Teacher of Religion, Ethics and Philosophy and Form Tutor Job at Cotham School in Bristol

Job Description

Teacher of Religion, Ethics and Philosophy

Cotham School is an extremely successful specialist co-operative academy that serves the local community, providing a high-quality education for its students. We consistently deliver outstanding academic outcomes, amongst the best in the city and are determined to raise standards even further.

Required from January 2021, a highly skilled teacher of Religion, Ethics and Philosophy to join this successful and thriving curriculum team at our high attaining and oversubscribed school in north central Bristol. The role is fixed term until 31 August 2021.

Are you:

  • A skilful and passionate teacher of Religion, Ethics and Philosophy able to deliver outstanding lessons across the age and ability range at Key Stages 3 and 5?
  • A well-qualified, highly motivated and engaging teacher of Religion, Ethics and Philosophy able to deliver outstanding lessons across the age and ability range at Key Stages 3 and 5 and who understands how children learn?
  • Creative and innovative; willing to contribute to the development of students learning and their progress within a committed and forward-looking department and faculty?
  • A practitioner with high skills in self-evaluation?
  • Committed to continuous professional development leading to outstanding teaching?

Cotham School is a great place to work. We’re a fantastic, friendly and enthusiastic team, committed and proud of what we achieve and looking forward to welcoming new people to share in our achievements. Join us and you’ll receive a wide range of employee benefits including:

  • excellent work life balance with term time working arrangements
  • excellent defined benefit pension schemes (Teachers’ pension scheme)
  • access to employee assistance programme and counselling sessions
  • ongoing learning and development opportunities and access to the school CPD library
  • at least 5 inset (training) days per annum with the provision of free onsite drinks and meals
  • comprehensive induction process
  • competitive salaries which are reviewed annually
  • family friendly policies and wellbeing support initiatives
  • savings on purchases via smart hive employee benefits platform
  • reduced price access to gyms and health sessions
  • option to participate in the cycle to work scheme
  • on site free car parking (when available)
  • access to discounted dental and health care schemes, plus free eye tests and free annual flu jab

Cotham School is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.

Applications are welcome from all suitably qualified candidates regardless of ethnicity, gender, age or disability. We particularly encourage applications from under-represented groups.

All appointments are subject to an enhanced DBS check.

Closing date: Friday 4th of December 2020

Interview date: Monday 14th of December 2020

POST: Teacher of Religion, Ethics and Philosophy and Form Tutor (full time)



Under the line-management supervision of the Curriculum Faculty Leader the post holder is required to plan, implement and deliver the teaching and learning processes to ensure that students achieve their full potential, providing regular progress updates consistent with the procedures in the school’s self-evaluation policy.

Under the line-management supervision of the Learning Co-ordinator to act as a Form Tutor or Link Tutor taking responsibility for the achievement, progression and well-being of their tutees. To carry out the relevant administrative duties of a tutor, including registration and the maintenance of records related to the academic and social progress of the tutees. To liaise with the Learning Co-ordinator to ensure the implementation of the school’s Achievement, Pastoral Care and Guidance policies.


To have responsibility for curriculum planning and development, use of resources, assessment, recording and reporting, co-ordinating and delivering an appropriately differentiated curriculum using appropriate teaching methodology, learning styles and assessment for learning to maintain an effective learning environment within the ethos, rules and disciplinary systems of the school.

To ensure that the teaching and learning process is planned and implemented to secure the academic and social progress of pupils and ensuring this through the implementation of Whole School Policies.

To assist in the development of appropriate syllabuses, resources, schemes of work, marking policies and teaching strategies in the curriculum area.

To support the achievement of the students in their assigned tutor group ensuring that whole school policies are implemented.

Within the context identified below, the post holder is required to carry out the professional duties set out in the relevant paragraphs of the “School Teachers’ Pay & Conditions Document”.


To develop, agree and set designated subject pupil progress targets to make a measurable contribution to whole school targets and strategically plan for their achievement.

