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					                            POLITICS DEPARTMENT

Politics has established itself as a popular, innovative and dynamic department within
the Caterham Sixth Form. The department currently consists of two members of staff but
they have accumulated other responsibilities, hence the need for a new person to lead
the department into its next phase of growth and development.

The principal aim of the department is to bring as many students as possible to an
understanding of basic political ideas. Many students will go on to work in areas such as
management, the Law, journalism, the Civil Service, local politics or pressure groups
and a knowledge of British and international politics will be invaluable to them.

The department has a number of expectations of its students. We expect them to:

          develop a questioning mind
          discuss and debate issues openly
          read widely and follow developments in current affairs
          work independently

The department offers the Edexcel Syllabus and has opted for the UK and US
components. Politics is allocated 8 periods a week and written work is set weekly.

The department has guided many students through their A-Levels and some very
encouraging results have been achieved in recent years.

                               2004:   100% A – C grades
                               2005:   100% A – B grades
                               2006:   100% A – C grades
                               2007:   100% A – C grades
                               2008:   100% A – C grades
                               2009:    96% A – C grades

A raft of activities and approaches are used in delivering the Politics Curriculum and the
department is well resourced. It is housed in its own base and has use of an interactive
whiteboard. The department has developed a reputation for offering a wide range of
enrichment activities including trips to Westminster, an exchange with a high school in
Hudson, Ohio and the publication each year of Preview; the in-house political journal.
                       PART-TIME HEAD OF POLITICS
The School is seeking to appoint a dynamic, well-qualified and experienced graduate to
lead the Politics Department.

The successful candidate will
      have a real enthusiasm for the subject
      be committed to high quality teaching and learning
      have experience of teaching to Oxbridge level
      demonstrate an inspiring approach to teaching
      have excellent communication skills
      be committed to promoting high standards.
We are looking for someone with initiative, vision and the ability to build on the success
of the department and to contribute to further developments.

The person appointed will be expected to play a full and positive part in the life of the
school. Therefore, the ability, and a willingness to become involved in, and contribute to
other co-curricular activities will be essential.


 A completed application form and CV (optional), together with a covering letter and the
     names, addresses and telephone numbers of two referees, should be sent to:

            The Headmaster, Caterham School, Harestone Valley Road,
                         Caterham, Surrey, CR3 6YA

        or e-mailed to the Head’s PA at: jean.carney@caterhamschool.co.uk

The closing date for applications is Tuesday 2 February 2010. The School reserves the
                right to appoint at any stage of the recruitment process.


                                www.caterhamschool.co.uk

				
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