Vacancy Details

7688 - Head of Year – Primary - September 2021

Location: UAE - Dubai
Closing Date 31-May-2021
About the Role

We are looking for an outstanding Head of Year to join our team.

The post holder will lead, manage, and be accountable for tracking progress, considering curriculum planning, supporting the Behaviour for Learning Policy and speaking with parents to promote the fulfilment of the school’s vision.

As a Middle Leader and a member of the Middle Leadership Team, the post holder will be expected:

• To articulate a vision for their year group in the context of the school’s ethos and vision
• To lead, manage, co-ordinate, maintain, develop, monitor and evaluate the progress made for children within their year groups
• To make a full contribution to the processes of planning, resource management, policy development and implementation across the school through the effective leadership and management of your specific year group
• To make a full contribution to ensuring high expectations and standards in all aspects of school
• To work flexibly in supporting the day-to-day organisation and management of the school
• To be accountable to the Heads of Key Stage and ultimately the Principal/CEO
• To contribute to the school’s Performance Development Programme where appropriate

Much of the work of the Head of Year is involved with the tracking of progress and considering the needs of students to ensure that they progress in line with baseline expectations. Such provision needs to be planned for and evaluated. The Head of Year should, therefore, assume strategic responsibility for the quality, coherence; continuity and relevance of the Assessment for Learning, which is taking place in classrooms, as well as the use of baseline data to inform teaching within the context of whole school provision and ensure:

• Effective liaison with Class and Form Tutors regarding the use of baseline data to inform teaching
• In liaison with Heads of Subject Areas a commitment to consistency and opportunities for innovation within the curriculum and an overarching monitoring role to ensure schemes of work appropriate
• Effective contribution to the development and implementation of Personal Learning Plans for underachieving students, in association with the Inclusion Team and Student Welfare Team where appropriate
• Contribution to the development of policies and systems which reflect the school’s commitment to high standards
• responsibility for appropriate, assessment, recording and reporting procedures for classroom activities in line with whole school policy in liaison with the Head of School
• That students are placed in appropriate class/tutor groups in line with school policy and procedures and be involved, where appropriate, in discussions regarding the placement of students in subject groups in liaison with the Head of Student Welfare
• That arrangements are made for the setting of work in the Year group when teachers are absent
• Ensuring the consistency of Home Learning throughout the Year group is applied
• Contribution to published materials
• The maintenance of accurate records of decisions, meetings, interviews and correspondence
• Awareness of the dimensions of the wider curriculum and the opportunities for developing students in external and in school activities


About Your Benefits
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 Metropole School, located in Motor City in Dubai, opened its doors in September 2014 and has continued to flourish and grow in student number and stature. The school is now open to students from FS1 to Year 13 with an all-through school capacity of 4200 students offering the National Curriculum for England.

The school has become well-known for their key areas of success, such as a strong community approach to education, highly inclusive school support to strong secondary options at Key Stage 4 and academic and vocational choices at Key Stage 5. In addition, the school has well-equipped classrooms, a highly competitive sports department, a farm, digital media rooms, innovation laboratories, dedicated science labs, music, art rooms and libraries.

Most recently the school has completely overhauled its digital strategy to lay the foundations to further its position as a leader in associated technologies in the region, focusing on the use of technology to a. enhance the learning experience of our students through experiential learning through the use of AR and AI technology b. improve feedback and communication between the student/teacher and teacher/parent and c. help reduce staff time and workload, helping to improve teacher wellbeing and reduce burnout.

Students from our Foundation Stage classes have access to attractive indoor and outdoor learning areas to explore and investigate, high quality Information Technology provision and Science provision to develop IT and Science-based literacy, and most recently a language hub to support key language skills across school.

In the Primary section, with the use of 1:1 technologies, students and teachers use iPads and interactive whiteboards to enhance learning opportunities where appropriate. The Secondary school continues to develop and grow and has seen the LEAD and skills programme blossom supporting students to make informed decisions and develop their learning and leadership skills. A new focus of personalised pathways is supporting students in their preparation for life after school and their journey towards success. In conclusion, GEMS Metropole School is a member of the British Schools of the Middle East (BSME) with the School Principal as a BSME Country Rep. This allows both teachers and students alike to continue to grow and develop with the rich traditions of the National Curriculum offerings and align itself with ‘like schools’ across the region and overseas.
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.