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Early Years Leader

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

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Role Profile: Early Years Leader
Purpose of Role
Job Description Early Years Leader
Line Manager - Head of International Primary
Salary - competitive
Main purpose of the role
We are looking for a suitably qualified, inspirational and experienced Early Years Leader to join our forward thinking and dynamic teaching team that provides quality teaching and learning for our students commencing August 2024.
You will follow the IEYC (International Early Years Curriculum) You will be supported by a strong leadership, systems and an outstanding professional development program.
The ideal candidate is one who is resourceful and innovative in their teaching approach. You are important in maintaining a high standard of teaching, inspiring the students and continuing to drive up performance.
ISP Primary Teacher Key Responsibilities
  • To teach, deliver and lead the IEYC (International Early Years Curriculum)
  • Be able to interact on a professional level with colleagues, establish and maintain productive relationships with them to promote mutual understanding of the Early Years curriculum with the aim of continually improving the quality of teaching and learning in the school.
  • To create learning opportunities through play.
  • To plan and support all students according to their educational needs and plan for differentiation.
  • Ensure regular, consistent and lucid planning and preparation of lessons according to the schools guidelines.
  • Encourage students to achieve beyond levels of expectation.
  • Consistently motivate students through excellent and varied methods of delivery and strong interpersonal skills
  • To lead the Early Years Team, through delivering professional development and supporting colleagues with planning, teaching and learning and assessment.
  • To monitor learning and assessment in the Early Years.
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.
Early Years Teacher
Skills, Qualifications and Experience
  • Appropriate degree and teaching qualification e.g. Bachelors Degree with teaching qualification, PGCE/Diploma in Education OR relevant degree.
  • Minimum 3 years teaching experience required preferably in an international school context covering International Early Years Curriculum.
  • Creative, inspiring, patient, resourceful and energetic.
  • Good interpersonal and communication skills.
  • Fluency in written and spoken English is essential.
  • Highly responsible, dedicated, hardworking and a team-player.
  • Reflective individual who is committed to life-long learning and development.
  • Experience teaching students with English as an additional language.
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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