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Head of English Secondary

Wellington College International HangzhouHangzhou, China

Teaching Opportunities with Wellington College in China

Wellington College China has schools in Hangzhou, Shanghai and Tianjin. Our schools, for pupils aged 2 to 18, are expanding rapidly, so we are looking for talented teachers in most subjects. We offer attractive packages and prioritise teachers’ professional and career development. The Wellington schools in China all have world-class facilities and resources.

Head of English Secondary

Huili School Hangzhou


Head of English Secondary has the overall responsibility for the quality of teaching and learning of English and must ensure it is of the highest standard.


• Overseeing the teaching and learning of the Junior High English curriculum.

• Managing curriculum developments and ensuring relevant staff are trained accordingly.

• Leading and ensuring that the examination courses are being delivered effectively and successfully, including teaching, marking and moderating.

• Tracking and reporting all data to the Head of Junior High.

• Leading interventions including liaising with students, parents, Head of Junior High, Principal and other relevant staff.

• Overseeing all excursions and activities that relate to the subject.

• Providing an exciting environment which supports the personal and professional development of each student and member of staff. Planning high quality CPD opportunities for staff.

• Giving leadership in matters of discipline. Setting high standards and expectations of behaviour among both staff and students.

• Understanding the financial operation of a budget and liaising with the relevant link over budgetary requirements.

• Liaising with your relevant line manager on teaching timetables for your subject.

• Establishing, monitoring, reviewing and developing policy and practice to support high quality social, moral, health, cultural and spiritual provision for all staff and students.

• Maintain the Health and Safety of all colleagues and students whilst in the English Department.  This includes the mental and physical wellbeing.

• Maintaining high expectations of behaviour and attitude displayed by the students.

• The implementation of all school policies, including those relating to behaviour, homework and assessment, in the best interests of the pupils.

• Maintaining strong links between each school at WCH. Through, for example, planning, moderation and curriculum development.


The Head of Junior High English has the overall responsibility for ensuring the quality and consistency of teaching, learning, reporting and curriculum development are of the highest standard. This includes:

• The tracking and reporting of all data and exam results.

• Create and oversee schemes of work, departmental policies and other documentation under the guidance and accountability of the Head of Junior High.

• The Head of Department will be expected to guide, support and equip departmental staff in their academic roles and where possible enable them to meet their professional goals and/or receive necessary professional training.

• Carry out lesson observations and contribute to appraisals in line with the school’s observation policy and has the responsibility for the teaching and learning standards within the subject.

• The Head of Department is expected to keep abreast of UK curriculum and exam board developments and has the responsibility of ensuring the external examinations and future results are of highest standard.

• Being responsible for teaching innovative and engaging lessons and acting as a role model in terms of teaching quality.

• Regularly meeting with your line manager to identify key marginal groups of students, and then ensure departmental colleagues set and complete appropriate interventions.

• Ensure all cover work is set appropriately and in a timely manner.  When a colleague is unable to set cover work this is then done, either by yourself or another department colleague, and that a member of the department is in attendance at the start of each lesson covered to ensure the covering teacher is supported.

• Monitor the setting of homework, house points and sanctions through the appropriate school systems, and address any issues identified.

• The Head of Department is expected to ensure the department is maintained to a high standard visually including the displaying of students work, display boards in corridors and classroom displays.

In addition to this, you are responsible for the wellbeing of both yourself and the colleagues under your leadership.  Any issues must be raised with your line manager immediately.

Required Qualifications, Knowledge and Skills

1. A relevant university degree and professional teaching qualification is essential.

2. Be an outstanding teacher and role model.

3. Knowledge and experience of examination criteria, for example, IGCSE and A level, in English, their delivery and assessment requirements.

4. Excellent subject knowledge in English.

5. Knowledge of current curriculum developments in the UK.

6. A passion for your subject and the ability to share this with as wide a range of students as possible.

7. Fluency in written and spoken English to enable effective communication with students and in working relationships.

8. Excellent inter-personal skills.

9. Honesty, integrity, compassion, flexibility and a good sense of humour.

10. Strong organisational, self-management and problem-solving skills.

11. The desire to put the wellbeing of each student at the heart of what they do and can demonstrate how they will support the development of the Wellington Values.

Desirable Qualifications, Knowledge and Skills

1. School departmental managerial experience.

2. Experience using a VLE to enrich the students learning.

3. Experience in teaching and mentoring EAL students.


Education: Bachelor's degree or above

Major: English related majors

Language: English speaker

Working Experience : At least 3 years of teaching experience with some managerial experience.

 Experience of successful academic achievement.

 Experience of leading multiple projects.

 Strong knowledge of the examinations within your subject.

Preferred Qualification and Personal Attributes

 Be able to assess pupils’ interests, needs and developments.

 Be able to develop curriculum.

 Creative and problem solving.

 Excellent communication and interpersonal skills, proven ability to communicate effectively with different types of people and in cross-culture environment.

 Strong passion for the education and development of students.

 Track record of solving problems and delivering impact as a leader.

 Ability to work with data and develop recommendations for action based on the analysis.

 Personal Integrity, accountability and credibility.

 Strong mindset for continuous improvement to meet or exceed expectations.

Please email us your CV and cover letter with a photo to indicating the position you are applying for in the subject header.


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