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Assistant Head of Secondary

Reach British School
Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
Date Added: Feb 4, 2022

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ISP Teacher Role Profile

ISP is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expect all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. All shortlisted candidates and post holders are subject to appropriate International Criminal and Child Protection Background Checks or equivalent, covering the previous 10 years of employment history. ISP recruit teachers in several ways including direct application to the school and through international teacher recruitment agencies and organizations.

 

 

The International Schools Partnership (ISP) is a growing group of international schools which believes in amazing learning and is committed to getting better all the time.

 

GROWING LEARNING, GROWING SCHOOLS embodies our journey and is what binds us together. We are developing schools for 2-18 year olds with learning at the heart of each school and helping our children and students learn to levels that amaze them. At the same time, we are listening to our parents and students to broaden the appeal of our schools, with the aim of each one becoming the school of choice in its local area over time. 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.

 

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. Our schools are located in the UK, the USA, Canada, Spain, Chile, Costa Rica, the United Arab Emirates, Qatar, Malaysia and Mexico. We are constantly enhancing our existing group of schools with new ones including those we develop ourselves, and new schools that want to join our partnership.

 

We put learners and learning first. Learning is affected by both internal factors (such as emotions, motivation and general health and wellbeing) and external factors (such as environment, curriculum and relationships). The external factor that has the most significant impact on our students’ learning is the teacher.

 

At ISP, everyone is a learner. So as one of our teachers, you are also a learner.  Together, we will embark on an ongoing process of exploring, expanding and evolving your practice in ways that directly impact and improve student learning.  

 

Learner (ISP definition)

Everyone at ISP is a learner. The ISP learner recognizes that their mindset, experiences, and actions drive their learning outcomes. With this awareness, they exercise voice, choice, and ownership over their process of learning - leading their learning and the learning of others.

 

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. Well-being 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.

 

Job Description

Position Details

Position Title:     Assistant Head of Secondary

Department:      Teaching

Reports to (title): Head of Secondary & Principal

Direct Reports: Team Leader/Coordinators         

Indirect Reports: Teachers

 

Job Purpose:

The purpose of this role is to take a central role in assisting the Head of Secondary and Principal to develop RBS in accordance with its shared values and our school improvement plans. The Assistant Head of Secondary will initially be class based. They will however teach classes to model good practice, develop relationships, support training and development and ensure first quality teaching and secure the smooth running of the school. The Assistant Head of Secondary will take lead responsibility for ensuring the best possible curriculum offer, provision, well -being, progress and achievement for all children. The Assistant Head of Secondary will be a model professional setting an excellent example to teaching and support staff. They will work in close partnership with the Head of Secondary in actively and demonstrably promoting enrichment, entitlement and achievement through building and implementing agreed school policies. The Assistant Head of Secondary will lead by example of their practice, and by positively encouraging and supporting all members of staff. 

They will work with the Head of Secondary and Principal to ensure that the school offers a high quality, exciting, engaging, well resourced, differentiated and well matched curriculum for all children.

They will performance manage staff including team leaders.

 

Main Responsibilities:

Leadership and Management:

  • Works in very close partnership with and support the Head of Secondary in the effective day to day management of the school and school community including recruiting and inducting staff, developing and implementing health and safety policies, leading assemblies and staff meetings, arranging cover for absent staff or staff on PPA / training, hosting and organizing whole school events such as open days and parents evening, and responding to the views, needs and requests of children, staff, parents, governors and visitors.
  • Works with the Head of Secondary, staff and Principal in the development, implementation and review of school improvement plans including regular monitoring and evaluation of standards and quality of provision supporting school governance by attending meetings where appropriate and ensuring that all stakeholders are able to play an active and informed part in school management and development.
  • Works with the whole staff to develop a strong learning environment that has at its centre high expectations of learning, work, performance, academic achievement and behaviour.
  • Works with the Head of Secondary in the school’s achievement reviews and target setting processes by assisting with assessment procedures.
  • Leads Teachers and team leaders to ensure that all teaching and learning and assessment policies and protocols are in place and up to date.
  • Provides leadership in the development and management of all teaching and learning and in the creation and maintenance of high quality, stimulating, well -resourced and child friendly learning environments.
  • Assists in the line management of classroom based personnel to ensure the provision of high quality interventions and support for children’s progress, achievement, well -being and good behaviour.
  • Works with the Head of Secondary to provide CPD (continuous professional development) for classroom based staff ensuring their needs are identified and met through quality training opportunities within available resources
  • With the Head of Secondary, share responsibility for the induction and deployment of new staff, voluntary help, work experience students, trainee teachers/ students and parents/ carers working in classrooms and throughout the school ensuring all safeguarding requirements are met and that their work in school supports the learning and well -being of all children.
  • Promotes achievement and well- being and with the Head of Secondary effectively manage the school resources to achieve the schools stated aims, meet its targets and sustain high achievement.
  • Works with the leadership team in setting, nurturing, promoting and maintaining a very high standard of behavior and mutual respect throughout the school ensuring that all staff play an active role in the pursuit of these standards.
  • Assumes responsibility for the management of the school in the absence of the Head of Secondary.

Teaching and learning

  • Ensures that learning is at the centre of strategic planning and resource. Lead and support the teaching and learning of all children within the school through promoting models of excellent classroom practice coaching, mentoring and supported self -evaluation for teaching and learning staff.
  • Assists in the design, development and implementation of systems for the collection of useful, timely, and accurate assessment data to track the progress of individual and groups of children in order to inform planning, evaluate performance, track progress and secure raised achievement across all key stages. This will include agreeing and articulating high expectations and setting stretching targets for the whole community.
  • Monitors the effectiveness of teaching and learning through teachers’ planning, work sampling and scrutiny, lesson observations, supporting auditing and reporting outcomes, successful or otherwise and planning next steps and future actions.
  • Liaises with our partner schools in the ISP group and other service providers including extended service providers and community resources to enrich and expand our provision and secure partnerships, collaborations, enrichment opportunities and expertise which bring benefits to all children and our school community.
  • Takes a strategic role in the development of new and emerging technologies to enhance and extend the learning experience of pupils.

Strengthening Community

  • Promotes and models good relationships with parents and carers, which are based on partnerships to support and improve pupils’ learning and achievement.
  • Contributes to the development of the school as a community within the community; strengthening partnerships with families, neighbours, our local and wider community, other schools, services and the local authority.
  • Contributes to the development of the education system by sharing effective practice, working in partnership with other schools and promoting innovation.
  • Contributes to policies and practices which promote equality of opportunity and tackle prejudice and discrimination, support staff well- being and work-life balance and help to ensure we provide access to opportunities for growth, achievement and success for all adults and children in school.

Other duties and responsibilities

  • Any other duties that the Head of Secondary and Principal may from time to time ask the post-holder to perform.

 

Communication & Working Relationships

Internal: Staff    External: Parents

 

Knowledge & Skills

Minimum Educational Qualifications Required for the Role: Bachelor’s in relevant discipline and Teacher certification

Minimum Years of Experience Required: 3-5 years’ experience in education

Experience as an overseas educator in a preferably inclusive international setting, well versed and current in a British curriculum

Language Skills: English is a must

Special Skills and Abilities

  • A leader of teaching and learning and a key person in the senior leadership team
  • Strong organizational and technology skills
  • Excellent oral and written communications skills
  • Experienced curriculum and team leader

 

The International Schools Partnership

 

Reach British School is part of The 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, Europe, Costa Rica, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, the United Arab Emirates, Qatar, Malaysia, Mexico and Peru educate children and pupils from 2-18 years of age. We have now expanded to 45 schools delivering multiple curricula and building on local brands and reputations with around 45,000 pupils and 7,000 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 them.
  • Inspire children and pupils to be successful now and equip them to be successful later.
  • 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, wherever we are.

 

Reach British School is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expect all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. All shortlisted candidates and post holders are subject to appropriate International Criminal and Child Protection Background Checks or equivalent, covering the previous 10 years of employment history. Reach British School recruit teachers in several ways including direct application to the school and through international teacher recruitment agencies and organizations.

 

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