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Music Specialist(ID: 647)

Dulwich College Shanghai PuxiShanghaiShanghai

Duties & Responsibilities

•    To support or lead classes as decided by the Director of Creative Arts

•    To support the development of Music across the school

•    To plan and teach Music to the children across FS, KS1 and KS2 as directed

•    To facilitate the learning of individual children or small groups of children, guided by the Director of Creative Arts/Head of Primary Music

•    To attend parents evenings and meetings as part of the Music team

•    To complete all assessment tasks and write reports for Music as required

•    To support the class teacher in the learning of each child

•    To work alongside the class teacher to create an environment in which the children's learning flourishes

•    To take part in the planning and preparation for learning both inside and outside the Music classroom

•    To be aware of, and take part in, the schools performance management framework and participate in training and development activities as required

•    To participate in the extra-curricular life of the children by leading, organising or being involved in extra-curricular activities within the school day

•    To be available to support/ lead extra-curricular musical activities and departmental performances on occasions after school and on weekends as necessary

•    To lead/support in weekly assemblies as necessary

•    To manage behaviour positively, as agreed and set out in the school policy

•    To attend staff meetings and professional development activities as required

•    To undertake supervisory duties in the dining hall and playground as directed by the Head of School

•    To act as a role model, showing awareness of individual needs and responding to them

•    Comply with policies and procedures relating to child protection, health and safety, welfare, security, confidentiality and data protection, reporting any concerns to the appropriate person

•    To carry out other duties, as may be reasonably requested by Director of Creative Arts, Head of Primary and the Headmaster of Dulwich College Shanghai Puxi

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

Our Teaching Profile


Dulwich College International is One Family of Schools focused on every student achieving his or her very best in school and life beyond, which is why all our students Graduate Worldwise, ensuring they are confidently prepare for the uncertainties of the future. To guarantee this experience for all our students, we look to recruit the very best practitioners in international education so that, with us, they continue to develop as Worldwise Teachers.  Our teaching and learning is grounded in the Dulwich Learning Principles

Our Vision of Teachers

Our Worldwise Teachers:

Display self-control and flexibility and nurture these skills in learners

Promote a love of learning and student wellbeing

Show professional initiative and perseverance

Get on with others  and have highly developed communication skills

Are committed to internationalism and equity

Are committed to sustainability and global citizenship

Promote academic rigour and holistic learning

A Worldwise Teacher values:

Evidence-based pedagogy and personalised student learning

A compassionate approach to complex problem-solving

High levels of student motivation and engagement

Professional collaboration and collective efficacy

A Worldwise Teachers practice:

Lifelong learning and reflective practice

Reveals the complex and inter-disciplinary nature of learning content

Nurtures supportive and dynamic learning environments

Maximises every student's opportunity to learn

Activates hard thinking processes and skills

Post-holder Qualifications, Experience


•    A minimum of two years' experience in a Primary or early years setting teaching music (instrumental or curriculum lessons)

•    Have Chinese Teaching Certificate

•    Play an instrument to a high standard

•    Have a proficient level of piano skills to accompany choir/other ensembles

•    Have sufficient singing skills to lead small groups

•    Fluency in Mandarin and English

•    Knowledge of Music curriculum pedagogy

•    Awareness of the importance of using a variety of assessments and observation to assess children's learning

•    Commitment to supporting all aspects of our programme including extra-curricular activities and contribution to the school community

•    Previous experience in an international school and familiarity with the British education system would be desirable

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