Head of Creative Arts Faculty, Aberdeen, Hong Kong

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South Island School - ESFAberdeen, Hong Kong

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Start date: August 2019
Contract type: Full Time
Salary: Basic salary including Cash Allowance ranges from GBP 55,600 to GBP 90,200 p.a.
Contract term: Temporary
Suitable for NQTs: No

South Island School seeks to appoint an outstanding Head of Creative Arts. This role may be combined with the Head of Art role as also currently advertised, so applicants may wish to put in a simultaneous application for both roles. Alternatively, the role may be combined with pre-existing Head of Drama, Head of Media or Head of Music roles at SIS, so internal applications are equally welcome.

As Head of Creative Arts, your role will be to coordinate the team within the Art, Drama, Media and Music departments, and to line-manage the Heads of Department in each of these subject areas. As a Head of Faculty, you will be a member of the Academic Standards Team (AST), and your role will include ensuring that each of these subject areas is fully represented in whole school academic decisions. You will report directly to a member of the South Island School Leadership Team.

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 team towards our overall goal of ensuring excellent educational outcomes for all of our students. Like all staff, you will also be a tutor within our Pastoral Learning Curriculum (PLC), and will be expected to be a leader within our Values in Action and Making a Difference extra-curricular programmes.

Previous experience of IBMYP, (I)GCSE and IBDP/IBCP would be a definite advantage. The role will include coordinating the Performing Arts and Visual Arts components within the MYP, ensuring that all disciplines are appropriately represented within the overall combined programme.

For an external applicant, the position will be a full-time renewable contract for an initial two year period from August 2019.

The Role

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

• Leading the Creative Arts faculty strategically, to develop and sustain high standards and a culture of collaboration and learning;

• Line-managing the Heads of Department for Art, Drama, Media and Music to facilitate high achievement and efficiency across all facets of the Creative Arts faculty;

• Line-managing Technical and Support Staff within the Creative Arts faculty, in liaison with the Heads of Department;

• Representing the Creative Arts faculty as a whole within the Academic Standards Team (AST), attending meetings and leading whole school initiatives as required – and ensuring an appropriate cascade of information to the faculty as a whole during weekly planning and meeting time;

• Assisting the Heads of Department with the planning, development and evaluation of 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 Creative Arts faculty, ensuring faculty staff develop innovative and effective pedagogical expertise, ensuring appropriate development opportunities for all faculty teachers as necessary;

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

• Ensuring appropriate assessment practices across the Creative Arts faculty, to support student progress and attainment;

• Ensuring regular celebration of achievements within the Creative Arts faculty, 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


• 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.

Further Information

Further information can be found in the following locations:

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

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

Thank you again for your interest in this role.

Application Closing Date: 8 am HK time, Monday, 14 January 2019

Closing Date: 14 Jan 2019

For enquiries, please contact Angelie Higgs at ahiggs@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
Telephone: +852 25559313
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