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Head of English

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Reach British School
Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
Date Added: Mar 24, 2023

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ISP Teacher Role Profile

Purpose of Role

To oversee the leadership of the department and programs to ensure long, medium and short-term planning are fully in line with the school’s T&L policy, feedback, curriculum and assessment policies to ensure students achieve their full potential as measured by their attainment relative to their Minimum and Aspirational Target Grades

Department: EYFS, Primary, Secondary

Reports to (title): Head of FS/Head of Primary/Head of Secondary

Communication & Working Relationships

Internal Staff / Students

External Parents

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.

ISP Teacher Key Responsibilities (Curriculum Leads / Head of Department / Year Leaders)

  1. Leadership: Provide effective leadership to class teachers / the department.
  2. Line Management (LMMs): Chair effective and regular team meetings and provide individual line management of staff as required.
  3. Appraisal: Oversee and ensure accurate appraisal of staff supported by appropriate evidence and regular communication/intervention.
  4. AMAR: Lead and manage all aspects of Quality Assurance as determined by the school’s Academic Monitoring Assessment and Reporting (AMAR) Policy.
  5. Planning: Ensure continuous curriculum coverage, improvement and learning progression (transition).
  6. 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.
  7. Reporting: Lead and ensure high levels of quality, consistency including personalization and accuracy with reporting to parents.
  8. 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’.
  9. Training: Ensure systematic and on point training for staff to ensure the continuous improvement of teaching and learning.
  10. Assessment: Ensure formative and summative assessment is in line with school policy and effective moderation takes place for all key and summative assessment.
  11. Feedback: Ensure all staff provide systematic and meaningful feedback to students in line with the school’s feedback policy.
  12. SEF and improvement planning: Lead and contribute as required to whole school development priorities to including self-evaluation, dept, year group and school development planning.
  13. Parent engagement: Be proactive in encouraging “parental engagement”, information & sampling evenings, Open Classroom opportunities etc
  14. 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 by your team.
  15. Admissions/Open Days: Attend school open days as required.
  16. Trips & visits: Oversee the effective and efficient organization of educational trips and visits that enhance the learning experience for students.
  17. 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.  

Specific Responsibilities - Curriculum Leads / Head of Department

  1. Target setting: Ensure aspirational targets are set for all students and a high performing “can do” culture is embedded within the key stage/department.
  2. Resources and procurement: Be highly proactive in managing and continuously developing the department’s facilities (secondary) and resources.
  3. Exam entries and results: Oversee and ensure 100% accurate public examination entries for the department and results analysis to inform the departmental improvement plan. 

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.

Undertake any other task as reasonably requested by the Principal.

Skills, Qualifications and Experience 

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

Strong command of English is essential

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.

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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