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Head of Year - Primary

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Star Mirdif
Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Date Added: Apr 2, 2023

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Star International School Mirdif is a bespoke British Curriculum School situated in the Mirdif Community of Dubai offering EYFS, Primary and Secondary Education. We are looking to appoint a Head of Year - Primary who has the enthusiasm, commitment, and energy needed to work in a rapidly growing and improving school. The role would be from August 2023.

The Post

Due to the continued growth and expansion of the Star Mirdif family we now seek a Head of Year - Primary to join our family at Star International School Mirdif.

At Star International School, Mirdif we offer:

  • Children who are well motivated and have a superb attitude to learning;
  • A fabulous staff team, a highly supportive group of parents and governors, who together, create a strong school community
  • A great environment for learning with excellent resources and facilities.
  • Appropriate research led working practices and a keen focus on staff well-being
  • An Innovative risk-taking attitude to teaching and learning with trust placed in our teachers
  • A growing school community with a wide range of opportunities for professional growth and development

Purpose of the Job: 

  • Effectively lead teaching and learning within the year group.
  • Ensure the highest possible standards are achieved.
  • Contribute to the school’s strategic development.
  • Develop an effective team with consistent practice.

Professional Responsibilities: 

  • Make an impact on the educational and personal progress of all pupils within the year group.
  • Lead, develop and enhance the working practices of the team.
  • Ensure that school policies and practices are being implemented to a high standard. 
  • Take the lead in implementing strategies to bring about school improvement. 

Teaching and Learning: 

  • Take responsibility for coordinating the work of the year group and work closely with subject leaders to guide and support colleagues as necessary.
  • Lead and manage the planning and delivery of the awe and wonder curriculum across the year group to ensure high quality teaching and learning opportunities for all children. 
  • Provide in-class support to colleagues, through demonstration lessons, team teaching, observation and feedback. 
  • Support teachers in the use of assessment information to inform teaching and learning. 
  • Oversee and coordinate year group events, including assemblies, concerts, workshops, trips and visitors.
  • Ensure that curriculum information and photo albums are uploaded to the schools’ shared area.
  • Liaise closely with other year group leaders to ensure continuity, consistency, standards and progression.
  • Contribute to the positive and effective management of behaviour within the year group in line with schools behaviour policy. 
  • Support colleagues to manage children with specific pastoral needs.  
  • Ensure that shared group areas and displays are well maintained.
  • Liaise with other year groups to ensure smooth transitions. 

Recording and Assessment: 

  • Liaise with PrimaryPrimary SLT in order to coordinate, evaluate and monitor assessment across the year group.
  • Ensure that assessment, recording and reporting systems are being updated regularly and data is submitted by the team on time and in the agreed format.
  • Maintain an overview of attainment and progress across the year group, with key pupil groups in mind.


  • Provide effective leadership and management to staff in the year group.
  • Establish good working practices and lead by example in all curriculum areas.
  • Lead weekly collaborative planning and strategic  meetings. 
  • Organise and lead year group meetings as necessary.
  • Inspire and motivate staff in the year group.  
  • Provide guidance and support to colleagues in order to improve the quality of teaching and learning.
  • Monitor the work of the teachers in the year group, through observation, drop - ins, moderation and work scrutiny and bring any concerns to the attention of the Primary SLT  as appropriate.

General Professional Standards:

  • Promote the aims and ethos of the school.
  • Attend and participate in open evenings and parent information meetings.
  • Consider the training needs of staff within the year group.
  • Contribute to the induction and professional development of teachers and teaching assistants within the year group. 
  • Refer matters as necessary to the Primary SLT or  Principal. 

The above duties are additional to the range of duties set out in the job description for a teacher. These duties are not exhaustive and the post holder may be required to undertake additional tasks, roles and responsibilities as may be reasonably requested of them by the Principal/ Head of primary/ Deputy head of primary.

Position Requirements:

Education: Relevant UK teaching qualification: minimum of a BEd or BA/BSc + PGCE/QTS.


  • At least 4 years of Primary teaching experience.
  • 2 years of Middle leadership experience demonstrating impact. 


  • Excellent working knowledge of the latest UK practice and the new National Curriculum of England.
  • Familiarity with the national curriculum for England
  • Excellent IT skills,  communication skills, and command of the English language, in spoken and written form
  • A collaborative team-player with excellent personal skills. 
  • Classroom and behavior management


  • Collaborative team player, inspirational speaker, empathetic listener
  • Integrity and confidentiality
  • Internationally minded
  • Emotional intelligence
  • Intercultural awareness, creative
  • Online and classroom teaching experience
  • Flexible and a can-do attitude

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 

Star International School, Mirdif 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. 

ISP and Star International School,Mirdif 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.

How To Apply:

Please upload:

  • A single-page letter of application outlining your suitability for the role addressed to the Principal, Mr Neal Oates.
  • A 2-page CV with updated photo and contact details for two referees

The school reserves the right to make an early appointment should an excellent candidate be found. Hence early applications are most welcome.

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