Head of Languages (TLR 1), Hong Kong

Closing date:

ESF- Island SchoolHong Kong

Date posted:
Start date: August 2018
Contract type: Full Time
Salary: Ranges from GBP 44470 to GBP 77800 per year.
Contract term: Fixed Term
Suitable for NQTs: No

 Island School Website: http://island.edu.hk Island School is a secondary school with approximately 1,250 students.

Please note that Teachers  who join Island School will be part of a transformational school  redevelopment project. This includes an innovative curriculum, and a  completely new purpose built school building. All Staff members  will contribute to this development and support the maintenance of the  Island School spirit during the transformation. For more information see  here


Head of Languages (other than English)

The  role of the Head of Languages at Island School is to lead the team of  teachers and educational assistants of Mandarin, French, Spanish and  Japanese. The faculty delivers IGCSE and IB Diploma courses in all of  these languages, and will implement the IB MYP in Year 7 for the first  time from August 2018.  There is also provision for self-taught mother  tongue development in all years.

Key responsibilities include:

The curriculum
● Managing and developing the faculty’s written and taught curriculum.
● Taking responsibilities for academic standards within the faculty.

Faculty management and monitoring
● Leading, developing and supporting a productive, positive and effective team of staff.
● Leading and managing a team of postholders in the faculty.
● Running effective meetings and providing agendas and minutes of these meetings.
● Communicating effectively and efficiently within the faculty and with others in the school and its community.
● Enabling, supporting and managing the work of all support staff attached to the faculty.
● Informing the Vice Principal linked with the faculty of all relevant issues.
● Monitoring and evaluating the quality of teaching and learning at all  levels within the faculty according to agreed school expectations.
● Ensuring that the faculty implements the school assessment policy effectively.
● Analysing and evaluating examination results and reporting outcomes to  the Principal, Vice Principals and the School Council as appropriate.
● Ensuring an optimum physical environment for learning.  
● Prioritising, planning and managing resources in the faculty.
● Liaising with the timetable team.
● Liaising with the Examinations Officer concerning examination entries and related matters including counselling of candidates.

Faculty development

School development

Key accountabilities to the Principal and School Council:

● There is coherent development of the faculty in line with school-wide priorities.
● All staff are performing at a high level; underperformance is addressed according to school policies.
● Standards are high and judgments are based on evidence of value-added data.
● Contribution across the English Schools Foundation enriches the  learning community, measured by involvement in innovation networks and  initiatives.


● Fluency in at least one language taught by the faculty.
● A strong understanding of current pedagogy, with excellent practice exemplified in own teaching.
● Committed to the highest expectations of students and their learning.
● Previous school leadership experience.
● Able to inspire and motivate staff.
● High organisational standards.
● Able to communicate appropriately and sensitively.
● Able to use data effectively.
● Able to plan efficiently and manage change.
● Able to develop a coherent, well motivated, effective and efficient team.
● Able to make difficult decisions and take action when necessary.
● Able to coach colleagues through the PRD process.
● Able to demonstrate a commitment to professional development.
● Able to work with colleagues across the school to help make decisions that are in the best interests of the school as a whole.

Closing Date: 30 Nov 2017 For enquiries, please contact Betty Tsu at betty.tsu@online.island.edu.hk. Applications must be submitted online through https://recruit.esf.edu.hk
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More about ESF- Island School
Type: Mainstream School
Phase: All-through with sixth form
Funding status: Independent
Gender: Mixed
Age Range: 11 - 18 years
Address: 20 Borret Road, Mid Levels, Hong Kong
Telephone: +852 2524 7135
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