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Teacher of Biology

Role Introduction

We are looking for a passionate and dedicated teacher of biology to join our successful and well-resourced department. There are nine biology teachers and three technicians in the department, which operates a collegiate, open-door culture with regular sharing of ideas, enthusiasm and expertise. The department is housed in our recently redeveloped science faculty building and has state-of-the-art teaching laboratories and technical equipment.

Due to the needs of the school and the department, we may interview suitable candidates before the closing date. This job may also close early if a large number of applications are received. You are advised to submit your application as early as possible to avoid missing your chance to apply.

Main Duties

ACADEMIC

  • Teach across the age and ability range, with the ability to adapt teaching to accommodate the most able, and those who find the subject challenging;
  • Ensure the best possible academic outcomes, by planning, preparing and delivering well-structured and creative lessons which inspire, motivate and challenge pupils;
  • Assess, mark, record and report on the development and progress of pupils in line with the school’s assessment and reporting processes, ensuring challenging goals are set and achieved;
  • Provide timely, detailed and supportive feedback to pupils;
  • Ensure subject knowledge and skills as a teacher are up-to-date;
  • Cover lessons when required;
  • Contribute more widely to the department through, for example, enrichment activities, administering internal examinations, interventions to support individuals or groups of pupils or partnership activities;
  • Seek to develop your own professional practice and development in conjunction with your Head of Department;
  • Attend parents’ meetings as required;
  • Carry out administrative and other functions related to the smooth running of the department;

CO-CURRICULAR

  • Contribute to the co-curricular life of the school as agreed with your Head of Department;
  • Accompany students on visits away from the School, subject to risk assessment;
  • Actively contribute to the staff duty rota, such as supervising meal times and exam invigilating;
  • Contribute to the wider school social programme, including workshops, seminars, chapel services, competitions, trips, open days, and so on;

PASTORAL 

  • Be committed to the safeguarding of all young people;
  • Manage behaviour effectively to ensure a positive and safe learning environment
  • Treat pupils with dignity, building relationships rooted in mutual respect, and at all times observing proper boundaries appropriate to a teacher’s professional position
  • Tutor up to twelve pupils, (typically in groups of six) taking an interest in their academic progress and well-being;
  • Assist on a regular basis in a boarding house, supporting the House Master and getting to know all the students.

The Ideal Candidate

You will be a reflective and inspiring classroom teacher who:

  • has a degree (2:1 or above) and/or a further degree in biology or a directly-related subject;
  • is passionate about their subject and can demonstrate the subject knowledge required to deliver engaging and varied lessons across the age and ability range of students at the school;
  • shares Eton’s holistic vision of education and is excited to contribute to the co-curricular and pastoral aspects of boarding-school life;
  • demonstrates a solid understanding of, and commitment to working within the principles of equality, diversity and inclusion;
  • has strong interpersonal skills and can build relationships and collaborate with a wide range of people;
  • is committed to their ongoing professional development;
  • embraces developments and innovations in teaching and learning and is open to a range of approaches to assessment and differentiation in the classroom;
  • can demonstrate good ICT competence and willingness to use new technologies for teaching and learning;
  • is highly motivated and can work independently as well as within wider teams;
  • as a colleague, be positive, forward-looking and collaborative;
  • is interested in the welfare and pastoral wellbeing of young people;
  • has excellent oral and written communication skills;                 
  • has a positive attitude, an optimistic approach to change and development, a balanced sense of perspective and a good sense of humour.

Benefits

Our staff are at the heart of our success. We have developed a strong culture of collaboration and best practice, with professional development and career planning at its centre. We invest in our staff with support, coaching, mentoring, and a wide range of top-quality training programmes delivered at every level to senior leadership.

In addition to the opportunities for  career progression, training and development, we also offer an
excellent remuneration and benefits package which includes free accommodation, a generous Pension Scheme, enhanced Maternity / Paternity scheme, free eyecare vouchers, a cycle to work scheme, subsidised lunches during term time, free or heavily discounted access to the College’s sport and leisure facilities which are currently being extensively upgraded and discount at local retailers and businesses.

About the College

LIVING IN ETON

All members of our community are encouraged to participate fully in the life of the school and to enjoy the beautiful grounds and facilities. The school is part of the picturesque village of Eton with plenty of restaurants, pubs and coffee shops and is just over the bridge from the beautiful town of Windsor. Eton is a short walk from Windsor Riverside Station, with regular trains to Waterloo. Eton is only a short drive from Slough station with 17 minute train services to Paddington, along with the Elizabeth Line offering a direct line into central London. This makes it very commutable for those living in Eton. Proximity to Heathrow and the M4 and M25 mean that it is incredibly well connected and easy to get to.

THE ETON COMMUNITY

There is enormous collegiality at the school. As one new teacher said: “This is my fourth school and I’ve never been made to feel so welcome”. Colleagues are also genuinely interested in the scholarship of their subject and enjoy a level of autonomy in their teaching that allows them to develop their own effective style.

We are an equal opportunities employer and are seeking applications from suitable candidates from all backgrounds. We are dedicated to creating and sustaining an environment that values individuality and difference and celebrates the diversity of both staff and pupils by fostering perseverance, tolerance and integrity. We believe in equal opportunity for everyone, irrespective of age, disability, gender reassignment, marriage or civil partnership, pregnancy or maternity, race, religion or belief, sex, sexual orientation or socio-economic background.

DISCLOSURE CHECKS

Eton College is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, and applicants must be willing to undergo child protection screening appropriate to the post, including, but not limited to, reference checks with past employers, an Enhanced Disclosure from the Disclosure and Barring Service (including Barred List information), an online search and, where applicable, Prohibition checks. If you are successful in your application, you will be required to complete a DBS Disclosure Application Form.  Any information disclosed will be handled in accordance with any guidance and/or Code of Practice published by the DBS. The College is exempt from the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 and therefore all convictions, cautions, reprimands and final warnings (including those which would normally be considered as “spent” under the Act) must be declared, subject to the DBS filtering rules. It is a criminal offence for any person who is barred from working with children to attempt to apply for a position at the College.

If you have any queries about the application process or any problem with submitting your application online, the Recruitment Team will be happy to help. Should you require any reasonable adjustments to be made or facilities provided to enable you to apply online, please do not hesitate to contact us on recruitment@etoncollege.org.uk so we can make adjustments accordingly. 

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