Primary School Literacy Teacher – Foundation Phase
About SPARK Schools
SPARK Schools is a network of affordable private schools implementing Africa’s first blended learning model for primary school students in South Africa. SPARK Schools provide transformational education innovation through our blended learning model, which elevates student achievement and provides the tools teachers need to serve their students effectively.
The blended learning model, which combines classroom teaching and online instruction, allows teachers to anticipate student needs and equips schools to provide personalized education at an affordable cost. SPARK Schools is pioneering this transformative education model to ensure the accessibility of university and careers for all.
SPARK Schools is a high growth, mission and values driven and highly entrepreneurial organisation; and is looking for dynamic people to join our team.
Reports To: Principal or Assistant Principal
Purpose of Role
SPARK Schools literacy teachers drive student achievement by maintaining high expectations for classroom culture, behaviour, and academic growth for all students. SPARK Schools literacy teachers are content specialists, who receive ongoing professional development customised for their past experience and individual needs.
Literacy Teachers are integral to the SPARK Schools’ “culture” and our commitment to rigorous, engaging learning experiences for our scholars.
Plan for and be prepared to deliver lessons to students from 7:45-3:30 pm daily (depending on grade level assignment and timetable) within content area specialisation.
Collaborate with grade level and content area partners to develop rigorous, engaging learning experiences and to create and implement high quality individualised behaviour and learning plans for students.
Attend pre-service professional development before the school year begins and attend weekly professional development every Monday afternoon.
Administer weekly and termly assessments to track student progress and analyse the data for student growth.
SPARK Educators should have a core focus on student achievement and should drive all scholars to meet the required proficiency ratings.
Lead weekly SEL (Social Emotional Learning) circles and implement SPARK Schools Social Emotional Learning curriculum.
Use SPARK culture and implement behaviour management strategies.
Communicate professionally and effectively with colleagues, parents and other stakeholders.
Participate actively in staff development opportunities as a member of the SPARK Schools team.
Attend Saturday events and parent community meetings.
Conduct self in a professional manner at all SPARK Schools events and to all stakeholders.
Nurture a high achieving work environment where all students feel genuinely valued and supported.
Promote the vision and mission of SPARK Schools to staff, scholars, families, and the greater community.
Implement strategies implemented by the Crisis Management team.
Adhere to the child protection, anti-bullying and health and safety policy.
Submit student results data when required.
Qualifications and Criteria
The ideal candidate will possess the following qualifications:
B.Ed. degree or H.Dip.Ed. or PGCE. Foundation Phase. Recently qualified teachers are encouraged to apply!
Certification through the South African Council of Educators (SACE).
SAQA accreditation for non-South African equivalent qualifications
English language fluency.
A clear criminal record
Recently qualified teachers or teachers with experience are encouraged to apply!
Skills and Mindset
Strong desire to be part of a vibrant and dynamic technology-driven work environment fostering creativity, collaboration and an atmosphere that encourages and allows top performers to thrive.
Strong desire to be part of a collaborative, team spirited and fast growing Social Impact Disruptor and Society Shaper who is leading change in the education space in South Africa through transformational education innovation, ensuring the accessibility of university and careers for all.
Strong desire to be part of a learning culture with excellent career development and advancement opportunities supported by individualised professional development, support and mentorship.
Ability, Desire and Passion to deliver high quality transformational education at affordable fees to ensure the accessibility of university and careers for all.
We are looking for ‘’GEMS’’ with the following attributes:
Grit: Persistence through challenges.
Excellence: A track record of high expectations personally and professionally.
Mission and Vision Alignment: Understanding of and passion for the SPARK Schools mission to provide excellent education at an affordable cost.
Self Reflection: Finding the capacity to bring your best self to challenges and opportunities.