raise levels of achievement and take action as appropriate within your own subject area
- Take responsibility for aspects of learning development in your year group and Key Stage. Contributing towards a whole school Learning Improvement Process (LIP) and to the elaboration of an annual School Improvement Plan (SIP) by producing subject specific policies and action plans
Effective planning, teaching and class Management, to teach across all Key Stages ( 3- 5) within the Secondary Department by planning their teaching to achieve progression of learning through:
- Identifying clear teaching objectives and specifying how they will be taught and assessed;
- Setting engaging tasks which challenge pupils and ensure high levels of interest
- Establishing high expectations of all pupils;
- Providing regular verbal and written feedback and setting clear targets, building on prior attainment and encouraging reflection to improve learning;
- Identifying SEN or very able pupils and ensuring their needs are met and that learning tasks are differentiated accordingly;
- Providing clear structures for lessons setting clear objectives and maintaining pace, motivation and challenge;
- Making effective use of assessment and ensure coverage of topics, yearly objectives and exam syllabi;
- Ensure teaching strategies are used to maximise the quality and quantity of learning which takes place in the classroom;
- Monitoring and intervene to ensure effective learning and high standards of behaviour;
- Ensure pupils both acquire new learning and are given ample opportunities to consolidate knowledge, skills and understanding appropriate to the subject taught;
- Evaluate their own teaching critically to improve effectiveness and encourage pupils to reflect and feedback on their learning experience in this subject.
Monitoring, Assessment, Recording, Reporting
- Assess how well learning objectives have been achieved and use them to improve specific aspects of teaching;
- Regularly review and correct pupils' work and set targets for progress;
- Assess and record pupils' progress systematically and keep records to check work is understood and completed in order to monitor individual progress and inform future planning
- Develop and apply clear criteria to when awarding grades and attainment levels to pupils
- Carefully prepare and record data to be included in pupil progress reports and to present to parents when required at formal parent consultations and in any other meetings arranged to address academic issues
- Effectively carry out the role of a form tutor, attending to the pastoral needs to an allocated forms group;
- Be the first point of contact for parents of their tutor group, managing any concerns or issues raised in a timely manner;
- Monitor the welfare and general well-being of each member of the form;
- Carry out termly reviews and set targets to improve progress, supported by their associate tutor;
- Address any pupil concerns raised by subject teachers;
- Promote the school values and encourage and ensure compliance to school rules;
- Accurately record attendance and punctuality data and report any concerns to the Key Stage Leader/Pastoral Head;
- Prepare and deliver the PSHE curriculum as directed by the Pastoral Leader;
- Help to plan and participate in form assemblies during the school year
- Adhere to and promote school policies and procedures, e.g. Behaviour for Learning, Anti-bullying, Health & Safety, Safeguarding etc.
- Work with fellow members of staff by sharing ideas on good practice.
- Keep up to date with developments in teaching practice and methodology
- Share playground and lunchtime duties and responsibilities with other members of the team
- Participate in continued professional development
- Be an active member of the the school community to support its vision, school values and its dedication to Constantly “getting better” and promoting amazing learning opportunities
Skills, Qualifications and Experience
- Qualified Teacher Status ( PGCE or BEd or equivalent)
- Degree level education or an equivalent professional qualification
Knowledge, Skills and Competencies
- A real passion for the subject of Science and a desire to constantly improve their pupils’ learning experience
- Thorough knowledge of the Science Curriculum in Key stages 3 - 5
- Knowledge of a wide range of strategies to engage pupils and cater for a wide range of learning needs
- Experience of preparing pupils for official external Science examinations (IGCSE and /or A Level)
- A willingness to be flexible and adapt to the ever-changing needs of the school and its pupils
- Enthusiasm and commitment to the successful development of the Science department
ISP Commitment to Safeguarding Principles
ISP is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. All post holders are subject to appropriate vetting procedures and satisfactory Criminal Background Checks or equivalent covering the previous 10 years’ employment Science.
Whilst every effort has been made to explain the main duties and responsibilities of the post, each individual task undertaken may not be identified.
This job description is current at the date below but will be reviewed on an annual basis and following consultation with you, may be changed to reflect or anticipate changes in the job requirements which are commensurate with the job title and grade.
Our school follows the guidelines set out in the Collective Labour Agreement for private schools following the General Education System or for non-subsidised state approved education.