Head of Spanish

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Salary: Inner London (competitive salary based on experience and skills) including a TLR payment of £9,000

Start date: September 2019
Contract: Full time, Sabbatical cover for one year

We are looking for an excellent Spanish teacher who is passionate about their subject, ready to lead a vibrant department, and keen to develop their practice in a dynamic and innovative teaching environment. School 21 is an all-through school and your role will provide you with the opportunity to develop curriculum and teach across the full spectrum of age groups, from primary through to our sixth form, Six 21. Ideally, the successful candidate will also have experience teaching A-level Spanish.


School 21 is a very special and different kind of place to work in. We empower staff to find their voice and encourage them to put their ideas into practice. We offer collaboration and learning across ages and subjects. We have developed a professional development programme that sees teaching as a craft - an intellectual and practical profession that draws its energy from rich conversation. We offer multiple routes to progression through subjects and pedagogies. We believe strongly in developing the full potential of all staff.


In the last two years Spanish and music teachers have combined on two big projects involving Year 7 writing and performing a Spanish musical and Year 8 producing a showcase of Spanish Blue songs. In the past Spanish has also combined with oracy teachers to develop a groundbreaking Human Rights project where students used sophisticated Spanish to campaign for the rights of the Latin American community in Newham, and also protested outside the Manga store in Oxford Street about the treatment of workers in Bangladesh.


In the coming years we want to develop more rich projects and also develop more
residentials and partnerships in Spain following the success of the Year 11 trip to Barcelona two years ago. We believe the teaching of Spanish should be immersive: with students learning by seeing, speaking, doing and acting. Our Spanish department are expert practitioners in the use of teaching techniques that borrow from the expressive arts, using storytelling, songs, performance, and discussion as powerful learning tools.


You will be trained in and develop a range of pedagogies including oracy-rich learning, project based learning, coaching, advanced literacy techniques and using technology effectively in the classroom. English Language is central to the life of School 21, and all teachers are expected to develop reading, writing and speaking skills within their subject. All teachers will also be expected to be a coach to about 15 students, developing their professionalism well-being and confidence. Our oracy curriculum, teacher toolkit and our collaboration with Cambridge University has resulted in a school filled with purposeful talk and thinking. You will have the chance to shape this exciting area of the school’s culture, along with the ethos and core practices of our two new institutions, the sixth form and the middle school.

Closing date: Monday, 25th February 2019 at 9am           Interview date: Friday, 1st March

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

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