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Upper School Director of Studies

Harrow International School BeijingChaoyang District, Beijing, China

About the role

An opportunity has arisen to join the Senior Leadership Team in one of China's most successful and exciting schools, and play a pivotal role in guiding the school through its' next development phase.

 The Director of Studies leads on all areas of curriculum development in the Upper School (years 6-13), and works as part of a highly experienced and established leadership team. The role would suit an outstanding educator with a successful track record of developing high academic standards and curriculum innovation at whole school level. Experience of leading in a different curriculum model school ,particularly in China or South East Asia would be advantageous but not essential. In return the successful candidate would benefit from an outstanding CPD programme, and be part of a successful and rapidly growing family of schools.

About us

The Upper School includes a Prep phase (Y6 - Y8) and Y9 - Y13. Throughout the Upper School there is a strong emphasis on academic excellence, preparation for top university entrance, leadership and personal development. Language and Learning is a focus at the school with many students speaking English as a second language. An ability to support language learning would be a significant advantage, although specialist support and training is provided to ensure that all staff becomes experts in EAL teaching techniques.

The Upper School team aims to deliver a stimulating and challenging curriculum and the most important part of the role is the classroom teaching and associated pastoral care of the students. In addition to this, the School’s emphasis on activities outside the classroom means that an effective and varied contribution to the extra-curricular program is also required. There is a comprehensive program of enrichment activities and all students and staff are expected to be active members of the community.

The Upper School teachers will be offered two-year renewable contracts and a highly competitive compensation package, including on-site accommodation / equivalent housing allowance and full medical insurance for employees and their dependents.

Essential Requirements

·Evidence of the ability to maintain effective classroom behaviour in a positive context and to promote well-ordered and self-controlled behaviour throughout the School..

·Evidence of a clear view about the future development of the Academic programmes and an ability to manage change

·Detailed knowledge of Upper School practice and policy gained through first-hand experience, strategic management, and direct delivery

·Qualified Teacher Status and evidence of appropriate subsequent in-service training.

·Proven record of improving standards through high-quality teaching.

·Proven track record of raising attainment and student outcomes in a middle or senior leadership position

·Ability to liaise with the China Studies and Government Affairs teams to ensure the best provision for our students

·Knowledge and understanding of positive disciplinary methods

·Knowledge and understanding of child development and its impact on behaviour.

Desirable Requirements

·Willingness to offer extracurricular activities

·Familiarity with timetabling is desirable but not essential

·Professional senior leadership qualification (MA, NPQH for example)

·Accredited Coaching Qualification

Please download the attached job description for a full breakdown of the responsibilities and tasks associated with this role.

Application Process

Please visit the Harrow Beijing careers portal to complete an online application.

Only those candidates who have been shortlisted will be responded to.

Harrow Beijing is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff and those connected to the school to share this commitment.

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