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Head of English

Al Yasmina AcademyAbu Dhabi, UAE

Aldar Academies are currently seeking an outstanding Teacher of English for Al Yasmina Academy in Abu Dhabi to start in immediately.

This is an exciting opportunity to join the highly successful Aldar family of schools and to help shape the future of Abu Dhabi’s leading school group.  

The successful candidates will be closely aligned with our core values and ethos and possess a genuine understanding and appreciation of the values of the region. 


• Assist academy in achieving its overall vision and strategic intentions and to contribute to the achievement of relevant targets as set out in the academy’s improvement plan and self-evaluation form

• Lead strategic direction and development of the department, including but not limited to setting the vision, analysing data, improvement planning, target setting and ongoing self-evaluation.

• Lead on curriculum development ensuring outstanding provision for all, including an enhanced extra and co-curricular programme.

• Lead and manage staff, including but not limited to overseeing staffing, recruitment, performance appraisal and professional development.

• Lead on the marketing of the department to promote the school, raise the profile of the subject and increase student numbers. 

• Play a lead role in developing key policies and practices that support the Academy’s overall aims, vision and values.

Setting the strategic direction and development of the Department through:

• Developing policies and practices leading to high quality outcomes for all students at all Key Stages within the department.

• Monitoring the effectiveness of learning and teaching and of systems/practices; evaluating their impact on student progress and standards and thereby identifying further areas for development whilst encouraging the sharing of best practice and fostering a culture of high reward and praise.

• Developing a department development plan through collaborative work that dovetails and supports the whole academy’s development and its commitment to raising standards.

Leading on Learning and Teaching through:

• Monitoring and reviewing students' progress through the use of appropriate data; homework; student interviews; lesson observations; student work reviews and parental contact.

• Identifying through Performance Management, individual training needs and ensuring that those needs are met.

• Identifying and implanting strategies to enhance Learning and Teaching within the Department including the use of emerging learning technologies.

Leading on Curriculum, Data and Recording and Reporting through:

• Ensuring that appropriate and relevant schemes of work are developed, in place, and regularly reviewed and evaluated, for all year groups and courses. These must include suitable provision for SEN/POD, G&T, and EAL students

• Organising and ensuring effective assessments, moderation, collation and analysis of data in line with the MER calendar and quality assurance procedures. 

• Analysing and interpreting relevant school data, to inform policies and department/school SEF writing

• Using performance data to inform learning episodes and therefore ensuring the Learning and Teaching continue to ‘add value

• Monitoring student progress and achievement against targets, identifying students who are underachieving and where necessary create and implement effective plans of action to support those students. 

• Effectively communicating with parents through all communication channels and ensure high quality communication from all members of the department including but not limited to reports, PTCs, emails, letters.

Leading and Managing Staff

• Setting clear expectations and establishing constructive working relationships with colleagues at all levels within the Department.

• Engaging in Performance Management as required by the academy's policy and using the process to develop personal and professional effectiveness of self and others.

• Leading the Professional Development of identified staff to enable all members to achieve expertise in Learning and Teaching.

• Foster a sense of 'people' and 'team spirit' through a culture of high reward and praise.

• Establishing effective working relationships and set an outstanding example through their presentation and personal and professional conduct

• Taking part in marketing and liaison activities such as Open evenings/afternoons, Parent Teacher Consultations, and events with partner Academy’s

Leading the Efficient and Effective Deployment of Staff and Resources through:

• Ensure efficient and effective recruitment deployment, management and organisation of staff and learning resources.

• Ensuring that accommodation and resources are used to create an effective and stimulating Climate for Learning.

• Ensuring value for money and cost effectiveness in the use of staff and resources within the English Department.

Other duties and responsibilities

• To be an Academic Mentor or form tutor. 

• Undertake duties as part of the staff duty rota.

• Cover for absent colleagues. 

• Invigilate examinations, as required, including a minimum of one evening and one weekend external examination session, to support the Examinations Officer and Summer Examination Schedule.


Minimum Qualifications

• BA Degree in English with Post graduate Certificate in Education

Minimum Experience

• Minimum of 6 years teaching experience including GCSE and A Level

Job Specific Knowledge & Skill

• Previous experience working with students whom English is not their first language

• Passion for teaching and commitment to educating the whole child

• A high level of professionalism and consideration of the well-being of children

• Recent and consistent involvement in extra-curricular activities

• Respect for all members of a school community, irrespective of position, gender, age and ethnic background

• A positive and solution-focused attitude to working life

• A clean enhanced Disclosure and Barring Services check or police check 


Aldar Academies are a family of world-class, child centered, and innovative schools based in the UAE.  We educate over 25,000 students across our group of owned and managed schools and as we grow so does our need for highly skilled, inspirational, and dedicated school leaders.  We offer an attractive remuneration package including medical cover, flights, housing, and free child school places.  Our future-focused learning model includes both students and staff and so we place a special emphasis on professional development, coaching and training. 

An application with a cover letter and CV including details of two referees should be made via TES website . 

This job description is not all inclusive. Aldar Education reserves the right to amend this job description at any time.  We are an equal opportunity employer, committed to a diverse and inclusive work environment. We are also mindful of our national development strategy and encourage UAE Nationals in their application at our company.

Aldar Education is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff to share this commitment. Offers of appointment are subject to satisfactory references and police clearance.

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