Mainstream Education Specialist, United Arab Emirates

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Shamal Group LtdUnited Arab Emirates

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Start date: As soon as possible
Contract type: Full Time
Salary: Undisclosed
Contract term: Permanent

We are currently seeking an experienced educationalist, who has operated at Senior Leadership Team level within a Mainstream school setting to work within Shamal Group Limited (Shamal), on the development of an exciting new project in Abu Dhabi. This project aims to bring the brand and ethos of a UK Mainstream school to life in the Middle East

The successful candidate should be a qualified teacher with experience at Head/ Deputy level, who has a breadth of knowledge within an indepenant school environment. S/he should be highly adaptable to working in a dynamic and fast-paced role and can be versatile and proactive in managing projects.

Ideally, the successful candidate will have experience in both UK and UAE school environments and be looking for a step in to a Corporate setting.

This is a permanent role based in the Shamal offices in Abu Dhabi, reporting to the Head of Education within Shamal.


Project Related Tasks

  • Research, planning and preparation of documentation needed for the school licensing process via the Department of Education and Knowledge, Abu Dhabi (ADEK).
  • Support for the design and development of curriculum documentation and broader school activities.
  • Support for developing policies and procedures for school including Occupational Safety and Health, pupil assessments, recruitment and admissions processes.
  • Be a trusted advisor to the construction team and make recommendations for the implementation of safe and suitable infrastructure needs for the school and other related projects.
  • Support with the recruitment, interviewing and selection of staff for the school.
  • Support for setting up and implementing appropriate governance and systems for the school and other related projects.
  • Work with the Shamal corporate marketing team to develop marketing materials aligned with the vision and mission of the Mainstream school and other related projects.
  • Be an ambassador for the new school and assist in the recruitment of new staff, e.g. attend job fairs, breakfast mornings etc.
  • To create and implement a strategic plan, underpinned by sound financial acumen, which identifies priorities and targets for school improvement to secure outstanding outcomes, as verified by independent evaluation and ADEK inspection.

Teaching and Learning

  • Organise policies and systems that provide support for pupils’ care and well-being.
  • Devise and implement appropriate systems to monitor, evaluate and maintain the quality and effectiveness of teaching and learning.
  • Build a professional, reflective, and developmental learning culture within the school engaging with other schools, colleges and the wider community, to create an effective learning community.

Strengthening Community

  • Create and maintain effective partnerships with parents and families, Governors, and the wider community to support and improve pupils’ achievements, personal development and career aspirations.
  • Develop effective links with the local community to extend the curriculum, enhance teaching, provide vocational opportunities, and broaden learning opportunities.
  • Promote a clear vision of the equality, entitlement, and inclusion of pupils with special educational needs.
  • Actively promote the school as a centre of excellence for the education of pupils with special educational needs.


  • Degree holder in an applicable field
  • PGCSE (or equivalent) holder with qualified teacher status.
  • Headship/Deputy headship experience in an independent school for at least two years.
  • Experience within the United Arab Emirates would be preferable, although not essential.
  • Knowledge and experience of outstanding practice within school provision.
  • Experience of working with external partners and other agencies.
  • Experience of providing support mechanisms for pupils, parents and families.


  • Has an excellent level of operational knowledge and experience in setting up policies, processes and systems.
  • Ability to work collaboratively with the wider project management team to ensure key milestones are met on time and within budget.
  • Ability to work at pace with an open and can-do attitude.


  • Competitive, tax-free salary
  • Residency Visa provided (if required)
  • Medical Insurance provided
  • Annual return flight to Home Country

Closing Date :  16th May

Please send a CV and cover letter to: 

Job location

More about Shamal Group Ltd
Address: Head Office, PO Box 51297, 21st Floor, Al Sila Tower, Global Market Square, Al Maryah Island, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
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Shamal Group Limited (Shamal) is a company based in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, which provides consultative expertise and services to deliver projects both within the Gulf region and internationally. 

Current projects include the building a...