Assistant School Headteacher, Secondary Job, September 2019, Dubai, United Arab Emirates
We are seeking to appoint an exceptional Assistant Headteacher from September 2019, who has a track record of outstanding classroom practice and the ability to lead improvement in academic standards and student outcomes.
As a member of SLT, the Assistant Headteacher will play an important role in the overall leadership and management of the school. In particular, you will work closely with the Head of Secondary to lead and develop outstanding teaching and learning across the school.
Duties and responsibilities will include:
A part time teaching commitment
Accelerating levels of progress in the core subjects in your phase so aiming for a SEF 1.2 of very good or above
Monitoring student progress in partnership with Curriculum leaders/Heads of Department in line with assessment and recording policy across your agreed phase
Using comparative data and prior attainment data to set targets with Year leaders (YL)/Heads of Department/Curriculum leaders. Be able to use National Agenda Parameter data (CAT4, GL assessments, IBT ( Arabic)) to inform best practice
Working with through-school and through-phase student groups as required as part of your strategic duties as directed by the Head of Primary or Secondary
Working as partners in leadership with members of the Executive team to ensure there is a shared vision for the further development of your phase and strategic area
Ensuring you are up to date with recent research within your phase of expertise and with UK/MoE education expectations and examination board requirements. You will need to know both UK and MoE curriculum compliance
Holding Curriculum/Year Leaders accountable for standards and the daily high expectations required of all teachers (marking, planning, lesson delivery). To work with YL/Curriculum leaders to support and challenge colleagues if these standards are not met
Monitoring standards and progress within your phase group using a range of appropriate tools (work sampling, drop –ins, lesson observations, pupil discussion, displays, professional discussions)
Maintaining your professional development portfolio relating to the GEMS leadership standards
Being proactive in all dealings with parents to ensure whole school strategic messages about teaching, learning and curriculum are delivered
Please note, as a Senior Leader you will be expected to attend the majority of whole school evening/weekend events during the year as part of the Senior Leadership Team. It is your responsibility to monitor the school calendars and make necessary arrangements.
The successful candidate will have the opportunity to work with a forward thinking staff and school leadership team who ensure that the academic and social development of every student is at the heart of what they do.
Applicants should have:
Current experience (last 2 years) of whole school or phase leadership (core curriculum Head of Department, Teaching and Learning (T&L), Whole Key Stage leadership)
The ability to demonstrate proven strategies for raising whole subject/department/phase progress and attainment in the last 3 years
A demonstrable understanding of teaching to a wide range of ability including EAL, SEN and Gifted and talented
Experience of policy development and implementation
The ability to work with and through others to raise standards
Coaching/mentoring experience to improve teaching and learning outcomes and lesson grading within last 3 years
Experience of accurate Self Evaluation of a core subject/department/phase
Successful implementation of T&L strategies across a whole school
An up-to-date knowledge of developments in T&L, curriculum, UK and UAE compliance, SATs, UAE Ministry of Education, GCSE and A level developments, experience of other pathways e.g. BTEC,Asdan, IB (as appropriate for phase position)
The ability to use data and evidence to inform all judgements
An understanding of equal opportunities within school
The proven ability to form positive and professional relationships with colleagues in challenging circumstances along with parents and pupils
Ability to support and challenge; holding others to account if required
Proven ability to coach/mentor others to improve performance
All positions attract an excellent remuneration package including:
Competitive tax free salary, individual fully furnished accommodation, free schooling, private medical insurance, annual airfares to country of residence, and end of Service Gratuity
Trusted for over 55 years and now a third generation education family, GEMS Education began in a single school room in Dubai.
Today, we have the privilege of educating over 190,000 students from over 176 countries through GEMS owned and managed schools globally; over 270,000 students access resources through our services division; and we will impact 20 million by 2020 students through the initiatives of our Charity partner Varkey Foundation.
About the School
GEMS Al Barsha National School for Boys (NSB), Dubai, opened in September 2017 with the aim of providing an outstanding level of education for mainly local Emirati boys.
As a school we want to ensure most of our boys leave with the academic qualifications for Higher Education along with the skills to succeed in a global market. Ultimately we want our boys to become good men, good fathers and good members of the UAE community. Along with GEMS Al Barsha National School for Girls, we will be the flagship schools for Emirati education.
NSB offers an enhanced curriculum based on the National Curriculum for England with Arabic language and UAE culture, heritage and tradition at the heart of everything.
As an all-through educational provision, the school currently caters for children from FS1 to Year 11 with plans to grow to Year 13 in successive years. FS provision is co-educational and Y1-11 is boys only. FS boys are educated in the GEMS Al Barsha National School for Girls, which is adjacently located within the school campus.
The boys will be the decision makers and the change agents of the future within the UAE and this position is a chance for you to make a genuine difference and to leave a lasting legacy within Dubai.
The school enjoys a prime location making it easily accessible to everything that Dubai has to offer as well as other Emirates. As well as being a fabulous place to work, Dubai is a vibrant, cosmopolitan, rapidly expanding city where the sun shines all year round. Here in Dubai you will enjoy an excellent lifestyle as well as extensive travel and leisure opportunities around the region and further afield.
If you meet the criteria and you are enthusiastic about the role, we would welcome your application. To complete the application you would need the following document(s):
2. Passport-size photograph