Head of Physics

Salary: Inner London (competitive based on experience and skills)

Start date: January 2019
Contract: Full time, permanent, subject to an enhanced DBS check 

This is a special opportunity to lead physics across a pioneering all-through school in East London.   This is a great time to join a science department that teaches science from 4 to 18 and combines discrete science lessons with rich interdisciplinary projects.

We are looking for someone who cannot just deliver great academic results and add strategic firepower to the school but can think deeply and holistically about physics. You will have the opportunity to develop authentic experiences that deepen and expand scientific thinking and you will do this working with a range of impressive partners from industry and academia. 

Science comes alive at School 21 as students grapple with the big ideas that underpin the world around us. Teachers plan challenging and exciting projects, develop thinking skills to a high level and foster collaborations with other subjects across the curriculum. Recent science projects have included STEM projects and a genetics and drama project: is it ever right to play God?, a physics and art project with students designing and making mini-golf courses using mechanisms and electronic components, and an immersive Jack the Ripper tour featuring Virtual Reality film and live demonstrations of Victorian criminology techniques. Middle school pupils have just completed a successful project where they learnt about friction and forces by making a go-cart.

School 21 is a very special and different kind of place to work in. We empower staff to find their voice and their creativity. We offer collaboration and learning across ages and subjects. All staff have more planning time than most schools and a tailored programme of professional development which results in extraordinary outcomes for the students. We offer multiple routes to progression through subjects and pedagogies. We believe strongly in developing the full potential of all staff. 


Within the sixth form, we will seek to pair students with experts and experienced professionals in various scientific fields to undertake research, on-site projects, or work placements. Our aim here will be to stretch our students beyond the A-level course and to give them opportunities to experience science at the cutting edge of discovery. You will work alongside the other science teachers in an inspirational department to develop the curriculum and schemes of work. You will analyse student data to identify underachievement and develop intervention strategies to ensure all students make outstanding progress.
 
Since we opened in 2012 we have put learning and teaching at the heart of everything we do. We have developed a unique approach to oracy including setting up a charity, Voice 21 (https://www.voice21.org/) which is already working with several hundred schools. We have also pioneered real world, interdisciplinary learning in collaboration with a network of extraordinary organisations: creative, artistic, high tech, professional. 


At School 21 we believe that the purpose of education is to develop the whole child: head (academics), heart (character and well-being) and hand (generating ideas, problem solving, creating extraordinary authentic outcomes).
School 21 has established a strong track record - an outstanding Ofsted, excellent GCSE results and a growing reputation, for example being the first and only international case study chosen by US educators, Edutopia https://www.edutopia.org/school/school-21.
 

Closing date: Monday, 29th October at 9am  Likely Interview date: TBC

School 21, Pitchford Street, London, E15 4RZ      T:  020 8262 2121     E:  info@school21.org.uk

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