Teacher Of History and Politics

Job Role Teacher of Politics and History
Reporting to Head of History
Working pattern Full-Time
Salary £28,000- £36,000 dependent on experience.


ArtsEd Day School and Sixth Form is an exceptional independent school for 11 to 18-year-olds where pupils immerse themselves in high-calibre academic study whilst developing their talent and their passion for performance. Founded 100 years ago by two ground-breaking educationalists, Grace Cone and Olive Ripman, our ethos remains true to their vision: to provide a broad and balanced education stretching pupils to achieve both their academic and artistic potential.

Our combination of talented teachers meeting young talented minds creates a truly dynamic environment for teaching and learning. Dedicated staff build warm and constructive learning relationships with pupils, creating a strong ethos of nurture and individualism that enables each pupil to flourish as a person, as a learner and as a performer. Our successful balance of vocational and academic classes instils in our pupils a deep-seated confidence and a broad range of skills, giving them the scope at 16 or 18+ to pursue a path that’s right for them.

Exceptional pastoral care combined with expert teachers inspire pupils’ confidence, curiosity and commitment to all of their studies, both academic and vocational. Our aim is for every pupil to leave ArtsEd as a creative, articulate and imaginative young adult, assured of their ability to achieve their best in their chosen field.

Summary Of the Role

In collaboration with the Head of History, you will be responsible for leading on subject delivery in sustaining and improving the teaching of Politics and will further the profile of this subject within ArtsEd. There is the opportunity for significant role development (namely Head of Department) following early growth and success.

Although predominantly leading on subject delivery and teaching Politics, you will also contribute to the teaching of History which is taught at Key Stages 3, 4 and 5; you will be part of a small department where Politics and History are popular choices at GCSE and A Level and will be responsible for the development of curriculum changes at each of these Key Stages.

The ethos of the school is one of shared responsibility to which all teachers make a significant contribution. As many departments consist of just one-member it is important that the teacher contributes throughout the year to the school’s strategic planning.

All staff are expected to contribute to the overall teaching of their chosen subject, to use their wider skills by having a form tutor group and to play an active role in pastoral and extra-curricular provision where necessary,

ArtsEd benefits from small class sizes and students who genuinely want to be at school every day; there is a very positive atmosphere within the building.

Main Duties and responsibilities

  • To promote and safeguard the welfare of children and young persons for whom you are responsible and with whom you come into contact.
  • To design, develop and write suitable schemes of work within the Politics curriculum for A Level at Key Stage 5 and the framework of the Examination Board.
  • Assessing and recording pupils’ progress in accordance with the school policy
  • To teach Politics at A Level and History across KS3, 4, and 5
  • To maintain and monitor appropriate records of pupils’ learning and achievements
  • To write reports, attend parents’ meetings and respond to parents’ enquiries
  • To implement the school’s agreed policies
  • To maintain effective discipline through implementation of the school’s agreed policies and procedures
  • Setting high personal and professional standards in all aspects within your subject area and acting as a professional role model for others in your subject area and the school in general.
  • To take part in the performance management/appraisal programme
  • To liaise with form tutors in relation to whole class and individual pupils
  • To take on the pastoral responsibilities of a Form Tutor
  • To keep abreast of all examination specifications and meet all deadlines.
  • To attend all relevant Parents’ Evenings
  • To organise appropriate extra-curricular opportunities and experiences (e.g. educational trips) to enhance the enrichment and learning of pupils in your subject area and leading the provision of the general extra-curricular programme of the Politics and History Departments
  • To take the lead in your Department and beyond
  • Actively encouraging and promoting the use of ICT as a teaching strategy within your subject area.
  • Keeping abreast of national developments in History and Politics at all Key Stages, and its assessment in order to select courses that develop the learning and attainment of pupils in line with national expectations.
  • Liaising with other teaching staff, and, where relevant, other department heads to help organise enrichment, trips etc. for Politics and History.
  • Helping to promote links with educational organisations outside of ArtsEd, including outreach
  • 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.
  • To maintain sound discipline within the school’s agreed policies.Promoting an awareness of relevant career opportunities and experiences for pupils, where the study of Politics and/or History is an advantage.


  • To lead on departmental meetings – to include scrutiny and sharing of good practice.
  • To implement 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.
  • Developing and sharing teaching and learning resources


  • 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.
  • To maintain sound discipline within the school’s agreed policies.
  • To strive for excellence in the quality of teaching and learning within the department, maintaining records, and writing reports

     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 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 strong Degree in Politics (or a related subject)

PGCE / QTS desirable


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 at Key Stages 3 – 5. This role might be suitable for an exceptional candidate who is new to teaching.


Contents of the application form


Professional references

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

Ability to inspire and develop young students academically

Outstanding teaching skills

Ability to implement new examination specifications

Ability to design and implement interesting and creative schemes of work

Effective classroom management

Ability to teach pupils of all abilities


Contents of the application form


Professional references

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

A firm and up-to-date understanding of the politics curriculum

Knowledge of AQA syllabuses for GCSE and A-level would be desirable

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

Familiarity with current best practice

A good knowledge of assessment procedures

Contents of the application form


Professional references