Head of English Language Learning (EAL), China

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RDFZ King’s College HangzhouChina

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Start date: August 2018
Contract type: Full Time
Salary: Undisclosed
Contract term: Fixed Term

RDFZ King’s College School Hangzhou is one of two new school development projects in China initiated through partnership between the prestigious King’s College School, Wimbledon and the highly successful Chinese education management group, Dipont Education. A third partner for the Hangzhou project is The High School Affiliated to Renmin University (RDFZ), one of China’s leading schools. At capacity, the whole school will serve over 3,100 students from 3 to 18 years of age.

About the School

The School is located on a lakeside site in the Yuhang District of Hangzhou. Facilities are world-class, with the space designed as a place that responds to its local context and a global education culture.  The campus is in final fit-out stage and will provide students and staff with a wonderful learning and working environment. An exceptional teaching and leadership team for all sections of the school has been appointed and student admission levels are excellent.
Hangzhou, with a population of over 9 million people, is the capital of Zhejiang Province and an important city in China, recognised for its history, prosperity and beautiful natural scenery. It recently hosted the G-20 summit and will stage the Asian Games in 2022. Shanghai can be accessed within 1 hour by high speed train.

About the Role

Reporting to the Director of Studies, the Head of EAL is a whole school position overseeing a team of 3 EAL teachers in the first year. The EAL department will grow significantly over the following years as the school develops to its capacity.
The School is committed to making appropriate provision for the learning and teaching of EAL pupils, identifying their needs and ensuring equality of access to the curriculum. For children joining at an early age, the programme is bilingual with classes taught in both Chinese and English. For older children in the Chinese section of the school, some elements of the curriculum will be taught in Chinese only and others in English only with additional language support. Across all sections of the school, support will be tailored to the demands of the individual and group.

The Head of EAL will:

  • Maintain a yearly EAL pupil register in each section of the school
  • Provide appropriate guidance to heads of departments and subject teachers in their teaching of pupils with EAL
  • Provide additional learning support outside lesson time where appropriate
  • Monitor the progress of EAL pupils’ acquisition of English on a half semester basis
  • Disseminate information on pupils with EAL to relevant parties (tutors, housemaster/mistress, subject teachers, heads of school and parents).

We expect every staff member to be an EAL teacher within their subject or topic areas and as a result the School takes seriously the CPD it provides for staff in this area.  The Head of EAL will deliver appropriate and effective CPD to all staff to ensure that we are assisting our pupils in the most effective way.
This exciting and challenging role commands a highly competitive salary and benefits package, including: high quality housing; flights for employee and dependents and medical insurance for employee and dependents. Full tuition support will be provided for any successful applicant with school age children. The position will be offered on an initial two-year contract term with annual renewal thereafter.

Applications are invited from candidates with:

  • Excellent experience in English language acquisition and good management skills
  • The ability to work collaboratively and contribute to the development of an outstanding school
  • Skills in delivering relevant training and developing staff 

Application process

To submit an application, please email a CV and covering letter to Oliver Knapman, Recruitment Manager: oliver.knapman@dipont.com or please contact Mr Knapman for an information pack and informal discussion. Early application preferred. 

School Website: http://www.rkcshz.cn

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More about RDFZ King’s College Hangzhou
Type: Mainstream School
Phase: All-through with sixth form
Funding status: Independent
Gender: Mixed
Age Range: 3 - 18 years
Address: No.1 Guowen Road, Yuhang District, Hangzhou, Zhejiang, China
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The campus will consist of:

  • A pre-school for pupils aged 3 to 6 years catering for Chinese and expatriate children and offering a bi-lingual programme based on the English and Chinese curricula.
  • A Chinese elementary and junior high school for Ch...