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Teacher of Music

Closing Date: June 28, 2018 11:00

Location: King Solomon Academy - (London)

Salary: Ark MPS/UPS (Inner London): £28,514 - £47,523 dependent on experience + TLR dependent on experience / skill

Hours: Full time

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Teacher of Music

Teacher of Music

King Solomon Academy

This is a unique opportunity to play a vital role in the development of our Orchestra Programme and contribute to the life of our outstanding music specialist all-through school, which seeks to redefine what is possible in education.

We seek an enthusiastic and talented teacher, ready to deliver great learning within and beyond the curriculum and in our specialist subject and by doing so, to have a huge impact on the futures of our pupils.

We are looking for a teacher to join our music department to contribute to the school’s ground-breaking orchestra programme where all pupils learn a string instrument. We need an exceptional and inspirational music teacher to serve as a role model to our pupils by teaching them in the development of their musical ability, self-confidence and aspirations.

Our ambitious goal is for all of our pupils to become highly accomplished and successful musicians in our string orchestra. We believe all pupils, with the right role models, expectations and teaching can learn to love and excel at playing a string instrument, irrespective of their starting point.

King Solomon Academy aims to transform the lives of its pupils, 65% of whom come from the 1% most deprived communities in the country. Our mission is to provide a rigorous education that prepares our pupils for success at university and beyond, irrespective of their starting point. Our teachers do whatever it takes to make this vision a reality. The staff culture of KSA is one of mission aligned teamwork and shared professional development so that as individuals and as a school we can provide the very best education for the children we serve.

We are looking for an inspiring teacher and leader who is passionate about inclusive, joyful and high-quality music-making. Music is at the heart of our school community. Students have four hours of music at week at Key Stage 3 and two hours a week at Key Stage 2. We believe every child is a musician, but only engaging teachers with a growth mindset can help them develop to their full potential. Our goal is for all of our pupils to become expressive, confident and technically accomplished singers, African drummers, string players, composers and keyboard players, irrespective of their starting point. We want a teacher who values these different musical voices, but is also passionate about the potential of our core strings programme.

Alongside teaching a rich and varied music curriculum, you will also contribute to the school’s ground-breaking and transformational KS2 & KS3 instrumental programme where all pupils learn a string instrument from the age of 8. Our instrumental programme replaces a traditional peripatetic model with an inclusive one and helps students to develop, not only a new musical voice, but also a practise ethic and the skills to become lifelong learners. Our vibrant whole year-group string rehearsals are the highlight of the week and our students have toured Austria, Spain and nationally.

King Solomon Academy is achieving remarkable things. In our first four years of GCSE results we have regularly achieved nationally ground-breaking outcomes, including being the top 1% for pupil progress every year, and in three of the last four years we have been in the top 10 schools in the country.

KSA is rare in that it is a genuine all-through school. Our pupils join at 3 years old and stay with us until they are 18. By joining KSA you play a part in showing what is possible when children’s education is seen as a long term commitment.

Professionally, it also provides teachers and leaders with a unique opportunity to have impact across all phases of learning.


In this role you will:

  • Have the opportunity to teach across age ranges within all-through experience of musicianship for our pupils
  • Be part of nationally ground-breaking music practices
  • Join an already talented team of music teachers who you can learn from
  • Be developed as an exceptional teacher capable of driving ground-breaking educational outcomes for pupils from an economically deprived background
  • Have the opportunity to take on additional leadership responsibilities as you develop, including senior leadership
  • Join the Ark network, accessing comprehensive development opportunities


To apply, follow the link at by 11am on Friday 28th June 2018. For an informal conversation about the role, please contact the PA to the Principal, Shaheen Riaz, at and 0207 563 6901.




Job Description: Teacher of Music

Reports to: Head of Music

Start date:   September 2018

Salary:          Ark MPS/UPS (Inner London): £28,514 - £47,523 dependent on experience + TLR dependent on experience / skill


The Role

To provide outstanding teaching and learning to ensure exceptional progress of their students.


