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Pay: £13.45 per hour inclusive of holiday pay

Hours: Variable – please see details below

Invigilator Job Description

Invigilator Person Specification

Exeter Mathematics School (EMS) is a unique state-funded 6th form, specifically designed to meet the needs of able mathematics students throughout the South West.

We are looking to increase our bank of invigilators to provide an efficient and effective invigilation support service to the school and ensure the integrity of its examinations.

You will be responsible for the supervision of students, confidential exam papers/documentation and information relating to students and assessment records.   If you have the ability to work on your own initiative as well as part of a team and have excellent communication skills we would like to hear from you.

This year we have work available from 22nd May to 24th June 2024. Exam sessions run in the morning from 8.30am or in the afternoon from 12.30pm. Each session lasts for approximately 2-3 hours (although some may be longer).

There will also be other invigilating opportunities throughout the academic year.

Further information about the school is available on this website.   Additional information for applicants and an application form are on this page. To apply, complete the application form and personal details form at the top of this page and email to by midnight 5th February 2024.

If you would like more information or the opportunity to discuss this post, please get in touch by emailing our Exams Officer –

It is anticipated that interviews will be held week commencing 19th February 2024.

Successful candidates will need to be available to attend invigilator training, we will holding a training session on Tuesday 30th April 2024 – there will also be additional on-line training.

EMS is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of young people and expects all staff to share this commitment.   All appointments are subject to satisfactory DBS checks, together with the receipt of references.

If you are an experienced teacher of A-level Further Maths and interested in occasional work teaching, please get in touch by emailing

We are open to employing someone in this role or being invoiced by a self-employed teacher.   We will book you for planned absence due to our regular teachers taking part in training, outreach or other activities.  We would also like to be able to contact you on the morning of any unplanned absences.

Coming Soon

The backbone of Axiom’s (previously MESME) approach is maths circles. These are small groups of pupils who meet weekly to tackle a curriculum of challenging maths problems. It’s an approach that’s worked successfully in other countries, and which Axiom is bringing to the UK. The beauty of maths circles is that they’re about the relationships as much as the maths.

We are seeking to appoint passionate and dedicated mentors to support and develop the mathematical thinking and curiosity of high prior-attaining KS3 and 4 students through our exciting online enrichment programme, Axiom Maths Circles.

Benefits of working as a Maths Circles mentor:

  • Receiving thorough and paid onboarding training by our team of experienced teachers
  • Flexibility of teaching online
  • Growing professionally within a community of like-minded mathematicians
  • Working within an already established and evidence-based curriculum
  • Being a part of a rapidly-expanding mentor programme
  • Becoming part of a national network of Maths Circles, mathematicians, and thought leaders
  • Supporting social mobility to enable students from disadvantaged backgrounds access to pathways of higher education

If you enjoy maths problem solving and are keen to develop this in others, this could be the perfect opportunity for you!

Maths Circles Mentor Commitment 

  • 3.5 hours per week to start in September (30-week’s across the academic year) or January (20-week’s across the academic year) – dependant on student numbers.
  • Online programme with 2-3 face-to-face days in Exeter, for mentors to attend where possible.
  • We have mentoring groups that meet on Wednesday and Thursday afternoons, 1615-1800 – we will ask your availability at interview.
  • The remaining hours are for training/preparation and can be completed at a time convenient to you.

Salary: £12.22 per hour, inclusive of holiday allowance

Become a Maths Circles Mentor: Express your interest

Person Specification

Job Description

If you’re interested in getting involved, please read the person specification and job description before completing the expression of interest form, here.

We’ll be in touch with updates about our mentoring opportunities and will let you know once our mentor recruitment opens. We recruit twice annually – in the spring and autumn terms.

If you’d like to discuss this role or find out more before applying, please contact us by emailing:

This is an opportunity to make a positive difference to students in the South West: at least 30% of participants will be from disadvantaged backgrounds and we’ve had encouraging feedback from the programme so far:

They are a really positive part of my day and inspire me to think logical and outside of the box.

I feel like it expands my imagination and thinking in maths classes to think of other options.

I have enjoyed the maths sessions, especially as the questions are sometimes more challenging then at school and there is only a small group.

It boosts my motivation.

They make me think in a different kind of more logical approach to thinking and I think will definitely help me in the future. Because in school it’s a kind of robotic like you do this in this way and it works but here we get to trial and error and make our own chooses and go with our hunches etc.

It’s good how we have to justify our answers which makes you think about them whereas at school that doesn’t really happen. The Maths Circle sessions suit me more than normal school.

Additional Information for Applicants

The following quotes are taken form our most recent staff survey in May 2022

“I have just recently started at EMS in a new role which I am enjoying and feel supported with new challenges.”

“I couldn’t feel more supported and am hugely grateful for this.”

“This school goes the extra mile to respect individuality.”

“I think one of the greatest strengths of the school is that staff are regularly given opportunities to contribute their thoughts to both small and large school decisions.”

