English and Drama Teacher

Wellington College China

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Tianjin | Academic | Wellington College Tianjin

Teacher of ENGLISH and DRAMA
Wellington College is committed to providing world-class educational opportunities in the city of Tianjin. We
seek to recruit and develop staff members who are fully engaged with the stated vision of the school – [to]
“aspire to create a caring, international community that develops well-rounded individuals with strong values
and the skills to thrive within an ever-changing global society” and who are guided in their professional and
personal conduct by the core Wellington values – courage, respect, integrity, kindness and responsibility. In
this way, the post holder should regard the following outline of the job description not as a checklist of things
to achieve, but as a starting point for their growth in the role.
Wellington College International Tianjin’s Senior School provides pupils aged 11-18 years with access to an
education rooted in the strong values and progressive approach to learning synonymous with Wellington
College. The school offers its pupils rigour and challenge throughout the journey from Key Stage 3, largely
mirroring the national curriculum in England, and then on to IGCSE and A Levels in Key Stages 4 and 5. We
aim to prepare pupils for success during and after their time at the College; the overwhelming majority of our
leavers in Year 13 go on to study at universities across the world.
Within a culture of shared vision, mutual respect, high academic standards, open communication and a
commitment to best practice, the teachers at Wellington form an integral part of a close team determined to
develop and evolve in their personal and professional development.
China today boasts at least two of the world’s great cities on its mainland – Beijing and Shanghai. While
these megacities, with populations well in excess of 20 million people, hog the limelight, so-called ‘second
tier’ cities, such as Tianjin provide some light relief from the hectic pace of life. Tianjin may be the largest city
most people have never heard of; it is China’s 4th largest city, with over 15 million people spread across its
main urban centres. It is the former port city for Beijing, providing the capital with its access to the sea and
the trade routes across the world.
Any visitor to Beijing or Shanghai cannot have failed to notice the scale of those cities, and with that vast size
comes an almost inevitable compromise in terms of traffic jams, higher prices and crowds of tourists and locals
alike. Tianjin, by contrast, has a rather less frenetic pace of life. Inhabitants can take long, peaceful walks along
the beautiful HaiHe river or mooch around the former European concession areas in WuDaDao. It is a bigcity, but with the feel of a compact and connected centre – the ‘downtown’ areas of shopping, sporting and
leisure facilities all sit within a few square kilometres of the CBD. Strolling, jogging or cycling around the city
is remarkably easy and affords a chance to see the historic and cultural highlights whilst never being too far
from a restorative coffee shop or restaurant.
The city’s traditional heart is around the Drum Tower, just a few minutes’ walk from the school. Here, arts
and crafts’ shops rub shoulders with antique dealers and restaurants offering local Tianjin delicacies. Further
along the river, and again within easy reach of the school, lie the former concessions, sections of the city which
in the 19th Century were annexed by the major world powers, including Britain, Germany, the US and Japan.
All saw in Tianjin the chance to exploit Chinese trade, and as a result, the city has developed some historic
areas which reflect the architecture and ambitions of their former occupiers. A day spent wandering around
WuDaDao, or the recently restored Italian concession area, makes for a fascinating journey into the city’s
past. Venturing outside the city, Tianjin has its own stretch of the Great Wall, which makes for a scenic and
peaceful two-hour hike: the crowded Wall sections around Beijing will seem a million mile away once you set
foot on the Huangyaguan stretch of this UNESCO World Heritage site.
1 General Role Description:
A well-qualified teacher of English and Drama, with at least two years’ experience of teaching at Senior / High
School level (UK Key Stages 3-5 or equivalent).
Key Responsibilities
To teach English Language and Literature within the English department
To teach Drama within the English Department
To lead plays, musicals and other performances
To work with the Head of English and other staff on the development of schemes of work, helping to
build opportunities for:
– Ensuring progression
– Active learning
– Assessment for learning
– Meeting the needs of all learners
– Enrichment and external links
To maintain up-to-date records of student progress across all aspects of performance
To ensure that your students make good or outstanding progress in English
To deal effectively with behaviour, attendance and punctuality issues
To carry out the regular assessment and marking of students’ work, according to the departmental
and whole school assessment and marking policy
To keep records of student attainment and progress To monitor student achievement against school and national data at individual student and
teaching group level, and to take action to improve achievement and combat identified under
To carry out assessment and feedback
Guidance & Welfare:
Where appropriate, act as a form tutor, fulfilling the following functions:
To take overall responsibility for monitoring tutees’ academic and wider progress and
acting in line with school policies in this area;
To review progress and support students in target setting and action planning;
To ensure that all students are valued and treated according to the aims of the school.
2 Knowledge, Experience and Profile Required
Qualifications / Skills:
A relevant degree (BA) and professional teaching qualification is essential
A passion for English and Drama and the ability to share this with as wide a range of students
as possible
Excellent subject knowledge and an interest in current developments in English and Drama
Knowledge of A-level/GCSE/IGCSE, TOEFL & IELTS is desirable
The desire to put the wellbeing of each student at the heart of what they do and can
demonstrate how they will support the development of the school’s values and identities
Excellent inter-personal skills
High level of ICT competency
Honesty, integrity, compassion, flexibility and a good sense of humour
Strong organizational, self-management and problem-solving skills
Desirable Qualifications / Skills:
Experience teaching GCSE and A-level (or equivalent)
Experience teaching the Cambridge International Examinations
IGCSE English Experience teaching IELTS and TOEFL
Experience using ICT (or a VLE) to enrich students’ learning
Experience teaching and mentoring EAL students
Important Note:
“Aligned with the recommendations of the International Task Force on Child Protection, we
hold ourselves to a high standard of effective recruiting practices with specific attention to child
ITFCP Statement of Commitment
Wellington College China schools are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare
of children. Assessment and testing of applicants’ suitability to work with children is an integral
part of the selection process.

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