Teacher of History Required from September 2014
Welcome to our information booklet for the post of Teacher of History. It is designed to give a flavour of life here as a teacher at JCG, provide information to support your application and, with the College website, provide you with a snapshot of the myriad of varied activities that take place each day in college. Founded in 1880, JCG has been at the forefront of girls' education in Jersey for over 125 years and has a well deserved reputation for academic excellence and service to the island community. Our students thrive on expert teaching, state of the art facilities and a vast range of extra-curricular, enrichment and expedition activities. They are enterprising, friendly and ambitious and they have wonderful purpose, energy and sense of service to others. Our staff care and are dedicated, creative and talented. Our exceptional academic results are a testimony to the personal and collective success of all at JCG. From here, our students go on to study at good universities, both in the United Kingdom and across the world. Each day we strive to deliver the very best educational experience for our students. This experience should deliver outstanding academic achievement and, more importantly, nurture someone who is happy, well mannered and able to find fulfilment in oneâ€™s service to others. Inevitably, an information booklet and website can only partially reflect the reality of College life. I look forward to meeting short-listed candidates in February 2014 where interviews will take place at Jersey College for Girls. At interview, candidates will meet our students and staff, and experience the warmth, vitality and ethos of intellectual curiosity that is JCG. It is a privilege to lead this remarkable school and I would encourage you to apply for this vacancy. Carl Howarth Principal
JERSEY COLLEGE FOR GIRLS JOB DESCRIPTION Job Title:
Teacher of History
Responsible to: Head of History Remuneration: MPS Time Allowance:None The aim of all posts at JCG is to sustain and improve the quality of learning of the students in the College. Teachers work with the Principal, Vice Principal, Assistant Headteachers and other senior staff to promote educational opportunities, equality of opportunity and a quality working environment for both staff and students. As a teacher of History you will be a member of the Humanities and Social Sciences Faculty and be proactive in curriculum development. Job Purpose Teach History effectively and ensure the discipline and safety of assigned timetabled classes and groups, meeting the varied and special education needs of students. Contribute to the teaching of other Humanities subjects where required and appropriate. Plan, prepare, evaluate and modify personal teaching methods, work programmes and teaching materials as necessary to suit student needs including support for Oxbridge students. Mark and maintain records of studentsâ€™ assessments in accordance with the Humanities and Social Sciences Faculty, College and ESC policies and schemes. Promote History within the College in an enthusiastic manner. Promote the general progress and welfare of students in classes, groups or individually as part of the Collegeâ€™s pastoral and counselling arrangements. Assess and record students' personal and social needs, development, progress and attainment. To maintain, and strive to further improve, positive departmental value added results. Report on individual students and groups, consult and inform parents and co-operate with appropriate outside agencies in accordance with College and ESC policies and schemes. Contribute to and participate in corporate planning, self-evaluation, in-service training and professional development in assigned areas of the curriculum and pastoral arrangements, participate in related staff meetings and school events, including educational visits where appropriate. Liaise with colleagues, co-operate with them on teaching and assessment programmes, methods, equipment and materials within assigned areas of the curriculum, ensuring that appropriate administrative tasks are undertaken. Contribute and participate in the Collegeâ€™s pastoral, tutorial and guidance arrangements and undertake an appropriate share of
the organisation and conduct of parental consultation and staff meetings. To be a fully integrated member of the departmental team and accept an appropriate share of the administrative and organisational tasks within the department and the College, including providing support for teachers undertaking additional curriculum or pastoral responsibilities or holding senior posts. Ensure the safety and good order of students by carrying out an appropriate share of supervisions whenever students are authorised to be on College premises or elsewhere when the school is in session. Undertake an appropriate share of all collective responsibilities, including substitution for an absent colleague, and invigilation of internal and external examinations where appropriate, subject to guaranteed non-teaching time. Co-operate as required with teachers in other schools and colleges on curricular, pastoral and administrative matters. Contribute to the diverse extra curricular enrichment programme offered at the College. to be committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of students. Actively support the ethos and values of the College Any other reasonable task as required by the Principal The particular responsibilities and key tasks above are in addition to those set out in the Teachers Task Person specification: An ideal candidate for this post will have: A high level of expertise and a passion for their subject and the ability to convey this to students. The subject knowledge to teach History at GCSE and A level and contribute to the support of Oxbridge students. The drive to create a safe, exciting and stimulating learning environment Strong interpersonal skills which display high levels of sensitivity, tact and diplomacy in dealing with difficult situations. Willingness to be a reflective practitioner and modify teaching and learning strategies to suit student needs. Good organisational, administrative and ICT skills. An ability to take responsibility and a proactive approach to problem solving A keen interest in supporting student learning The ability to work collaboratively, to model good practice and maintain high levels of confidentiality The ability to work under pressure, prioritise and meet deadlines An ability to be able to demonstrate a strong understanding and commitment to the aims and ethos of the Humanities and Social Sciences department and Jersey College for Girls This job description is subject to an annual review to ensure it meets the needs of the College. Post holder
