Teacher of Biology
Fixed-term Maternity Cover for 1 Year
Required for September 2020
A dynamic, inspiring, creative and well-qualified graduate is required to join our dedicated Science department from September 2020 to teach Biology up to and including A-Level. The ability to teach Chemistry to GCSE would be a distinct advantage. The appointed candidate will be expected to make an energetic contribution to the intellectual and imaginative life of the department. This post would suit an established teacher, an NQT or a recent graduate. We are experienced in providing opportunities for graduates to gain their QTS and have an outstanding track record in this regard of training excellent practitioners. A commitment to full participation in the extra-curricular life of this thriving boarding school is expected.
A letter of application, a completed application form and brief C.V, including names, addresses and telephone numbers of two referees, should be sent to Recruitment, Blundell’s School, Tiverton, Devon EX16 4DT.
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Blundell’s is committed to academic excellence enabling pupils to realise their full potential. It has been consistently praised for adding considerable value to its broad intake of pupils. In recent years, academic results have seen steady improvement and there is a strong commitment to continuing and indeed accelerating this pleasing development.
The School is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and applicants must be willing to undergo child protection screening including checks with past employers and the Disclosure and Barring Service. The post-holder’s responsibility for safeguarding the welfare of the pupils for whom they are responsible and with whom they come into contact will be to adhere to and ensure compliance with Blundell’s Child Protection Policy at all times. If, in the course of carrying out the duties of the post, the post-holder becomes aware of any actual or potential risks to the safety or welfare of children in Blundell’s, they must report any concerns to the Second Master, the child protection officer.
Blundell’s has a distinguished history. It was founded in 1604 through the bequest of a Peter Blundell, one of the wealthiest of Elizabethan merchants. He left money and lands for a boys’ school in his home town to ‘maintain sound learning and true religion’. Generous lands were provided in Tiverton and South Devon for its maintenance and Blundell’s executors established links between the School and Balliol College, Oxford and Sidney Sussex College, Cambridge, which survive to this day.
The 21st Century School
Blundell’s is an independent co-educational day and boarding school for ages 11 to 18. There are around 600 pupils on the roll the majority are from the West Country but some come from farther afield in the UK and around 10% are international students. The School is situated on the outskirts of the market town of Tiverton and, with the adjacent Prep School, is set in 90 acres of rolling Devon countryside. It is easily accessible via the M5 and the train journey to London is 2 hours. The M5 junction 27 and Tiverton Parkway station are both six minutes away.
The outstanding characteristic of Blundellians is their positive ‘can-do’ attitude. The main finding of the 2019 Independent Schools Inspectorate report was that the quality of our pupils’ academic and other achievements is “excellent” and the quality of our pupils’ personal development is also “excellent”. It also noted that “Pupils throughout the school demonstrate strong development of self-confidence and self-awareness, at levels appropriate to or, for many, beyond their age. Pupils showed their justifiable pride in their own and in others’ achievements, without appearing in the least arrogant or excessively competitive.”
The School’s Aims and Values
Blundell’s aims to provide a rounded education for the whole person, in mind, body and spirit, promoting the essential values of Character, Social Responsibility and Independence to enable pupils to pursue Excellence in every area with a sense of Adventure about their future.
These values are in accordance with the wishes of the School’s founder Peter Blundell and expressed in the School’s long-held belief: ‘There are two gifts we can give our children, the first is roots and the second is wings’.
- To develop depth and breadth of character, which will encourage resilience, optimism, self-control and generosity within the rich Christian values of the School
- To develop a sense of social responsibility and for each individual to be mindful of their role in the Blundell’s community, in society at large and in the global environment, thus encouraging consideration, mindfulness and respect
- To develop independence, with each pupil taking responsibility for their own growth and development and so demonstrate initiative, take ownership and feel satisfaction in what is achieved
- To pursue excellence, aspiring to do everything as well as it can be done, which will develop a sense of justifiable pride and ambition
- To develop confidence and a sense of adventure which will foster courage, curiosity and enterprise and originality
The Science Department
The Science department follows schemes of work that provide exciting, stimulating courses which make a significant contribution to cross curricula themes. Science numbers are thriving and the department is proud of its continued popularity and academic success. The department is proactive, constantly looking for novel ways to enhance delivery of the curriculum. The pupils are encouraged to carry out investigations and practical work that develop their scientific methodology. Research and competition opportunities are used to extend their knowledge and enhance the learning environment, by engaging in the scientific advances of the world around us.
A wide range of opportunities exist to stretch our students including competitions, for which we have enjoyed considerable success at National Level, as well as trips to the USA, the National Space Centre and CERN. The Sixth Form have a thriving society which organises regular events for all age groups, inspiring younger pupils in the opportunities this subject presents.
The department is very well resourced for practical work and IT with fast wireless-network and projection facilities in all laboratories; this provides many opportunities for the utilisation of IT in teaching and learning, as well as record keeping. Pupils also have extensive access to IT terminals or laptops to facilitate data-logging experiments or research and project work.
A high priority is given to enabling students to gain good results in public examinations. Many of our A-level students go on to study medicine, veterinary, natural sciences, biochemistry, engineering, astronomy and other science related degrees at University. We are proud of our success with pupils gaining science based entrance to Oxbridge.
The successful candidate will be able to teach KS3 in two sciences, and KS4 in Biology. A-Level teaching opportunities will also be available to the right candidate. They will be prepared to be involved in all aspects of the Department and will be prepared to contribute to its continuing development. Every new member of staff is assigned a mentor and the full statutory NQT induction programme or eQualitas Graduate Programme is available for teachers new to the profession. Blundell’s School is a regional training centre for NQTs in the independent sector and has a record of outstanding success training graduates for QTS.
To foster in pupils an enthusiasm for study, application of intellectual, physical or creative effort and the ability to think and learn for themselves;
To enable pupils to acquire new knowledge understanding and skills in the subjects taught;
To support and encourage pupil reflection about their academic progress and enable them to demonstrate achievement.
The successful candidate will:
- Show a clear command of the subject areas which they teach;
- Organise teaching programmes which meet curricular demands and pupils’ needs;
- Plan lessons carefully, making their aims and objectives clear to pupils;
- Have high expectations of all pupils, challenging their knowledge and understandings and encouraging and enabling them to meet their full potential;
- Stimulate and maintain pupils’ interest by a range of methods and their own enthusiasm;
- Use data on pupils’ baseline to inform their teaching;
- Use personalised teaching strategies where appropriate to meet the needs of pupils of different abilities, including the most able, pupils for whom English is not their first language or those who have learning difficulties. Central lists of pupils and their particular learning requirements should be referred to;
- Set appropriate homework and assess and feedback to pupils on their work regularly and effectively, according to agreed standards and policies (see Marking and Assessment Policy)
- Manage pupils well, to maintain good order and discipline within the classroom;
- Develop good relationships with pupils through a balance of firmness and friendliness;
- Insist on punctuality in attending lessons and set a good example themselves;
- Provide a teaching environment which is bright, orderly and interesting. Classroom decoration should be updated frequently and there should be regular displays of pupils’ work;
- Provide fair, full and accurate feedback to pupils, parents, tutors and Houseparents via the reporting systems, as well as more regular communication where appropriate for individuals;
- Contribute to the regular progress meetings which are an important forum for sharing feedback on pupils’ progress and agreeing strategies to enhance their performance;
- Be ready to ask for advice and to share difficulties in teaching with other colleagues;
- Take opportunities to observe other colleagues and share good practice in teaching.
02 June 2020
w/c 05 June 2020
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