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Head of Primary

Straits - Rawang
Rawang, Malaysia
Date Added: May 31, 2024

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ISP Malaysia Role Profile  
Straits International School Rawang
Purpose of Role
The Head of Primary is the Learning Leader of the Primary School and is accountable for the continuous improvement of the School in maximising the learning for all students. The Principal delegates the day-to-day responsibility for the strategic and operational leadership of the Primary School to the Head of Primary. The Head of Primary is a key part of the Whole School Strategic Team responsible for setting the direction of the whole school and ensuring that all parts of the school have the same strategic aims and direction. The Head of Primary works in a collaborative way and is supported by Senior Leadership Team (SLT).

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.
Key Responsibilities
This document reflects the responsibilities of a HOP across four main areas of focus:
  • Leadership and Management 
  • Academic Excellence 
  • Community Engagement 
  • Operational Management 

Leadership and Management

  • Provide visionary leadership and strategic direction for the Primary School.
  • Oversee the development and implementation of the Primary School curriculum.
  • Lead and manage a team of educators, providing support, guidance, and professional development opportunities.
  • Foster a collaborative and inclusive school culture that supports student and staff well-being.

Academic Excellence

  • Ensure high standards of teaching and learning across the Primary School.
  • Monitor and evaluate student progress, implementing interventions and support where necessary.
  • Promote innovative teaching practices and the integration of technology in the classroom.
  • Oversee the development and use of assessment tools to track and improve student performance.

Community Engagement

  • Ensure high standards of teaching and learning across the Primary School.
  • Monitor and evaluate student progress, implementing interventions and support where necessary.
  • Promote innovative teaching practices and the integration of technology in the classroom.
  • Oversee the development and use of assessment tools to track and improve student performance.

Operational Management

  • Manage the Primary School budget and resources effectively.
  • Ensure compliance with school policies, procedures and relevant regulations.
  • Oversee the safety and wellbeing of students and staff, maintaining a secure and supportive learning environment.

Professional Development

  • Stay current with educational research and best practices.
  • Lead professional development initiatives for Primary School staff.
  • Encourage a culture of continuous learning and improvement among staff and students.

Person Specification  

The person fulfilling the role of Head of Primary will be able to demonstrate the following attributes and leadership qualities: 

  • A clear passion for learning and teaching, advocating for excellence and striving to always model excellent classroom practice. 
  • Clear and empathetic communication skills.
  • The gravitas to inspire confidence and respect in pupils, parents and staff.
  • Experience in leading academic/ teaching and learning teams.
  • Experience in leading successful pedagogical change in a whole school context.
  • Always Leading by example for both staff and students.
  • Commitment to playing a full part in the school community's life, setting an outstanding example exemplifying the school mission & vision.
  • An ability to effectively prioritise and delegate tasks according to responsibilities and deadlines.
  • Display a personal commitment to their professional development.
  • Have a sense of humour, enthusiasm, self-confidence, integrity and strong interpersonal skills.
  • Continuously strives to improve themselves as a leader and engages in regular self-reflection on their practice.
  • Recognised teaching qualification (e.g., B.Ed., PGCE / QTS).
  • Minimum 5-7 years of teaching experience.
  • Strong leadership and management skills.
  • Ability to deliver a balanced, broad, and differentiated curriculum.
  • Skilled in providing well-planned, rigorous, and engaging learning experiences.
  • High expectations for learners, fostering inspiration and challenge.
  • Promote a well-organised and inspiring learning environment.
  • Experience integrating technology into teaching and learning.
  • Demonstrates a growth mindset across all aspects of school life.
  • Passionate and committed to going above and beyond for the school community.
  • Ability to pass an International Child Protection Certificate (UK) to work with children & able to provide Criminal Background Check covering the previous 10 years employment history.
  • Contract: Fixed Term (2 years) – renewal depending on performance
  • Able to commence in January 2025
ISP Leadership Competencies  
  • 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, ethnicity, sexual orientation and gender expression, age, disability status, neurodivergence, 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.
EPF employer 8%, Baggage Allowance (one time), Settling Allowance (one time), Beginning and End of Contract flight allowance, Local Health Insurance (Employee only), medical leave, hospitalisation leave, extensive training for professional development, monthly staff rewards depending on performance.
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