Job Description – Teacher

All staff members of Kennedy Baptist College, whether their responsibilities lie in the academic or in the support areas, have special knowledge and skills to effectively carry out their roles. It is important that each person understands the parameters of his or her responsibilities, has a sense of independence and autonomy, acknowledges accountability to the senior person in their area and can experience both challenge and satisfaction in his or her work.

The following guidelines, adapted from a list for teaching staff in independent schools, are intended to help us to ensure that the aims and goals of the College are reflected in our procedures.

A. Foundational Points

  1. Be interested in students as people. Be willing to give individual help in your subject and in any other way you can.
  2. Encourage an atmosphere of friendliness, co-operation and respect for other people.
  • Maintain a positive approach to life. The manner in which members of staff treat other people - teachers, students, parents, visitors, is very important in speech, attitude and behaviour.
  • Do not criticise or allow criticism of other staff or students.
  • Be careful in what you say and how you say it. Take care not to believe the worst in people and circumstances. Check for the truth.
  • Avoid giving any cause for people to feel they have been belittled, “looked down upon", disregarded, or brushed aside.
  1. The College’s culture depends largely on the example set by staff and their encouragement of certain behaviour. There needs to be a good balance between informality and formality.
  2. Students and staff are not permitted to smoke. No one should smoke in any part of the College.
  3. Social functions for staff assist the development of positive and productive relationships between staff members.

B. General Professional Points

  1. Work co-operatively with the Principal and other staff to ensure the happy and smooth running of the College.
  2. Keep yourself informed of educational developments - by professional reading, membership of subject associations and attending courses and conferences.
  3. Contribute to thinking and discussion of educational issues which affect not only your own learning area, but also those which are of wider importance to our students.
  4. Attend and contribute to Staff Meetings.
  5. Attend assemblies and other functions of the whole College; religious, sporting and social.
  6. Attend Parent/Teacher meetings concerned with the students you teach.
  7. Support student activities such as form group, year groups events and house group.
  8. It is much better to talk with Heads of Learning Areas, Heads of Year, Deputy Principals and parents early rather than late. Do not let problems develop in school work or conduct.
  9. Some parents may not have legal access to their children. Please check with Principal or Administration if you are unsure.

C. Academic Points

  1. Teach effectively. Utilise the College’s pedagogy and policies to present lessons which engages and motivates students on their learning journey.
  2. Provide an environment for sound learning, for arousing interest, gaining attention, improving concentration, requiring active participation and stressing reinforcement. Ensure appropriate and adequate materials and careful sequencing of events. Recognise and provide for individual differences in students.
  3. Utilise College and professional resources to evaluate the effectiveness of teaching practices.

D. Day to Day Routine

  1. Attend to all requirements and duties. Access to this information is explained during the Staff Induction. Periodic updates are communicated through established channels.
  2. Attend to any special arrangements for the day and if you are a form teacher be in your form room before 8:10am to be accessible to your students.
  3. Remain on the College premises at all times throughout the day, unless notification has been given to the Administration. Teachers are expected to arrive at least 30 minutes prior to their first duty and remain for at least 30 minutes after their last duty.

E. Discipline

  1. All staff are responsible for maintaining a high standard of discipline in the classroom, within all buildings, the grounds, on outings and at camps. Staff should encourage, expect and require good manners, courtesy and thoughtfulness at all times and in all situations.
  2. Staff should remain aware that they provide behaviour models for the students.
  3. Standards of discipline and classroom management should be in keeping with the overall policy and ethos of the College

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