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Head of Humanities

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Tenby Schools Penang
Penang, Malaysia
Date Added: Feb 20, 2024

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Role Profile: Head of Humanities
Purpose of Role
Job Description Head of Humanities
Line Manager - Head of International Secondary
Salary - Competitive
Teaching Allocation - 21 /29 teaching hours per week 70% loading. (No tutor role.)
Main purpose of the role
This position is open to dynamic and inspiring teachers who have a passion for delivering excellent attainment and achievement in Humanities and who have the vision to support this.
The successful candidate will
  • Demonstrate a passion for education and a desire to improve the life chances of all students.
  • Embrace with an ethical and vision led approach that supports and develops learning in Humanities, delivered by a strong team of informed practitioners.
  • Have the ability to empower and motivate students to engage with their learning.
  • Maintain and develop the schools ethos of diversity, inclusivity and equality of opportunity.
Core Purpose
The postholder will:
  • Ensure the highest possible standards of education through the promotion of effective teaching and learning; calling on the best research-based evidence to inform pedagogical practice in the teaching of Humanities.
  • Support the development of a comprehensive programme of extra-curricular opportunities, to foster a love of all things Humanities.
Operational Responsibilities
The postholder will:
  • Play a key role in promoting the aims, values and ethos of Tenby School Penang.
Tenby Schools Penang, which hosts both an International and a Malaysian National school, is a premier campus on the island of Penang, located in the prestigious neighbourhood of Tanjung Bungah, just outside George Town.
With a new 75,000 sq. ft. STEAM facility set to open inApril 2024, the school community has embarked on a new approach to education pillared on the progressive learning approach of STEAM - Science, Technology, Engineering, the Arts and Mathematics. You can be part of this exciting journey which is aimed at ensuring our students grow at the pace of change!
Powering its new STEAM focus is an educational philosophy that has been proven around the world - Amazing Learning. Amazing Learning is about persisting through challenges and achieving breakthroughs.
Find out more about our school on our website ( and social media sites.
ISP Malaysia
Tenby Schools Penang, in partnership with the International Schools Partnership (ISP), equips students for local and global success by delivering Amazing Learning. ISP Malaysia comprises of the Tenby Schools, Asia Pacific Schools and Straits International Schools, covering the Klang Valley, Perak, Penang and Johor within Malaysia. Our experience in education excellence helps us provide amazing learning experiences for students as young as 3 years up to 18 years old. Our schools in Malaysia follow the international school curriculum comprising IGCSE and A-levels, starting at the kindergarten level, while 5 of the schools also offer the Malaysian National Curriculum. While the national and international schools and classrooms are separated, facilities and non-curricular activities are shared between the schools. With over 8,500 students, we have a 60-year history in the country providing education to students and have gained a reputation for excellence and high standards in education.
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 commitment to professional development and employee well-being.
  • Access to expertise, best practice sharing and learning opportunities across countries and cultures.
  • Competitive remuneration.
  • Fee discount for children of employees.
  • Personal accident insurance coverage, Medical outpatient benefits and hospitalisation and surgical benefits.
  • Flight and shipping allowance at the beginning and end of the contract
  • Support with accommodation for the first two weeks after arrival.
  • Generous contributions to an Employee Provident Fund (EPF) up to 23% of salary per annum (11% employee contribution + 12% employer contribution) payable as a lump sum on leaving Malaysia.
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.
Head of Humanities
Skills, Qualifications and Experience
Training &
Degree in a Humanities subject.
Teaching Qualification
Further training / study
Application form
Educational Experience
Teaching across KS3 & KS4 age range
(11-16 years.)
Developing & implementing strategies for achieving strong value-added outcomes for students
Using evidence-based information to inform planning and teaching.
Experience of teaching Cambridge iGCSE. Preferably in Geography
Experience of delivering to a diverse community of students including those for whom English is not their first language.
Experience of teaching relevant Post 16 pathways, for example A-Level.
Letter of application
Selection process References
Professional Qualities & Attributes
Ability to:
Work in partnership with a team to achieve successful outcomes for students.
Motivate, influence and empower
Seek, and act on, feedback from others.
Build and maintain effective
Experience of:
Raising student achievement and adding value with specialist subject.
Effective liaison with parent
CPD that demonstrates a secure knowledge of current thinking in pedagogy and practice.
Letter of application
Selection process References
Professional Knowledge & Understanding
Effective strategies for maintaining high standards of attainment, behaviour and attendance.
Principles and practice of educational inclusion, diversity and access.
Developing choice and flexibility to meet the learning needs of every student.
Strong knowledge on effective pedagogical approaches to support learning across the range of Humanities subjects.
Experience of:
Determination and drive to improve yourself and others.
A strong team ethos and work ethic.
A knowledge of STEAM based approaches to curriculum delivery.
Letter of application
Selection process References
Personal Qualities
Team centre approach.
Ability to work well under pressure.
A passion for all things Humanities.
Experience of:
Working with other staff to secure
continuous improvement.
Strong relevant subject knowledge and experience.
Selection process
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 organization.
  • 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 postholders are subject to appropriate vetting procedures and satisfactory Criminal Background Checks or equivalent covering the previous 10 years employment history.
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