Teacher of Personal Development

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Teacher of Personal Development

     Didcot Girls’ School

Role commences      1st September 2022

Salary/allowances:   MPS/UPS scale point

Contract details:       Permanent, Full time / part time negotiable at interview.

Thank you for your interest in this exciting post. 

Didcot Girls’ School is a dynamic school. In December 2015, the school was judged to be Outstanding. As Ofsted recognised, we invest in all of our staff: ‘Staff have exceptional opportunities for professional development. Staff feel valued and really like working in the school. Morale is very high.'(Ofsted).

We are a values-driven school, committed to high quality teaching and learning and respectful relationships within an inclusive learning community. Developing stimulating and student-centred teaching and learning is at the centre of our school development work. We work hard to ensure that all girls’ education enables our students to develop confidence, leadership skills and high levels of aspiration.

We are committed to continuous professional development and have wide-ranging training and development opportunities. We are also mindful of the competing demands people face in their lives and make every effort to accommodate flexible working.

Summer 2019 GCSE results were superb with 80% of all students achieving 4+ in English and Maths, and 65% doing the same at 5+. Our Attainment 8 figure was significantly above national average at 54.4 and our Progress 8 of +0.71 places us the top 3% of schools nationally. Results at A level in the mixed sixth form shared with our partner school, St Birinus School, are also extremely strong

DGS Personal Development Department  

The Personal Development (PD) Department is a high profile, well established, award winning department which delivers PSHE, Citizenship and Careers in discrete lessons and via extracurricular activities.


The focus of the department, as well as fulfilling the increasing statutory requirements of PSHE, Citizenship and Careers, is to deliver broad, engaging and meaningful content that has impact. 

  • Our PSHE delivery aims to keep our pupils safe, to manage risk and to make informed decisions surrounding their lifestyle.
  • Our Citizenship delivery aims to broaden our pupil’s knowledge and awareness of societal issues; including local, national and global issues and also to encourage our students to become active citizens willing to engage in their communities.
  • Our Career delivery aims to empower pupils so that they can make informed decisions about their future at key transition points such as Options, Further Education and eventually onto employment, and also to inspire our students onto challenging and fulfilling careers. We also aim to expose them to the world of work and employers as often as we can to enhance their work confidence and increase their employability.

The curriculum is well planned, fully resourced and constantly refined to best meet the needs of students and an ever-changing society.


There is no GCSE obtained through PD directly although the department does deliver an optional Citizenship GCSE which historically has obtained some of the best results and outcomes in school, with pupils performing significantly above the national average.

The Post

This is a key post in a strong and innovative department. We are looking for a candidate with the skills and desire to lead this successful department onto the next stage in its development and a teacher with a genuine and infectious passion for teaching Personal Development; a teacher with high expectations for all students whatever their prior attainment.

Excellent professional development and support will be available to the successful candidate.

For further information about the department, please email Stuart George, Head of Personal Development at sgeorge@didcotgirls.oxon.sch.uk

Should you wish to tour the school in advance of an application, or for any general queries, please contact the Headteacher’s PA, Frances Adley at fadley@didcotgirls.oxon.sch.uk

Application Process

Please download and complete application form from our website send it with a response to the following task to Frances Adley at fadley@didcotgirls.oxon.sch.uk:

  • A response of no more than 2 sides of A4 (11 point) explaining what excellent teaching, learning and curriculum looks like in Personal Development.

The deadline for applications is 9am on Friday 15th July. However, the school reserves the right to interview and appoint prior to the closing date and so early applications are recommended

Please be aware that you will be required to bring your original degree certificate, proof of residence and your Disclosure and Barring Service or CRB certificate, if applicable, to your interview. 

I thank you for your interest in this exciting post and wish you well with your application. 

Georgina Littler



Didcot Girls School is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and expects staff working in all its schools to share this commitment. The successful applicant will be subject to an enhanced DBS check along with standard pre-employment safeguarding checks.

Please be aware that you will be required to bring your original qualification certificate(s), proof of residence and photographic ID to interview.

Didcot Girls School is an equal opportunities employer.


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