Responsible to: Head teacher
• To enable young children to make good progress in their learning by building upon the skills they have when they join the school
• To assist all pupils to develop emotional security, self-belief and mature social skills
• To assist all children to develop a love of learning and an excitement about coming to school each day
• To liaise with other teaching staff in planning and evaluating the curriculum and other activities
• To be responsible for a curriculum area (to be agreed)
• To support and advise colleagues, including the Head teacher, on the teaching of a curriculum area throughout the school
All class teachers are accountable for the progress that the pupils they teach make during an academic year.
Plan rich and stimulating learning activities that achieve good progression in pupils’ understanding by:
• Identifying clear learning objectives and learning content, appropriate to the subject matter and the pupils being taught setting exciting and intriguing tasks for whole class learning, small group learning and self-initiated, exploratory learning
• Setting clear targets for pupils’ learning that build on prior attainment
• Identifying pupils who: – have special educational needs – are high attainers – are not yet fluent in English
• Ensure that learning is appropriately differentiated so that the learning is well pitched and all pupils are challenged at their current level of understanding
• Create a high quality, rich, stimulating and enabling learning environment containing items that will capture pupils’ attention and lead to independent exploration
• Make effective use of assessment information on pupils’ attainment and progress when teaching and in planning future learning
• Plan opportunities to develop pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural development
• Organise and participate in extra-curricular activities
Teaching and classroom management
• Ensure effective teaching of the whole class, and of groups and individuals within the whole-class setting, so that learning objectives are met and pupils’ learning time is used efficiently
• Establish and maintain a purposeful learning atmosphere
• Set high expectations for pupils’ behaviour, establishing and maintaining a good standard of discipline through well focused, engaging teaching and through positive and productive relationships
• Establish a safe, clean and secure learning environment which promotes pupils’ confidence.
• Assessing, recording and reporting on the development, progress and attainment of pupils
• Use teaching methods which capture pupils’ interest and maintain their engagement through:
1. offering rich, captivating learning activities
2. setting the highest expectations for all pupils
3. clearly establishing a purpose for learning, placing it within a context
4. effective questioning that includes open and closed questions, together with the use of probing, supplementary questions
5. providing frequent opportunities for pupils to learn through talk and interaction
6. stimulating intellectual curiosity and communicating enthusiasm for learning
7. matching the teaching approaches used to the subject matter and the age of the pupils being taught
8. modelling good language use to children
9. modelling good social skills to children
10. clear instruction, effective modelling and accurate explanation
11. listening carefully to pupils, analysing their responses and responding constructively in order to take their learning forward
12. selecting and making good use of ICT and other learning resources which enable learning objectives to be met
13. Providing opportunities to develop pupils’ wider understanding by relating their learning to ‘real life’.
• Be familiar with the Code of Practice on the identification and assessment of special educational needs and, as part of the responsibilities, create and review Individual Education Plans for pupils
• Evaluate your own teaching critically and use this to improve your effectiveness
• Communicating and consulting with parents of pupils as directed by the Head teacher
• Attend assemblies when required, registering the attendance of pupils and supervising pupils, whether these duties are to be performed before, during or after school sessions
• Participate in meetings and INSET and where relevant, lead staff meetings on matters to do with the subject area.
• Contribute to the wider life of school, where appropriate.
• Carry out assessments of prospective students that are within the same year group as your current teaching year when required by the Head teacher.