Teacher of Spanish and French / second language Portuguese (expat contract) with possibility of Head of MFL

Job description


The school is seeking a highly motivated, inspirational and talented practitioner to be part of the modern foreign languages department, building on and securing the future achievements of our pupils in their language learning. 


Pupils are routinely highly successful in public examinations and develop excellent linguistic skills, being excellently prepared for universities both at home and abroad and for successful careers beyond.  


We are looking for well-qualified, energetic and innovative individuals who are passionate about education and have the drive to make and lead a unified modern foreign language department. This will be a structural change and the ability to lead change successfully will be a key characteristic of the successful candidate.


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


In addition to teaching duties, teachers also act as a tutor to a group of 12 - 15 Senior School pupils. Being a tutor 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, the happiness of the pupils and, hence, their attainment. 


Participation in the co-curricular enrichment programme will also be expected.    


Modern foreign languages 


The Modern Foreign Languages department includes French, Spanish and second language Portuguese, teaching language and culture to all pupils from Form 1 (Y7) to the Upper 6th (Y13). French is introduced in Prep School and continues through Senior. In Forms 4 and 5 (UK NC Key Stage4) the pupils follow the Cambridge IGCSE first or second language Portuguese examination (with no coursework). They also have the option of taking French and/or Spanish as IGCSE options courses. Both options are very popular with up to 20 pupils selecting Spanish and 30 choosing French in each year group. IB diploma courses in French, Spanish and Portuguese are offered at Language B and Language A. Our pupils are natural linguists and almost all are awarded the bilingual diploma at the end of the sixth form. 


Teachers are expected to teach across the whole ability and age range and the successful applicant will lead a dedicated team of teachers in a forward looking and dynamic new department. There are currently three French teachers, one Spanish teacher and Portuguese as a second language has one class in each year group depending on the requirements of the pupils at any one time.

 At Key Stage 3 those pupils following the Portuguese second language course follow a heavily differentiated course that is aimed to facilitate their progress to fluency and a strong understanding of Brazilian culture. 

Main Responsibilities 

Guide, prepare and develop St. Pauls 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 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. 

In addition, there is a possibility for the candidate to take on the Head of Modern Foreign Languages (MFL).  Should this be the case, additional responsibilities would be as follows:



A head of department will be accountable for the progress and development of pupils within the subject area, as well as raising standards of pupil attainment and achievement within the whole curriculum. In order to do this, the head of department will ensure the provision of an appropriately broad, balanced, relevant and differentiated curriculum, in accordance with the aims of the school, developing and enhancing the teaching practice of others and effectively managing the financial and physical resources of the department. The head of department will lead different departments of different sizes, levels and complexity and this effects.


Main Responsibilities

  • In addition to this responsibility the job holder is a teacher and delivers lessons; 
  • To lead, inspire and support all members of the department in their roles and to stimulate and manage a positive and strong team environment through dialogue, co-operation and respect;
  • To ensure effective communication within the department by attending whole staff development sessions and head of department meetings and reporting back to team members in weekly department meetings. 
  • To ensure effective communication outside the sphere of the department, through letters to parents and contributions to The Paulean and Pride magazine; 
  • To co-ordinate and oversee the school’s academic procedures, monitoring the content and quality of report writing, grade predictions, IGCSE and IB options, IB extended essays, and ensuring that all members of the department are consistently planning, assessing, recording and monitoring pupils’ work; 
  • To develop and review syllabuses, resources, schemes of work, marking policies, assessment, and teaching and learning strategies, providing a sound recuperação process and ensuring consistency within the department against school policies and procedures;
  • To produce an annual examination analysis and department review as part of the school’s self-evaluation cycle; analyse and evaluate with members of the department the performance data provided, and take appropriate action in response accordingly, set and mark exams and assessments; 
  • To oversee the day-to-day management of the department, ensuring an effective deployment of both staff and physical resources, control and operation of course provision within the department, and the implementing of the school’s Health and Safety policy. Prepare and submit an annual departmental budget; 
  • To play a significant role in the appointment and induction of new staff, ensuring that they understand the department’s ethos and administrative procedures, including the annual appraisal review;
  • To establish common standards of practice within the department, develop the effectiveness of teaching and learning styles, and seek/implement modification and improvement where required; 
  • To ensure that the department’s quality procedures meet the requirements of self-evaluation and are in accordance with the school development plan;
  • To establish the process of the setting of targets within the department and to work towards their achievement. 

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 high proficiency in English expected; 
  • 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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