Play School Assistant (75-80%)
Publication date:17 November 2022
Place of work:Chilchgasse 8, 3792 Saanen
John F. Kennedy International School is a small school with a family atmosphere. Student role in the main primary & middle school section is approximately 100 in Autumn and Spring and 125 in Winter. Within the Play School, we would have up to 18 children all year round. Staff at the school take on many roles such as lunchtime supervision, accompanying excursions and hikes.
In line with all teachers at JFK, the successful applicant would be expected to lead an after-school activity of their choosing during either the Autumn or Spring term. Staff know all of the students across the school and are comfortable teaching across the age range. All staff are expected to exhibit the JFK Core Values of Adaptability, Morality, Resilience, Enquiry, Cooperation, Communication, Thoughtfulness and Respect.
Please note that only EU / Swiss nationals applications will be considered due to strict Swiss working permit regulations. The ability to drive a minibus would be an advantage. Written references will be taken from past two employers and you must be able to provide evidence of your teaching qualifications.
Play School Assistant General Job Description
JFK is a unique small school with a family feel. We believe that learning exists inside and outside the classroom and that each child is different and so their learning and progression will also be unique
JFK staff are expected to foster a professional environment through exhibiting the core values of the school.
Key areas of responsibility:
Teaching and Learning
• Plan outcomes of learning showing a balance between outcomes of knowledge, understanding and thinking skills, showing differentiation where necessary.
• Ensuring effective teaching so that teaching objectives are met, and the best use is made of teaching time
• Demonstrate extensive understanding of subject content and connections with other subjects
• Plan collaboratively with colleagues to ensure the curriculum is integrated, broad and balanced
• Ensure that lessons take into account the full range of ability of the students and make appropriate use of information from the EAL and SEN department
• Set high expectations for students behaviour, establishing and maintaining a good standard of discipline through well focused teaching
• Mark and monitor students work promptly. Provide constructive oral and written feedback and set targets that make the next steps clear
• Be a class teacher and / or homeroom teacher as required
• Ensure there is a constant review of teaching approaches and subject content, keeping up to date with developments in your subject curriculum
• Set high, clear and consistent expectations for student achievement and student pride in work
• Develop schemes of work and assessment procedures to ensure a consistent approach to teaching and learning
• Create and maintain a pleasant, safe and accessible environment where students are engaged in purposeful learning activities in a variety of ways
• Be flexible and adjust the content and process to meet individual learner’s needs.
• Encourage students to see the real-world application of your subject
• Teach an average of 24 lessons per week for a full-time post
Pupil well being
• Ensure safeguarding of students, reporting concerns to the appropriate member of staff
• Create a positive community of mutual respect and support
• Positively embrace different cultures
• Read and adhere to the various policies of the school and support the ethos of the school by upholding the behaviour code, uniform regulations and other expectations
• If required act as a tutor to one of the boarding students, providing pastoral care as required.
• Be inclusive and supportive in and out of the classroom
• Act as a positive role model for students, exemplifying a positive attitude
• Ensure pupil progress is reported via written reports to parents each term
• Demonstrate responsibility by motivating and enthusing staff and students
• Plan for student assessment with clear assessment criteria and standards that have been communicated to students and which link to external outcomes
• Ensure students are making good progress, documented through evidence, and take appropriate action if a group you teach is doing less well than it should
• Ensure your personal beliefs are not infiltrating through your teaching
• Participate in the school appraisal system
• Reflect on your teaching and adapt as necessary
• Take at least one after school activities class per week in either the Autumn or Spring Term
• Attend all school functions as required, regardless of who is running them - School Council, Parents, other teachers, etc.
• Complete break and lunch duties as required
• Participate in staff meetings, In Service Training and parents’ meetings as required, including before the start of term and when term has finished.
• Make a contribution to school events and projects, assuming leadership with colleagues and initiating new ideas. This includes, but is not limited to, ski events in the Winter term.
• Ensure that all deadlines are met, as published in the school calendar
• For staff over 70% participate in the Autumn Excursion week and/ or Spring Overnight trip if required
• Provide cover as and when required by line manager
• Engage in professional development both inside and outside the School.
• Liaise with your line manager promptly, communicating clearly, listening carefully and responding to feedback appropriately
• Demonstrate effective time and resource management
• Work cooperatively with colleagues
• Ensure that as a member of staff you set the highest standards (being punctual to lessons, dealing with adults and students in a sensitive manner, being open to change, appropriate dress, etc.)
• Positively embrace differing cultures
• Preserve and promote the good name of JFK in all dealings with the community and parents
• Work effectively with other people by treating people respectfully and equally and developing good working relationships
• Maintain confidentiality - never publicly relay information about the school until the director has given permission.
• Manage resources effectively, in particular demonstrating strong time management skills but also effective management of equipment, ICT facilities and information
• Look the part by maintaining a professional and business-like appearance
• Ensure that all interaction with students and parents remains within the confines of an appropriate professional relationship. (including Facebook/ Instagram pictures and friendships)
• The job description is subject to variation depending on the needs of the school. Teachers may be required to carry out additional reasonable requests as requested by their line manager or the Director of the school.
• To work as a member of the JFK Play School under the direction of the Play School Lead Teacher and the Head of Primary to support children in all areas of learning.
• To support a range of high quality, integrated educational services appropriate to the personal welfare, educational and developmental needs of the children in the nursery.
• To assist in the preparation of a well-ordered, secure and stimulating environment that fosters all-round development of the children through sensitive understanding of their individual needs and interests.
• To participate in Early Years curriculum planning and attend any relevant team meetings.
• To assist the Play School Lead Teacher to supervise and support children both indoors and outdoors to ensure a safe environment.
• To contribute to the writing of children’s records in accordance with the agreed policies.
• To involve parents/care-givers in their child’s progress through daily informal contact, record keeping and plan meetings as appropriate.
• Ensure the highest standards of hygiene are maintained at all times (especially snack / meal times and bathroom times).
• To work within the framework of policies and procedures of the JFK Play School.
• To participate in trainings, workshops, staff meetings, supervision and contribute to school policies.
• To attend to children who are unwell and determine the appropriate treatment. To record accidents/incidents and inform the Main Office / parents accordingly.
• To carry out all duties with due regard for health and safety at work regulations and safeguarding the welfare of children at all times.
• To undertake any other reasonable duties as directed and commensurate with the level and responsibility of the position.
• Childcare diploma and/or degree as an elementary school teacher
• Native or near native level of English, good understanding of German or French would be an advantage.
• Experience of working with young children in an educational setting.
• Passion for teaching and supporting young children.
• A person with efficient organisational skills, good oral and communication skills.
• An ability to be flexible, show initiative and develop new skills.
• Enthusiasm and willingness to contribute to the life of the school.
• Empathy for children’s needs and feelings across the age range.
• Must hold a current First Aid certificate and a valid European/Swiss Driving License (useful not required).
• A person prepared to actively promote the school’s values and to be fully involved in the extra-curricular life of the school.
• A sense of humour and the ability to work as part of a team.
• A person suitable to work with children.
• To lead/help to lead the Play School excursions
The job description is subject to variation depending on the needs of the school. Teachers may be required to carry out additional reasonable requests as requested by their line manager or the Director of the school.
No recruitment agencies please