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Teacher of Music

Closing Date: June 01, 2018 11:00

Location: Isaac Newton Academy - (London)

Salary: Ark MPS

Hours: Full time

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Teacher of Music

Teacher of Music

A warm community where everyone is supported to be the best they can be

Start date: As soon as possible

Salary: Ark MPS

Location: Ilford, London

Nearest train station: Seven Kings

Deadline: 11am on Friday 1st June 2018

Ofsted: Outstanding in all areas (2014)


Visits to our school are encouraged; to arrange, please call 0208 911 6666.


Rated as outstanding by Ofsted just two years after opening, it’s an exciting time to join us at Isaac Newton Academy. In September 2012 Isaac Newton Academy opened with its inaugural cohort of 180 year 7 students. The school will grow, year on year, to become an 11-18 academy of 1250 students with specialist status in mathematics and music. In 2014 the primary phase of the academy opened to 90 reception-aged children. This too will grow each year, until full in September 2020.

We are looking to appoint an inspirational Music Teacher who shares our belief in the highest standards of academic attainment in a comprehensive setting. This is a rare opportunity to be centrally involved in establishing an outstanding school from its early stages.

The ideal candidate will:

  • be a great teacher
  • achieve outstanding student attainment outcomes
  • possess the skills and determination to make a significant difference to the lives of Ilford residents.

At Isaac Newton Academy every student is a musician.  At Key Stage 3 students receive two hours of music teaching per week, one hour of core music and one hour of group instrumental tuition. They are taught in form groups and are not grouped according to current attainment. During core music lessons we workshop a variety of styles of music from all over the world. 

Staff are provided with responsive and tailored CPD, including weekly off-timetable training sessions, an in-house leadership course for middle and senior leaders and an array of extra opportunities all geared towards your career development.

At Isaac Newton Academy, behaviour is managed centrally. There are set guidelines about what is expected of our students and Behaviour Working Parties, which allow our teachers to concentrate on teaching and our students to focus on learning. 

As a teacher at Isaac Newton, you will be part of Ark, an international charity and one of the UK's most successful multi-academy trusts, with a network of 35 schools in 4 locations across the country.  Benefits of being part of the Ark network include:

  • A salary 2.5% higher than the main scale teacher salaries
  • Twice as many training days as standard and network-wide events with Ark colleagues, held by the best minds in education

Click here to find out more about the benefits of work for Isaac Newton Academy.

 Visit our website for more information on the school. For an informal, confidential discussion, please contact our HR Office on 0208 911 6657 or

The deadline for applications is 11am on Friday 1st June 2018.

We reserve the right to close the application window early if we appoint a suitable candidate. Early application is strongly advised.

Ark is committed to safeguarding children; successful candidates will be subject to an enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service check.


Job Description:  Teacher of Music

Reporting to:         Head of Department

Start date:             September 2018

Salary:                   Ark MPS

Disclosure level:  Enhanced

The Role

To deliver outstanding teaching, to ensure effective student learning in the subject and to achieve excellent results for the students

To be a role-model and impact positively on the academy more widely

Key responsibilities

  • To plan, resource and deliver imaginative, interactive and inspiring lessons that ensure effective learning takes place and students make excellent progress
  • To inspire a generation of young musicians through engaging, authentic and practical music making
  • To be committed to whole class instrumental/vocal performance as a backbone to every scheme of learning
  • To prepare and lead an engaging range of practical, musical, extra-curricular opportunities for students and potentially for members of the wider school community
  • To provide a nurturing and stimulating classroom and academy environment that helps students to develop as learners
  • To maintain/establish positive behaviour for learning across the whole academy
  • To contribute to the effective working of the academy
  • To support students in the acquisition and development of learning dispositions and positive character traits
  • To provide stimulating and enriching extra-curricular opportunities for students and potentially for members of the wider school community
  • To be accountable for student progress and attainment levels in their own classes.

