Head of Portuguese department - Prep School

Job description

The Head of department is responsible to the Head of Prep School for the efficient running, development and performance of the department, supporting all members of the department in their responsibilities, and directing, as appropriate, the work of colleagues within their department to ensure successful and effective teaching and learning. 


The head of department is expected:

  • to actively engage in departmental self-review, the aim of which is to review the quality of teaching and learning, on a regular basis 

  • to act upon the findings from the departmental self-review to maintain the highest quality of teaching and learning across the department 

  • to encourage colleagues to talk about their teaching and the impact that it has on pupil’s learning 

  • to encourage all teachers within the department to take advantage of opportunities to plan lessons within the subject 

  • to liaise with heads of year/ co-ordinators where appropriate to ensure cross-links between maths and other subjects

  • to ensure that data (INCAS and other summative and formative assessments) is used effectively as useful measures of progress, though never as blunt instrument and always accompanied with a deep understanding of the pupils as individuals 

  • to be responsible for the efficient running of the department 

  • to ensure teachers follow the criteria as set out in the departmental handbook 

  • to bring to the attention of head of Prep School any difficulties which arise within the department 

  • to hold regular meetings and or INSETS to help promote the development of your subject across the whole school

  • to be responsible for the drawing up of syllabuses/schemes of work and assessments for all groups of learners; 

  • to liaise with the librarian as appropriate to ensure that the necessary supplementary resources are available to support learning in this subject area. 

  • to ensure the availability and appropriateness of all materials and resources necessary for the delivery of the department’s programme of instruction. 

  • to be accountable to the Head of Prep School for all budgeting within the Department 

  • to promote workshops for parents and staff (when necessary) 


In addition to running the department, the Head of Portuguese candidate will also have a role as a teacher. 

An outline of the role as a teacher:

The role of the teacher at St Paul’s is to promote at all times and in every possible way the pupils’ intellectual and social development and learning, including independent learning skills. This role develops according to the age group, for which the head of year may give appropriate guidance. 


All teaching must be done in Portuguese, although fluency in English is important for day-to-day aspects. 

Key responsibilities 

Pupils’ Development, Teaching and Learning 
Academic Learning (including, but not limited to): 

  • Creating and monitoring lessons and learning activities which are appropriate to a range of learning styles and pupil abilities.  
  • Provoking and developing children’s sense of curiosity and wonder about the world.

Social Development (including, but not limited to): 

  • Ensuring a safe, stimulating, ordered and supportive environment for learning. 

  • Giving ethical direction and pastoral care. 


Professional/Self-development (including, but not limited to)

Active participation in self-development  and record keepingof personal goals, training and development initiatives undertaken. 


Professional Relationships 
with other teachers and staff (including, but not limited to): 

  • Being a team player- supporting the work of other colleagues by participating in meetings and participating in shared planning for the relevant year groups, covering absent teachers, duties etc.  

with parents (including, but not limited to): 

  • Reporting on pupil progress, orally and in writing, as may be required by school procedure.   

  • To undertake such other duties and responsibilities as the Head of Prep may reasonably direct from time to time. 

  • This job description will form part of the annual cycle of the staff review and development process and this will be an opportunity to refine certain aspects and functions listed in it. 


They are also expected to perform any other additional duties which they may be requested to carry out by the Head of the Prep School. 



Closing date Friday 27th July 2018 at 4pm (São Paulo time). Interviews and assessments will be held during the week commencing 30th July.

Please ensure your entire application is in English.   

Applications will be considered as they arrive and the school reserves the right to appoint before the closing date. 


Required for August 2018 



  • To have a university degree qualification (ideally Letras in Portuguese);
  • To have a certified teaching qualification, e.g. Pedagogia from a Brazilian university;  
  • To have a real interest and a desire to work with young children;   
  •  To have high quality teaching skills;   
  •  To be passionate about teaching and learning;   
  •  To have knowledge of effective teaching and learning strategies;   
  • To be creative and have a child-centred approach;  
  • To have an understanding of what effective differentiation is; 
  • To have enthusiasm and energy; 
  • To be professional in outlook and conduct; 
  • To have effective inter-personal skills;  
  • To be a native Portuguese speaker; 
  • To be fully competent in English (fluent speaker);  
  • To have the ability to work independently and as a part of a team;  
  • To be committed to on-going professional development;  
  • To have excellent ICT skills both in teaching and for administrative purposes. 

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