Key responsibilities

  • Prepare, deliver and assess learning to a high standard, ensuring great outcomes.
  • Provide a nurturing classroom and school environment that helps students to develop as learners
  • Helping to maintain/establish discipline across the whole academy
  • Contribute to the effective working of the Academy


Outcomes and activities

Teaching and Learning

  • To teach engaging and effective lessons that motivate, inspire and transform pupil attainment.
  • With direction from appropriate curriculum leaders, assist in the creation and development of challenging and innovative schemes of work which are inspiring for learners and teachers alike.
  • Use regular, measurable and significant assessments to monitor progress and set targets.
  • Respond accordingly to the results of such monitoring.
  • Ensure that all students achieve at chronological age level or, if well below level, make significant and continuing progress towards achieving at level.
  • Maintain regular and productive communication with parents, to report on progress, sanctions and rewards and all other communications.
  • To develop an exciting and motivating extra-curricular and enrichment offer including university links, trips and residentials.


Academy Culture

  • Help create a strong academy community, characterised by consistent, orderly, caring and respectful relationships
  • Help develop a small school culture and ethos that is utterly committed to achievement
  • Form teacher / class teacher (teachers will usually be required to perform the role of form teacher / class teacher):
  • Create and sustain a positive class culture
  • Care for each pupil as an individual and ensure that they succeed academically and develop emotionally and socially
  • Hold each pupil to account in every aspect of their school life by maintaining frequent phone/email contact with parents
  • Write appropriate comments in reports



  • Undertake other various responsibilities as directed by the Principal.


Person Specification: Teacher of Music


Qualification criteria

  • Qualified to degree level and above
  • Qualified to teach in the UK
  • Right to work in the UK
  • Grade 8 in instrument(s) is expected



  • Experience of raising attainment in a challenging classroom environment
  • Evidence of continually improving the teaching and learning of their subject though schemes of work and extra-curricular activities etc.
  • Experience of leading orchestras, ensembles, classes and small groups in instrumental learning


Skills and attributes

We are looking for these skills and attributes or at the very least, a clear, demonstrable capacity to develop them:


  • Effective team worker and leader.
  • High expectations for accountability and consistency.
  • Vision aligned with KSA’s high aspirations, high expectations of self and others.
  • Genuine passion and a belief in the potential of every student.
  • Motivation to continually improve standards and achieve excellence.
  • Commitment to the safeguarding and welfare of all pupils.


Teaching and Learning

  • Creative, and highly skilled instrumentalist
  • Excellent classroom practitioner.
  • Effective and systematic behaviour management, with clear boundaries, sanctions, praise and rewards.
  • Has good communication, planning and organisational skills.
  • Demonstrates resilience, motivation and commitment to driving up standards of achievement.
  • Commitment to regular and on-going professional development and training to establish outstanding classroom practice.


Alignment with KSA vision

  • Relentless drive to do whatever it takes to ensure all students succeed.
  • The belief that with the right environment more than 95% of our pupils are able to excel at University.
  • The courage and conviction to make a difference.


Communication skills

  • The ability to listen and communicate effectively.
  • Empathy and the ability to understand the needs, aspirations and motivation of diverse individuals and groups.
  • The ability to influence and motivate others.


Problem solving

  • Identify, analyse and resolve problems and issues.
  • Develop plans with concrete outcomes and effective solutions.
  • Evaluate results and identify necessary actions.
  • Make fact-based decisions.



  • Sustain energy, optimism and motivation in the face of pressure and setbacks.
  • Stay calm in difficult situations and maintain clarity of vision.
  • Be adaptable in the face of adversity.


Results and learning orientation

  • Awareness of own strengths and limits.
  • Commitment to ongoing improvement and learning.
  • A passion for teaching subject.
  • Focus on achieving challenging goals and results.
  • Resourcefulness and flexibility in delivering outcomes.



This post is subject to an enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service check.

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