Primary School Teacher

Nov 1, 2019 by

Olive Tree Primary School Published: 1 November 2019
Luton, United Kingdom
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School Background

Olive Tree Primary School is an independent faith school in the heart of Luton. The school is currently under new management and, as such, is going through developmental changes. We are a one-form entry school with approximately 40 children across KS1 and KS2. Being a faith school, we view the spiritual growth of our children as equal importance as their academic development. We are looking to establish a dynamic team of staff who are passionate about driving through school improvement and who will support us whole-heartedly as we work towards being an outstanding school.

Salary: £17,076 to £25,001

Job Purpose

The post holder has a teaching commitment in the school. The teacher will contribute to the School Plan, supporting the Islamic ethos, aims and vision of the school

Principle Responsibilities

The teacher will undertake all duties required within a professional capacity of a teacher. This includes:


  • Plan and teach well-structured lessons to assigned classes, following the school’s plans, curriculum and schemes of work
  • Assess, monitor, record and report on the learning needs, progress and achievements of assigned pupils, making accurate and productive use of assessment
  • Adapt teaching to respond to the strengths and needs of pupils
  • Set high expectations which inspire, motivate and challenge pupils
  • Promote good progress and outcomes by pupils
  • Demonstrate good subject and curriculum knowledge
  • Participate in arrangements for preparing pupils for external tests

Whole-school organisation, strategy and development

  • Contribute to the development, implementation and evaluation of the school’s policies, practices and procedures, so as to support the school’s values and vision
  • Make a positive contribution to the wider life and ethos of the school
  • Work with others on curriculum and pupil development to secure co-ordinated outcomes
  • Provide cover, in the unforeseen circumstance that another teacher is unable to teach

Health, safety and discipline

  • Promote the safety and wellbeing of pupils
  • Maintain good order and discipline among pupils, managing behaviour effectively to ensure a good and safe learning environment

Professional development

  • Take part in the school’s appraisal procedures
  • Take part in further training and development in order to improve own teaching
  • Where appropriate, take part in the appraisal and professional development of others


  • Communicate effectively with pupils, parents and carers

Working with colleagues and other relevant professionals

  • Collaborate and work with colleagues and other relevant professionals within and beyond the school
  • Develop effective professional relationships with colleagues

Personal and professional conduct

  • Uphold public trust in the profession and maintain high standards of ethics and behaviour, within and outside school
  • Have proper and professional regard for the ethos, policies and practices of the school, and maintain high standards of attendance and punctuality
  • Understand and act within the statutory frameworks setting out their professional duties and responsibilities

Supervisory Management: Teaching assistants

Financial Resources: None

Physical Resources: Classroom Materials, equipment and resources


All staff are part of a whole school team. They are required to support the values and ethos of the school and school priorities as defined in the School Improvement Plan. They are required to support and follow all relevant school policies including those for behaviour and child protection. This will mean focussing on the needs of colleagues, parents and pupils and being flexible in a busy pressurised environment. They should be involved in promoting the acceptance and integration of pupils with special educational needs. They might also be involved assisting pupils for whom English is an additional language.

Because of the nature of this job, it will be necessary for the appropriate level of criminal record disclosure to be undertaken. Therefore, it is essential in making your application you disclose whether you have any pending charges, convictions, bind-overs or cautions and, if so, for which offences. This post will be exempt from the provisions of Section 4 (2) of the Rehabilitation of Offenders 1974 (Exemptions) (Amendments) Order 1986. Therefore, applicants are not entitled to withhold information about convictions which for other purposes are ‘spent’ under the provision of the Act, and, in the event of the employment being taken up, any failure to disclose such convictions will result in dismissal or disciplinary action by the Authority. The fact that a pending charge, conviction, bind-over or caution has been recorded against you will not necessarily debar you from consideration for this appointment.

Disclosures are handled in accordance with the DBS Code of Practice which can be accessed from the Children and Learning Department, HR Division, or on

This post is classified ‘regulated activity’ in accordance with the Safeguarding Vulnerable Groups Act 2006. You must register with the Independent Safeguarding Authority, and have your registered status confirmed by Luton Borough Council, in order to undertake this post.

Additional Information

Physical Effort:

The job is likely to involve some lifting of equipment on a regular basis. Training will be provided where necessary.

Working Environment:

There could be a frequent requirement to deal with vomit and bodily fluids when children are unwell or when following care plans.

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 Barring Service.

Person Specification



Qualifications and experience

· Qualified Teacher Status (desirable)

· NQT year complete (desirable)

· Successful primary teaching experience

Unqualified teachers with suitable experience/degree are also welcome to apply

Skills and knowledge

· Knowledge of the National Curriculum

· Knowledge of effective teaching and learning strategies

· A good understanding of how children learn

· Ability to adapt teaching to meet pupils’ needs

· Ability to build effective working relationships with pupils

· Knowledge of guidance and requirements around safeguarding children

· Knowledge of effective behaviour management strategies

· Good ICT skills, particularly using ICT to support learning

Personal qualities

· A commitment to getting the best outcomes for all pupils and promoting the ethos and values of the school

· High expectations for children’s attainment and progress

· Ability to work under pressure and prioritise effectively

· Commitment to maintaining confidentiality at all times (GDPR)

· Commitment to safeguarding and equality

· Appropriate motivation to work with young people

· Ability to form appropriate relationships with young people

· Emotional resilience in working with challenging behaviours

· Appropriate attitudes to use of authority and maintaining discipline.

· Desire to drive through whole school improvement with the Senior Management Team

· Desire to self-develop with the potential to manage other teachers in the future (desirable)

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