Spanish Language Assistant

  • Fecha de publicación: 27/04/2021
  • Nombre de la empresa: King Edward's School
  • Descripción de funciones:

    SPANISH LANGUAGE ASSISTANT From September 2021, for 10 months.

    We are looking to recruit a well-qualified Spanish graduate to support pupils in their conversation skills, working with small groups of pupils alongside the main Senior School classroom teachers. The post is for 10 months in the first instance and for approximately 28 hours per week, although this could be extended for the right candidate. The role of an assistant is usually held by a native Spanish speaker.

    The successful candidate will be expected, as the main part of their duties:

    · to teach Spanish in an interesting and challenging manner, to enable each pupil to realise his/her potential;

    · to stimulate and foster enthusiasm for Spanish within the School;

    · to work together with a teacher in the classroom during Spanish lessons;

    · to conduct conversation lessons in small groups

    · to adhere to all School policies and procedures (e.g. Child Protection, Health and Safety) including all School and Departmental educational policies.


    You are responsible on a day-to-day basis to the Head of the Spanish Department, but thereafter to the Deputy Head (Academic) in academic matters, to the Deputy Head (Pastoral) on matters of welfare and discipline and ultimately to the Headmaster.

    Key responsibilities – academic:


    • Small conversation classes in preparation for oral exams for pupils studying IGCSE and A-Level
    • Small conversation groups of younger pupils to stimulate their interest and enjoyment of the language studied. This could include games, songs or questions.
    • Being in the classroom with Spanish teachers to help with certain activities
    • Taking a class on an occasional basis – preparation for a visiting play, oral exams, a particular activity (songs, a special topic or project). Whole class teaching is rare and kept to a minimum.
    • Supporting individual pupils who are struggling with particular aspects of Spanish

    The majority of work is with pupils in the Senior School but there is also the opportunity to work with pupils in Years 5 and 6 in our Junior School.

    General duties

    • To participate in appropriate meetings with the Head of Spanish
    • To support departmental activities such as plays, tapas outings, visits to the theatre or to the cinema
    • To attend all relevant INSET days and any relevant external courses recommended by the Head of Spanish
    • Helping to organise events connected with the Spanish language such as tortilla workshops, Twitter feeds, karaoke, Christmas competitions. Your enthusiasm and creativity is always most welcome and much appreciated by the students.
    • Helping with classroom displays to promote Spanish
    • As an ambassador for your country, you will be promoting your language and culture at all times by stimulating interest and excitement in language learning by providing valuable assistance to the Spanish Department staff.

    Management and administration

    • Planning appropriately for lessons and giving feedback on pupils to the class teacher, as appropriate
    • Reporting pupil absence in accordance with School procedure
    • Reporting pupil concerns to the Head of Spanish
    • Attending a weekly meeting with the Head of Spanish to plan and coordinate lessons.

    Key responsibilities – general:

    To share in the responsibility for maintaining high standards of discipline, courtesy and appearance among the pupils, while promoting their welfare, safety and happiness;

    • To behave at all times with an awareness of the ambassadorial role that teaching at KES entails;
    • To attend meetings as required (eg Open Morning on a Saturday in September/October).

    This is not an exhaustive list of tasks. Further details of the responsibilities and duties of the Spanish Assistant are to be found in the Spanish Department Handbook. The job description is subject to regular discussion and review.

    Education and qualifications

    Candidates must have a Degree in Modern Languages or equivalent. A Master’s Degree in Teaching Spanish as a Foreign Language or PGCE equivalent will be desirable.

    Your subject knowledge will be excellent, and you will be capable of sharing your expertise at levels commensurate with the age and abilities of your classes. You will have a particular interest in the culture, politics and life of your country.

    Teaching experience

    Some teaching experience is desirable. You should have experience of working with young people in some capacity and should have some knowledge of how to enthuse, lead and manage groups. Applicants must be motivated to work with young people, be able to form and maintain appropriate relationships with pupils and establish personal boundaries, have emotional resilience and be able to maintain good order. You will be thorough in preparing lessons and in assessing and monitoring progress. You will keep full records of the material covered in conversation lessons.

    Personal qualities

    The successful applicant will be a native speaker of Spanish or entirely at home in a bilingual environment. Applicants will be personable, of smart appearance and have good social skills. They will be organised, punctual and efficient in organising their workload and managing their time effectively. They will be competent in the use of IT. They will work well in a team and be responsive to advice and guidance.


    There are currently eight full-time and one part-time member of the Department plus native speakers in all three languages. All are experienced and enthusiastic linguists. As a department we seek to encourage and serve the entire ability range at King Edward’s. We employ a variety of teaching methods based on a communicative approach which nonetheless prepares pupils for the academic rigour of advanced courses. We are a thriving and dedicated department. Languages are popular with our pupils and the Department achieves excellent results.

    French, German and Spanish are taught from Year 7 up to A-Level. In Years 7 and 8 all pupils study two modern languages, selected from French, German and Spanish. In Year 9 many pupils continue with both of their chosen languages. In Years 7 to 9 there are 3 lessons per fortnight for each of these languages (all lessons are one hour in length). Pupils are required to take one modern language to GCSE (5 lessons per fortnight) and some take the option of two, an advantageous position we wish to maintain. Year 11 pupils receive extra conversation practice with native speakers at lunchtimes or in lessons. There are usually three groups in each of the IGCSE year groups for Spanish. At A-level, Spanish has two sets in each year group. Year 12 students have 9 lessons per fortnight and Year 13 students 10 lessons, plus a weekly conversation class in small groups. At IGCSE the Department follows the Edexcel IGCSE syllabus. At A Level Spanish follows the Eduqas Board syllabus.

