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Teacher of Economics

The Perse School

To start September 2022

The Perse School is one of the country's leading independent day schools and a charitable company, educating 1,700 girls and boys aged 3-18. We are a very special school which is both traditional and innovative, ambitious and caring, understanding and structured, industrious and fun.

Located in Cambridge, we comprise of three schools, the Upper, Prep and Pelican. We also have two franchise Schools overseas in Singapore and Suzhou. Given the outstanding education offered, we are consistently over-subscribed and in strong financial health with an annual turnover of some £30 million. The School regularly achieves some of the best public examination results and university application outcomes in the UK.

In addition to the day to day curricular and co-curricular activities of the schools, The Perse provides public benefit to local and international communities. Over 70 pupils attend the School on means tested bursaries meaning they pay no or subsidised fees. This enables the Perse to be accessible to children irrespective of financial wealth. The Perse also works with 30 state schools in the UK and Christel House School overseas on projects to raise educational attainment.

The Economics Department

Economics is an energetic, supportive and collegiate department which is led by Mr Jon Young. There are currently 5 members of the department. The successful candidate will have a genuine enthusiasm for Economics and be well placed to generate and sustain a high degree of motivation in all pupils, who are mainly of a high ability. The ability to teach a second subject, to GCSE level or beyond, will be an advantage but not essential.

In recent years, Economics has become a very popular subject both at A level and at university. The Perse Economics Department is no exception to this trend with numbers at record levels. We follow the AQA A Level Economics course. We do not offer any Business Studies courses. Lessons are taught in well- equipped classrooms that form part of the Sixth Form Centre. All classrooms have interactive whiteboards, with pupils and staff working on laptops supported by One Note and Teams.

There is a focus on applying economic theory to contemporary issues and developments and discussion and debate form an important part of the course. We have a number of academic societies where students' interest, enjoyment and knowledge are promoted. A substantial number of our students elect to read economics at Oxford, Cambridge and other top universities.

Further information about the department's curricular and extra- curricular activities (and public examination results) can be found on the School's website.

The Role

The Perse School is looking to appoint a high achieving graduate to start a full-time permanent position in September 2022. This is an exciting opportunity to motivate and inspire talented pupils, working within a very supportive department. Pupils at The Perse School are ambitious, intelligent and industrious and this is an exciting opportunity to motivate and inspire talented pupils and staff alike in a fast-paced working environment.

The Perse believes that excellent schools need great teaching and support staff, who whilst operating within agreed school polices and to high standards of performance are given encouragement to innovate in pursuit of professional excellence. The result is a vibrant community of staff who spark off one another, share ideas, and come together to help pupils thrive academically, pastorally and in extra-curricular areas. All Perse teachers are expected to contribute to the pastoral and extra- curricular programme alongside their subject teaching.

Public exam results regularly place The Perse in the top 20 schools nationally and in a typical year more than 40 pupils will receive Oxbridge offers. The Perse is proud of its academic achievements, but also recognises the importance of pastoral care and a vibrant programme of extra-curricular activities in developing happy, well rounded and successful young people.
Our values shape what we do and how we do it. They are: valuing one another and our environment, intellectual curiosity and scholarship, endeavour, breadth and balance.

Key Responsibilities:

Accountability

The Teacher of Economics 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;
  • The ability to teach an additional subject up to GCSE or beyond would be an advantage but not essential;
  • Assessing and recording students' progress in accordance with departmental and school policies;
  • Preparing students for university applications in related subjects;
  • Promoting and teaching Key Stage 3, GCSE and A-level, where appropriate;
  • 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. Part time teachers are required to make a proportionate contribution to the following:

  • the extra-curricular life of the school through Games, the Enrichment Programme or other appropriate commitment;
  • form tutoring;
  • the PSHEE or Emotional Wellbeing programme.

Timetable

The School usually operates to a ten-day timetable cycle, consisting of 80 x 40 minute periods. Most full-time members of staff teach approximately 62 periods per cycle, including 4 periods for tutoring, which can also include games and enrichment sessions where appropriate. Early Career Teachers receive period remission in their two first years for training, mentor sessions and induction. Teachers who are new to teaching are very well supported and where possible benefit from additional handover time, training and team teaching.

Person Specifications:

Qualifications

  • High Class Honours Degree in Economics or related subject.
  • PGCE 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

  • Motivation to work with children and young people.
  • Ability to form and maintain appropriate relationships and personal boundaries with children and young people.
  • Emotional resilience in working with challenging behaviours.
  • Positive attitude to use of authority and maintaining discipline.
  • Empathy for pupils, parents, staff and the community.
  • Shares in the values that define the School community: intellectual curiosity and scholarship, endeavour, breadth and balance, and valuing one another and the environment.
  • 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.
  • Ability to motivate and encourage participation in activities both inside and outside the classroom and a willingness to take part in / organise trips and visits.
  • A generosity of spirit and a willingness to contribute to the extra- curricular life of the School.
  • Committed to continual personal and professional development.

Terms and Conditions

  • Excellent and above average salary, reflecting your level of experience.
  • Automatic enrolment into the Teachers' Pension Scheme and the choice to join other pension schemes. Generous death in service benefits.
  • Excellent professional development opportunities and access to funding on a range of qualifications such as PGCE, Masters level and Leadership qualifications.
  • Ability to get involved with a range of extra-curricular activities and exciting trips including outdoor pursuits
  • School fee remission for children who pass the tests for entry to the junior or senior school;
  • Free lunch in the dining room during term-time;
  • Access to sports facilities including a gym (during defined periods)
  • Assistance with relocation costs.
  • Parking on site and Cycle to Work scheme also available.

Application Process

Please click on How to Apply which links to the vacancies section of the website to register/sign-in and submit your application. Any queries regarding the application process should be directed to the HR Co-ordinator at recruitment@perse.co.uk.

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.

Early Career Teachers

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

Interviews

Candidates will be invited to spend a day at the School and to meet the Head, members of the executive leadership team, and the Department. Candidates will be asked to teach a lesson as part of the selection process and further details will be made available to shortlisted candidates.

The closing date for applications is Monday 31st January at 9.00am, but applications will be considered as they are received. The Perse School reserves the right to make an appointment before the closing date. Interviews will be on Friday 4th February.

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). All work carried out at the School on a regular basis amounts to regulated activity. This role is also exempt from the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974. Safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children is everyone's responsibility. The School is committed to acting in the best interests of the child so as to safeguard and promote the welfare of children and young people. The School requires everyone who comes into contact with children and their families to share this commitment. 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 Perse School actively supports equality, diversity and inclusion and encourages applications from all sections of society.

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Daniel Cross
Senior Deputy Head
01223 403860
drcross@perse.co.uk

Location: Cambridge
Salary: Competitive
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Permanent
Placed On: 14th January 2022
Closes: 31st January 2022
   
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