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Specialist Teacher - EAL

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Aspen Heights British School
Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
Date Added: Dec 19, 2022

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Job Description


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Head of Subject



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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.



Core Purpose:


The prime role of the Head of Subject is to provide strong academic leadership. The Head of Subject is required to lead, manage and develop the department to ensure it achieves the highest possible standards of excellence in all its activities. All Heads of Subject are required to exercise leadership, demonstrate vision, and empower others in order to deliver the agreed departmental strategy within the school.



Main Responsibilities:

Academic Leadership

  • Create, deliver and monitor the Subject Curriculum and Schemes of Work across the Secondary school which are in line with the English National Curriculum
  • Create, collect and analyse appropriate assessments in all Years, and use that information to improve teaching, learning and attainment
  • Ensure that high-quality reports are provided to parents in line with whole school expectations
  • Select appropriate external examination courses
  • Manage the performance of all department staff and to report to the Head of Secondary as required with reference to training needs, examples of excellence and concern
  • Engender a culture of excellence, co-operation and respect both within and beyond the department
  • Allocate staff timetables in conjunction with Senior Staff in order to make effective use of all staffing resources and seek opportunities for collaboration and joint working with others beyond the department
  • Bring forward appropriate plans, suggestions and recommendations to the Head of Secondary for the improvement of the Department
  • Refresh and develop new programmes in order to attract new students and promote the department
  • Train teachers on and be available for pastoral care
  • Ensure a safe and healthy environment for both staff and students, and full compliance with health and safety requirements
  • Observe lessons within the department, coach and mentor staff and feedback on lesson observations
  • Comply with quality assurance and risk management procedures both internal and external

Resource Management

  •        Ensure that the Department operates wholly within its allocated budget
  • Hold responsibility for Departmental stock, its effective deployment and its upkeep



  • Teach a timetable appropriate to the needs of the school curriculum
  • Provide an appropriate Extra-curricular Programme of activities through the department
  • Ensure the Health and Safety of all staff and students in department lessons
  • Perform such additional tasks and duties as might be reasonably directed by the Head of Secondary or the Principal from time to time


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 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 & Working Relationships







Knowledge & Skills

Minimum Educational Qualifications Required for the Role

Bachelor’s in Education

PG Diploma


Minimum Years of Experience Required

3 years full time teaching experience

Language Skills

English is mandatory

Special Skills and Abilities


  • In-depth knowledge and understanding of School curriculum (National Curriculum – Secondary) 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
  • A leader of teaching and learning
  • Experienced curriculum and team leader


  • 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

Personal Attributes

  • Passionate about delivering quality education
  • Critical thinker
  • 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


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.




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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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