Appendix 1: The Teacher’s Task The DfESC (Department for Education Sport and Culture) and the representatives of the Teacher’s Unions (Jersey) have agreed the following statement of the Teacher’s Task in order to define more clearly the nature of teachers’ employment. It is their view that in this important work of educating Jersey’s children it is imperative that both teachers and Headteachers recognise the duty they owe to those children and the community. To this end the teacher is expected to maintain a professional commitment to their task and the Headteacher is pledged to a responsible and humane interpretation of this agreement. The following provides a definition of the Teachers’ Task: Teach effectively to meet the needs of all students and to ensure discipline and safety within the school community. Plan, prepare, evaluate and modify as necessary personal teaching methods, work programmes and teaching materials in accordance with the DfESC curricular policies and school schemes and standards. Mark and maintain records of students’ work in accordance with DfESC and school policies. Promote the general progress and welfare of students in classes or groups or individually as part of the school’s pastoral and counselling arrangements. Assess and record students’ personal and social needs, development, progress and attainment. Provide or contribute to oral or written assessments and report on individual students and groups; consult and inform parents, cooperate with appropriate outside agencies in accordance with DfESC and school policies. Contribute to and participate in corporate planning, self evaluation, in-service training and professional development in assigned areas of the curriculum and pastoral arrangements; participate in related staff meetings and school events. Advise colleagues, co-operate with them on teaching programmes, methods, equipment and materials within assigned areas of the curriculum ensuring that appropriate administrative tasks are undertaken. Contribute and participate in the school’s pastoral, tutorial and guidance arrangements and undertake an appropriate share of the organisation and conduct of parental consultation and staff meetings. Contribute as required to the appointment, induction, professional development and assessment of junior colleagues, including new entrants to teaching. Accept an appropriate share of the administrative and organisational tasks within the school, including providing support for teachers, undertaking additional curriculum or pastoral responsibilities or holding senior posts. Ensure the safety and good order of students by carrying out an appropriate share of supervisions whenever students are authorised to be on school premises or elsewhere when the school is in session. Undertaking an appropriate share of all collective responsibilities including substitution for an absent colleague subject to guaranteed non-teaching time. Supervise support staff as required. Order and allocate appropriate equipment and materials in accordance with DfESC and school policies and schemes. Co-operate as required with teachers in other schools and colleges on curricular, pastoral and administrative matters.
Humanities and Social Sciences Faculty History Department Miss F Hutchings M.Ed, M.Sc.
Head of Humanities and Social Sciences
Mr R Bidmead B.A.
Head of History Department
Miss C Hotton B.A.
(Part-time Teacher of History 0.5 FTE)
Mrs J McGovern B.A.
(Full-time Teacher of Geography and History)
Budget: 2014 budget £3,395 before any curriculum development fund award. 2013 budget £2,976 with an additional curriculum development fund award of £1100 Resources: Two dedicated History classrooms equipped with interactive whiteboards. Large departmental office shared with Religious Studies. Access to 24 Humanities laptops (newly purchased in 2012). Key Stage 3 History Year 7 students explore the Anglo-Saxon period and the Middle Ages. This includes a series of depth studies that each explore a key question that focus on an historical issue and skill. For example, they will use primary sources to investigate the extent to which King John deserves his reputation of being a poor leader. 1-hour per week. In Year 8 students move on to examine some of the major turning points in European History, such as the Black Death, the Peasants Revolt and the Voyages of Discovery. The students study more sensitive topics such as the Slave Trade, which requires them to understand how and why attitudes have developed over time. 1-hour per week. In Year 9 students focus on the 20th Century and develop some of the more complicated historical skills of interpretation, evaluation and synthesis. They examine the causes and effects of WW1, the rise of the Dictators, life in Nazi Germany and finally the Holocaust. GCSE History Examination Board: AQA 2-hours per week in Year 10 / 3-hours per week in Year 11 There are currently 101 students studying GCSE History (51 Year 10, 50 Year 11) Examinations = 75% Medicine Through Time (35%) The American West 1840-1895 (40%) Controlled Assessment = 25% - Approximately 5 hours in Yr 11 on La Hougue Bie The students enjoy an annual visit to London in the Spring term of each academic year. A Level History Examination Board: Edexcel 5-hours per week in Year 12 and 13 There are currently 42 students studying A Level History 28 Year 12, 14 Year 13) AS: Henry VIII: Authority, Nation and Religion, 1509-1540 (25%) AS: Russia in Revolution, 1881-1924 & Stalin’s Russia, 1924-53 (25%) A2: German 1900-1945: Challenge of Fascism: from Kaiser to Fuhrer (60%) A2: Coursework Representation and Democracy: Britain 1831-1931 (40%) The students enjoy a visit to Germany and Poland during their A Level studies.
