Salary: £25 179
Exeter Mathematics School (EMS) is a unique 6th form, created to meet the needs of able Mathematics students throughout the South West. Jointly sponsored by the University of Exeter and Exeter College, it opened in September 2014. The school is a learning community in which students’ needs are at the centre. EMS students expect high levels of challenge coupled with thoughtful support and guidance, working in an atmosphere that fosters creative and rigorous thinking, encourages enquiry and engenders confidence in problem solving.
In addition to Mathematics and Further Mathematics, the vast majority of students elect to study Physics and increasing numbers are also studying Computer Science. Teachers of Maths work closely with those of Physics and Computer Science to enrich and integrate the curriculum. Our Mathematics department is exceptionally strong and contribute to a significant programme of outreach for students and teachers in the locality.
We have an exciting opportunity for a Newly Qualified Teacher who is ambitious to develop their teaching alongside our experienced and dynamic team.
We are seeking to appoint an inspirational, well-qualified, reflective, NQT that is committed to developing their practice to the highest level. The post holder will have a significantly reduced timetable, will participate in team-teaching, will conduct research and will be supported throughout the two years towards the completion of a masters degree or other significant research. In addition to teaching students at EMS, s/he will participate in outreach events (in the school day and at weekends) and gain broader experience through working with other schools.
The successful candidate will be committed to developing pedagogy and collaborative working and be able to challenge, stretch and support the most able students as they prepare to study mathematics-related degrees at top universities. A determination to make a positive difference to students is essential.
EMS is a small school, catering for just 120 students. You will be one of only 12 teachers in the school; as part of a small team, you will need to work flexibly and will have a significant role in the ongoing development of the school and its curriculum.
EMS is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of young people and expects all staff to share this commitment. All appointments are subject to satisfactory DBS checks, together with the receipt of references.
Further information about the school can be found on this website with additional information for prospective teachers on this page. If you would like more information or the opportunity to discuss this post or visit the school, please get in touch.
Application deadline: midnight on Sunday 11th April.
Interviews will take place in school on Friday 23rd April.
Examinations Officer (part time – equivalent to 7.5 hours per week but variable throughout the year). We will be advertising this post in the summer term for a September 2021 start.
Outreach Officer – part time – more details to follow soon.
Admissions Officer – part time – more details to follow soon.
The following quotes are taken from our most recent staff survey in March 2021.
“I feel like there is a very good combination of teacher autonomy and support amongst staff. I have the freedom to try new things in lessons but still feel part of a team.”
“EMS is such a lovely place to work – everyone is incredibly friendly, helpful and passionate about what they do.”
“Incredibly grateful for the camaraderie over the difficult past year in particular. Everyone is focused on looking out for our students (not only their education) but not at the expense of looking after each other/ourselves.”
“I always feel respected for who I am and feel safe to voice worries without being scared I will be seen in a negative light for not being perfect.”
“I feel very well supported by the leadership at EMS and feel that the response to COVID changes have been very positive and supportive.”
“EMS really is a great place to work! We have lovely students, an incredibly supportive staff team and a leadership team who don’t just care about wellbeing as a buzzword but as a genuine priority.”
“I am 100% in love with EMS still, and believe it is all that a school should be.”
“I think I have become a better human being whilst working here due to the staff. Thank you.”
“Great place to work and really happy here. Everyone is so easy to get along with, supportive and friendly.”
As a 6th form our contracts are not typical school contracts. As such you have an entitlement to 40 days (8 weeks) of holiday each year plus bank holidays, all of which are taken outside of term time. In addition, we have a shut down period at Christmas which is not taken from your holiday allowance.
When you work Saturdays, you receive an additional day of holiday in lieu of the time you are in school. For a full-time teacher this tends to be 5 days / 1 week (pro rata for part time).
Our term times are similar to Exeter College: we normally break up for school holidays about 5 to 10 days into July and return to school on A-level results day (mid-August).
In the summer, teachers will always have at least 3 consecutive weeks of leave, but there are often more weeks available. At Easter, all teachers will have at least 1 week of leave and may be required to work for two or three days for outreach activities. We have also, for example held admissions interviews in February half term, requiring teachers to attend for up to two days.
We don’t tend to ask teachers to attend site during non-term time unless there is a specific reason such as training, outreach, or admissions events. These are planned at the start of the academic year, enabling teachers to plan their holiday time with certainty.
The table below is indicative of the how holidays may be taken by a full-time teacher who has worked for five Saturdays. The total number of discretionary days leave may vary, for example, depending on when bank holidays fall over the Christmas period.
All EMS employees have access to a range of resources and support through the Health Assured EAP. The programme includes:
Our staff and students have access to the facilities at Exeter College including HR support and Gym membership (for a small fee).
It’s a small gesture of our appreciation for your work that we provide tea, coffee and milk for staff and no charge. We hope it makes your day a little easier.
Teachers are entitled to join the Teachers’ Pension Scheme: Teachers’ Pensions
Non-teaching staff are entitled to join the Local Government Pension Scheme: LGPS member site
The staff team is truly fantastic, welcoming, helpful and kind. It’s one of the very best things about working here (the students being the other). It’s not possible to overstate just how supportive they are – if you’re having a tough day someone will pick you up, if you’ve had a brilliant success, your colleagues will celebrate with you.
We support staff with a variety of voucher schemes including childcare (for those who remain eligible) and cycle-to-work schemes. If employees become aware of a scheme which will help them, we will offer it if we are able to.