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Assistant Head Teacher (Secondary Inclusion)

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The Aquila School
Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Date Added: Jan 23, 2024

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We are looking for an Assistant Head Teacher (Secondary – Inclusion) to join our growing school in August 2024. You must-  
  • Be suitably qualified and experienced for this role (experience as a SENCO and hold, or be prepared to work towards UK Qualified Teacher Status)
  • Hold relevant specialist qualifications, such as NASENCO, PGCE Inclusion, CPT3A etc.
  • 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 a credible leader with a range of secondary teaching and leadership experience  
  • To be able to lead learning across the secondary for so that lessons are engaging and relevant, enabling every child (and especially identified ‘groups’ of pupils) to make as much progress as possible  
  • To be able to develop positive working relationships with all members of your team and the school community  
  • To be able to use initiative, be flexible, fun, proactive and positive 
Core purposes:    
  • To promote our school to the local community to increase pupil numbers and reach our pupil numbers target  
  • To be accountable for ensuring that children are inspired, motivated and equipped to make as much progress with their learning as possible through ‘amazing learning’  
  • To work collaboratively with colleagues and families  
  • To have a positive impact on the work of the school 
Key duties include:   
  • To ensure children are safe and well cared for at all times.
  • To undertake the role and duties as required as the named Secondary SENCO.
  • To ensure effective communication and direct the work of others - such as LSAs & ELL Tutors.
  • Professional development of all staff - including coaching and delivering CPD.
  • As Assistant Head Teacher for Inclusion - ensure teaching and learning is of the highest standards and personalised to specifically meet individual needs of all children across the phase.
  • Ensure the school maintains a positive, respectful and inclusive ethos.
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 Secondary and the Head of Inclusion  
Hours of work- 7.25am-4.00pm Sunday to Thursday and 12:00pm on Friday, plus occasional evening and weekend work as required as a Senior Leader.   
Holidays- as per the school KHDA approved calendar plus working for five days during the school holiday.  
Person Specification   
  • Excellent levels of written and spoken English (bilingual English-Arabic desirable).
  • Unceasingly optimistic and a ‘can do’ attitude – calm, kind and professional with all members of the school community   
  • Can meet deadlines by effective planning and time management 
  • Experience of working in an 11-18 school environment
  • A proven track record of securing excellent outcomes for groups of pupils
How to apply: Interested applicants can apply via JobVite and include an updated CV and a covering letter demonstrating their impact as a SENCO.  Please note - we reserve the right to appoint a candidate before the closing date.
About the International Schools Partnership   
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 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 and Health & Safety 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.
  • Are financially responsible. We make financial choices carefully based on the needs of the children, students and our schools.
  • Learn continuously. Getting better is what drives us. We positively engage with personal and professional development and school improvement.
ISP Leadership Competencies  
You consistently demonstrate and role-model the ISP Leadership Competencies in all that you do.  
  • Collaboration. Takes an active part in leading their school or region; is cooperative and a genuine team player, developing positive, supportive relationships with colleagues to solve problems and maximise opportunities.
  • Learning & Getting Better. Continually demonstrates personal commitment and passion for learning and getting better using evidence and feedback; supporting others in their continual learning, development and growth.
  • Innovation Leadership. Is good at creating an environment where ideas for learning initiatives and services are generated and is able to motivate and inspire others through the process of creation through to completion.
  • Outcome driven. Can be counted on to find solutions. Is consistently looking to exceed goals and is focused on KPIs.
  • Resilience. Can deal with setbacks and challenges calmly and effectively.
  • Community Focus. Is committed to meeting and exceeding the needs and expectations of our students and their families.
  • Integrity & Ethical Management. Has the ability to work ethically and with integrity; helps others feel valued; upholds and models the ISP Vision, Purpose and Principles.
  • Leading & Inspiring Others. Supports, encourages and inspires students, colleagues and teams so that they give their best.
  • Understanding People. Is a very good judge of talent, can objectively articulate the strengths and motivations of people inside or outside the organisation.
  • Influencing & Communication. Consistently informs, influences and inspires students, parents and colleagues through timely and effective communication.
  • Agile. Responds and adapts to changing circumstances; manages and solves problems by providing solutions in a climate of ambiguity.
  • Strategic, Commercial & Financial Awareness. Has the ability to apply understanding of the business and industry to improve effectiveness and profitability.
  • Planning & Decision Making. Makes decisions on the best course of action and then plans, organises, prioritises and balances resources to achieve the desired outcome.
  • Diversity & Equity. Has the sensitivity, awareness and skill to understand the values, behaviours, attitudes and practices across cultures that supports all children and adults to learn and work effectively.
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, including an online due diligence search, references and satisfactory Criminal Background Checks or equivalent covering the previous 10 years’ employment history.  
ISP Commitment to Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Belonging 
ISP is committed to strengthening our inclusive culture by identifying, hiring, developing, and retaining high-performing teammates regardless of gender, age, disability status, neuro-divergence, socio-economic background or other demographic characteristics. Candidates who share our vision and principles and are interested in contributing to the success of ISP through this role are strongly encouraged to apply. 
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