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Aspen Heights British School (AHBS) is a truly inclusive school based on the outskirts of Abu Dhabi. We are proud of our inclusive ethos and our commitment to ensuring all children are provided with personalised learning experiences and the proper support to ensure they can make progress in learning in all areas.
The purpose of the role of Class Teacher is to share the responsibility for planning, teaching and assessments of the subjects assigned that guides and encourages students to develop and fulfill their academic potential. They must take responsibility for promoting high standards of literacy and articulacy as well as set high expectations and standards which inspire, motivate and challenge pupils. The Class Teacher will be a suitably qualified educator with a proven capacity to lead and effectively deliver teaching and learning to a very high standard. They will be accountable for ensuring that children are inspired, motivated and equipped to make as much progress with their learning as possible and as independently as possible. The incumbent will work closely with colleagues and support the work of the school. They will require initiative, be empathetic and proactive, with a personable and positive character. The post holder will be required to have a positive impact on the work of the school e.g. through subject leadership and extra-curricular activities. Experience working with students for whom English is an additional language would be an advantage.
The class teacher will plan the teaching to achieve progression of learning through identifying clear teaching objectives and specifying how they will be taught through:
- Setting tasks which challenge pupils and ensure high levels of interest
- Setting clear targets, building on prior progress and attainment
- Identifying SEN/EAL pupils
- Providing clear structures for lessons, maintaining pace, motivation and challenge
- Making effective use of assessment and ensure coverage of programmes of study
- Maintaining high standards of work and homework
- Using a variety of teaching methods to match approach to content, structure information and present information
- Use effective questioning, listen carefully to pupils, give attention to errors and misconceptions
- Select appropriate learning resources and develop study skills through library, I.C.T. and other sources
- Ensuring pupils acquire and consolidate knowledge, skills and understanding appropriate to the subject taught
- Ensuring the effective and efficient deployment of classroom support
- Encouraging pupils to think and talk about their learning, develop self-control and independence, concentrate and persevere, and listen attentively
- Involved in developing, implementing and monitoring subject policy and to assist in the production of such documentation when required
- Ensures that the children’s work is marked, displayed and presented to a high standard in the classroom and throughout the school and are changed regularly
- Consistently and diligently apply and uphold the rules of the school in order to maintain discipline, dress code and to ensure the happiness, safety and well-being of all pupils and community
- Maintains, with the rest of the staff, high standards of conduct both in and out of the classroom, acting in a way that is honest, justifiable and in the best interests of the pupils
- Sharing planning and resources, ensuring effective communication and directing the work of others, as appropriate.
- Carrying out the role of a subject leader, planning and leading extra-curricular activities, participating and leading staff training and contributing to the development and further improvement of the school community.
- Comply with our agreed policies, including the professional code of conduct, teacher standards, and ICT acceptable use policy
- Maintains smart and professional standards of appearance with particular attention to, and awareness of, cultural sensitivities
- Supports the School Improvement Plan in relation to the curriculum and the continuing improvement of student achievement
Monitoring, Assessing, Recording and Reporting
- Monitors and evaluates the effectiveness of personal teaching to maintain high standards and ensure student progression
- Evaluates own teaching critically to improve effectiveness
- Participates in classroom observation of colleagues (peer observations) when required and participates in observations by peers
- Submits books, records or planning as required for monitoring by colleagues or SLT
- Marks and monitors pupils' work and regularly set targets for progress
- Assesses and records pupils' progress systematically and keep records to check work is understood and completed, monitors strengths and weaknesses
- Plans and recognises the level at which the pupil is achieving
- Undertakes assessment of students as requested through departmental and school procedures
- Prepares and presents informative reports to parents
- Regularly assesses the pupils’ work by means of formal and informal termly, half termly assessment and end of units as directed by SLT
- Communicates with the school SENCO and Head of Key Stage regarding any pupil whose progress or behaviour gives cause for concern
- Keeps records and ensures that they are available for sharing with colleagues and / or inspection by members of the SLT, ISP and ADEK Inspection team
- Assists with the resourcing of the subjects taught, as directed by the Head of Key Stage/department
- Within a team, develops plans that identify clear targets and success criteria for the development and maintenance of the school’s curriculum
- Contributes to the whole school's planning activities
- Ensures attendance in school between stipulated hours and to attend all meetings/functions deemed to be directed time.
- Actively engage with our school community e.g. through newsletters, informal dialogue, reporting, supporting school functions and contributing to community activities
- Set high standards with regard to punctuality and to encourage the same from the pupils and colleagues
- Enters student attendance in the system and notifies the Parent Relations Executive if there are any absences or late comers
Health and Safety
- Emphasizes the importance of safety in all areas of the curriculum, communicating to the pupils the importance of a responsible attitude towards personal safety, the safety of others and respect for Aspen Heights British School’s property and equipment
- Perform all playground duties on time and with due diligence to safeguard Aspen students
- Take all necessary and reasonable precautions to protect students, equipment, materials, and facilities
- Assist in implementing all policies and rules governing student life and conduct
- Ensure that, all the necessary health and safety rules and procedures are being followed
- Maintain an awareness of all the health and safety measures to be taken when in school
Communication with Parents
- Communicates with parents on a regular, informal basis and to deal with day to day queries
- Attends Parents’ Evenings as required and to provide accurate, honest information regarding the progress of individuals at these meetings
- Reports to the parents in the form of written reports twice yearly or when required by the SLT
Staff Development, ECA & Cover
- Attends and participates fully, in Staff Development, staff meetings and briefings as set
- Provides cover for absent colleagues as and when necessary
- Contributes to the extra-curricular activity program to enrich the school experience for the pupils as reasonably directed by the SLT and ECA Coordinator
- Weekly team meetings with the phase to share good practice and planning for the coming week
- Weekly training to support areas of school development
- Line management and performance management
- Lesson Observations feedback and support
- Induction programme based on job description- weekly review with line manager on progress towards achieving key duties
Communication & Working Relationships
Knowledge & Skills
Minimum Educational Qualifications Required for the Role
Bachelor’s in Education
Minimum Years of Experience Required
2 years full time teaching experience
English is mandatory
Special Skills and Abilities
- In-depth knowledge and understanding of School curriculum (English National Curriculum – Primary) and associated assessment methods
- Up to date curriculum developments
- Application of effective teaching and learning theory and practice of providing effectively for the individual needs of all children (e.g. classroom organisation and learning strategies)
- Proven leadership and management skills
- Experienced curriculum and team leader
- Strong planning and time management ability
- Interpersonal skills including tact, courtesy and patience
- The ability to develop good personal relationships within a team
- An effective and experienced communicator (written and verbal) to a variety of audiences
- High level of IT competency
- Passionate about delivering quality education
- Able to command respect of pupils, colleagues and parents
- Organised with proven ability to meet deadlines
- Driven by wanting to improve quality and develop the school
- Reliable with an attention to detail and a commitment to quality
- Critical thinker
- Able to command respect of pupils, colleagues and parents
- Safeguarding and welfare of children
Whilst every effort has been made to explain the main duties and responsibilities of the post, each individual task undertaken may not be identified.
Employees will be expected to comply with any reasonable request from a manager to undertake work of a similar level that is not specified in this job description.
Employees are expected to be courteous to colleagues and provide a welcoming environment to visitors and telephone callers.
The International Schools Partnership
Aspen Heights 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.
Aspen Heights 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. Aspen Heights 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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