QVS Teacher of English

Ministry of Defence

Apply before 11:55 pm on Thursday 1st July 2021


Reference number



£27,498 - £41,412
An allowance of £7,752 is presently payable for Boarding School duties.


Scottish Teacher Scale 1, Retained Grade 150

Contract type


Business area

MOD - Army - Queen Victoria School, Dunblane

Type of role

Education and Training

Working pattern


Number of posts



Queen Victoria School

About the job


Founded in 1908, Queen Victoria School is set in 45 acres of beautiful Perthshire countryside. We exist to provide stability and continuity of education, within the Scottish system, in a caring but stretching learning environment, valued by the military families whom we serve. With priority given to Scottish Service personnel, and those who have served in Scotland or as part of a Scottish regiment, the school takes around 270 pupils from ages 10/11 to 18. We have a long tradition of ceremonial excellence; we take pride in this and all that our school has to offer. Working at Queen Victoria School is a truly unique experience.
We are currently looking to appoint a Teacher of English for 10 January 2022, who shares our core values which are set out clearly in the attached Job Pack. The role will include teaching and coordinating the delivery of English across all secondary year groups. You will support the Principal Teacher of English to enhance provision and will have the opportunity to be involved with exciting project work throughout the year. We are looking for an outstanding, committed and motivated, qualified teacher to contribute to the development of teaching and learning in the curriculum. This is an ideal opportunity for a classroom teacher who can display a real passion for developing and inspiring the pupils in their care.

The school is offering:
• A supportive and highly visible SLT;
• Involvement in boarding school life, including the chance to help with our Combined Cadet Force (CCF) and Duke of Edinburgh (DoE) Scheme.

The school expects:
• A love and passion for education.

Required Qualification:
• A teaching qualification (PGCE, PGDE or BEd) in English.

Required Membership:
• Membership of GTC(S), or ability to obtain membership.

Job description

The duties of all teachers include the following:

1. Teaching assigned classes including the supervision of classes for absence cover.
2. Preparation of lessons and contribution to the development of courses as specified by the Principal Teacher or Line Manager, as appropriate.
3. Assisting in the development of the school curriculum and all national initiatives.
4. Assessing, tracking/monitoring and reporting, and attending parent/teacher meetings as and when required by the School.
5. Presentation of pupils for National Examinations.
6. Undertaking appropriate CLPL and attending school in-service days, as required.
7. Contributing to the professional development of colleagues, including probationary and student teachers.
8. Appropriate classroom management skills, with due regard to students’ Health and Wellbeing.
9. Acting as tutor to a small group of pupils.
10. Advising and guiding pupils on Health and Wellbeing matters, when appropriate.
11. Regular attendance at school morning assemblies is desirable.


Responsibilities also include:

12. Providing support for pupils at events such as sports days, concerts, stage productions, displays etc.
13. As part of boarding school life, teachers are required to assist in the Hobbies programme by offering a minimum of one night per week for one hour, from October to March.
14. All QVS Teachers are also Boarding Tutors. This requires one duty evening per week (4 hours each week) and 7.5 weekend days (8 hours per full day) per academic year.
15. All teaching staff work closely with the Pupil Support department with Addressing Barriers to Learning (ABLe) and developing appropriate intervention strategies for our pupils.
16. Teachers must take reasonable care of their own safety and that of their colleagues and any persons who may be affected by their acts or omissions at work. They are required to cooperate with their employer, as necessary, to enable any duty or requirement imposed on their employer by, or under, any of the relevant statutory provisions to be performed or complied with.
17. Teachers are personally responsible for equal opportunities awareness and ensuring that they are aware of, and carry out, the provisions contained in the MoD Equal Opportunities Policy.
18. Safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and/or vulnerable adults.


A teaching qualification (PGCE, PGDE or BEd) in English.


Membership of GTC(S), or ability to obtain membership.

Technical skills

We'll assess you against these technical skills during the selection process:

  • Leading Learning
  • Raising Attainment and Achievement
  • Supporting Learners
  • Working Together
  • Taught Lesson

We only ask for evidence of these technical skills on your application form:

  • Leading Learning
  • Raising Attainment and Achievement
  • Supporting Learners
  • Working Together


• Learning and development tailored to your role
• An environment with flexible working options
• A culture encouraging inclusion and diversity
• A SPPA pension

Please be advised that the Department is conducting a review of all pay related allowances which could impact on those allowances that the post currently being advertised attracts.

The post does NOT offer relocation expenses (move of home, excess fares or temporary transfer). Non-Standard move applicants will be eligible for the full package.

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Things you need to know


Successful candidates must pass a disclosure and barring security check.
People working with government assets must complete basic personnel security standard checks.

Selection process details

This vacancy is using Success Profiles, and will assess your Experience and Technical skills.
Applications will only be accepted through Civil Service Jobs. Applications will undergo an initial sift and successful candidates will be invited to an interview and taught lesson.

Interviews will take place in August 2021.

As a result of the changes to the UK immigration rules which came into effect on 1 January 2021, the Ministry of Defence will only offer sponsorship for a skilled worker visa under the points-based system, where a role has been deemed to be business critical.
The role currently being advertised has not been assessed as business critical and is therefore NOT open to applications from those who will require sponsorship under the points-based system. Should you apply for this role and be found to require sponsorship, your application will be rejected, and any provisional offer of employment withdrawn.

Feedback will only be provided if you attend an interview or assessment.

Nationality requirements

This job is broadly open to the following groups:

  • UK nationals
  • nationals of Commonwealth countries who have the right to work in the UK
  • nationals of the Republic of Ireland
  • nationals from the EU, EEA or Switzerland with (or eligible for) status under the European Union Settlement Scheme (EUSS)
  • relevant EU, EEA, Swiss or Turkish nationals working in the Civil Service
  • relevant EU, EEA, Swiss or Turkish nationals who have built up the right to work in the Civil Service
  • certain family members of the relevant EU, EEA, Swiss or Turkish nationals
Further information on nationality requirements

Working for the Civil Service

The Civil Service Code sets out the standards of behaviour expected of civil servants.

We recruit by merit on the basis of fair and open competition, as outlined in the Civil Service Commission's recruitment principles.
The Civil Service embraces diversity and promotes equal opportunities. As such, we run a Disability Confident Scheme (DCS) for candidates with disabilities who meet the minimum selection criteria.

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Contact point for applicants

Job contact :
Name :  Janette Scott-Laing
Email :  janette.scott-laing@modschools.org
Telephone :  01313102903
Recruitment team :
Email :  DBSCivPers-ResourcingTeam1@mod.gov.uk

Further information

Please see attached document for further information.

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