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Arabic learning support assistant (UAE nationals only)

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The Aquila School
Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Date Added: Apr 14, 2023

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We are currently looking for an Arabic learning support assistant (UAE National only) to join our amazing team, for an immediate start. You must understand and believe in our school vision which is to be a happy community school with amazing learning at its heart where pupils are empowered to make choices, engage in meaningful learning experiences and make exceptional progress.  

The Aquila School 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.

 Key qualities and skills:

  • To be able to develop positive working relationships with all members of the school community
  • To be able to use initiative, be flexible, fun, proactive and positive
  • To be kind, approachable and professional
  • To be able to communicate accurately in English and Arabic

 Core purposes:

  • To help children make as much progress with their learning as possible
  • To encourage children to be independent
  • To support the teachers in the day to day running of the class

Key duties include:

  • Working with groups and individuals to support learning across the curriculum under the direction of the teacher. This could include the delivery of intervention programmes
  • Encouraging independence i.e. helping the children to achieve their objectives (through questioning, dialogue, demonstrating and modelling) rather than doing the work for them
  • Tasks to support the day to day running of the school- e.g. preparing resources, being responsible for specific areas etc
  • Engaging the pupils in meaningful talk at all opportunities in order to develop language, and build relationships
  • Supervising the children, for example on trips, at break times, travelling around the school, and at swimming and PE lessons
  • Managing pupil behaviour in a positive manner and being a positive role model in line with The Aquila Way on behaviour e.g. giving golden tickets, acknowledging children who have made good choices etc
  • To ensure confidentiality at all times i.e.- never discussing any aspect of the work of the school other than with colleagues in school
  • Being proactive in knowing the expectations of your work for each session
  • To meet at least weekly with the teaching team
  • To work closely with the teachers to ensure there is effective communication-both oral and written concerning pupil progress and learning
  • To be proactive in your own professional development- if there is an element of your role you are less confident in carrying out- ask
  • To work alongside the teacher and children as per The Aquila Way to create interactive and relevant displays to support learning and celebrate achievement

In addition, all staff are required to carry out any tasks required by the school or the regional office to facilitate the smooth day to day running of the school

To be line managed by the head of MOE subjects

Hours of work- Core working hours are from 7:25am to 3.25pm (Monday to Thursday) and 7:25 am to 12:00 pm on Fridays. In addition, LSA’s to either run breakfast club (6.30am-7.30am 5 days a week) or after school club (2.45pm to 4.25pm 5 days a week- two weeks on one week off or equivalent). LSA’s also work as a backup for bus supervision when required.

Holidays- as per the school KHDA approved calendar

Competency matrix 

Helping children make progress

I can lead a group activity independently following a plan

I can work with a range of abilities

I can adapt tasks to help challenge and support the learning  of groups and individuals

I can speak fluently in English and model this correctly to the children

I can use questioning (including higher order questioning) to extend and consolidate learning

I can ensure that in lessons I have the appropriate subject knowledge for the learning taking place

Being pro-active and following routines

I can use my initiative without prompting and identify where and how I can support learning during teaching input and activities

I can read and understand the weekly planning and arrive at the lesson prepared, having gathered resources as needed to ensure the learning is fun, engaging and purposeful

I can use positive behavior management strategies and language to encourage children follow the golden rules, love learning and strive to be independent

Interventions/ delivering specific programs

I can lead small group interventions, making the learning objective clear, focusing on a purposeful learning journey and not race to an end product

I can feed back to the teacher what each child has learnt, any barriers and next steps

EYFS specific

I can lead a morning circle group confidently, modelling accurate English and ensuring all children have opportunities to develop their communication skills


I can provide welfare support as needed encouraging the children to be independent where possible

I can ensure that children are safe, well cared for and supervised at all times

I can take responsibility for my own learning and development

I can contribute to the safe, smooth day to day running of the school

 About the International Schools Partnership Group

The Aquila School is owned by a London based company called 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, Spain, Costa Rica, Chile, the United Arab Emirates, Qatar, Malaysia, and Mexico educate children and pupils from 2-18 years of age. We have now expanded to over 50 schools delivering multiple curricula and building on local brands and reputations with around 30,000 pupils and 5,000 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
  • Inspire children and pupils to be successful now and equip them to be successful
  • 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
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