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Head of Primary Music(ID: 711)

Dulwich College Shanghai PuxiShanghaiShanghai

About Role

The Head of Primary Music is a strategic role, with shared responsibility for supporting an inspirational primary music curriculum, and developing high standards of teaching and learning at Dulwich College Shanghai Puxi. This person will be responsible for supporting children's achievement and wellbeing through the promotion of the creative arts, and will take the lead on initiatives that support children's outcomes. They will be a positive ambassador for change, and will be directly involved with the professional learning of the creative arts team through effective performance development. They will play a key role in shaping the future direction of the creative arts in the Primary School.

As a leader of learning in the Primary School, you will provide leadership, direction and management in order to ensure a high quality education for all students. You will be a model of excellence, and support colleagues generously to perform to the best of their ability. You will uphold the school values, and put pupils‘ wellbeing at the heart of everything we do. You will be responsible for promoting high expectations of an inclusive setting, with equality of opportunity for all, and where each child is valued and feels safe and cared for.

You may be required to carry out duties not specified as and when requested by the Primary or College Leadership Teams.

Our School


"I believe in the importance of our profession and the endless possibilities of a quality education." David Ingram, Founding Head of College.

Dulwich College Shanghai Puxi was founded in 2016. The College has quickly established itself as one of the standout international schools in the city. Known for our warm welcome and positive relationships, we live by our College values;

Aim high and work hard

Be kind and respectful

Make a difference

We are inviting applications from teachers who are fully aligned with these values and demonstrate our professional demeanors:

• We believe that every child deserves a champion

• We believe that getting better never stops so we all have a professional obligation to improve as teachers.

• We understand that this will involve stepping out of our comfort zone

• We believe in a culture of the possible, where we can all make progress beyond what anyone, including ourselves, could have imagined

• We believe that truly great teaching is that which improves students progress.

• We believe an evidence-informed approach to teaching and learning helps us identify what works best in the classroom.

• We believe that hard work is the key to success for staff and students.

• We believe that you cannot just wish teachers and students to be better - you have to create the conditions for them to grow.

• We believe basic literacy and numeracy are essential to students making good progress.

• We welcome diverse ideas to solve problems.

• We believe that feedback should be timely and respond to the needs of the individual student so that they can actively engage with the feedback.

• We value professional generosity.

• We believe that we all have a professional obligation to exercise mutual leadership

• We acknowledge that we all make mistakes.

• We believe that everyone has a responsibility for service, sustainability and global citizenship.

• We believe that everyone has a responsibility for contributing to enrichment and community events.

This list reflects our strongly held beliefs and also draws upon Putting Staff First by John Tomsett and Jonny Uttley

Safeguarding Statement

Dulwich College International is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of all the students in our care and expects all applicants to share this commitment. We follow safe recruitment practices, which are aligned to the recommendations of the International Task Force on Child Protection. We hold ourselves to a high standard of effective recruiting practices with specific attention to child protection.

All appointments are subject to an interview, identity checks, criminal record checks, successful references, as well as due visa and work permit process as required by Chinese law.


Core Competencies

Leadership Competencies




Execution Excellence

Strategic Thinking

Goal setting and achieve objectives

Inspire and Grow People (Within team)

Bring People Together (Cross team)

913 Head of Primary Music 2021.pdf 

DCS Puxi Candidate Brief 2020-2021.pdf 

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