Head of History - TLR 3, Hong Kong

Closing date:

South Island School - ESFHong Kong

Date posted:
Start date: August 2020
Contract type: Full Time
Salary: Basic salary including Cash Allowance ranges from GBP 60,700 to GBP 98,800 p.a.
Contract term: Fixed Term
Suitable for NQTs: No

South Island School seeks to appoint an outstanding Head of History. Your role will be to lead and run the History Department at SIS, in close collaboration with the Individuals and Societies faculty as a whole.

As a Head of Department, you will be a member of the Academic Leadership Team (ALT), a role which involves ensuring that the History Department is at the forefront of new initiatives at SIS, and is represented appropriately in collaborative academic decisions. You will report to the Head of Individuals and Societies, who line-manages the heads of each individual humanities discipline.

The successful applicant will be a highly skilled teacher, with the ability to motivate, inspire and engage with students in creative and innovate ways, both within and outside the classroom. You will be a skilled manager and leader, as you work with the faculty towards our overall goal of ensuring excellent educational outcomes for all of our students. Previous experience of IBMYP, IGCSE and IB Diploma would be helpful, though this is not essential for an applicant with the right overall skills set. Like all staff, you will additionally be a tutor within our Pastoral Learning Curriculum (PLC), and will be expected to contribute effectively to our Values in Action and Making a Difference extra-curricular programmes.

The position will be a full-time renewable contract for an initial two year period from August 2020. The role carries an additional TLR3 allowance for leadership, as per the ESF Terms and Conditions  for further details of the package.

The Role

The Head of History at SIS is expected to be committed and flexible. Regular duties include:

- Leading the History Department strategically, to develop and sustain high standards and a culture of collaboration and learning;

- Managing colleagues who teach History, to facilitate high achievement and efficiency across all facets of the department;

- Representing the department within the Academic Leadership Team (ALT), attending meetings and leading whole school initiatives as required;

- Overseeing the planning, development and evaluation of History schemes of learning for all courses to maximise positive outcomes;

- Maintaining a learning climate that is inclusive and safe, yet challenging and innovative, ensuring appropriate differentiation to meet the needs of students with all learning profiles;

- Leading and managing the development of learning and teaching strategies within the department, ensuring staff develop innovative and effective pedagogical expertise, facilitating appropriate development opportunities for colleagues as necessary;

- Ensuring that resources are managed effectively within the department, in compliance with school-wide and foundation-wide requirements relating to budgets, procurement processes and facilities management;

- Ensuring appropriate assessment practices across the History department, to support student progress and attainment;

- Ensuring regular celebration of achievements within the department, in liaison with the communications team;

- Working as a tutor for a group of students, within the Pastoral Learning Curriculum;

- Engaging actively with the Values in Action and Making a Difference extra-curricular programmes, ensuring that History-related activities are represented appropriately within these curricula.


- A relevant degree and postgraduate qualification, including internationally recognised teaching qualifications;

- A strong commitment to taking an inclusive approach to meet the needs of all students;

- The ability to lead and inspire others and to manage a team effectively, showing excellent leadership, management and administrative skills;

- The ability to communicate effectively and sensitively with teachers and other relevant professionals, parents and students;

- An understanding of current developments in teaching;

- Experience of a range of assessment strategies for identifying students’ needs and supporting learning;

- A commitment to pastoral care within the school;

- A commitment to developing students’ skills through extra-curricular opportunities.

Teaching in Hong Kong

Hong Kong is a premier destination for expatriate and local teachers! ESF Teachers enjoy an extremely lucrative salary package and a very high standard of living overall, in an exciting and vibrant world city. The teaching profession is highly respected, student motivation and outcomes are excellent, and all teachers receive considerable support from ESF and SIS with settling into Hong Kong, as well as with their professional development. Please feel free to contact us in advance about life in Hong Kong if you feel a conversation on this topic would be helpful.

Further Information

Further information can be found in the following locations:

• South Island School website: www.sis.edu.hk

• English Schools Foundation website: www.esf.edu.hk

Thank you again for your interest in this role.

Closing Date: By 8am Hong Kong Time on Monday 21 October 2019

For enquiries, please contact Cecilia Lo at celo@sis.edu.hk.

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More about South Island School - ESF
Type: Mainstream School
Phase: Secondary
Funding status: Independent
Gender: Mixed
Age Range: 11 - 18 years
Address: 50 Nam Fung Road, Aberdeen, Hong Kong. View in Google Maps
Telephone: +852 25559313
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