Teacher of Chinese (Mandarin)

Job Summary
Contract Type Full time, permanent
Closing Date 13 March 2017
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George Watson’s College is a large, independent day school for girls and boys aged 3 to 18 in SW Edinburgh.

George Watson's College seeks to appoint a graduate teacher of Chinese (Mandarin) from June 2017. The post holder will be a full member of the well-established and successful Modern Language Department at Watson's and will be a permanent employee of the School. However, their duties will include teaching Chinese (Mandarin) to pupils in other selected local secondary and primary schools as part of the Swire Chinese Language Centre Edinburgh, a groundbreaking initiative funded by the Swire Chinese Language Foundation.

The School 

George Watson’s College is renowned as a large, inclusive and vibrant co-educational school offering all-through education for children from 3-18. Despite its size, everyone remarks that it has a small-school ‘feel’: the close-knit and friendly relationships amongst all its constituents are a hallmark of the School. Its motto – Ex Corde Caritas (Love from the Heart) – is central to its values and ethos. The School champions excellent education through endeavour and achievement in the classroom and beyond.

This tangible sense of togetherness is significantly enhanced by everyone being on one purpose-built site, which is located in the attractive residential district of Morningside, to the South West of the centre of Edinburgh. Edinburgh itself is the second strongest city economy in the UK, outside of London, with the highest percentage of graduates and professionally qualified adults in the UK and over 25% of school age children attending fee-paying schools. Watson’s is proud of its independent status and, whilst remaining true to its Scottish roots, seeks to sustain and develop an international perspective. The curriculum is adapting to the innovations inherent in Scotland’s new Curriculum for Excellence and the new Scottish National Qualifications. In addition, the School offers its older pupils the opportunity to take the International Baccalaureate Diploma programme. Watson’s is the only school to offer this alternative alongside Scottish qualifications.

The School welcomes a wide range of academic ability, and has very high academic standards, with 90% of pupils going on to Higher Education and a large proportion of pupils achieving outstanding success. Watson’s also has excellent facilities, and offers a huge range of courses as well as extra-curricular activities. In addition, it has particular strengths in Sport, Music, Drama, Outdoor Education, Technology and in Support for Learning. The School is very well resourced with a campus-wide IT network.

A contribution to the wider life of the School is an expectation of all staff. The School has an unparalleled tradition of outdoor education and applications from candidates keen to contribute to that programme are especially welcome.

The Principal, Mr Melvyn Roffe, who took up his post in August 2014 is a member of the Headmasters’ and Headmistresses’ Conference (HMC).

The Senior School

Approximately two-thirds of pupils in the Senior School have progressed there from the Junior School. On arrival, they have a carefully worked out induction programme which includes a residential experience together in the first term.

In First and Second Year, a diverse and stimulating timetable balances challenging academic progression with a variety of learning experiences. Pupils study many of their subjects in their form classes but are set in English and Mathematics. This enables them to progress at a pace that provides the appropriate level of challenge and provides them with an opportunity to mix with the rest of their year group.

From Second Year, pupils discuss their personal targets and study options with teachers, through to their key certificate examinations, and we ensure that they choose subjects and levels that match their abilities and aspirations.

At Watson's we are proud of the exceptionally broad range of certificate courses we offer. Available at various levels of certification within the national qualifications framework, our extensive provision includes subjects across the spectrum of arts, sciences and social sciences, with a notably wide selection of languages, including Mandarin Chinese.

It is important that we prepare pupils for the increased independence they will require after school. A programme of study skills encourages independent thought and enquiry. Throughout their time at Watson's, pupils make confident use of our outstanding IT facilities and our Library.

The Swire Chinese Language Centre Edinburgh (SCLCE)

The Swire Chinese Language Centre Edinburgh (SCLCE) was established in 2016 with the generous support of the Swire Chinese Language Foundation. The Centre is a collaborative venture between three schools in the South of Edinburgh - George Watson’s College, James Gillespie’s High School and Boroughmuir High School. The successful candidate will play a key role by teaching in schools across the Centre.

All three schools are highly successful and outward looking schools with a commitment to high standards for their pupils, an ambitious curriculum and to fostering an international dimension in education. Both state maintained schools have recently received the accolade of being named Scottish State School of the Year. All three schools have close associations with the University of Edinburgh Department of Education at Moray House and are involved in the training of teachers on their Postgraduate Diploma of Education (PGDE) course. George Watson’s College already provides PGDE placements in Chinese.

Tynecastle High School and Bruntsfield Primary have joined the Centre as Associate members and a number of feeder primary schools are also being recruited.

There are currently three full time teachers of Chinese, supported by a language assistant and a co-ordinator. Mandarin has a higher profile and funding due to the establishment of the Swire Chinese Language Centre in 2016. Pupils are taught predominantly in the target language and the results are excellent. Currently, we have pupils from beginners through to SQA Higher level and IB Diploma Language A and B, with healthy numbers throughout. We pride ourselves in offering an engaging curriculum that will prepare students for further Mandarin education and inspire the next generation of Mandarin speakers.

The Centre seeks to build on the excellent provision already delivered by key partners such as the Confucius Institute for Scotland and the Scotland China Education Network, and is committed to working closely with partners and Associates.

Application Process

A letter of application, addressed to Mr Melvyn Roffe, Principal, together with a completed application form and diversity monitoring form should be emailed to Jane Robinson (vacancies@gwc.org.uk), by 12 noon on Monday 13 March 2017.

Interviews are scheduled to take place on Tuesday 21 March 2017. Candidates called for interview will be asked to teach a lesson as part of the selection process.



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