Teacher of English / media and film (expat contract)

Job description


The school seeks a passionate, enthusiastic and talented practitioner with qualifications and experience to teach across the Senior School age range (Years 7 to 13).  English is a strong and dynamic department in the school, offering courses at IGCSE and IB. The Film department currently teaches BTEC Creative Media Production and IB Film. 

In addition to teaching duties, the successful candidate will have a pastoral role and be a tutor to a group of 12 - 15 Senior School pupils. Tutoring is a significant part of a teacher’s responsibilities at St. Paul’s, both in terms of time devoted to it and its contribution towards the successful running of the school.  Participation in the clubs and societies will also be expected. 

A full commitment to the life of the school is expected, as is a desire to pursue both your own professional development, as well as an aspiration to help the school continue to develop and extend its reputation for excellence.


English Department 

Mission statement of the Senior School English department  

We want our pupils to leave St. Paul’s enthused about and excelling in the use of English, having acquired a life-long passion for using the English language and enjoying literature in English.   We want to enable our pupils to think critically about what they read and hear and voice their opinions eloquently, opening their minds to the richness of the world around them and enabling them to apply the skills they have learned in their out-of-school lives. We aim to achieve this through providing stimulating, relevant lessons, using engaging texts and learning methods, leading to examination success at all levels.  

The English department in the Senior School is an academic, organised, supportive and energetic team of seven. Our department is central to the existence of the school: it is our job to ensure that pupils leave this British school utterly confident in their English usage and with a love of literature and of the English language. Our achievements in inspiring the pupils with structured, dynamic teaching supported by well-considered schemes of work. Although the majority of our pupils speak Portuguese at home, our approach, in keeping with our ethos as a British school, is to teach virtually as if they spoke English as a first language.  Our pupils take Cambridge IGCSE English and English literature in Form 5 (Year 11). In addition, the non-expat children sit Cambridge IGCSE English as a second language earlier in Form 4 (Year 10).  We are very proud of our on-going success at IGCSE.

In the thriving Sixth Form, pupils study the International Baccalaureate, which offers genuinely fascinating English language and literature courses for native and near-native speakers.  One of the joys of the IB is the range of options the teacher has in terms of both texts and topics, and we make the most of this, with a fantastic library of texts and resources available.  Our IB results are impressive: well above the world average, despite our pupils taking the prestigious and challenging bilingual diploma.  

Lower down the School, we broadly follow the English National Curriculum at KS3, ensuring that we provide a spread of stimulating work with both language and literature, but have adapted our approach and curriculum content to prioritise our pupils’ needs and independent learning.   The Promethean interactive whiteboards which we have in every classroom are especially beneficial in supporting our younger pupils’ work.  We have an excellent selection of class readers and lively new textbooks, but our key strength lies in our outstanding shared resources and scheme of work, which are lovingly produced by members of the department.

Pupils of all ages are encouraged to revel in reading through our annual Reading Week, when we host talented and award-winning authors for young people; in the past few years we have had prestigious young adult authors such as Anthony McGowan, Mal Peet, Keith Gray, Melvin Burgess Bali Rai, Carnegie Award-nominated Phil Earle and Jon Mayhew, author of Mortlock, and Gemma Malley, author of The Declaration trilogy.

As you would expect, the school learning resource centre (LRC) housed in our fantastic academic centre is very well resourced, with print media, teen fiction, and film being special strengths.  Teachers are more than welcome to use the LRC for their own reading; in fact we encourage all members of staff to model good reading habits.  We also have regular book club that welcomes pupils, staff and parents. 

St. Paul's School English department offers an ideal environment for highly motivated, academic English teachers with a passionate commitment to their subject and who wish to develop their professional experience within warm, vigorous team in a thrilling metropolis.  Ability to teach drama is desirable.  

Film Department 

The film department has recently been expanded from providing IB only to include the BTEC in Creative Media Production (CMP) this year. It has benefited from significant investment recently and will continue to develop under its new Head of Department in teaching CMP which will include units in Film, Advertising, Research and Communication.  

Main Responsibilities 

Guide, prepare and develop St. Paul's pupils to reach their potential by promoting and nurturing learning and understanding in different aspects of your subject specialism. Through a holistic (enhancing skills and abilities) approach to teaching and learning, encourage a positive attitude of learning, a critical spirit, an independent attitude, awareness of global citizenship and a high quality British and Brazilian education for the academic and personal development of pupils following the school’s mission and values. 

Stimulate pupil’s learning by offering a variety of curricular opportunities to develop subject skills through a differentiated learning landscape which also includes use of digital resources in order to foster talents and abilities in pupils. 

  • Monitor, support and assess pupils and provide timely and effective feedback to ensure pupil progress (both to parents and pupils), through the reporting framework, attending parent’s meetings or any appropriate evaluation tool. 

  • To promote a safe environment for learning to pupils throughout the school as a subject teacher to ensure all pupils are happy, safe and supported, promoting a strong sense of community aligned to school values; 

  • Plan and deliver lessons of appropriate type, content and quality for different year groups across senior school, working as a team player, following your department guidelines and school policy and to ensure pupil progress 

  • Run workshop sessions and recuperação activities to offer support to pupils learning and contribute to the enrichment programme. 

  • Attend departmental and staff meetings to follow the school's plans and development training sessions in order to have a continuous sharing of best practice and administrative training

  • Carry out duties by overseeing pupils during break and lunch times on a regular basis

  • Invigilate examinations when necessary within the school timetable 

  • Cover for absent teachers when requested

  • Participate in, evaluate and record appropriate professional development to support best practice and personal professional goals following the school guidelines 

  • Be a pastoral tutor; take responsibility for the safety and well-being of a small group of pupils in a particular year group, within the school's pastoral structure. 

Closing date Monday 26th November 2018 at 9 am UK time -  including submission of a recorded lesson (more details upon receipt of application).  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 2019


  • To have a university degree qualification; 

  • To have a certified teaching qualification, e.g. PGCE from the UK; 

  • To have English as a first language or be a native English speaker; 

  • Microsoft office; 

  • Management of time; 

  • Curriculum knowledge; 

  • To be a team player/ collaborative; 

  • To be motivated, passionate/enthusiastic; 

  • To be proactive and dynamic; 

  • To be organized; 

  • To be resistant to pressure 

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