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Secondary HOD - Geography | Deira International School, Festival City | Dubai

Deira International School (DIS)United Arab Emirates

We are currently hiring an experienced Secondary HOD - Geography for Deira International School, Festival City, Dubai 

This appointment is for August 2022.

The position report to the Secondary Headteacher  

The school

Deira International School is an Outstanding rated (BSO – November 2021), award winning school located on a beautiful campus in Festival City, Dubai. 

With students from ages 3-18, DIS is run as a not-for-profit school and is part of the Al Futtaim Education Foundation. Founded in 2005, the school is renowned for providing an outstanding inclusive and holistic education. In our recent inspection, the report recognised the following:

• Staff are overwhelmingly proud of the school and believe that it is well led and provides a safe and inclusive learning environment.

• The quality of teaching, learning and assessment across the school is outstanding.

• Teachers have high expectations of pupils and consistently challenge them in lessons and other activities to do their best.

• Staff enjoy working at the school and believe they are treated fairly, respected and valued.

• At every phase, the curriculum is planned with precision, is well sequenced and systematically builds on pupils’ prior learning.

• DIS has a strong focus on academic progress and achievement. 

The student body has over 80 different nationalities and this diversity is fundamental to the community nature of the school. Exceptional facilities provide wonderful opportunities for a holistic approach to education; sport, performing arts, academic, technological, leadership and creative pathways are all on offer, ensuring our students enjoy enriching and varied school experiences within our classrooms and beyond. 

Although non-selective at admission, our students achieve exceptional exam results which compare to top UK schools. Digital literacy development is emphasised as the school prepares its pupils to meet the challenges of a rapidly changing world. This success enables our students to move on to the very top universities worldwide.

Our personalised, play-based and continuous provision in the Early Years ensures that students are rigorously assessed against the prime and specific areas of the Early Years Foundation Stage framework. This focuses on developing key learning skills and the foundations for accessing the Primary Curriculum.  In primary, students receive an enriching and broad curriculum offer, which includes the delivery of several non-core subjects. Our senior students take the IGCSE examinations in Year 11 and move into the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme (IBDP) or International Baccalaureate Career-Related Programme (IBCP) in Years 12 and 13. 


Al Futtaim Education Foundation (AFEF) owns and provides governance to Deira International School.  AFEF aims to realise its vision of taking education in the UAE to the next level of future readiness and of preparing students for an increasingly globalised and technologically advanced world. Al Futtaim Education Foundation is an initiative of the Al Futtaim family to support the vision of the Government of Dubai and the Knowledge and Human Development Authority (KHDA) for the creation of a globally competitive economy while maximising its social contribution to the community through this not-for-profit endeavour. 

The Post: Secondary HOD - Geography

We are looking for a Head of Geography who has a genuine passion for their subject, for helping young people, and for working as part of a team in which their input helps others to be the best Geography teachers they can be. Success with exam classes is vitally important; a joy in taking Geography beyond those exam classes is essential. 

The successful candidate will work in a dynamic department that helps students to gain a sense of wonder about the world in which they live. Geography is an extremely popular options choice with our students at IGCSE and IB level, this has been down to the hard work of our teachers over several years in developing a challenging and engaging curriculum at KS3. Our teachers are driven to assist students in achieving their full potential, as such our result are consistently high. As a member of the team, you would help to continue this trend by delivering suitably differentiated lessons and through monitoring and reacting to student performance. Teachers in the Humanities department may be asked to teach their specialty subject at IGCSE and IB, but possibly also History at KS3

The successful applicant will be required to have the following:

• A B.Ed. or degree and PGCE / PGDE or equivalent with exceptional subject knowledge.

• We are seeking to appoint talented, highly motivated and well-qualified individuals. You should have a proven track record of outstanding learning and teaching.

• A mind-set which understands all students have the potential for top performance, and the drive and passion to enable them to do so.

• Experience which will enable a contribution to our enriched curriculum programme.

Application Process

If you meet these criteria, we would very much welcome your application.

We offer an excellent remuneration package including competitive tax-free salary, furnished accommodation, medical insurance, visa costs, baggage allowance, annual flight allowance and free school places for up to two dependants. 

To apply for the above role, please share your CV and TES application below. 

Deira International School, Festival City is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of all of its students.  A UK enhanced DBS or equivalent police check is a pre-requisite for all appointments

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