Acting (Musical Theatre) Teacher for BTEC Performing Arts and Day School

Job Title Acting( Musical Theatre) Teacher for BTEC Performing Arts and Day School
Department Musical Theatre
Working Pattern Full Time
Hours 40 Hours

ArtsEd is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff (permanent and visiting) and volunteers to share this commitment; all staff are required to undergo background checks in line with Keeping Children Safe in Education 2021 regulations and to hold an enhanced DBS

Background To ArtsEd


ArtsEd originated from two schools, one founded in 1919 by Grace Cone and one founded in 1922 by Olive Ripman. These two educational pioneers believed passionately in the value of combining a general academic education with specialised training in dance, drama, music and art. They were committed to preparing young people for professional careers in or related to the theatre.  In 1939, Grace and Olive joined forces to create the Cone Ripman School, subsequently named the Arts Educational Schools. Dame Alicia Markova and Sir Anton Dolin drew almost exclusively on ArtsEd students to help them create their revolutionary company London Festival Ballet, which eventually became the English National Ballet. Ballerina Dame Beryl Grey became Director of the Schools in the 1960s. ArtsEd continued to innovate, introducing both professional acting and musical theatre courses and in I986 moved to its present home in Chiswick.  In 2007, Lord Andrew Lloyd Webber became President, heralding an auspicious new era for ArtsEd.  The School of Musical Theatre and School of Acting offer full-time BA and MA courses. Our Musical Theatre course is recognised as the best in the UK, while the Acting course is praised for its innovative 50:50 split between stage and screen acting.  Our outstanding record of graduate success sees nearly every one of our Musical Theatre graduates and over three-quarters of our Acting graduates make their professional debuts within six months of graduating.

Summary Of the Role 


All creative staff are required to sustain and improve the quality of vocational training and education at ArtsEd.

With responsibility to and collaboration with the BTEC Musical Theatre Pathway Leader, the Acting (Musical Theatre) teacher will have responsibility for sustaining and improving the quality of vocational training and education offered to our pupils.

The BTEC Musical Theatre Extended Diploma is an enormously popular choice with students: we offer the opportunity for students to study one or two additional subjects at A’ level. In 2012 we added the BTEC Performing Arts Acting Pathway and in 2015 the Dance BTEC was introduced. In collaboration with the Head of BTEC and Musical Theatre Pathway Leader the post holder will support the vision and ethos for the BTEC Musical Theatre course and work together to develop the most innovative core units for the subject. Additional specialist units are offered in each pathway, and the post holder is expected to design a varied curriculum that covers a wide breadth of the subject.

In 2021 the Key Stage 4 Musical Theatre Pathway was launched to widen the provision for musical theatre training for our younger pupils. This course continues to expand and the post holder will work alongside the Musical Theatre Pathway leader to develop the curriculum, deliver training and direct performances within this pathway.

All staff are expected to contribute to the overall teaching of their chosen subject elsewhere in the school and to use their wider skills by having a form tutor group and covering colleagues when they are absent.

Main Duties and Responsibilities 

  • Promoting and safeguarding the welfare of children and young persons for who you are responsible and with whom you come into contact.
  • To design, develop and write suitable schemes of work within the curriculum and framework of the Examination Board.
  • To have a clear working knowledge of all BTEC structures to be able to deal with issues and situations as they arise.
  • To assist in the planning and management of BTEC and KS4 Musical Theatre productions, rehearsals, and performances (both live and recorded).
  • To teach BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma in Performing Arts Practice.
  • To teach KS4 Musical Theatre Acting and Movement skills.
  • To prepare students for external auditions for H.E. Conservatoire training, NYMT, and agreed professional work.
  • To promote and improve effective teaching and learning across the Musical Theatre pathway.
  • To participate in the ArtsEd audition process.
  • To consult with musical directors and choreographers in planning and delivering Musical Theatre performances.
  • To take on the pastoral responsibilities of a Form Tutor.
  • To mark students’ work against the Edexcel BTEC Level 3 course mark scheme and keep to deadlines.
  • To select appropriate material for performance with consideration for such factors as ensemble size and ability, availability of text, and the need for variety.
  • To maintain and monitor appropriate records of pupils’ learning and achievements, curricular records, and assessments.
  • To attend parents’ meetings and respond to parents’ enquiries.
  • To be flexible in allowing for additional time after school, on occasional Saturdays and during half term breaks for rehearsals.
  • To maintain effective discipline through implementation of the school’s agreed policies and procedures.
  • To carry out general school supervisory duties.
  • To attend Open Evenings, Parents Evenings, School performances and other relevant events.
  • To contribute to the school’s Enrichment Programme.
  • To organise trips and visits in line with the school’s agreed procedures and risk assessment policies.


