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Reach British School
Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
Date Added: Aug 5, 2022

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Position Title

Assistant Principal

Reports To

VP/Head of School 

Direct Reports

Year Leaders / Curriculum Leaders

Primary Job Purpose

To provide effective leadership and  line management of middle leaders and teaching staff in line with the school’s vision, drivers and values and in support of the school’s continuous quality assurance cycle of self evaluation and school development planning. 

Common Responsibilities – All Assistant Principals 

  1. Admissions: Lead by example by supporting the school’s admissions process with prospective family tours and through all aspects of the customer journey including but not limited to entrance and baselines assessments. Attend all school open days as required. Follow up directly with all leaving parents and take proactive action wherever possible to retain students without creating undue or unjustifiable differences of practice with families.  
  2. AMAR: Lead and manage all aspects of Quality Assurance as determined by the school’s Academic Monitoring Assessment and Reporting (AMAR) Policy.
  3. Appraisal: Manage appraisal of staff supported by appropriate evidence including but not limited to lessons observations (formal and informal; announced and unannounced drop ins as per policy) and all related aspects of AMAR. 
  4. Duty Rota: Ensure, where appropriate, that a clear and fair staff duty rota is consistently implemented and systematically monitored and reviewed for continuous improvement to ensure the safety of all children at all times. 
  5. Feedback: Ensure all staff provide systematic and meaningful feedback to students in line with the school’s feedback policy. 
  6. Induction: Form Tutor / Class Teacher induction including oversight of all systems, procedures and staff handbook. 
  7. ISP: Be available for and work closely and as required with ISP’s Director of Learning to further ensure the continuous updating and development of all pedagogical practice in line with best practice and ISP expectations 
  8. Leadership: Provide effective leadership to year and curriculum leads. 
  9. Learning environment: Ensure consistently high standards of displays that are conducive to inspiring and always supporting learning in line with the school’s display policy. 
  10. Line Management (LMMs): Chair effective and regular team meetings and provide individual line management of staff as required. 
  11. Marketing: Ensure ongoing photos and video clips involving the department are captured and shared via the school’s social media platform on a regular and systematic basis. 
  12. Parental Complaints: Ensure to assist the Head of School and Principal with any parental complaints within the designated scope/year group of the AP role and, with the guidance of CLT, as maybe required by ADEK. 
  13. Parent Engagement: Ensure that all meetings, events and decision making considers how parents can be further and positively engaged with the school through, but not limited to, home-school meetings and communications, weekly class and regular whole school newsletters, workshops, online communication through the school’s Management Information System (MIS) and parental portal, parent and family opening days, evenings and student progress Meetings
  14. Planning: Ensure continuous curriculum improvement and learning progression (transition).   
  15. Policies: Ensure the department is fully compliant with all policies and procedures and especially those directly relating to teaching and learning to include but not limited to e.g. Behaviour; Safeguarding, T&L, Assessment and Reporting and HW.  
  16. Recruitment: Ensure the timely support of all stages of the school’s recruitment needs including interviewing, selection. onboarding and induction of new staff. 
  17. Reporting: Lead and ensure high levels of quality, consistency including personalisation and accuracy with reporting to parents. 
  18. Safeguarding: Ensure all SG procedures and reporting are compliant with school, ISP and ADEK policy to ensure childrens’ safety is always the highest priority. 
  19. SDP and SEF (Quality Assurance): Lead and contribute as required to whole school self-evaluation process in order to inform the whole school and departmental development plans
  20. Sharing best practice: Ensure the systematic promotion of sharing of best practice to raise the level of teaching and learning of all to ‘at least’ that of ‘good’. 
  21. Staff wellbeing & voice: Ensure staff wellbeing and voice is respected and promoted at every opportunity by embedding an open door culture based on “support and challenge” for all staff, identifying opportunities for staff to collaborate and share ideas in an open, supportive and respectful manner. 
  22. Training: Ensure systematic and on point training for staff to ensure the continuous improvement of teaching and learning. 
  23. Trips & visits: Oversee the effective and efficient organization of educational trips and visits that enhance the learning experience for students.

Specific Responsibilities – Early Years & Nursery Manager (ADEK)

Early Years Specific

  1. ADEK Reporting: Ensure full compliance with all ADEK reporting requirements 
  2. Appraisal: Ensure the school’s appraisal policy, procedures and deadlines are implemented efficiently and effectively. 
  3. Assessment:  Ensure the timely production and publication of an internal and/or external assessments (phonics and/or external baseline assessment) schedules in line with school policy and effective moderation takes place for any key and summative assessment.
  4. Departmental Meetings and CPD: Ensure the timely production, continuous revision and implementation of a departmental meeting and CPD schedule reflective of departmental needs as informed by whole school priorities 
  5. Phonics (RWI): Ensure a robust phonics program is implemented based around continuous staff training and based on cross class ability groups informed by half termly phonics screening. 
  6. Resources & Procurement: Ensure robust and systematic review of resources through staff collaboration and consultation to ensure resource needs are planned for and communicated to CLT in a timely manner. 
  7. Timetabling: Ensure a child friendly structure to the school day provides appropriate and consistent timing for carpet time, dedicated phonics time based on cross class abilities, learning for the 7 areas of the curriculum and excellent use of continuous provision.  
  8. Teaching and learning: Ensure a child-led approach to teaching and learning continuously informs curriculum planning and delivery based on childrens’ interests wherever possible. 
  9. Ensure Nursery is compliant with ISP and ADEK nursery regulations - evidenced through ADEK compliance visits and reports, ISP and Reach reports

