The Portsmouth Grammar School is a leading co-educational school located in the historic heart of Portsmouth. It values the development of the whole person, placing emphasis on both academic achievement and co-curricular involvement. The school aims to support every pupil in order that they might achieve their potential.
The school seeks to appoint a well-qualified teacher of Learning Support from April or September 2020.
Learning Support is a well-established and integral part of the school. Teaching within the department aims to build upon all pupils’ neurodiverse strengths and develop their independent learning skills. Pupils may be seen one-to-one or in small groups for variable lengths of time or numbers of sessions, and these are usually arranged on a half-termly rotational basis. The focus of the support for individual pupils is dependent on their needs but could encompass: literacy; numeracy; study skills; revision techniques; and curriculum support. Particular assistance is provided for those pupils with a specific additional educational need or difficulty (including, but not limited to, dyslexia, dyspraxia, attention difficulties and hearing or visual impairments in some form) but, beyond that, a range of support can be offered for any pupil in the school who is identified as benefitting from working with the department. Underpinning effective support is the early identification of pupils’ strengths and weaknesses through a comprehensive group screening procedure for all new entrants to the school, followed by further individual testing, where necessary.
PGS is an all-through school from ages 2½ to 18 and it is envisaged that this role will involve opportunities for work and personal professional career development across all key stages and sectors of the school. The Learning Support Department is line managed by the Deputy Head (Teaching and Educational Development).
This is a full time vacancy but applications from candidates for a part-time teaching role of at least 0.7 FTE will also be considered. Please indicate clearly in your application whether you are interested in a full or part-time position.
The school offers excellent training and support to teachers at all stages of their career. PGS teachers convey passion for their specialism and seek to maximise progress by knowing their pupils well and adapting their teaching accordingly.
PGS is an IB world school and has offered the IB since 2009, with consistently excellent results. Due to reduced levels of uptake among our pupils, 2020 will be the last year in which pupils may embark upon the IB Diploma at PGS. From September 2020, an exciting new A Level enrichment programme will be offered, which places emphasis on academic breadth and challenge, personal development, community workplace experience and leadership.
The Learning Support teacher should show commitment to supporting the values encompassed by the departmental objectives and by the school’s development plans and policies.
For candidates who would relocate to take up this position, the school may be able to offer subsidised rental accommodation in Old Portsmouth on a temporary basis. Please state in your application if this is of interest to you.
PGS is committed to safeguarding children and the successful applicant will be subject to an Enhanced Disclosure DBS check.
Interviews are scheduled for 5 February 2020