Forest is seeking to appoint a well-qualified, dynamic, and dedicated Teacher of Religious Studies and Philosophy to join an exceptionally successful and talented department.
The Religious Studies and Philosophy Department comprises of seven full-time subject specialists who enjoy teaching to all Key Stages and where possible an even split of boys’/girls’ classes. Our staff thrive in a busy department which delivers two A level subjects, a popular and engaging optional GCSE course and compulsory RS to Years 7-9. We are a Department that prides itself on collaboration and excellent teaching, and this, coupled with staff enthusiasm for their subject, has led to the Department doubling in size over recent years and consistently excellent public exam results.
As with the other humanities, in Years 7-9, pupils have three 50-minute RS lessons per fortnight. The course is designed to be rigorous and challenging, covering aspects of the six world religions, philosophy and ethics, thus giving pupils an insight into the breadth of theological study. The success of our course lies in the fact that it builds on pupils’ own interests and questions, moving quickly beyond fact learning to critical engagement with the subject.
At GCSE we offer AQA syllabus A, studying Christianity and Buddhism for the World Religions paper. The GCSE course is popular as it allows pupils to engage in real world issues in the Themes paper, applying a range of religious and secular viewpoints, as well as giving a strong theological grounding through the World Religions paper. Religious Studies GCSE results have been some of the best in the School and last year our first cohort of pupils studying the new specification did fantastically well; 46% of pupils achieved a grade 9 and 92% of pupils achieved between a grade 9 and a grade 7.
At A level, we teach both Philosophy and Religious Studies with multiple sets in each subject. Philosophy follows the AQA course, covering topics of Moral Philosophy, Metaphysics of Mind, Epistemology and Metaphysics of God. For RS we take the Edexcel qualification, choosing papers in Philosophy of Religion, Ethics and New Testament Studies. Results are strong and reflect the School’s average of A*-B grades. Each year, several pupils leave to read Theology, Philosophy or related degrees at university.
In recent years the Department has contributed to the School’s rich co-curricular life in a variety of ways, for example through participation in various external essay prizes and societies offered to pupils by members of the Department. Each year pupils also enjoy trips to the London Buddhist Centre, St Paul’s Cathedral and various Sixth Form conferences. The successful candidate will no doubt wish to work collaboratively with other members of the Department to find new and exciting ways of promoting the subjects beyond the confines of the academic curriculum.
The RS and Philosophy Department offers an exciting opportunity to work within a large, passionate and forward-thinking team of colleagues and the multi-cultural entry makes Forest School an exciting School in which to teach this subject.
Applications will be reviewed on an ongoing basis so early applications are encouraged. The School reserves the right to make an appointment at any stage.
The School is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and expects all staff to share this commitment. Applicants must be willing to undergo child protection screening appropriate to the post including checks with past employers and the Disclosure and Barring Service. We are an equal opportunities employer.
Start Date: September 2019
Closing date for applications: Wednesday 24 April 2019
Interviews will take place week commencing Monday 29 April 2019