Head of English Language Learning (ELL/EAL), Dubai, UAE

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Sunmarke SchoolDubai, UAE

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Contract type: Full Time
Salary: Undisclosed
Contract term: Permanent
Suitable for NQTs: No

About us:

Imagine schools with a variety of educational pathways where the skills of achievement, such as literacy, critical thinking, numeracy, discipline and work ethic are taught alongside the skills of wellbeing, such as confidence, contentment, kindness, gratitude, health, and love.  Welcome to Fortes Education, Dubai. We have been delivering high-quality education provision to young people for over two decades. 

Our Positive Education schools foster active engagement in learning and activities. We celebrate positive emotions and accomplishments, encourage students to cultivate fulfilling relationships with others and to seek meaning and purpose in their own lives

Judged by the Dubai School Inspection Bureau (DSIB) as a ‘Very Good’ School in our 3rd year of operation, we set high standards and expectations for each pupil in academics and in co-curricular participation.  Our high-impact learning programme lays a strong foundation that develops each pupil’s multiple intelligences through a broad range of activities in and out of the classroom. Our commitment is to provide a premium world-class “positive” education, which empowers our pupils to become innovative thinkers, socially confident life-long learners, having growth mindsets and character strengths, to flourish in an ever-changing world.

We present an exciting opportunity to join our all through school and to play an important part in our journey to “outstanding”. Sunmarke School, Dubai is one of our flag-ship schools, located at a prime location in Jumeirah Village Triangle. Sunmarke offers a fantastic range of pathways for students including the NCE, GCSE/IGCSE, ‘A’ Levels, BTEC and the IB Diploma and Career-Related Programmes.

About you:

Due to our continued growth, we seek to appoint a well-qualified and an outstanding Head of English Language Learning (ELL/EAL) to join our team in August 2020 to support us with the leadership of inclusion provision across the school. This role is to lead ELL/EAL provision across the whole school (FS1 - Y13), in addition to coordinating and facilitating the Fortes Intensive Education Language Programme (FIELP) camps. The post-holder will be required to work an additional 15 days each year. The core purpose of the role is to work with the Governors, Senior Leaders and the Inclusion Leader to determine the strategic development of the school's inclusion (ELL/EAL) provision and oversight of the day-to-day operation of that policy with the aim of raising achievement for Groups of students (Students of Determination/Gifted and Talented/Emirati/English Language Learners and those with English as an Additional Language). You will be actively involved in the formation of policies and practices designed to raise attainment, together with effective monitoring of the impact of those. You will be enthusiastic about working within a school environment and supporting the needs of the School.

In addition to the co-ordination of provision for students who are learning English, the post-holder will be expected to increase the capacity of classroom teachers and other education professionals to be fully inclusive by leading Professional Development and providing support through: 

• the identification of the specific needs of individual students 

• the development of specific and personalised individual education plans 

• the development of pedagogical and educational strategies 

• the modification and adaptation of curriculum structures                        

• the development of appropriate assessment procedures 

• modelling appropriate teaching strategies such as co-teaching or team teaching with the classroom teacher

 We are looking for certain qualities: 

• Skilled in the best global educational practices 

• Committed to developing and inspiring every student, to believe that they can and will succeed 

• Able to teach through the “multiple intelligences”, to develop the whole child 

• Tech-savvy, fluent in using apps and technology extend and enrich each pupil’s learning experience 

• Outstanding role models who embody our core values 

• Passionate about providing enriched learning opportunities for children in and out of the classroom.  

• Excellent communicators who can ignite a passion for learning in our students 

• Able to make a significant contribution to our extra-curricular activities (ECA) programme and to wider campus life 

• Strong academic background, work-ethic, well-organised having excellent interpersonal skills 

• Dynamic, enthusiastic & well-qualified holding at a minimum, a degree in English with QTS 

• Candidates with Post-Graduate qualifications in ELL / EAL or a CELTA / TEFL would be preferred 

• Experience with coaching, facilitating or team-teaching desirable  

• The successful candidate will be someone with strong leadership and good organisational skills and who can take responsibility for designated Learning Support Assistants, and who can effectively liaise with relevant staff, external agencies and parents.

Application Process:

If you have the passion, energy and commitment to drive accelerated outcomes for young people, we would welcome your application.  In return, you will join a rapidly evolving organisation that can offer you a central role within our future growth plans.

Candidates are invited to complete our Online Application by visiting:  http://forteseducation.com/Careers/Current-Openings 

Interviews will take place either face to face in Dubai or by video conferencing. 

Application Closing Date: 23rd December 2019

Appointment Start Date: Mid-Aug 2020 

Fortes Education is committed to safeguarding children and young people. All post holders in regulated activity are subject to appropriate vetting procedures including a satisfactory International Child Protection Certificate, plus resident country Police checks.



More about Sunmarke School
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Type: Mainstream School
Phase: All-through with sixth form
Funding status: Independent
Gender: Mixed
Age Range: 3 - 18 years
Address: District 5, Behind Limitless Building on, Al Khail Road, Jumeirah Village Triangle, Dubai, United Arab Emirates. View in Google Maps
Telephone: +971 4 423 8900
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