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Assistant Head Teacher – Pastoral

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Tenby Schools Penang
Penang, Malaysia
Date Added: Jan 19, 2023

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Description of School

Tenby Penang is part of the International Schools Partnership (ISP), a leading International Education company based in London with 50 schools across the world. We are part of a worldwide family with sister schools in Spain, UK, Mexico, Costa Rica, USA, Canada, Dubai and the UAE.


We have a proven track record of staff development and good quality teaching and learning. We are unique because we have a Private Malaysian school and an International School on the same campus and we are truly integrated.


Tenby Penang is one of the leading schools on the island of Penang. Find out more on our website ( and our social media sites.


Key benefits

  • A culture of engagement and trust, where staff contributions are recognised and valued.
  • A passionate and motivated team of professionals who put children at the heart of decision-making.
  • An embedded whole campus commitment to professional development and a commitment to serving others.
  • A peer network of like-minded teaching colleagues and support from non-academic staff. 
  • Access to expertise, best practise sharing and learning opportunities across countries and cultures. 
  • A commitment to employee well-being. 


We also offer

This is a two-year contract with an option to renew at the end. Benefits include:

  • Competitive salary
  • Fee discount for children of employees
  • Medical outpatient and insurance benefits
  • Personal Accident insurance coverage
  • Generous contributions to an Employee Provident Fund (EPF)
  • Fee reduction for children of employees
  • Flight and shipping allowance at the beginning and end of the contract
  • Support with accommodation for the first two weeks after arrival.







ISP Malaysia- [Tenby School Penang]

[Assistant Head Teacher – Pastoral]


Purpose of Role

This position is open to dynamic and inspiring colleagues who have the vision to lead the delivery of a dynamic programme of pastoral support to ensure all of our students can achieve more than they ever thought possible.


ISP Principles                                                                                                                                                                                                               

Begin with our children and students. Our children and students are at the heart of what we do. Simply, their success is our success. Wellbeing and safety are both essential for learners and learning. Therefore, we are consistent in identifying potential safeguarding issues and acting and following up on all concerns appropriately.


Treat everyone with care and respect. We look after one another, embrace similarities and differences and promote the well-being of self and others.


Operate effectively. We focus relentlessly on the things that are most important and will make the most difference. We apply school policies and procedures and embody the shared ideas of our community.


Learn continuously. Getting better is what drives us. We positively engage with personal and professional development and school improvement.


School-wide Aims & Objectives for Tenby International School 2023/2024

Teaching and Learning

  • Ensure the active involvement of students and staff in their own learning.
  • Support the senior leadership team with the processes involved in monitoring and evaluating the quality of teaching and learning taking place throughout the school, including lesson observations, to ensure a consistently high quality.
  • Monitor and evaluate student wellbeing using data from learning surveys and PASS surveys
  • Review student attitudes to learning and consider action to intervene when required.


Pupil Progress and Pastoral Care

  • To lead on all aspects of pastoral care for students throughout the school.
  • To liaise with stakeholders as appropriate to support student pastoral care and achievement.
  • To establish effective communication with all relevant staff to monitor and support pastoral care across the school.
  • To establish and maintain policies and practices to promote positive pupil behaviour.
  • To oversee, monitor and evaluate the behaviour for learning, attendance, rewards, and sanctions.
  • To support the the school community in managing pupil behaviour through clear application of relevant processes.


Professional Expectations and Performance

  • To be familiar with all relevant school policies and their application.
  • To act as a positive role model for professional standards for example arriving on time to lessons/duties, meeting deadlines and following school policies consistently.


Areas for Development: Tenby International Secondary: 2023 / 2024:

We are fortunate to work with a Campus Principal who supports our schools to focus on what is important and relevant to them.  Our priorities focus on what we feel will make the biggest difference to our community.  For the current year, these include:

  • Reviewing our curriculum structures and offer, to support increasing numbers of students who are admitted with limited English proficiency.
  • Reviewing our options pathways to support personalised approached to learning.
  • Developing our links with parents and community organisations to support our students pastorally and academically.
  • Using our CPD cycles to support curriculum reflection and professional competencies that allows our students to benefit within well-informed and highly skilful quality first teaching.
  • Reviewing our curricula delivery to align key competencies and support a STEAM approach to active and engaged learning experiences.


Key Purposes & Supporting Actions:

To support the Head of TISS in the strategic leadership of the International Secondary School, its staff, students and parents.

  • Working with the Head of School to lead, motivate, support, challenge and develop all staff to secure continual improvement including his/her own continual professional development
  • In consultation with, and by the direction of the Head of School, deploy people and resources efficiently and effectively to meet specific objectives in line with the school’s plan and financial context.
  • Encourage parent involvement in TISS
  • Lead and organise relevant Staff Meetings in TISS
  • Lead and organise relevant Parent Meetings in TISS


Communication of Vision and Mission

  • Support and organise activities that develop an international ethos.
  • Work collaboratively with the other Assistant Heads of School(s) as needed.
  • Revise and amend procedures for TISS when appropriate.