Examination Results A Level The History department has achieved consistently excellent results at A Level since 2010 with over 50% of students achieving A*/A since 2011. 100 100 90 90 80 80 70 70
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GCSE The History department has produced consistently strong results since 2010. Typically 60% of students achieve A*/A. 100.0 90.0
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Full examination results are available here: http://www.jerseycollegeforgirls.com/About-Us/Academic-Results/
Beyond the classroom: The Department is very active in offering opportunities beyond the classroom. Year 11 students visit London on a History of Medicine tour. Year 12 and 13 students visit Berlin and Krakow on a Nazi Germany and Holocaust study week. Year 11 students visit La Hougue Bie and attend lectures on local history at the Arts Centre. Students in Years 11-13 partake in the Archaeology option during Enrichment time and Activities week. In 2013-14 alone, the Department has also organised visiting speakers as diverse as Ben Walsh, the Holocaust survivor Arek Hersch and academics from Sussex University and University College London.
Why be a teacher at JCG ? The best testament about what it is like to be a teacher at JCG is the view of the teachersâ€™ themselves. Last year the College gave out a questionnaire to all staff. The following quotes have been taken at random from the responses of individual staff to a question in the survey Question : What do you most like about your current job? 'I feel that there is a genuine desire to allow everyone to reach their full potential.' 'Inspiring students to succeed when they thought that they could not. Giving confidence and knowledge to students. Working with similarly motivated colleagues.' 'Opportunities to try something different, be creative. Teaching. Working in a great department. Excellent relationships with staff and students. Seeing students succeed. Running a department, making decisions.' 'The students I am privileged to teach and colleagues I am privileged to work alongside.' 'The students are endlessly engaging and their motivation to learn is exciting. My job offers constantly changing challenges and is certainly never dull! I feel supported by senior staff.' 'The fact that we all work together well as a team and we all support each other.' 'The potential of the students and their ability to embrace innovative teaching ideas and impress you everyday with their ideas and knowledge.' 'Working with the students and being part of what I see as a great team at JCG.' 'The supportive nature of my department and the lovely students who we teach.' 'The feeling that I'm making a positive difference in the classroom and in my wider responsibilities. I also like being part of a large and successful team.' 'Working with such talented and inspirational students.' --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------Some comments from teachers ranging from those new to the College and those who have progressed their careers here : Felicity Williams is a new teacher at JCG - she joined the College in September 2013 and had this to say about joining the College: 'JCG - a teacher's utopia. I was welcomed and valued as a member of a fantastic team, as well as being afforded the trust to adjust the dynamics of my classroom from day one. This was an excellent foundation for the building blocks that follow. Setting aside the prestige and exemplary reputation of the school, JCG will aspire and motivate you to become the best role model for the students on both an educational and pastoral level. They identify that good grades alone don't prepare a young person for the world and enable you to engage on multiple levels to promote well rounded students. Ask and you shall receive: A multitude of resources and state of the art facilities are provided to equip you with the tools that you require in delivering the curriculum. There is always someone at hand to support you in your quest to be the best that you can be. The establishment will satisfy your professional development with a clear pathway to whatever your goal may be through utilising the wealth of experience and skill of those who work with you. Be under no illusions, 100% is required from every teacher at JCG, but here's the difference: You'll want to give nothing less and you will be rewarded and valued by your superiors, peers and most importantly, the hard working students.'
