Head of Maths
Twickenham Preparatory School
Required from September 2019, Twickenham Prep School is seeking an inspirational and innovative Head of Maths, to lead a successful department and deliver Maths to pupils aged 8 - 13.
Twickenham Preparatory School (TPS) is an independent, coeducational, day school for children aged 4 - 13, situated in South West London. TPS has a reputation for being nurturing and pastorally strong with high academic standards and a broad curriculum.
We are seeking to appoint an inspirational and innovative Head of Maths, to lead a successful department and deliver Maths to pupils aged 8 - 13. Working within a dynamic and supportive team you will have the ability to inspire our pupils with a love of Maths and motivate learning in a stimulating and effective way.
You will be a self-motivated, innovative and outward-looking teacher with a desire to create exciting lessons to deliver the Maths curriculum, whilst playing a leading role in departmental development projects.
At TPS, we aim to teach our pupils how to be more than a human calculator. Our pupils are taught to go beyond regurgitating tables, facts and processes and learn to reason and problem solve. We work hard at developing these skills. We aim to enable pupils to understand relationships and patterns in both number and space in their everyday lives.
In the Mathematics department, we believe it is important to:
• Engage and stretch students regardless of ability
• Revisit topics often
• Develop mental (non-formal) strategies before the written (formal) method is taught.
• Use the correct vocabulary
• Show that different topics are connected and that mathematics is all around us
• Show that MATHS IS FUN!
From Year 4 upwards, children are taught by Maths specialists in two streamed and well-resourced classrooms. We recognise that there will still always be a range of abilities in each class and match the challenge of the task to the ability of the pupil. Extra support is offered within classes for enrichment or support.
The National Curriculum continues to be the mainframe that is used for the teaching Maths. In addition, we also refer to the ISEB 11+ syllabus to ensure that the pupils are well prepared for their entrance exams. The 13+ Common Entrance programme of study provides the boys in Years 7 and 8 with a rich and engaging course. Pupils in Years 4 and 5 receive 7 lessons a week, in Year 6, 6 lessons (with 2 additional lessons given in the Autumn term to help prepare for entrance exams) and Years 7 & 8 receive 5 lessons per week.
Mathematical concepts are explored in a variety of representations and problem-solving contexts to give pupils a richer and deeper learning experience. We promote the participation in Maths Challenges across the Prep department.
We have recently bought the adaptive and fun DoodleMaths app to support the pupils’ learning on iPads. The department also provides additional clubs, such as Maths Clinic, Problem Solving, Maths is Fun and Origami clubs to support our work in the classroom.
Details on how to apply are available on:
The School reserves the right to interview and appoint at any stage during the recruitment process.
The School is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.
Applicants will be required to undergo child protection screening appropriate to the post, including checks with past employers and the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS).
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