Teacher of Drama

Department Day School
Reports to: Head of Drama (Day School)
Working Pattern: Term Time Only (and at any other times as required to fulfil duties including INSET days)
Hours: Full Time
Salary: £28,000 – £32,000

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 staff at ArtsEd are expected to sustain and improve the quality of training and education that is offered to the pupils in the school.

Our ethos is one of shared responsibility to which all teachers make a significant contribution. You will be expected to generate, along with the other members of this large and highly successful department, the vision and ethos for each course and work together to develop the most innovative core units for students.

You will also be a form tutor and cover colleagues when they are absent.

Drama at ArtsEd is taught as a core subject, unlike many other schools today, with numerous industry standard studio and performance spaces , as well as meaningful links with a number of professional theatres, in which we produce work on a regular basis. This is a particularly exciting time to join ArtsEd as our progressive and ambitious development plans continue to take shape.

Drama teachers at ArtsEd will find a student body fully committed to the subject, very large numbers at GCSE and A Level, the freedom and expectation to contribute creatively and the full support of the senior management team.

This role is suitable for candidates with a range of experiences, including ECTs.

Key Responsibilities



To work in tandem with all members of the Drama department to be consistently aspirational

To contribute to the teaching of KS3 – KS5 in Drama (+ Film)

To make a meaningful contribution to the creative and performance programme as a director and facilitator


To teach classes

To maintain and monitor appropriate records of pupils’ learning and achievements

To design, develop and write suitable schemes of work for all Key Stages.

To write reports, attend parents’ meetings and respond to parents’ enquiries.

To rehearse students to be confident when performing and achieve success, be it for an exam or school production

To advocate for and implement the school’s agreed policies and procedures

To maintain effective discipline through the implementation of the school’ agreed procedures.

To take part in the performance management and appraisals programme.

To attend and make meaningful contributions to meetings as appropriate

To maintain liaison with classes’ and individual pupils’ form tutors.

To take on the pastoral responsibilities of a Form Tutor

To keep abreast of all exam specifications


To teach agreed process and creative drama schemes to KS3.

To teach and assess in regards to the GCSE OCR specification for KS4

To teach and access in regards to the GCE OCR specification for KS5

To ensure that curricular records and assessments are kept and reports written

To mark all work in relation to the Edexcel mark schemes

To mark KS3 in accordance with the ArtsEd marks scheme

To ensure that health and safety issues are properly understood and procedures followed effectively and consistently.


To provide a list of examination and school trips disbursements when required by the Headteacher and Finance Director.

Secondary Duties


  • All staff must carry out their responsibilities with due regard to all ArtsEd policies and procedures, ensuring the safeguarding of all, 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 and advocate for the staff Code of Conduct.
  • All staff are required to regularly undertake Safeguarding, Keeping Children Safe in Education, Prevent, GDPR and health and safety 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 requires from time to time.

Person Specification

Qualifications and Knowledge
A relevant Degree







Production of the Applicant’s certificates


Discussion at interview


Independent verification of qualifications

 An extensive knowledge of relevant examination syllabuses for GCSE, A Level with a willingness to learn new specifications if deemed appropriate

A developed range of teaching pedagogy and strategies relevant to the teaching of the subject in this specialist school

Familiarity with current best practice, and a willingness to share this with relevant colleagues

An excellent knowledge of plays and practitioners in order to inform both the curriculum and production work

A deep and developed knowledge of assessment procedures relating to the specialist area




Contents of the application form


Professional references

Relevant teaching experience and a firm understanding of how to direct pupils in production work, whether for examination or for public performances – this role is suitable for ECTs

Experience as a facilitator or director in an educational setting desirable

Essential Contents of the application form


Professional references

Skills and abilities
 Ability to work creatively and collaboratively with other Departments across the Performing Arts Faculty

Ability to design and implement interesting, creative, and appropriately challenging schemes of work at all levels

An efficient and effective teacher with evidence of first-class teaching skills

Proven ability as an effective classroom/studio manager

Ability to inspire pupils in this specialist school

Essential Contents of the application form


Professional references

Personal competencies and qualities
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

The ability to work effectively and collaboratively as part of Faculty and whole-school Teams

A willingness to allocate own time to rehearse productions with pupils or give additional one-to-one support to pupils applying to Conservatoires, Performing Arts Courses and the ArtsEd Sixth Form

Essential Contents of the application form


Professional references