Ensure the efficient organisation of all pastoral procedures, activities and events related to the International Secondary School.

  • Ensure the overall welfare of the students in the school
  • Ensure effective collaboration and communication with parents and staff in all pastoral matters
  • To monitor and acton any issues/ concerns relating to student welfare in the ‘Daybook’
  • Monitor the quality and accuracy of reports
  • Collate relevant information on individual students when required


Liaise and communicate daily with key stage staff to ensure the flow of information, continuity and progression across the year groups

  • Communicate goals of a comprehensive school pastoral program to stakeholders
  • Ensure effective liaison with Counsellor and Head of School regarding all relevant matters
  • Mange an effective referral and follow-up process


Being responsible for ensuring high standards of student behaviour, care and concern for others.

  • Plan and oversee the operation of the school’s arrangements for pastoral care including monitoring of attendance.
  • Monitoring of student behaviour, including standards of school uniform and determining and taking appropriate action when necessary
  • Disciplinary procedures and maintenance of good behaviour amongst students
  • Overseeing and promoting activities which provide opportunities for leadership and responsibility amongst students.
  • Initiating activities which enhance team building and community spirit.
  • Mentoring and counselling individual students when appropriate.


Person Specification: Assistant Headteacher: Pastoral

Please use the specification below to inform your supporting statement. Your supporting statement should be no longer than 2 sides of A4 paper.






Training & Qualifications


Teaching Qualification


Further training / study within the field of pastoral care

Safeguarding at Advanced Practitioner level.

Application form


Educational Experience

Leadership of a Pastoral Team

Experience of liaison with other agencies

Teaching across KS3 & KS4

Developing & implementing strategies for achieving strong English acquisition for students.

Using evidence-based information to inform planning

Experience of teaching Cambridge iGCSE.

Experience of delivering to a diverse community of students including those for whom English is not their first language.

Letter of application

Selection process


Professional Qualities & Attributes

Ability to:

Work in partnership with a team to achieve successful outcomes.

Motivate, influence and empower staff and students.

Set priorities to achieve ambitious goals

Seek, and act on, feedback from others.

Liaison with wider community groups.

Experience of:

Raising student achievement and adding value

Effective liaison with parent groups.

Leading CPD to achieve common goals

Letter of application

Selection process


Professional Knowledge & Understanding

Effective strategies for maintaining high standards of attainment, behaviour and attendance.

Developing choice and flexibility to meet the learning needs of every student.

Working with other agencies to promote and support student wellbeing.

Experience of student transfer and transition between key stages.

Experience of:

Determination and drive to improve yourself and others.

A strong team ethos and work ethic.

Devising and delivering training programmes to support student wellbeing..

Principles and practice of educational inclusion, diversity and access.

Letter of application

Selection process


Personal Qualities


Team centre approach.

Ability to work well under pressure.

A passion for all things pastoral.

Experience of:

Working with other staff to secure continuous improvement.

Strong relevant knowledge and experience.

Selection process



Initial interviews will be completed through Zoom. Final interviews will be carried out face-to-face whenever possible.


How to Apply

The closing date is Wednesday February 8th 2023 but it is strongly recommended to submit applications as soon as possible.

Candidates are invited to apply via Jobvite and attach:

  • A comprehensive CV with recent passport-size photograph and contact details of three referees (one of which must be from your current school).
  • A letter of application which demonstrates how your experience meets the requirements of the person specification.

Applications should be emailed to: [email protected]

Applications must be received no later than midday on Wednesday February 8th 2023. Applications received after this date and time will not be considered.



Shortlisting will be finalised on Friday February 10th 2023 and applicants will be advised whether they have been shortlisted by Tuesday February 14th 2023.


Final Interviews

The selection process will be discussed with the shortlisted candidates.  Candidates may be asked to undertake a practical task related to the knowledge and abilities in the Person Specification.

We are intending to interview for the post during week beginning February 26th 2023.


Notification of outcome

Shortlisted candidates will be notified of the outcome as soon as possible following the process.



Unsuccessful shortlisted candidates will have the opportunity for professional feedback during the week following the interviews.


Taking up post

The successful candidate will take up post on August 23rd 2023 – induction for new staff arriving in Malaysia will commence from Thursday 17th 2023.

Should you require any additional information, please contact [email protected]


ISP Commitment to Safeguarding Principles

ISP is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. All post holders are subject to appropriate vetting procedures and satisfactory Criminal Background Checks or equivalent covering the previous 10 years’ employment history.


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