Key Stage 1 Teacher (Maternity Cover)

An enthusiastic, well-qualified class teacher with EYFS and/or Key Stage 1 experience is required to join our successful Pre-Prep School for a one year maternity cover contract.

Preferred start date is June 2022 but September 2022 would also be considered for the right candidate. This is an exciting opportunity for a skilled classroom practitioner with experience of teaching in EYFS and/or Key Stage 1 wishing to have an opportunity to teach in a vibrant, popular school with an accelerated and creative curriculum or for an individual with the potential to acquire such skills. Applicants should have the flexibility to adapt quickly to a new environment and an established curriculum, as well as ideas to contribute and excellent communication and teamwork skills. An enthusiasm for thoughtful curriculum development and innovation characterises teaching at Highgate.

Highgate Pre-Preparatory School teachers enjoy a collaborative approach to teaching and learning. For all teachers new to Highgate, regardless of experience, there is a strong and supportive framework of induction to the School.

All class teachers are also expected to lead a subject across the Pre-Prep. Teachers work collaboratively with the Senior Leadership Team to drive standards within their area and significant professional development opportunities are offered to Subject Leads. Opportunities will be discussed at interview.

The Pre-Preparatory School

The Pre-Prep is an academically selective, coeducational school and has approximately 160 pupils. The school is growing to become a three-form entry and takes pupils from Reception (age 4) to Year Two when it is expected that they will transfer to the Junior School.

The Pre-Preparatory School is housed in its own building in Bishopswood Road, adjacent to the school’s playing fields. The Pre-Prep building is currently being extended to provide additional classrooms, a new library and a medical room.

160

Pupils in the Pre-Prep

3

Becoming three form entry

Working at Highgate

Teachers at Highgate enjoy a welcoming, comfortable and exceptionally well-resourced environment and are provided with significant assistance from a range of support staff. Salaries are competitive. The School pays the employer’s contribution to the Teachers’ Pension Scheme. School staff have free access to the School’s sports facilities.

Highgate is strongly committed to inclusion and is an equal opportunities employer. We aim to create a welcoming, respectful and safe environment for all members of our community, from every ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, age, ability/disability, religion and background.  We know that more diverse teams are stronger teams, and that the more inclusive we are, the more our staff and pupils will feel a sense of belonging and will thrive. To enable us to make any reasonable adjustments, please let us know when you submit your application whether you have any special requirements.

Highgate is committed to the safeguarding and welfare of children and applicants must be willing to undergo child protection screening appropriate to this post, including checks with past employers, the Disclosure and Barring Service and overseas police check if necessary. Candidates from overseas must provide information about their past conduct, for example, by providing documents issued by overseas teaching authorities.

More details about working at Highgate can be found here:

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Application procedure

Closing date: 8:00am on 24 April 2022 but applications will be considered as they are received.

Click here to complete the on-line application form

Gideon Zucker or Sally Hancock (Joint Acting Principals of the Pre-Preparatory School), will be happy to answer any queries

Criteria for the post of Key Stage 1 Teacher

1. Essential professional criteria

 

CriteriaHow will these be tested or verified?
A good honours degree and a teaching qualification.
  • Original degree certificate(s)
  • Questions about subject specialisation (and course content for more recent graduates)
The ability to teach at EYFS Stage and Key Stage 1
  • Questions at interview relating to the curriculum and strategies for teaching EYFS and KS1
Experience of teaching, either when employed as a teacher, as a teaching placement, or as an NQT
  • A 25-minute lesson to be taught to either an EYFS or Key Stage 1 class
  • Opportunity to comment on and grade pupils’ written work
The ability to use ICT appropriately to support teaching, or a willingness to learn the skills
  • Lesson planning and resources
  • Opportunities to recount experience and expertise at interview
Excellent communication skills
  • Panel interview; lesson (as above)
The ability to establish good relations with colleagues and pupils
  • Opportunities at interview to recount experiences where these skills have been demonstrated
Knowledge of, and sympathy with, traditional British values
  • Questions at interview
Awareness and understanding of safeguarding and welfare of children
  • Questions at interview to test attitudes towards and knowledge of children’s safeguarding and welfare

2. Desirable professional criteria 

 

CriteriaHow will these be tested
An EYFS qualification or degree covering EYFS is desirable. Knowledge of, and experience of teaching at Early Years Foundation Stage and/or Key Stage 1.
  • Opportunities at interview to recount experience of teaching and of successful strategies used in teaching these age groups
A good understanding of formative and summative assessment, including AfL
  • Questions at interview relating to assessment and record keeping
A willingness to be involved in the wider life of the Pre-Prep School (if relevant)
  • Opportunities at interview to recount experience of running or participating in activities or to give ideas for these

3. Person Specification

Highgate seeks to appoint teachers who will have the following proven qualities, or the potential to develop them. At interview, candidates will have the opportunity to demonstrate or give an account of these attributes.

  • Well-grounded and continuing interest in education, particularly in EYFS and KS1
  • Capacity for industry and initiative in both independent work and as part of teams of colleagues in academic work and pastoral care
  • Good judgement about people and situations, and discretion
  • The depth of knowledge and agility of mind to allow flexibility in lessons, adapting delivery as appropriate in the light of pupils’ responses
  • Empathy with and warmth towards pupils across the age and ability spectrum at Highgate
  • The ability to implement a range of teaching strategies to cater for each individual pupil
  • Awareness and understanding of matters relating to the personal, social, health and emotional development of Highgate’s pupils
  • General knowledge of Child Protection issues and good practice, particularly relating to professional obligations on safeguarding the welfare of each child and avoiding guarantees of confidentiality in any disclosure
  • Capacity to deal sensitively with problems raised by pupils, in line with Highgate’s pastoral policies
  • Willingness and ability to liaise effectively and professionally with staff and parents when required, making accurate records of these exchanges
  • Patience and thoughtfulness to see any issues that may arise with pupils, parents or colleagues from a variety of perspectives
  • The ability to de-fuse difficult situations using different strategies such as careful listening, sensitive use of humour, praise and recognition
  • Retention of a sense of perspective and, on occasion, the invaluable ability to laugh at oneself

Application procedure

Closing date: 8:00am on 24 April 2022 but applications will be considered as they are received.

Click here to complete the on-line application form

Gideon Zucker or Sally Hancock (Joint Acting Principals of the Pre-Preparatory School), will be happy to answer any queries

Please read before you apply

 

We know that more diverse teams are stronger teams, and that the more inclusive we are, the more our staff and pupils will feel a sense of belonging and will thrive. To enable us to make any reasonable adjustments, please let us know when you submit your application whether you have any special requirements.

As this role will have regular unsupervised contact with children you must, if appointed, comply with Highgate’s Safeguarding & Welfare Policy. 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 and welfare of our pupils, these concerns must be reported immediately in accordance with the Policy. A copy of this Policy will accompany all offers of employment. 

Highgate is committed to the safeguarding and welfare of children and applicants must be willing to undergo child protection screening appropriate to this post, including checks with past employers, the Disclosure and Barring Service and overseas police check if necessary. Candidates from overseas must provide information about their past conduct, for example, by providing documents issued by overseas teaching authorities. 

Please note that this role is ‘exempt’ from the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 and therefore, you are required to declare any convictions, cautions, reprimands and final warnings that are not ‘protected’ (i.e. filtered out) as defined by the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 (Exceptions) Order 1975 (as amended in 2013). Shortlisted candidates will be asked to provide details of all unspent convictions and those that would not be filtered, prior to the date of the interview. 

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