  • To attend and contribute to meetings for the department and others as requested.
  • To adhere to plans and decisions made during such meetings.
  • To take joint responsibility (along with all members of the department) for the creation and distribution of minutes from meetings.


  • To work within the budget allocated.
  • To keep an accurate written record of all books/equipment sold to pupils.
  • To provide a list of these disbursements when required by the relevant Line Manager.
  • To provide a list of examination and school trips disbursements when required by the Finance Director.


  • To make a significant contribution to the department through effective planning and teaching.
  • To initiate, develop and maintain schemes of work, within the framework of the requirements of the examination boards, working collaboratively with the Head of BTEC and Musical Theatre Pathway Leader.
  • To maintain sound discipline within the school’s agreed policies.
  • To strive for excellence in the quality of teaching and learning within the department and across the school, maintaining records, and writing

All staff

  • All staff must carry out their responsibilities with due regard to all ArtsEd policies and procedures, ensuring inclusivity, equality of opportunity, and compliance with Health and Safety in the workplace.
  • All staff must respect the confidentiality of data stored electronically and by other means in line with the Data Protection Act.
  • All staff must adhere to the staff Code of Conduct.
  • All staff are required to regularly undertake Safeguarding, Keeping Children Safe in Education, Prevent, and GDPR training and to maintain their own professionalism and job-related knowledge through ongoing CPD.
  • All members of staff are required to be professional, co-operative, and flexible in line with the needs of the post and the school.
  • All Job Descriptions are reviewed annually and will change to reflect the needs of the School and the post.
  • ArtsEd is committed to the safety, wellbeing and safeguarding of all pupils and students and expects all staff to share this commitment. Staff in all posts are required to hold a clear, enhanced DBS.
  • You may also be required to undertake such other comparable duties as your line manager and SLT requires from time to time.
Person Specification
The School is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.
  Method of assessment
Qualifications   The professional, technical, or academic qualifications that the Applicant must have to undertake the role or the training that they must have received:

A relevant vocational Degree

Production of the Applicant’s certificates


Discussion at interview


Independent verification of qualifications

Experience The categories of work or organisations, types of

achievements and activities that would be in the role:

Relevant teaching experience, preferably in a co-educational environment.

Professional vocational experience is desirable but not essential.

Relevant experience of nurturing young performers.

Relevant experience of directing Musicals.


Contents of the application form


Professional references

Skills The skills required by the Applicant to perform effectively in the role:

Ability to organise and integrate own specialism into the study of relevant and appropriate units within the BTEC Performing Arts specification.

Ability to inspire and develop young students, both vocationally and academically.

Ability to teach Musical Theatre students across the school

Ability to design and implement interesting and creative schemes of work for KS4, Y12 and 13 students.

Outstanding teaching skills

Effective classroom/studio manager

The ability to implement new examination specifications

Contents of the application form


Professional references

Knowledge The knowledge required by the Applicant to perform effectively in the role:

A sound knowledge of the Edexcel BTEC Performing Arts specification.

A firm and up-to-date understanding of relevant Acting principles.

An excellent knowledge of Musical Theatre (current trends and historical context) and with clear ability to teach and inspire across the range of teaching pedagogy and strategies relevant to the teaching of the subject.

Familiarity with current best practice

A good knowledge of assessment procedures

Contents of the application form


Professional references

Personal competencies and qualities  The personal qualities that the Applicant requires to perform   effectively in the role and to ensure that the Applicant   safeguards and promotes the welfare of children and young people:

Motivation to work with children and young people.

Ability to form and maintain appropriate relationships and personal boundaries with children and young people.

Emotional resilience.

Positive attitude to use of authority and maintaining discipline.

A strong commitment to educating young people.

The ability to work constructively across a wide age and ability range.

The all-round ability to discharge all professional duties properly.

Enthusiasm for the work of this specialist school including a passion for educating through the Arts.

Ability to work as part of a small team and communicate effectively.

Contents of the application form


Professional references