Early Years has over 350 pupils, aged 2-7 years old and 62 members of staff. The curriculum starts for children aged 2-5 years with the Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum and for children aged 6-7 years we offer an enhanced version of the English National Curriculum. Early Years prides itself on its child-centered, holistic approach for all children throughout the age range. We are able to do this successfully, by offering small class sizes of 22 children or less, a high teacher-to-pupil ratio and generous resources, for a range of abilities. Assistant Teachers are of a very high standard and are all bilingual. Children here have a thirst for learning and behaviour is exemplary. Parents at our school are supportive and value teachers highly. We invest heavily in professional development and as part of a large school and group of Colleges we are able to offer unique opportunities for career development.
Early Years Learning Environment
In 2018, Early Years learning spaces were rebuilt and enhanced. There is a beautiful, natural look to all learning spaces. The classrooms are designed to operate either as a stand alone class or as a unit, according to the needs of the children during the day. Outside, we also have two new, exciting learning spaces. The Early Years environment reflects both the quality of the teaching and the excellent resources available. All classes have interactive whiteboards, I-pads and laptops with MacBooks for teachers. We enhance our curriculum through in-depth planning, specialist teaching in P.E., Mandarin, Art and Music, and through a range of resources, such as Numicon for Maths. Our assessment tools include SeeSaw, now used throughout the school. Visitors to Early Years will see children highly engaged and learning actively through collaboration, problem solving and creative thinking.
The role of Deputy Head requires someone with a deep knowledge of child-centred pedagogy and a passionate belief in children initiating their own learning through play. You will be supporting the Head of Early Years in planning and implementing the strategic direction of Early Years and will play a key role in liaising with the other schools’ leadership within Dulwich College Beijing. You will meet on a regular basis with the Deputy Head of Junior and Senior School to ensure that the student learning journey is smooth through the whole College. The progress our children make is excellent and a key part of the role is to make the most effective use of pupil data to ensure the best outcomes for all pupils. You will also play a lead role in the professional development of our talented staff and actively involve and enable staff to engage in the future of Early Years. Early Years is an ever-changing learning environment so you will need to manage change sensitively, listen actively and respond to parents, staff and children effectively and empathetically.
Your package offers excellent saving potential. The school will even transfer your savings to your overseas bank account on your behalf, if you so wish. As well as a competitive salary the school offers two flights per year to your home destination, full medical cover, free school places for two dependent children and a contribution to some of your living expenses, for example your restaurant and laundry bills.
China is an increasingly modern, wealthy and culturally rich society. Technology continues to be a defining aspect of life here. Beijing itself is a vibrant, constantly changing and exciting city. Its historical sites are second to none, as is its food culture. Restaurants are child-friendly, especially those close to school. There is also a bustling nightlife downtown, where many staff live. Beijing is an incredibly safe city, and people feel secure walking the streets at night. There is also a wide variety of activities outside of work. Beijing is very close to mountains and lakes, so hiking, cycling and running are popular activities. There are netball, rugby, football, Aussie rules, and Gaelic football clubs that staff can get involved in. Beijing is increasingly a hub for travel, with a second airport opening in 2019. It is easy to travel anywhere in the world from Beijing, and the high-speed rail system allows easy access to the fascinating Chinese interior. Such is the strength of the culture at DCB, that staff often travel together during their ample holidays, which include three weeks at Christmas and two weeks at Chinese New Year.
Applicants should ensure that they are aligned to our Philosophy and Objectives, and to our College Values, which can be found, along with other information about the College, on our website: beijing.dulwich.org. To apply for this position please go to https://www.dulwich.org/careers/job-openings.
The deadline for application is 6th January 2019.
Contract type: Full Time
Contract term: Three Year Contract
Dates: Job start August 2019