“I love being surrounded by people who are so amazing at what they do, and I feel like I’ve progressed as a mathematician because of it.”

“The EMS culture is incredibly supportive and friendly, and I feel like I’ve made some amazing friends here.”

“EMS is an inspirational and pleasant place to work – staff are friendly and supportive and you can ask for help if there is a problem.”


These quotes were made the previous year (March 2021):

“I feel like there is a very good combination of teacher autonomy and support amongst staff. I have the freedom to try new things in lessons but still feel part of a team.”

“EMS is such a lovely place to work – everyone is incredibly friendly, helpful and passionate about what they do.”

“Incredibly grateful for the camaraderie over the difficult past year in particular. Everyone is focused on looking out for our students (not only their education) but not at the expense of looking after each other/ourselves.”

“I always feel respected for who I am and feel safe to voice worries without being scared I will be seen in a negative light for not being perfect.”

“I feel very well supported by the leadership at EMS and feel that the response to COVID changes have been very positive and supportive.”

“EMS really is a great place to work! We have lovely students, an incredibly supportive staff team and a leadership team who don’t just care about wellbeing as a buzzword but as a genuine priority.”

“I am 100% in love with EMS still, and believe it is all that a school should be.”

“I think I have become a better human being whilst working here due to the staff. Thank you.”

“Great place to work and really happy here. Everyone is so easy to get along with, supportive and friendly.”

As a 6th form our contracts are not typical school contracts.  As such you have an entitlement to 40 days (8 weeks) of holiday each year plus bank holidays, all of which are taken outside of term time.  In addition, we have a shut down period at Christmas which is not taken from your holiday allowance.

When you work Saturdays, you receive an additional day of holiday in lieu of the time you are in school.  For a full-time teacher this tends to be 5 days / 1 week (pro rata for part time).

Our term times are similar to Exeter College: we normally break up for school holidays about 5 to 10 days into July and return to school on A-level results day (mid-August).

In the summer, teachers will always have at least 3 consecutive weeks of leave, but there are often more weeks available.  At Easter, all teachers will have at least 1 week of leave and may be required to work for two or three days for outreach activities.  We have also, for example held admissions interviews in February half term, requiring teachers to attend for up to two days.

We don’t tend to ask teachers to attend site during non-term time unless there is a specific reason such as training, outreach, or admissions events.  These are planned at the start of the academic year, enabling teachers to plan their holiday time with certainty.

The table below is indicative of the how holidays may be taken by a full-time teacher who has worked for five Saturdays.   The total number of discretionary days leave may vary, for example, depending on when bank holidays fall over the Christmas period.

The non-teaching roles vary greatly, some staff have term-time only contracts whilst others are employed for the full year.  Some work “normal” office hours and others overnight.  The information in this section is based on a full time member of staff who works for the full year,  the principles are consistent with other roles but precise details will vary.

Full time is 37 hours a week.

The main school building is open between 0800 and 1800 on most week days and typically working hours fall between 0830 and 1800.  Notable exceptions are boarding staff who work evenings and overnight and outreach staff who sometimes need to work on Saturdays to support events.

Annual leave is for 25 days a year plus bank holidays and additional Christmas closure days.  The school has period of time over Christmas during which it is closed, this may vary each year but it is typically for two weeks.  All staff take holiday during the shutdown period but this is not taken from their annual leave, in effect adding to their overall holiday allowance.   The real beauty of this is that with every member of staff on holiday,  you wont return in the New Year to an enormous string of emails and messages!

Non-teaching staff are expected to take their annual leave when students are on school holidays.  In exceptional circumstances exceptions will be made but taking leave during the term time is not the norm.

Employee Assist Programme (EAP)

All EMS employees have access to a range of resources and support through the Health Assured  EAP.  The programme includes:

  • Free 24/7 counselling, legal and information line
  • Critical incident advice & telephone support
  • Online health portal & access to the My healthy Advantage app

Exeter College Facilities

Our staff and students have access to the facilities at Exeter College including HR support and Gym membership (for a small fee).

Light Refreshments

It’s a small gesture of our appreciation for your work that we provide tea, coffee and milk for staff and no charge.  We hope it makes your day a little easier.


Teachers are entitled to join the Teachers’ Pension Scheme: Teachers’ Pensions

Non-teaching staff are entitled to join the Local Government Pension Scheme: LGPS member site

Small Team with Big Support

The staff team is truly fantastic, welcoming, helpful and kind.  It’s one of the very best things about working here (the students being the other).  It’s not possible to overstate just how supportive they are – if you’re having a tough day someone will pick you up, if you’ve had a brilliant success, your colleagues will celebrate with you.

Vivup Benefits Scheme

This scheme offers EMS staff a range of lifestyle savings vouchers from retailers, typically giving up to 5% off a purchase.  It also gives access to Salary Sacrifice benefits which include:

  • Cycle to Work
  • Home and Electronics
  • Gym Membership
  • Car Leasing
  • Travel and Leisure – coming in 2022

Teacher Salary Scale

Support Staff Salary Scale

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