    The Department has four large teaching rooms, one per language, plus a general languages room, and a smaller teaching room for Years 12 and 13. In addition we have a Sanako language laboratory with 27 booths. All of these rooms have a permanent sound system and an interactive board. There is a large language office and a small room used for conversation.

    The language departments are extremely well resourced. Spanish is taught from Listos at KS3 and Viva at KS4. There is much additional material for reading and pupils are encouraged to subscribe to resources such as Mary Glasgow language magazines, which many do. The Sixth Form use the AQA Nelson course. All languages use grammar books for revision and extension material. We have large banks of additional topic material in the School’s Virtual Learning Environment.

    Exchange visits are run each year by the Department. These are popular with pupils and well established. The Department also supports trips to France, Germany and Spain as part of the Activities Week programme, although these are not exclusively language trips and are open to pupils not studying the language. In addition, we regularly take students to Bath or Bristol for theatrical productions and visits to the cinema to see foreign language films.

    The successful candidate will join a department of committed, enthusiastic teachers who are passionate about the importance of language learning. There are currently three full-time staff who teach Spanish as their main language, and in one case some French. There is also a full-time member of the French Department who teaches some Spanish. The Head of Department is a Spanish native speaker. The Department recruits very well for IGCSE and A-level and is a very popular language within the School, recruiting very well for Years 10 and 12. There are currently three IGCSE and two A-level groups. The exchange and other trips run by the Department are always popular.

    Last summer 66 pupils took the Spanish IGCSE and 80% achieved grade 7 to 9 grade. At A-level, of the 11 candidates gained an A*-B grade. Each year several students choose to continue language studies at university, either as a discrete subject or studied alongside subjects such as History or Economics. The successful applicant will help to maintain and develop this tradition. Several students have recently gained Oxbridge places for languages.

    The successful candidate should have stamina, good humour and demonstrate strong organisational skills. Competent ICT skills are essential.


    King Edward’s School was originally founded in 1552. It is a highly successful academic School with an impressive record in public examinations ensuring that, at both GCSE and A-Level, it is in the top cohort of schools in the country. In 2019, the last year of normal examinations, 83.3% of results at A-level were graded A* to B. 30.4% of all results were an A*, placing us 59th in the national league table published in The Daily Telegraph in August. 76% of the pupils in Year 13 gained at least one A* grade and 42% of pupils gained only A* or A grades. At GCSE, 70% of grades were 9-7 or A*-A and 19% were grade 9. We do a mixture or IGCSE and GCSE exams, with the core subjects of Mathematics, English, Science and Modern Foreign Languages being IGCSE. We were once again placed in the top 100 in the league tables in The Daily Telegraph. Almost all Year 13 pupils transfer to university (around a quarter to a third choosing to take a gap year), many to the Russell Group universities and a significant number each year to Oxford and Cambridge.

    The School is a member of HMC and has traditionally educated pupils from a wide variety of backgrounds, formerly benefiting from the Direct Grant and Assisted Places Schemes. Most pupils are full-fee paying (fees are currently around £14,500 per annum in the Senior School) but up to a third benefit from bursaries, academic scholarships, or special talent awards (for music, art, drama and sport). Around half of the pupils in the Senior School live in Bath itself, but the remainder travel in from the more rural parts of North Somerset and West Wiltshire and from the towns of Chippenham and Trowbridge, which have seen significant housing development in recent years. Some come from as far as Swindon and Warminster.

    The strength of the School undoubtedly lies in the consistently high academic results achieved each year and it has an enviable reputation both locally and nationally. However, the School is not ‘narrowly’ academic; it aims to provide a breadth and range of opportunities to allow pupils to develop their interests and enthusiasms in a rounded way, supported in all areas by excellent pastoral care. Sport, music, drama, community service, and other clubs and societies all flourish at the School and Staff contribute a great deal outside their specialist academic areas to this wider extra-curricular life, allowing pupils to thrive on the rich variety of opportunities on offer. Each year pupils compete or participate in music and sport at national level, both as individuals or as school groups, indeed, in 2012 two existing pupils competed in the London Olympics. Our drama productions are hugely popular and the Drama Department’s work is used as an exemplar by the examination board.

    The School is made up of a ‘family’ of three Schools, a Pre-Prep (3-7), Junior (7-11) and Senior School. It enjoys a large 14 acre site on the south-eastern side of Bath, with playing fields about a mile away at Bathampton. The centre of Bath, a World Heritage city, is within walking distance, and the School profits greatly from its proximity to a thriving and culturally vibrant city, with museums, art galleries, music and literacy festivals on its doorstep. Bristol is within reach, and access to both London and the West Country is relatively easy.


    Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience.

    All staff are in a position of trust and have a duty to keep children and young people safe and to protect them from neglect and physical and emotional harm. This duty is in part exercised through the development of respectful, caring and professional relationships between staff, children and young people. Staff are expected to be familiar with the local child protection arrangements and understand their responsibilities in order to safeguard and protect children and young people.

    Job Types: Part-time, Temporary, Contract


    • Discounted or free food
    • On-site parking


    • Monday to Friday

    Work remotely:

    • No

    COVID-19 precaution(s):

    • Social distancing guidelines in place
    • Sanitisation, disinfection or cleaning procedures in place



  • Localización del puesto ofertado: UK - Bath BA2 6HU