Bangkok Patana School
* Information for Secondary English Teacher (Maternity Cover) (October 2017) *

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Mission

Our mission is to ensure that students of different nationalities grow to their full potential as independent learners in a caring British international community.

Vision

We develop Global citizens who shape their world through independence, empathy, creativity, and critical thinking.

Values

Well-being
We are

Protected, safe and secure
Motivated and engaged
Responsible and honest
Kind and compassionate
Balanced and fulfilled
Learning
We are

Rigorous
Inquisitive and creative
Critical, reflective thinkers
Collaborative and confident communicators
Passionate, resourceful and resilient
Global Citizenship
We are

Committed to integrity
Active volunteers
Diverse and inclusive
Ethical and informed
Empowered by our Interculturalism Inspired to improve global sustainability
Respectful contributors to digital and local communities

Student safeguarding and safe recruitment

Bangkok Patana School is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of its students and expects all staff to share the same commitment.

As part of the recruitment process applicants must provide:

  • The name and contact details of three referees. One referee should be the applicant's current or most recent employer. In addition to the written references, referees may be contacted to obtain a verbal reference.
  • An up-to-date DBS Disclosure if from UK or police check.
  • Documentation from universities and colleges verifying attendance and successful completion of courses undertaken.
  • An up-to-date medical.

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For October 2017, Bangkok Patana School seeks a successful Secondary English Teacher who is committed to achieving high academic standards and creating a stimulating and positive classroom ethos, which is both child-centred and success-orientated. In addition, the willingness to be an effective team player and work closely with parents is essential.

The Extra-Curricular Programme is considered a vital and integral component in the education of our student community. Therefore, applications are particularly welcome from teachers with experience, passion and talent in the areas of visual and performing arts, community service, debate, outward-bound activities and sports.

All Secondary School teachers work as tutors or support tutors and subject teachers. (Follow the hyperlinks to see the separate job descriptions)

The tutor has a vital role to play in the development of the students in her/his care. S/he is the first point of contact and as such must assume responsibility for the immediate pastoral/academic concerns of her/his students. The tutor’s own classroom practice will always exemplify the approaches, philosophies and expectations set out in the school’s policy documents. Tutors work in a team alongside the Head of Year and other tutors and, as such, must be effective team members helping to develop a positive team spirit within the Year group.

The subject teacher has a vital role to play in the development of the students in a particular subject or subjects. The subject teacher will work in a team alongside the Key Stage Leaders, and the Head of Faculty to plan and teach in their specialist area/s in accordance with the agreed schemes of work and assessment policies for that faculty. They will work to ensure that an environment is created in which students will achieve the highest academic standards.

English Mission Statement


English lessons should be a highly creative and motivating experience for our students. We aim to build upon the many skills that have been acquired during the Primary School in order to ensure that students develop an excellent understanding of the English language; students should exhibit the ability to accurately utilise and apply English in all its forms and challenge conventional perceptions. Through a diverse experience of language and literature, we hope to instil a passion for learning. This can only take place in a learning environment which is both supportive and intellectually demanding.

The English Faculty comprises 15 members of staff who teach first language English; EAL is a separate faculty. Three members of staff hold responsibility posts, one as Head of Faculty with two Curriculum Leaders. All leadership roles in the faculty are clearly defined within an ethos of flexibility, collegiality and shared responsibility. The faculty is a busy and successful one, producing students who achieve very good results at IGCSE and IB.

A stunning new English area was built in the summer of 2015 with the theme of the London Underground and has state-of-the-art classrooms which surround a vast 'break-out' area for students. It also has an excellent office/social area for teachers. All staff have a school laptop. They are used for teaching purposes, keeping records of student progress and for writing reports. ICT is central to learning and teaching and is undergoing constant innovation.

The faculty possesses a wide range of literature and up-to-date resources to use in classes and there is an extremely extensive collection of books in the school library. Students also have the opportunity to become involved in extra-curricular activities that are run by the faculty, notably the production of 'Core' - the published school literary magazine and 'Word Is Out'- the KS3 newspaper. The faculty also organises visiting authors at different times in the year. An annual poetry competition, sponsored by the daughter of the founder of the school, is a particular highlight with very high levels of participation from Years 7-13.

English students are grouped in mixed ability classes except for one additional support group in Year 9 and at IGCSE. Regular assessments mean that comparisons can be made between the classes, and there is occasional movement between groups during the academic year. A significant number of students at the school have English as an additional language but all are proficient enough to access the mainstream curriculum. Some receive specialist EAL tuition during modern foreign language lessons and are integrated into the mainstream for the rest of the time. A successful Gifted and Talented programme (‘Extended Learning’) is fully in place with close links to the Learning Support Faculty.

An adapted English National Curriculum is taught at Key Stage 3. In Years 10 and 11, students study for the Cambridge IGCSE, all sitting the English and English Literature exams. Students go on to take English at International Baccalaureate (either at Higher or Standard Level), but a few opt to take a different first language at this stage, particularly Thai.

Links
Life in the English Faculty click here
Poetry Text and Context click here
English lessons as opportunities to enhance and celebrate Home Languages based on classic English Literature click here
Laptops for Learning in English. Using ICT in a collaborative way to produce promotional brochures click here
Video Games in English Class click here