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Head of Arabic & Islamic

Nibras International School
Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Date Added: Mar 1, 2022

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Job Description Head of Arabic

Department: Arabic & Islamic

Line Manager: Principal

Key Relationships: Principal, Phase Leaders Other Heads of Department, Student Support Services and relevant staff with cross-school responsibilities, relevant non-teaching support staff and parents


Job Purpose:


For all staff in school we share a responsibility to ensure that children are always safe and properly supervised. Our school is committed to ‘amazing learning’- providing enjoyable and meaningful learning experiences so that every pupil makes as much progress as possible. All staff are expected to adhere to NIS policies and code of conduct and commit to promoting our vision – ‘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’


1. Set high expectations which inspire, motivate and improve educational outcomes:

  • Establish a stimulating environment where teachers can improve outcomes
  • Create an environment of mutual respect
  • Demonstrate consistently positive attitudes, values and behaviour

2. Promote positive progress and outcomes:

  • Develop capacities of teachers
  • Improve educational outcomes
  • Be instructional leaders and visionaries and assessment experts
  • Personnel management, building community partnerships and ensuring that the needs of all stakeholders are given attention are components of organizational success
  • Encouraging teachers to take a responsible and conscientious attitude to their work

3. Demonstrate good subject and curriculum knowledge through:

  • Sound knowledge of the relevant subject(s) and curriculum areas
  • Critical understanding of developments in the subject and curriculum areas
  • Demonstrate an understanding of and take responsibility for promoting high standards of literacy, articulacy and the correct use of Standard English, whatever the teacher’s specialist subject
  • Heads of Departments are the key in overseeing the implementation of school programs in their daily incremental amounts

4. Adapting to respond to the strengths and needs of teachers:

  • Working under limited supervision using standardized practices and methods acceptable to the school
  • The ability to differentiate appropriately, using approaches which enable staff to teach effectively
  • Adapting to changing work priorities
  • Communicating with diverse groups and maintaining confidentiality
  • Setting priorities and ensuring objectives are met
  • Establishing effective relationships and demonstrating a sound understanding of how a range of factors can inhibit a teachers ability to teach and advise and how best to overcome these 

6. Give accurate and productive feedback:

  • Give teachers regular feedback, both orally and through accurate performance management
  • Provide valid and effective feedback from lesson observations
  • Manage requirements for professional development

Key Accountabilities:

  • To be an exemplar teacher able to coach, model and train to set the standard for others to aspire to
  • Warmth, empathy, credibility, self-belief, integrity, drive and child-centred
  • Ability to lead and manage a team
  • Ability to have difficult conversations around sensitive issues
  • Cultural sensitivity to the needs of our community
  • An efficient and effective communicator
  • To ensure the quality of learning in MOE subjects enables every child to make as much progress as possible
  • To ensure the quality of teaching in MOE subjects is of the highest standard, ensuring lessons are relevant, engaging, challenging and fun in line with The Aquila Way
  • To ensure the curriculum, assessment, time allocations and qualifications of staff for MOE subjects is in line with UAE regulations
  • To take a lead in ensuring the school community pays adherence to sensitive issues and curriculum compliance in the UAE
  • To work collaboratively with colleagues and families particularly on cultural events
  • To have a positive impact on the work of the school as a member of the leadership team


Continuing Professional Development

  • Keep under review teacher methods of teaching and programmes of work
  • Be pro-active and take accountability for own development
  • Participate in arrangements for department teachers further training and professional development 

Curriculum Development

  • Advise and co-operate with the Principal, Phase Leaders and other colleagues on the preparation and development of courses of study, teaching materials, teaching schemes, methods of teaching and assessment, and pastoral arrangements
  • To embed UAE heritage and culture within the curriculum


Position Requirements:

  • Teaching Certification
  • Bachelor’s Degree
  • Master’s Degree preferred
  • A minimum of 3 years in school leadership and management – middle or senior level
  • Proven organizational and managerial skills
  • Knowledge and understanding of the school improvement process
  • Knowledge and understanding of American curriculum & AERO Common Core Standards
  • Collaborative, reflective, and constructive in achieving the school's 21st century learning expectations and schools mission.
  • Fluent in English


Education: PGCE, Teaching Certification, Bachelor’s Degree, Master’s Degree preferred

Experience: Minimum 3 years of teaching in school leadership and management – middle or senior level


  • Proven organizational and managerial skills
  • Knowledge and understanding the school improvement process
  • Strong knowledge, experience and understanding of American curriculum & AERO Common Core Standards
  • Collaborative, reflective, and constructive in achieving the school's 21st century learning expectations and school’s mission.
  • Excellent communication skills and command of the English language, in spoken and written form
  • Experienced in classroom and behavior management


  • Collaborative team player, inspirational speaker, empathetic listener with excellent inter-personal skills
  • Integrity and confidentiality
  • Internationally minded
  • Emotional intelligence
  • Intercultural awareness, creative
  • Online and classroom teaching experience
  • Flexible and a can-do attitude


Whilst every effort has been made to explain the main duties and responsibilities of the post, each individual task undertaken may not be identified.

Employees will be expected to comply with any reasonable request from a manager to undertake work of a similar level that is not specified in this job description

Employees are expected to be courteous to colleagues and provide a welcoming environment to visitors and telephone callers.



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The International Schools Partnership


Nibras International 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.


ISP and Nibras International 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.



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