The British International School, Riyadh caters for students aged 3-18. 50% of students are British but over 50 nationalities are represented within the student body. The school is accredited by the Council of British International Schools (COBIS) and the Council of International Schools (CIS). The recent British School overseas inspection described the BIS curriculum as “outstanding” and states that “students demonstrate outstanding attitudes, behaviour and personal development. They take a pleasure in their own success and that of others”. In a recent confidential survey staff overwhelmingly stated that they enjoy working at the school. We now seek to add to our team.
The position of Careers and Higher Education Advisor is an important one at The British International School Riyadh. The successful candidate will work very closely with Year Leaders, especially the Head of Sixth Form whom they will assist with the university application process, as well as having responsibility for overseeing the Senior School PSHE programme.
PSHE at BISR consists of a KS3 programme – ‘ALIVE’ – which is taught by a number of teachers on rotation. The KS4 programme – ‘Lifeskills’ – consists of a half to one day intensive session once per half term. At KS5 the ‘Futures’ and ‘Enrichment’ programmes are scheduled weekly.
In Year 9, there is an expectation that the Careers Advisor will meet with all students and their parents, and provide guidance on appropriate GCSE courses and anticipated grades in the light of CEM data. The Advisor may be asked to hold parent information evenings and a significant part of the role at BISR will involve explaining to parents the realistic potential of the student so that students enter appropriate courses and do not suffer stress due to over ambitious parents.
In Years 10 and 11 the relationship with students will grow stronger, with the Careers Advisor maintaining contact with students and parents, and developing a personalised service so that students feel supported.
In Years 12 and 13, the Careers Advisor will know each student’s ambitions and intentions. They will support the Head of Sixth Form, guide the students and support them through the UCAS and other admissions processes. The Careers Advisor will provide close support every step of the way, particularly in the writing of personal statements, checking of academic references, making students aware of university open days and the completion of application forms, etc. Familiarity with the Oxbridge and medical school application processes is also an advantage. They will also be responsible for mock university interviews and work experience process.
The successful candidate will:
- be a UK qualified teacher or have qualifications recognised in the UK through the NARIC process;
- very competently fulfil all Teachers’ Standards as published by the Department of Education in 2012;
- put students at the heart of the education process;
- fully support the Mission and ethos of the school;
- commit enthusiastically to the school’s enrichment program including leading extra-curricular and inter-house activities;
- be able to use ICT as an effective teaching tool;
- believe in the values of international and interculturalism in an educational context;
- oversee to the PSHE programme in all years, with an introduction to careers guidance, including on-line programmes. This will account for an approximate 25% teaching load;
- be expected to be present for parents evenings in years where advice may be sought e.g. Years 9 to 13;
- be expected to be readily accessible to students when exam results are published and to be in a situation where they can ease stress and provide advice to those students who have not secured admission.
There may also be a Position of Responsibility allowance for the right candidate