English Teacher

Department Day School
Reports to: Headteacher – Day School
Working Pattern: Term Time Only (and at any other times as required to fulfil duties including INSET days)
Hours: Full Time

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

The general aim of this post is to sustain and improve the quality of English education that is offered to the pupils in the school. English (and English Literature) is a high-profile subject at this specialist independent school, and it is a very popular choice for our students at A level.

The ethos of the School is one of shared responsibility to which all teachers make a significant contribution, and it is vital that the teacher contributes throughout the year to the School’s strategic planning.

Artsed is a diverse, independent and specialist day school and sixth form. Arts is focused on providing high-level training for students who wish to pursue a career in the Performing Arts or who want to continue to enjoy a meaningful ongoing performance arts education while also excelling in a range of more traditional, University focused subjects, such as English Literature. Effective English teaching is a vital part of this training.

The English Department is a particularly strong one, and successful applicants would have the willingness to teach students aged 11 to 18, with exam classes following the AQA courses for both GCSE Language and Literature. A-Level English Literature students also follow a course provided by AQA, known as ‘Literature ‘A’.’

The posts would suit candidates who wish to develop their careers in a successful and nurturing department that enjoys significant support from the senior leadership team. Small class sizes and a supportive atmosphere underpin our practice. The school prides itself on the pastoral care it provides for students and there are often opportunities for professional development with remunerative incentives. Applications from EQTs would be welcomed.

There is also the potential for candidates to teach a second subject, albeit to a lesser degree.

This is a particularly exciting time to join ArtsEd as our progessive and ambitious development plans continue to take shape.

Key Responsibilities



To contribute to the planning, and teaching of the KS3 – KS5 syllabuses in English.

To design and implement strategies to enhance the learning experience for pupils, including regular conversation opportunities for pupils in order to measure their progress and achievement.


To teach a range of classes across all key stages

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 schemes of work to KS3-5 classes.

To teach and assess in regards to the GCSE and A level specifications.

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

To mark all work set in relation to the established mark schemes.

To mark KS3 in accordance with the ArtsEd mark scheme.

To differentiate according to need throughout teaching modules, and to ensure extension tasks are provided for able, gifted and talented pupils.

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

To support the work of pupils in preparing for oral examinations


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

All Staff

  • 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


·  QTS





Production of the Applicant’s certificates


Discussion at interview


Independent verification of qualifications

·   A sound knowledge of relevant examination syllabuses for GCSE and A level

· A developed range of teaching pedagogy and strategies relevant to the teaching of the subject

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

· A good knowledge of assessment procedures relating to the specialist area

·  Excellent subject knowledge




Contents of the application form


Professional references

·  Relevant teaching experience

·  Suiable for EQT’s

Essential Contents of the application form


Professional references

Skills and abilities
·  Ability to work creatively and collaboratively with other Departments

·  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 and an ability to inspire in pupils a love of the subject and the desire to reach the highest possible standards

·  Ability to form and maintain appropriate relationships and persona boundaries with children and young people

·  A commitment to the broad education of children and the aptitude to work constructively with children across a wide range of age and ability

·  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 give additional one-to-one support to pupils in preparation for examinations

·  Excellent communication skills

Essential Contents of the application form


Professional references