Responsibilities: Teaching and Learning 

  1. Plan and deliver teaching and learning activities in line with the school’s curriculum and planning (LTPs, MTPs and STPs) and to maximise student engagement, learning and progress.
  2. Ensure learning objectives are appropriate and always understood by students. 
  3. Provide clear structure for lessons, maintaining good pace and challenge throughout.
  4. Ensure students have Minimum Target Grades (MTGs) and Aspirational Target Grades (ATGs)
  5. Motivate and challenge all students through effective differentiation for groups and individuals.
  6. Ensure there are opportunities for independent and collaborative learning.
  7. Ensure appropriate and engaging opportunities for learning through homework.  
  8. Ensure there are opportunities for peer and self-assessment to support learning. 
  9. Ensure effective behaviour and resource management. 
  10. Use a variety of teaching strategies to personalise learning to maximise student motivation.
  11. Set and model high expectations at all times. 
  12. Ensure positive behaviour management in line with school policy.
  13. Adapt lesson plans to meet the needs of all students including those with SEN or EAL needs. 
  14. Ensure students know and understand key terminology at the start of all lessons. 
  15. Adapt learning activities to support students’ SMSC needs and be reflective of the school’s focus on STEM and enterprise pathways. 
  16. Establish a safe, supportive, attractive and stimulating learning environment. 

AMAR: Academic Monitoring, Assessment and Reporting

  1. Ensure effective use of assessment to assess the extent to which learning objectives have been met and how planning can be improved to further enhance learning. 
  2. Provide students with systematic, meaningful and personalised feedback on their learning. 
  3. Provide personalised reports fully in line with the school’s Assessment and Reporting Policy. 

Other: Professional Requirements

  1. Establish highly effective working relationships with students, colleagues, parents and visitors. 
  2. Set high expectations for students through personal presentation and professional conduct.
  3. Attend assemblies, dept meetings, parents’ evenings, school functions and other staff meetings. 
  4. Be proactive and contribute to Development Time and Key Stage/Department teams.
  5. Maintain the highest professional standards in terms of personal presentation and punctuality. 
  6. Keep up to date with current educational practice. 
  7. Offer up to two engaging ECAs per week 
  8. Always be on time and proactive with all safeguarding duties. 
  9. Be proactive in understanding and implementing the school’s policies and procedures. 
  10. Always meet statutory responsibilities regarding Safeguarding and Health and Safety. 
  11. Be a commensurate professional and school ambassador during and outside school hours. 
  12. Undertake any other task as reasonably requested by the Principal. 


Knowledge & Skills

Minimum Educational Qualifications Required for the Role

  • Bachelor’s in relevant discipline 
  • Teacher certification 

Minimum Years of Experience Required

  • 3 years’ experience in education
  • Experience as an overseas educator in a preferably inclusive international setting, well versed and current in a British curriculum

Language Skills

  • Strong command of English is essential

Special Skills and Abilities

  • A leader of teaching and learning and a ability to work collaboratively in a team
  • Strong organisational and technology skills 
  • Excellent oral and written communications skills 

The International Schools Partnership 

Reach British School is part of The International Schools Partnership (ISP). 

The International Schools Partnership (ISP) is a growing group of committed colleagues in financially responsible schools around the world, all of which aim to be the school of choice in their local area. Learning is at the heart of everything we do for our pupils, colleagues and parents. We are committed to getting better, all the time. 

ISP was founded by an experienced team of committed educationalists and commercial operators who have worked together over many years. Our growing group of private schools located in the UK, the USA, Europe, Costa Rica, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, the United Arab Emirates, Qatar, Malaysia, Mexico and Peru educate children and pupils from 2-18 years of age. We have now expanded to 45 schools delivering multiple curricula and building on local brands and reputations with around 45,000 pupils and 7,000 staff located across the globe.

We believe that successful schools are the ones that put learning at the heart of everything they do, always aiming to create rounded individuals that are able to forge successful careers and lives in a rapidly changing world. Our goal is to enable our schools as the leading school of choice in their local area. We are a truly international group working in different cultures and speaking different languages. 

We work across countries and cultures, too, by working with each other and with other schools and communities. At ISP we continue to engage with schools around the world who are interested in becoming part of our global group of schools and look forward to welcoming more pupils and staff to the group. 

All our schools: 

  • Help children and pupils learn to levels that amaze them. 
  • Inspire children and pupils to be successful now and equip them to be successful later. 
  • Are truly international, working in partnerships within and across regions, cultures and languages. 
  • Aim to be the schools of choice for children, pupils and their families, wherever we are. 

Reach British School is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expect all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. All shortlisted candidates and post holders are subject to appropriate International Criminal and Child Protection Background Checks or equivalent, covering the previous 10 years of employment history. Reach British School recruit teachers in several ways including direct application to the school and through international teacher recruitment agencies and organizations.

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