Outcomes and activities

Teaching and Learning

  • With direction from the Head of Department, to plan and prepare effective teaching modules and lessons
  • To teach engaging and effective lessons that motivate, inspire and involve students and improve student attainment
  • To use regular assessments to monitor progress and set targets
  • To respond accordingly to the results of such monitoring to differentiate intervention
  • To utilise a full range of AfL strategies
  • To maintain regular and productive communication with parents, to report on progress, sanctions and achievements
  • To promote reading and teach literacy skills.

Academy Culture

  • To help create a strong academy community, characterised by consistent, orderly behaviour and caring, respectful relationships by maintaining a presence around the Academy
  • To help develop an Academy culture and ethos that is utterly committed to achievement
  • To demonstrate a commitment to equality of opportunity for all members of the Academy’s community
  • To actively promote the Academy at all times
  • To contribute to discussions at meetings
  • To contribute to the writing and implementation of the Academy Improvement Plan
  • To be active in issues of student welfare and support.


  • To be a form tutor and deliver tutorial, BRIDGES and PSHE sessions to the form group
  • To undertake other various responsibilities as directed by the Head of Department or Principal
  • To undertake the main professional duties of a teacher as set out in the ARK Schools pay and conditions of service document
  • To meet the expectations of all INA staff as laid out in the Staff Expectations Policy
  • To uphold all Academy polices with consistency and diligence.



Person Specification: Teacher of Music

Qualification Criteria

  • Qualified to degree level and above
  • Qualified to teach (and work) in the UK
  • Experience teaching KS4 music would be desirable.

Knowledge & Skills

  • Up to date knowledge in the curriculum area
  • Understanding of the strategies needed to establish consistently high aspirations and standards of results and behaviour
  • Expert instrumental and vocal skills and a willingness to model these in support of class performances
  • Due to our unique and exciting Big Band project, a fairly high level of competence on one of the Big Band instruments (trumpet, trombone, saxophone, guitar, bass, piano, drums) would be highly desirable, particularly trumpet or trombone.


  • Experience of raising attainment in a challenging classroom environment
  • Experience of leading instrumental and vocal ensembles
  • Experience of small group instrumental teaching would be highly desirable (in order to support the Big Band Project)
  • Evidence of continually improving the teaching and learning of their subject through schemes of work and extra-curricular activities.


  • Passion for the subject
  • High expectations for accountability and consistency
  • A commitment to equality of opportunity for all students in all musical pursuits
  • Vision aligned with ARK’s high aspirations, high expectations of self and others
  • A firm and constant belief in the unlimited musical potential of every student and a commitment to inclusive educational provision
  • Motivation to continually improve standards and achieve excellence
  • Commitment to the safeguarding and welfare of all students and providing equality of opportunity
  • The ability to enthuse and inspire others
  • The ability to consistently deliver outstanding lessons
  • Effective and systematic behaviour management, with clear boundaries, sanctions, praise and recognition
  • Excellent communication, planning and organisational skills
  • Demonstrates resilience, motivation and commitment to driving up standards of achievement
  • Acts as a role model to staff and students
  • Commitment to regular and on-going professional development and training to establish outstanding classroom practice
  • The skills needed to develop positive relations with students and adults
  • The skills needed to work effectively alone and as a part of a team
  • Excellent listening skills
  • Strong interpersonal, written and oral communication skills and ICT skills
  • Strong organisational and time management skills
  • The ability to take personal responsibility, a readiness to reflect and self-evaluate, and the ability to change, develop and improve
  • Confidence and self-motivation
  • The skills to work well under pressure
  • High levels of honesty and integrity
  • A sense of humour and desire to have fun.


  • This post is subject to an enhanced Disclosure & Barring Service check
  • The post holder must be committed to safeguarding the welfare of children and to providing equality of opportunity.

Ark is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people in our academies.  In order to meet this responsibility, we follow a rigorous selection process. This process is outlined here, but can be provided in more detail if requested. All successful candidates will be subject to an enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service check.

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