Bilingual Assistant Teacher

Position: Bilingual Assistant Teacher
Reports to: Assigned Lead Teacher, Director, College of Teachers and Board of Trustees
Position: Full time position, 37.5 hours per week, term time
Core Hours: School hours: 8:15–15:15 term time (with 30 minutes break) 1 afternoon non-contact time per week
After-school meetings, plus occasional evenings and weekends.
+ 2 weeks summer camp in July
Additional benefits: Lunch & snack included, Reduced cost housing available in the village within walking distance of school, Extended Summer and Christmas holidays
Type of Contract: Fixed-term

Key Responsibilities

Assistant Teacher Duties

  1. To nurture the healthy development of the children’s physical, social and cognitive capacities through assisting in Main Lesson and teaching subject lessons.
  2. To assist in and lead lessons (in collaboration with the Class teacher) in order to support language development in both Italian and English in line with the 50:50 two-way immersion approach adopted by the school.
  3. To support Italian first language students using a range of methods including creation of resources to ensure equal opportunities and progress for all pupils.
  4. To liaise with the school SENDCo and Class Teacher to plan for effective universal provision and, where applicable, to meet the needs of pupils with Special Educational Needs and/or disabilities.
  5. To select developmentally relevant content, based on Steiner’s indications and taking into account the needs of a mixed-age class.
  6. To observe, monitor and assess individual and class progress.
  7. To drive high expectations and ensure the development of positive attitudes to learning.
  8. To maintain good discipline, in line with the school’s aims and expectations and thereby enable consistently high standards in learning expectations.
  9. To mark and evaluate pupils’ work giving effective feedback to move learning on.
  10. To liaise with the College of teachers, learning support and curative staff to support child wellbeing and progress.
  11. To maintain an enabling and engaging learning environment that sets high aesthetic expectations and promotes active and independent learning.
  12. To support preparing the class for festivals and class plays and do so in collaboration with all teachers.
  13. To support organisation of extra-curricular opportunities, such as class outings, trips and events.
  14. To meet and report pupil progress to parents on a termly basis, in collaboration with lead teachers including translating for teachers and parents.
  15. To support and translate during Parent Evenings, and carry out Home Visits when required.
  16. To actively participate in the admissions process for new pupils.

General Duties

  1. To receive assistance/ follow guidance, when appropriate, from a more experienced colleague or a specialist teacher in those areas in which one is less qualified/experienced.
  2. To work with the Director and external consultants to continually review and improve your practice.
  3. To undertake appropriate preparation, study and training as necessary both for the effective delivery of the curriculum and to advance the school’s ethos, principles and objectives; to engage in personal reflection and self-development.
  4. To maintain the health and safety of the wider learning environment by identifying risks and ensuring action is taken.
  5. To attend weekly staff meetings.
  6. To attend out of school hours meetings when necessary.
  7. To attend inset and training days, as required.
  8. To participate in school events during school holidays or weekends, as required.
  9. To take on administrative tasks, appropriate to the role of the class teacher and as a member of the wider community.
  10. To support translation of official documents and community communications.
  11. To familarise him/herself with and adhere to the school’s policies and procedures and to support their implementation including the Safeguarding, Technology and Health and Safety policies.
  12. To cover for absent colleagues as requested and able.
  13. To share responsibility for supervision of all pupils during non-class hours within the school day.
  14. To undertake break-time duties.
  15. To eat snack and lunch with the students.
  16. To uphold professional standards of behaviour at all times in front of students and parents
  17. To undertake additional mandated duties on behalf of the college of teachers.

Safeguarding Responsibilities

All adults working in, or on behalf of the Village Forest School, including volunteers and temporary staff, have a responsibility to safeguard and promote the welfare of children. This includes:

  1. Responsibility to provide a safe environment in which children can learn.
  2. To identify children who may be in need of extra help or, who are suffering, or are likely to suffer significant harm. All staff then have a responsibility to take appropriate action, working with services as needed.

Qualifications and Experience

Essential Desirable
Bilingual Italian/English (Full fluency in Italian required) Teaching Experience with children aged 6 - 14
Experience working with children Specialism in second language teaching, crafts, music and or/mathematics
Alignment with values and methodology of Steiner Waldorf pedagogy Steiner/Waldorf or Forest Schools training and/or experience
Flexibility, stamina, warmth of soul Experience teaching English or Italian as a second language
Eagerness to work outdoors Knowledge of / connection to local area
Good collaborative and communication skills Italian mother tongue

Where We Are?

Via Pezzere 6
15020 Montaldo di Cerrina

Contact us

info@villageforestschool.com
Mon-Fri 8:30-15:30
(+39) 0142 943740

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