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“Education is Success”
An opportunity to work in the only non-private Academy in London that offers both International Baccalaureate (IB) programmes at KS5
Westminster Academy is an Outstanding International Business and Enterprise academy and IB World School serving a multi-ethnic community of 11-18 year olds in Central London. The Academy is proud of its work to improve outcomes for students in an inclusive, supportive environment. Our longstanding 1:1 device programme allows WA to thrive as both an onsite and remote learning environment. As a member of the collaborative WA community you will have the opportunity to work alongside an exceptionally talented group of colleagues who are committed to continued professional growth and improvement of the student experience.
Our MFL department
We are seeking to appoint an outstanding teacher of languages to join our friendly, dedicated and highly successful MFL department. Our teachers share a passion for working collaboratively and creatively in order to provide a stimulating and meaningful learning experience for our students.
As an IB school, language acquisition is an integral part of the curriculum as it reflects the IB’s emphasis on a holistic education which develops inquisitive, open-minded and internationally-minded citizens. At Westminster Academy we teach Spanish, French, German and Arabic with all students continuing the learning of a foreign language to at least GCSE level. Many students benefit from achieving an additional qualification in their mother tongue with some finishing Year 11 with as many as three foreign language GCSEs every year. The Academy has an IB-only sixth form in which all students continue with the study of a foreign language. Consequently, all learners - from Year 7 to Year 13 - study languages in their main curriculum. We are proud to be the London Centre for Languages and Cultures hub school, an initiative which promotes intercultural awareness and the study of languages at university.
Our MFL curriculum and pedagogy
Our core aim is to foster a love for language learning and develop life-long language learning skills. As such, we endeavour to make the study of a foreign language a fun and positive experience and equip students with the necessary tools to reach their full potential through both a collaborative and independent learning environment.
The emphasis on the development of students’ communication skills, as well as the understanding of the principles underpinning language development work, stands at the core of our teaching and learning approach. Grammar is taught explicitly in the curriculum so that students improve their fluency and accuracy both in speaking and writing, and become more confident when dealing with unfamiliar language. All units are designed to guarantee a balanced coverage of all four skills, ensuring that frequent opportunities to revisit and build on prior knowledge are embedded in our practice. We aim to employ a high level of target language use so that students are exposed to the most authentic experience possible.
As an IB school and a multi-ethnic community where more than 70 languages are spoken among the student body, students are encouraged to broaden their horizons by learning about and appreciating the cultures associated with the language being studied. We believe that the use of authentic materials is a powerful and engaging way to nurture students' interests in other cultures, reflect on their own, and strengthen their overall development as global citizens.
The ideal candidate will be:
An excellent classroom teacher who is committed to the success of each individual student
Able to deliver an engaging curriculum and have excellent subject knowledge
Able to demonstrate an ongoing commitment to their own professional growth and development
Willing to contribute to extra-curricular activities
Able to teach two languages (where possible)
What we offer:
A competitive salary and benefits package
Sign-up incentives available for experienced IB educators
An excellent programme of continuing professional development
Relevant training with the International Baccalaureate for teachers of Key Stage 5
A commitment to staff well being, including access to the local gym, weekly fitness sessions, staff social events, Perkbox membership with associated benefits.
The possibility of a leadership allowance in the department for a candidate with the suitable experience and skills
How to apply:
Please find the job description and application form (parts 1 and 2) available to download below.
Please send your completed application forms to: email@example.com, stating your specialist language (and second language where appropriate).
For further details please contact us via email at the above email address.
We may interview candidates ahead of the closing date so early application is advised. The Academy reserves the right to interview and appoint prior to the advertised closing date. The advert may be closed at any time.