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IB Diploma Programme Coordinator and Teacher

ICS Milan International SchoolMilan, Italy

Required for September 2022

We are currently in the candidacy phase of the IB Diploma programme. We are looking for an experienced IB practitioner and leader to ensure the school is fully ready to successfully launch the IB DP in September 2023

ICS Milan is a highly successful international school in Milan for children from 2-18 (currently 2-15) and part of the Globeducate school group 

The school adopts a STEAM approach to learning, using Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics as access points for building student enquiry, critical thinking and exploring a child’s creative mind. It gives exposure to project-based learning, hand on experience to learn various fundamental motor skills and help children develop analytical skills required for problem solving.

We offer a stimulating learning journey which is defined by a rich and well-structured curriculum. In Early Years we follow The British Early Years Foundation Stage. In Primary, we follow The Primary School follows the Cambridge Primary Programme, covering English and maths, and The IPC -International Primary Curriculum, covering the topic-based subjects (science, social studies, geography, history, art and international mindedness). We are currently exploring the PYP to complement our IB MYP programme in Years 7-11 and the IB Diploma in Years 12 and 13 ( starting September 2023)

As a Paritaria school, we incorporate National recommendations for the curriculum as established by the Italian Ministry of Education for the Italian language and culture programme. All children in the Primary school learn Italian, either as a first or second language and integrating Italian education and culture is a key strength of the school.

Responsibilities of the Diploma Programme Coordinator

The Diploma Programme Coordinator is responsible for both pedagogical and administrative leadership within the programme and is the main point of contact between the school and the International Baccalaureate. They are responsible for leading the curriculum through working with, and supporting, teachers in the planning and teaching of subjects within the six groups of the programme, as well as the core of Creativity, Activity and Service, the Extended Essay and Theory of Knowledge. 

The Coordinator is also responsible for helping staff teach towards the International Baccalaureate`s philosophy as laid out in their Standards and Practices and Approaches to Teaching and Learning. From these, the Coordinator can create opportunities for staff to collaborate and support each other.

Creating and sustaining school policies are a key part of the Coordinator`s role that allows all staff to accesses the different processes regarding special educational needs, assessments, language and academic honesty.

As well as supporting and working with staff and students, the Coordinator`s role also calls for leadership.The Diploma Programme Coordinator takes a lead role in overseeing the core of the programme. This includes ensuring that all stakeholders are aware of what the core consist of, and their role within it. Depending on the school, this could include:

Extended Essay: Managing the Extended Essay process, from the initial meetings with the students through to uploading the final essays to the International Baccalaureate.

CAS: Working with the CAS Coordinator is an essential part of the role, facilitating the profile of CAS across the programme and the wider school, as well as working with each department are two examples of how the Coordinator can support the process.

TOK: The Diploma Programme Coordinator must similarly work closely with the TOK teachers to ensure that the skills of the course are also being taught across the whole curriculum. To this end, I have led TOK across the curriculum staff training, as I am also the programme`s TOK teacher.

Supporting the running of the curriculum also involves holding parent workshops to keep them informed of a wide range of issues such as an overview of the programme, the core of the programme, assessment procedures, revision strategies and academic honesty, as well as sharing ideas on how parents can best support them through the programme.

Assessment in the Diploma Programme includes external work, resulting in the Coordinator being responsible for supporting new and existing staff in the uploading process, including the necessary forms and dates the work is due. The Coordinator is also responsible for facilitating moderation within departments, including sharing feedback from the International Baccalaureate from previous years.

The role of the Coordinator includes working with different stakeholders within the school who support the students in different areas of the programme, such as the form tutors, special education needs, student and university and college counsellors.  As well as carrying  50% of a full-time teaching load in IBDP subject of expertise. 

ICS Milan is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children. Applicants must be prepared to undergo stringent child protection screening including checks with past employers. Enhanced DBS/ICPC or equivalent background check are required

ICS Milan is also committed to providing equal opportunities to all pupils, staff, applicants and other members of the community in a safe, happy environment where all can succeed and where cultural diversity is celebrated. We aim to ensure that there is no discrimination of any kind on grounds.

Offer of employment will be subject to the receipt of satisfactory references and immigration authorization if applicable.

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