Ros Cleave started in 2005 I have taught at Jersey College for Girls for 9 years, starting in January 2005. I am originally from Bristol and taught there and in Swindon both as a full time DT teacher and on supply. During my teacher training I had the opportunity to spend 9 weeks teaching at JCG and said then if the opportunity ever arose I would come back so I was thrilled to be given the job. Since starting at JCG as a main pay scale DT teacher I have furthered my career and had an array of opportunities to extend my professional development. I am currently JCG’s Educational Needs Co-ordinator and have been in this whole school role for the past three years. Through this role I work with all other secondary schools, the education department and many companies on the island. Prior to this role I was Head of Key Stage 4 for just over 4 years. While at JCG I have achieved many professional accreditations including the National Award for SENCo, the CCET and I am currently on my second year of my master’s degree, all with the support of JCG and Jersey’s education department. Outside the confines of JCG there are many opportunities in Jersey itself. As an avid hockey player I have played for a local team for 8 years and represented the island for a year. My other main passion is singing and 3 years ago I became a member of the Progressive School of Music in Jersey and I have recently achieved my Grade 4 with distinction. I have made Jersey my home, bought a house, got married and had two children in my time here. The beauty of the island is definitely part of the draw, a seaview from my kitchen window and the fact you are never more than 10 minutes from a beach keeps me here and will do for the foreseeable future. Lisa Rheumer - started in 2001 I joined Jersey College for Girls as a Biology teacher in September 2001 and since then my career has progressed significantly. JCG has allowed me to develop my skills as a professional by supporting me to attend a wide range of courses and conferences, both on and off island, covering areas including critical skills, child protection, first aid, health and safety in the workplace, higher education and the examinations system. I have been given the opportunity to take on many different roles of responsibility with in the College, covering areas such as curriculum, pastoral, extra-curricular and administration and through these roles I have been able to develop my knowledge and experience and also discover which path I would like my career to follow in the future.
I have also been lucky enough to travel the world with JCG visiting countries such as Austria, Spain, Barbados, Cuba, Honduras, Madagascar and South Africa to take part in sporting and scientific activities with the students. JCG is a wonderful place to work and I feel extremely fortunate to be a part of this College; the students here are engaged and enthusiastic in all that they do and the staff are talented and dedicated to providing our students with the best educational experience possible.
Information on Jersey College for Girls www.jcg.je Please take a look at our website where you should find all the information you need on the College. However, indicated below are some of the things you might want to access immediately. Our Home page: www.jcg.je and online publications http://issuu.com/jerseycollegeforgirls will give you a good feel for life at Jersey College for Girls.
On our website, please do look at our: Our vision for a student at JCG - this outlines what our aspirations are for every student at the College and guides us in our day to day work with the students Our A level prospectus and our GCSE prospectus both outline our academic curriculum and are available to read from our homepage. By clicking on ‘About us’ you will be able to follow links to: College Prospectus - this will outline our Values of Aspire, Inquire, Excel, Belong which guide us in everything we do at the College. Academic results - where you will find a summary and the details of our 2013 results. You can get a better feel for the College by taking a virtual tour and browsing the media Gallery By clicking on ‘School Life’ you will be able to follow links to: Curriculum - information on the Science faculty and Physics. Also all other aspects of the curriculum. Extra curricular - with downloads for the Year 11-13 Enrichment programme and extra curricular activities Inquiring minds lecture series - outlining how we aim to extend the learning of the students beyond the taught curriculum
How to Apply We are looking for a well qualified graduate of History; a talented and inspiring individual interested in developing a teaching career in a highly successful College. As a teacher of History you will have the opportunity to share your passion for History with extremely motivated students and be rewarded with a great sense of accomplishment and job satisfaction. As a member of the College you will be encouraged to contribute to the development of the College and its students through a range of extracurricular opportunities; you will also be fully supported to pursue your own personal professional development and career aspirations. Jersey is a beautiful island and so you will also benefit from an exceptional working environment with lots of opportunities to enjoy life beyond school. Employment opportunities will give you access to documents outlining what you will need to know about working in Jersey. To see what it is really like to live on a beautiful islandâ€”click to watch the short Jersey Tourism 2014 TV Advert with our very own Alumni professional singer and song writer Nerina Pallot.. The post is available for September 2014, initially on a one-year contract. Jersey College for Girls is a school that constantly strives to excel in every area of school life and if you would like to be a part of our team please apply through States of Jersey by going to the www.gov.je website.
If you would like to speak with someone about this opportunity please get in touch with Mrs Kathryn Slater, Vice principal at firstname.lastname@example.org or on 01534 516215. Applications are due by Monday 3rd March 2014 and interviews will be during the week of 17th March 2014.