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Drama Teacher

Al Basma British SchoolAbu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

Dates:              January 2022

Location:      Abu Dhabi, UAE

Contract type: Full Time

Contract term: July 2023, renewable

A popular and over-subscribed, high performing ENC School, we seek a Drama Teacher to join a thriving Arts Faculty for the coming academic year.

Our seven form entry school currently caters for 1600 children from FS1 to Y13. We opened a state of the art Primary block for Y3 to Y6 in September 2020. The expansion enables us to accommodate an additional 1000 students over the next five years.

The campus is well resourced and boasts excellent facilities with two Drama studios.

The successful candidate will have the opportunity to teach students from Y7 to Y11 initially with the possibility that drama or theatre studies could be offered at A Level in the future and also expand our offer into KS2. Experience of teaching GCSE and A Level would therefore be beneficial but is not essential. We are also keen to expand the number of opportunities for our students to share their talents through cross curricula Arts Faculty projects.

As a BSO school (EduBase No.143834) we are able to offer a UK recognised induction to candidates with QTS using the the Early Career Framework, in association with ESP Education, formerly the international arm of Buckinghamshire Learning Trust.

The school aspires to create a global community of critical thinkers, creators, innovators and leaders who will have a positive impact on the world of tomorrow. We pride ourselves on being a happy and vibrant community where students, parents and teachers enjoy coming to school. All stakeholders embrace our moto ‘Striving to be the Best’ which is embedded in everything we do. Our well-behaved students and supportive parents originate from 50 countries and speak 28 languages which makes us a truly international community.

We follow the 2014 National Curriculum of England and the EYFS, Development Matters curriculum in FS. We use GL CAT4 and Progress tests in addition to offering a range of GCSE, iGCSE, iAS and iA Levels from Cambridge and Edexcel exam boards to our older students.

We currently offer GCSE Drama and there is the opportunity to deliver A Level Drama or Theatre Studies in the future.

The successful candidate will be teaching classes from Y7 to Y11 for this academic year.

The school gained BSO (British Schools Overseas) accreditation in May 2016 following a successful inspection in its second year of operation. In January 2019 in its fifth year of operation it had its third ADEK inspection and was placed in Band A – ‘a high performing’ school moving from satisfactory in 2015 to  good in 2017, it was graded very good with outstanding features in 2019. Most recently in February 2019 the second BSO inspection graded the school good with many outstanding features, commenting on the school’s remarkable rate of improvement.

Al Basma is located in a very quiet and safe neighbourhood of Abu Dhabi called Al Bahia near to the international airport and Yas Island. Dubai is a 35 minute drive from the school. For further information please see the school information below and visit our website


The successful candidate will show a genuine commitment to creating an inspiring and stimulating child-centred learning environment. Teachers will be highly motivated as exemplary practitioners demonstrating a deep understanding of personalised learning. Candidates should be committed to ongoing school improvement and feel comfortable in a climate of innovative and creative development.

We welcome applications from candidates with one the following sets of qualifications:

• An Internationally recognised Bachelor’s Degree in Education specialising in Drama or a closely related subject and QTS or equivalent.


• An internationally recognised Bachelor’s Degree in Drama or a closely related subject and an internationally recognised teaching qualification such as PGCE or PGDE in Drama and QTS or equivalent.


• An internationally recognised Bachelor’s Degree in Drama or a closely related subject with QTS or equivalent.

There is no longer a need for teachers to have post-graduation teaching experience (in accordance with ADEK regulations which apply to all private schools in Abu Dhabi)

Please note two supporting references and a police clearance certificate, ACRO or DBS no more than 3 months old must be provided.

Candidates travelling with no dependents or with a spouse with their own international package will benefit the most from our package.


Our remuneration package for overseas UK trained candidates includes:

• Two-year contract and visa (renewable)

• Tax-free salary

• Shared furnished accommodation (including internet access) or an accommodation allowance

• Settling-in allowance

• Annual flight allowance

• Excellent international medical cover

• End-of-service gratuity

• Fee discount for dependent children


Interested applicants should click on the ‘Apply now’ button below to upload their CV.

Applications will be processed on receipt and suitable candidates will be interviewed without delay. The advert will be removed once the post is filled.

Candidates selected for interview will be contacted soon after applying with the package information before moving to interview via Zoom or another mutually agreed platform.

Whilst we appreciate all applications, only those selected for interview will be contacted.

This advert is posted by CES, our school management company, unsuccessful applicants may be contacted by CES on behalf of one of our sister schools in the UAE. If you do not wish your application to be shared with other schools in our group please state ‘Al Basma Only’ when you submit your application.

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