Vacancy Details

4318 - Head of Inclusion (SENCO) Whole School - September 2019

Location: UAE - Dubai
Closing Date 12-Jul-2019
About the Role

This is a fantastic opportunity for teachers to start or continue their international career with a leading global company and world class international school located in central Dubai. Due to the continued success of the school and significant roll growth, we are looking for passionate, dynamic colleagues who are ambitious to join a company in GEMS that has a world class reputation for outstanding education, and a school that is ready to grow to meet our community’s needs.

In return for your energy, resilience and experience, we offer you the opportunity to make a real impact on a developing community. You will work with the UAE’s largest and most successful education company in GEMS, which will support your professional and career development, and you will work with a supportive Senior Leadership Team at WSF who will help you develop your potential.


Head of Inclusion (SENCO) is a key whole-school role leading the improvement of teaching standards and increasing student progress and attainment.


Academic and Pastoral Responsibilities:

  • Supporting and liaising closely with SLT, middle leaders, administrators and teachers
  • Work directly with teachers to improve and develop their skills, knowledge and pedagogy so that student outcomes are improved
  • Work directly with Section/Key Stage Leaders and Heads of Department to support the improvement of academic standards in every section of the school
  • Work directly with other members of the SLT to support teaching and learning and provide regular updates and reports on students’ and teachers’ progress against agreed targets and actions
  • Contribute to the induction of new teaching staff, and the Quality Assurance programme for new starters, and for those teachers who are below “good” in their lesson evaluations.
  • Use mentoring/coaching methods to develop reflective practice in others and encouraging the use of new learning strategies related to SEN and G&T students
  • Conduct frequent and regular supportive observations of teachers and students, and set up actions plans as required
  • Play a central role in the WSF Admissions process in making observations, assessments and recommendations
  • Maintain up-to-date Individual Education Plans (IEPs) for students as appropriate, and ensure that teachers are kept up-to-date with changes and effective strategies
  • Play an active role in the teaching, learning and assessment quality assurance process as appropriate and when required
  • Lead the development of small groups and those colleagues that teach them, teach specialist lessons or provide intensive support, as required
  • Lead all colleagues towards continuous improvement in the teaching of those students that require additional learning support, for whatever reason, including teachers, teaching assistants, and learning support assistants, as required
  • Attend external events, take part in peer reviews, and be proactive in developing own continuous professional development
  • Plan and lead sessions on SEN/ G&T/ Learning Support for staff CPD, identifying team training and specific topics
  • Identify areas of good practice and develop and share resources through the staff intranet and by attending team meetings
  • Develop, promote and involve teaching staff in creative initiatives to share good practice
  • Support Teachers in the development of pedagogy supportive of teaching all students at WSF
  • Monitor and drive improvements in the quality of written (marking) and verbal feedback to learners
  • Ensure that the curriculum is supported and underpinned by effective schemes of work, assignment planners and well-differentiated planning of lessons
  • Ensuring that all documentation supporting teaching, learning and assessment (schemes of work, lesson plans) meets the standards laid down by GEMS
  • Liaise with the Head of Primary and Head of Secondary to ensure that Inclusion is a prominent and important component of the appraisal (PDP) of all teachers, and that observation outcomes inform appraisal action plans
  • Implement internal inspection processes in those areas deemed to be at risk. This will include carrying out documentation audits, management of the process, feedback of outcomes to appropriate leaders and teams and providing a written report to SLT
  • Ensure the development of all aspects of teaching, learning and assessment related to Inclusion and SEN identified in the MOE National Inspection Framework (feedback to learners, setting high expectations, meeting learner needs, promoting differentiation and Equality and Diversity)


 General Responsibilities:

  • Promote and model the Code of Conduct and GEMS Core Values
  • Undertake other professional duties as reasonably delegated by Line Manager (LM) such as: teaching, recruitment, cover, after-school duty, ASP, MOE formalities, covering for LM when absent, inspection preparation, SEF, SDP, etc.
  • Promote the school positively with community and GEMS while maintaining complete confidentiality
  • Respect local culture, customs and laws
  • Meet deadlines as requested by LM
  • Lead on the development of Inclusive teaching and learning, focusing on pedagogy, standards and progress
  • Ensure academic excellence in internal and external assessments.
  • Contribute to the professional development programme to ensure high quality learning and teaching
  • Be a part of a thriving Leadership Team focusing on the whole –school environment
  • Promote the school to all stakeholders and the wider community.
  • Follow, support and help to develop all of the School’s aims, its vision, improvement plans, policies and practices.


The successful applicant will have the following:

  • A certified teaching qualification, such as B.Ed, PGCE, PGDE or equivalent.
  • A specific qualification relating to the field of Inclusion/ SEN
  • The desire to provide Outstanding teaching and learning
  • Aspiration to work in a world class school with real prospects for enhancing their career
  • At least 2 years of post-qualifying experience





About Your Benefits

All positions attract an excellent remuneration package including:
Competitive tax free salary, individual fully furnished accommodation, free schooling for up to two children, private medical insurance, annual airfares to country of residence, and end of Service Gratuity

About GEMS

Trusted for over 55 years and now a third generation education family, GEMS Education began in a single school room in Dubai. Today, we have the privilege of educating over 190,000 students from over 176 countries through GEMS owned and managed schools globally; over 270,000 students access resources through our services division; and we will impact 20 million by 2020 students through the initiatives of our Charity partner Varkey Foundation.

About the School

GEMS Founders Al Mizhar School (GFM) is a new value for money National Curriculum of England School which opened in September 2018 modelled on the highly successful GEMS Founders Dubai School. Initially it will educate students from FS1 to Year 8 and will build to a full FS to Year 13 School of 4800 students in subsequent years.

The school has a focus on high academic standards, computational thinking, social and emotional Education as well as inclusivity to allow all students to succeed through a range of academic and vocational pathways.

Alongside well-equipped classrooms, the school has good sports provision, large open plan learning areas to support innovation and creative problem solving including robotics and 3D printing, a drama/dance studio, specialist music rooms, full WiFi coverage, dedicated science labs, art rooms and libraries.

FS students have access to attractive indoor and outdoor learning areas. All classrooms are equipped with large LCD screens to enhance student learning.

The school follows the National Curriculum for England, offering IGCSE, AS and A level courses in the future as well as a range of vocational pathways.

About Application Process
If you meet the criteria and you are enthusiastic about the role, we would welcome your application. To complete the application you would need the following document(s):
1. Resume/CV
2. Passport-size photograph
Important Note : GEMS Education is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of all of its students. Applicants will be required to submit a current police criminal clearance check or equivalent from their home country or current country of residence prior to appointment.