Head of Design and Technology, The Arbor School, Al Furjan - Dubai

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The Arbor SchoolThe Arbor School, Al Furjan - Dubai

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Contract type: Full Time
Salary: Undisclosed
Contract term: Fixed Term

Due to our aspirational plans, the Arbor School seeks a passionate, inspired and innovative  leader of Design and Technology to join our school in January 2020 or earlier if possible.

This is an exciting opportunity to join the team of an extraordinary ecological school in Dubai, based on the National Curriculum for England with a core philosophy centred upon ecoliteracy, sustainability and environmental justice. The facilities are truly unique, and include six biodomes, learning gardens, maker-spaces and extensive provision for both sports and the arts.

The successful candidate will lead on the continued development of the Design and Technology programme across the school, as well as delivering Design and Technology lessons either specifically or as a part of our project-based learning programme. This is a fantastic opportunity for an aspiring or current leader, with the phased expansion of our facilities, the successful candidate will have the opportunity to contribute meaningfully to the design, development and resourcing of the design and technology faculty. This includes a planned resistant materials department, the amazing eco-maker space, the middle school food technology facilities and the planned upper - secondary school facilities. A truly visionary leader will be inspired by this opportunity to integrate design and technology into the fabric of a school which embraces innovative practises at its core. As the Arbor School continues to grow its secondary school, the Head of Design and Technology may have the opportunity to contribute significantly to the school and, for the right candidate, potentially fulfil a leadership role in the wider secondary school.  

The Arbor school currently benefits from a truly unique eco-maker space, which is well resourced with a range of resources including fifteen 3D printers, robotics kits, SAM electronic and STEAM kits, Sphero robotics systems, a 1 -1 iPad programme; as well as a brand new Apple Mac design suite and KS2/3 Food Technology kitchen. Shortlisted candidates will be expected to deliver a brief presentation outlining their proposal for the development and resourcing of the proposed learning spaces, describing how students will access and utilise the D&T facilities, and how they intend to ensure that design thinking is integrated into the teaching and learning at Arbor. As an inclusive school, the proposed pathways for our students include BTech and ASDAN qualifications, and therefore knowledge of these programmes, and the provision required for each, would be a significant advantage. 

We therefore invite applications from exceptionally hard working and motivated educators, who are excited by the opportunity to take an important role in shaping a truly outstanding and unique education. We seek educators who are passionate and curious, who can form excellent relationships with colleagues, parents and students, and value the wellbeing of their students, above all else. Arbor teachers can expect to be part of the formative years of a unique school, crafting a bespoke and unique learning experience, which places the power of inquiry at the centre, so that learners are engaged in authentic experiences, which are balanced by classrooms and a curriculum that are  masterful in nature, rigorous in application and highly personalised 

Please refer to the supporting documentation to gain an insight into what makes an Arbor Teacher. If you feel you meet the criteria for this exciting opportunity, we welcome your application.  

Required Candidate profile:

  • Native – level English language skills
  • Bachelor’s degree in Education or a bachelor’s degree with a Postgraduate Certificate in Education with QTS or equivalent
  • A minimum of 5 years’ experience teaching Design and Technology 
  • A track record of outstanding teaching and learning and an ability to create a caring and nurturing classroom environment
  • Significant technical expertise ranging across resistant materials, food technology, graphics and product design
  • Advanced capability in the use of CADCAM, modern STEAM technologies, systems and control and the ability to integrate these technologies into a teaching and learning programme
  • Experience in planning and delivering Design and Technology across the secondary school, and the willingness to teach across all school age ranges where required
  • An appreciation for environmental sustainability and the value of nature as a teacher 

Remuneration Package

All positions attract a generous remuneration package including a competitive salary, accommodation allowance, schooling for children, private medical insurance, annual airfares and end of contract gratuity as per UAE labour law.

The Arbor Promise

Students at Arbor are expected to demonstrate hard work and effort in all that they do. They are proactive in their learning, resilient when faced with a challenge and collaborative in solving problems. Arbor students are exceptionally caring, with an acute sense of compassion for others. They are passionate about the world around us and act with integrity and ingenuity when striving for a sustainable future.


To apply for this position please fill out the application on TES. 

The Arbor School reserves the right to appoint a candidate before the termination of the advertisement date, so early applications are encouraged.

The Arbor School is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of all the students in our care and expects all applicants to share this commitment. We hold ourselves to a high standard of effective recruiting practices with specific attention to child protection. All appointments are subject to CV and qualification checking, interview, identity checks, criminal record checks, and successful references.

All appointments are subject to KHDA and Ministry of Human Resources and Emiratisation approval.


More about The Arbor School
Type: Mainstream School
Phase: All-through with sixth form
Funding status: Independent
Gender: Mixed
Address: Al Furjan, PO Box 413898, Dubai, United Arab Emirates. View in Google Maps
Telephone: +971 4 566 7904
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