Teacher of Geography

Brighton College is seeking to appoint a Teacher of Geography due to continued expansion in the number of pupils choosing to take the subject. The start date for this role is anticipated to be September 2021. THE ROLE The successful candidate will be an enthusiastic Geographer with an excellent degree in the discipline from a leading university. He or she will be committed to high academic standards, as well as having the ability to communicate to young people a passionate enthusiasm for the subject, extending well beyond the classroom.

The Geography department are a collaborative and supportive team and the successful candidate would be expected to actively share ideas and participate in promoting and extending Geography at the College. THE DEPARTMENT The department currently has seven teachers, including a Head of Department and Deputy Head of Department. Two member of the department sit on the Senior Management Team and one is a Housemaster. Pupils in the Lower School (Years 7 and 8) study Geography as part of the innovative and unique ‘Story of our Land’ programme, which integrates Geography with History and Religious Studies.

In Year 9, pupils study contemporary global issues, including Development, and Conflict before beginning the GCSE course Ecosystems module. At GCSE the Edexcel A syllabus is studied in four periods each week. At present there are 118 pupils taking the subject in Year 10 and 101 in Year 11; these numbers have risen significantly in recent years. Results at GCSE are consistently outstanding, with 60% attaining a Level 9 and 93% achieving Level 9-7 in August 2019, the most recent year when public examinations were taken.

At A-level the pupils study the AQA specification and Geography has been consistently one of the top performing departments at the College, with 56% A* and 100% A*-B in 2019. Here too, numbers taking the subject have been rising, with 37 pupils in the Lower Sixth (Year 12) and 34 in the Upper Sixth (Year 13). The number of pupils going on to read Geography at university is also high, and we have a very strong record in supporting applicants in obtaining places at Oxbridge, with as many as five per year being successful. Indeed, we are believed to be the biggest single feeder school for the undergraduate geography course at Cambridge University in recent years.

The department is actively committed to providing extension and enrichment opportunities for geographical education beyond the classroom for all ages and abilities, and this is reflected in the large number of Geographical activities offered. These range from pupil-led "Geography Discussion Groups" in the Middle School and Sixth Form, to sending teams to participate in the Geographical Association’s Worldwise Quiz. Our pupils also take part in external competitions and University essay prizes, and the Royal Geographical Society’s ‘Young Geographer of the Year’ Competition. Fieldwork is seen as an important component of the department’s activities, and we organise annual trips to the Isle of Wight, Sussex Coastline and Geneva/Chamonix (all Lower Sixth), River Tillingbourne in Surrey (Year 11) and biennial trips to foreign destinations such as Iceland.

PERSON SPECIFICATION Brighton College is an exciting place to work, and it is our staff who make our community such a vibrant and stimulating environment. The academic success of Brighton is due to excellent, innovative and well-planned teaching. Above all, therefore, we are looking for individuals who foster a passion for learning and who demonstrate an ability and genuine desire to develop pupils to their fullest potential. Many teachers joining the College have a proven track record of effective teaching, having obtained excellent public examination results with previous classes.

However, we are also equally happy to appoint candidates who are currently on a PGCE, or candidates with no formal teaching qualification. Several members of our teaching staff have pursued different career paths, and have made the move to teaching at a later point. We view this diversity as a strength. More importantly, in the application process, we will look for candidates who demonstrate the ability to thrive within an environment that staff describe as both invigorating and refreshing.

The ability to inspire children, and the willingness to support the ambition, values and breadth of College life, will be of central importance. Successful candidates will be self-reliant, resilient and adaptable. Beyond this, candidates should have a strong academic record, including a good degree in a relevant subject. Those without teaching experience must be able to demonstrate a genuine interest in young people and teaching.

We will look for evidence of the capacity to contribute to the broader life of the College, and for evidence of passion and enthusiasm for the relevant subject. For the right candidate, there could be the opportunity to work in one of our international schools in due course.

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