To contribute to the implementation and evaluation of area improvement plans helping to secure their contribution to the whole school improvement plan and the attainment of its targets.

To evaluate and monitor the progress of students and keep accurate up-to-date records on attainment, progression, attendance and to ensure that the school’s policy on Assessment, Recording and Reporting is complied with fully.

To ensure that all the Key Skills are appropriately planned for and implemented within the planned teaching and learning process.

To engage actively in the Performance Management Review process working as a member of the designated team and contributing positively to effective working relations within the school.

To actively implement and promote the school’s inclusion policies to ensure equality of opportunity for every student in order that they achieve their full potential.


The post holder is required to:

To contribute to the maintenance of pupil discipline, good order, welfare, care and guidance and to organise and utilise tutorial time within the pastoral and personal development programmes of the school.

Undertake a general responsibility for the students, buildings and school facilities during the working day maintaining specialist equipment and facilities ensuring the implementation of all Health and Safety Policies.

Participate in meetings with colleagues, parents, partner schools and external agencies in respect of duties and responsibilities connected with the post as per school policy.

Attend appropriate meetings with governors, colleagues, parents and outside agencies relevant to the above duties.

Carry out supervisory duties in accordance with published rotas.


Undertake appropriate, negotiated and agreed personal professional development within the framework of school policies and current practice.

Such other duties as from time to time be reasonably assigned by the Head.


This job description does not define in detail all duties or responsibilities of the post. It will be reviewed annually and may be subject to modification or amendment after consultation with the post holder.

Date of Job Description: April 2019


The following criteria will be used when short-listing and interviewing candidates


  • Degree and Qualified Teacher Status (QTS).
  • Evidence of recent professional learning in relation to this role.
  • Interest in gaining further relevant qualifications.

Knowledge and Skills

  • Ability to teach Religion, Ethics and Philosophy at KS3.
  • Ability to teach the KS5 OCR units on Euthanasia, Utilitarianism, Situation Ethics, The Person of Jesus Christ, Knowledge of God’s existence and Death and the Afterlife.
  • A wide repertoire of teaching styles that facilitate the learning of students through high levels of engagement and motivation
  • Good understanding of implementing effective strategies for managing pupil behaviour in an ‘Inclusive’ environment.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills including listening, negotiation, persuasion and direction.
  • Excellent team working skills.
  • Creative and innovative; willing to contribute to the development teaching and learning within a forward-looking department.
  • Ability to implement change and keep up with curriculum developments.
  • The school is becoming ICT rich and candidates should therefore be ICT literate.
  • Ability to teach Geography and History.

Personal Attributes

  • Ability to inspire trust and empower others
  • Confidence, energy and enthusiasm for teaching one’s subject
  • Stamina, determination, drive and ambition
  • Evidence of a range of interests and a willingness to become involved in the wider aspects of the school community
  • Ability to meet deadlines and work under pressure
  • A record of outstanding teaching leading to exceptional student achievement
  • A clear determination to view this post as the first rung to further promotion.




To see the role of the Tutor or link tutor as supporting the central task of learning by enabling each student to receive the best possible education through:

  • effective care, discipline and rewards
  • regular academic oversight
  • counselling, guidance and support
  • opportunities for responsibility

To be familiar with and implement school policies and procedures on care and guidance issues: e.g., bullying, child protection.

To deliver the agreed tutorial programme, and promote a positive and caring ethos within the Tutor group.


  • Monitoring patterns of attendance and lateness.
  • Maintenance of students’ academic and progress records (personal files) and advising the central office of amendments to student database.
  • Monitoring of student progress including personal tutoring.
  • Monitoring of Homework provision and completion through the student planner.
  • Maintaining effective and regular communication with parents through Family Consultation Days, email, telephone calls and agreed reporting procedures.
  • Liaison with the Learning Co-ordinator, Special Educational Needs and Curriculum Team Leaders to provide the necessary referral and action programmes for students in need of specific help.

Application deadline: 03/12/2020

Expected start date: 04/01/2021

Job Types: Full-time, Temporary

Salary: From £25,711.00 per year

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