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Foreign Language Assistants - Voluntary Position with Bursary

We are looking to appoint native speakers of French, German, Spanish and Italian to fill 4 voluntary Language Assistant positions, from September 2022 to join a highly successful and motivated department. This could be a fantastic opportunity for an existing member of our school community (relative or friend), who is keen to share their love of their native language and culture with very enthusiastic young people. It may also be a valuable experience for anyone looking to gain experience of working in education. The role has previously helped gain accreditation for Teaching Assistant certified courses and has provided the necessary experience to successfully gain TA positions in other British schools. Equally, it would provide invaluable experience towards gaining a place on a teacher-training programme in the UK or in Europe. The school is situated 25 minutes away from London by public transport, and the area has excellent transport links and is very affordable.

Bexley Grammar School is an oversubscribed, high achieving, coeducational selective school. As an International Baccalaureate world school with excellent resources, a thriving Sixth Form, Specialist College Status in Languages and a wealth of extra-curricular activities, this school provides an exciting and enriching educational experience for all. Language College Status has had a profound impact on the school and all students take two languages at GCSE from a wide range, currently: French, German, Spanish, Italian, Russian, Japanese and Mandarin. All sixth formers study at least one language for the International Baccalaureate at either Beginner, Standard or Higher level. The Languages department comprises 18 well-qualified subject specialists and several assistants, all housed in a suite of rooms including specialist language laboratories, and with their own office and individual computers. The department achieves excellent results on a routine basis and contributes significantly to the vibrant extra-curricular life of the school through the many clubs, trips and excursions it delivers.

This full time position runs from 1st September 2022 to 31st March. It primarily entails delivering sixth form conversation classes. For full details, see the job description and person specification. No previous experience is necessary, although the successful candidate will be well-qualified, dedicated and with an enthusiasm for teaching. Although this is a voluntary position, the school will provide a bursary of £5000 in order to contribute towards accommodation costs and personal expenses during this time, and will provide lunches from the school’s canteen. We have contacts for accommodation at rates that would be well within the bursary amount. The regular school hours of 08:15 - 15:15 would allow the successful volunteer to take on an additional part-time job, such as tutoring, evening classes at the school or work elsewhere for which we would happily provide references.

It is essential that the successful candidate obtain a passport (not just their ID card) and police record check before commencing the post.

Please also click on the following links to hear more about the job from our previous language assistants:

French: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oSxM2ZvDQco

German: https://youtu.be/IIbWOs_63jA

Spanish: https://youtu.be/txIDhRlKUDc

Italian: https://youtu.be/uy6-ERphI14

Please complete the application form below and return via email to bottomley_l@bexleygs.co.uk

APPLICATION FORM - PLEASE CLICK HERE

Closing date for applications is noon on Friday the 3rd of June 2022.