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Head of Secondary School(ID: 479)

Dehong Xi'an International Chinese SchoolXian

Working with us

Reports to

Director of Education, Dehong

Purpose of Role

The Head of Secondary School has a key strategic and operational role and is a member of the Dehong School Leadership Team (DSLT). Members of the DSLT have joint responsibility for all aspects of the whole school relating to the education and development of students and staff; each has a focus of responsibilities, but all contribute to the whole and support the work of others.

Learning and Teaching Standards A

Overall Responsibilities:

Ensure the best possible learning and teaching, in the best possible environments, placing students at the heart of all decision making

Take responsibility for the safeguarding of students in her/his school, in line with the DCI safeguarding framework, policies and code of conduct and in collaboration with the Principal

Ensure the highest standards of Health and Safety in her/his school, in collaboration with the Principal and Director of Business and Administration

The day-to-day business management of the School, including the deployment of resources and of the budget

Provide support, guidance and leadership and be a model of good practice for all staff

Understand and address the needs of all stakeholders within the school community

Curricular and Academic Responsibilities

Ensure that the delivery of the curriculum, in both Chinese and English, matches the aims of the school and reflects the needs of students

Maintain an understanding of curriculum developments around the world, with a view to Dehong developing as a model of outstanding practice in learning and teaching

Ensure that measures of achievement are accurate and readily available so that students and their parents can take an active interest in performance and reflect upon progress.

Responsible for monitoring the progress of students from first placement in the   school to the time they leave

Maintain open dialogue between the school, students and their parents on all educational matters

Ensure curriculum planning, design and management, in liaison with the School Leadership Team and teaching staff

Recognise the importance of transitions and vertical articulations

Produce the curriculum handbooks in liaison with appropriate staff

Timetabling and resource management

Organise the overall management of the school selfevaluation and improvement strategies

Ensure performance management and line management is effective

Oversee and implement, monitor and evaluate the school's learning and teaching policy, including the promotion of the Dehong ethos and values

Organise and present, as appropriate, at parental curriculum and information evenings

Learning and Teaching Standards B

Quality Management and Support for Staff

Encourage strong collaboration

Respond to the need for staff professional learning, making recommendations for this to DLT and the Professional Learning Lead

Oversee the performance management programme in the school

Lead the school recruitment process in collaboration with the Principal, ensuring the highest quality of staff join the School

Manage the induction of new staff into the School

Take responsibility for the learning environment, both indoors and outdoors, ensuring it is in good order and reflects an atmosphere of learning, discovery and interest

Oversee the deployment of support staff

Wellbeing

Take primary responsibility for the wellbeing of the students in the school from the time of their admission to the time that they leave, liaising with the other members of the DSLT to ensure that practice is consistent across the whole school, and that appropriate guidance programmes are in place to offer students support as they transition between the various stages of their education and between countries

Oversee and implement, monitor and evaluate the school's wellbeing policy, including the promotion of the Dehong ethos and values

Coordinate procedures for student admissions, in liaison with the Admissions team

Encourage and develop parental support and involvement in the work of the school

Communication and Marketing

Ensure high quality marketing, in conjunction with the Principal, Director of Admissions, Marketing and Communications

Maintain regular and proactive communication with parents through regular online updates and information in the newsletter

Leadership Expectations

Organisation, Leadership and Management

Establish, review and develop the school aims, policies, structures, procedures and job descriptions in line with whole school policies

Lead the school's strategic planning, including the production of the senior school

Improvement Plan (based on the whole school Improvement Plan)

Control budgets in the school, including delegation to subject departments as appropriate

Oversee line management and support for all teaching and support staff in school

Ensure high quality staff meetings, school leadership team meetings, curriculum committee meetings and attend meetings of the Dehong Leadership Team

Lead the production of Staff and Parent Handbooks

Coach and / or mentor leaders within the school

Additional Expectations

Extra-Curricular Leadership

Be responsible for the effectiveness of the programme of school co-curriculur and ECAs, assemblies, school trips, the House system, and all school activities which take place outside the formal classroom

Relationships and Influence

Able to act as ambassador and professional advocate for the School,with strong personal credibility and the capacity to build relationships with a diverse range of stakeholders including students, parents, community, alumni, school bodies and external government agencies

Demonstrated experience in successfully engaging and working with government authorities and regulatory bodies

Creates a sense of purpose/meaning for the team that generates followership and engages others to the greater purpose for the school as a whole

Person Specifications

The successful candidate will have the ability to be an inspirational and innovative leader who can secure the full engagement of staff and all other stakeholders in the delivery of the school's objectives. She/he will show leadership and moral values through action and example in her/his daily conduct.She/he will engage superbly with the community, be a respected ambassador for Dehong, motivate others, and achieve excellent academic results within a truly holistic environment. The successful candidate will have the following key skills, experience and attributes:

Safeguarding Statement


Teacher Brochure - WIP - 2.0.pdf