Vacancy Details

13640 - Head of Inclusion (SEN/D) - September 2023

Location: UAE - Dubai
Closing Date 24-Mar-2023
About the Role

This is an exciting opportunity to become an instrumental member of our 'Outstanding' JPS Connect department. We are looking for an enthusiastic and dedicated ‘Outstanding’ teacher to lead the JPS Inclusion department from September 2023.

You will lead and manage the strategic development of the whole school's Inclusion practices and its staff, including all Special Educational Needs and/or Disability (SEN/D) provision, English Language Learning programme, Gifted and Talented identification and provision and management of pastoral care and Wellbeing, as well as having an oversight of the day-to-day operation of the Inclusion policy.

Key Responsibilities:

  • To implement the school’s ‘Aims and Values’ and contribute to the ethos of the school with regard to inclusion, wellbeing and safeguarding
  • Develop and implement an Inclusion Action Plan, in-line with the School Development Plan (SDP)
  • Ensure that all students who have potential barriers to learning are appropriately assessed
  • Ensure the progress of students (SEND, ELL, G&T and other vulnerable groups) is in-line or above expectations by collecting, tracking and analysing data, using it to explain trends and outliers and deciding next steps
  • Lead on the implementation and management of effective processes for monitoring, evaluating and developing provision (policies)
  • Support the Admissions Department
  • Effectively manage staff and resources to meet changing student needs
  • Liaise closely with the school wellbeing team to ensure a coordinated approach to students’ needs
  • Line manage designated staff
  • Develop and enhance the teaching practice of staff within the Inclusion department
  • Liaise with external specialists
  • Chair staff meetings on subject-specific matters, as required
  • Organise and/or lead staff training to help teachers better support those students who have SEND or additional needs (general and specific CPD)
  • Write reports about students and their needs, as required
  • Promote and foster constructive home/school partnerships
  • Attend Parents’ Meetings and liaise with parents on an informal basis, where appropriate
  • Feedback assessment results to parents
  • Chair Team Around the Child and/or IEP meetings with parents
  • Maintain the SEND register in accordance with DSIB categorisation
  • Confidentially distribute/integrate/file all reports from external specialists with relevant personnel
  • Maintain student logs, detailing meetings
  • Manage Seesaw communications
  • Manage LSA target monitoring records and case studies
  • Maintain and develop a positive working relationship with all members of staff
  • Attend/deliver INSET and liaise and cooperate with colleagues on whole school matters
  • Share responsibility with all colleagues for the students’ pastoral care and safety, including duties in accordance with prepared rotas
  • Demonstrate a commitment to personal, professional development
  • Show commitment to and cooperate in the process of Performance Management/Appraisal/QA
  • Promote JPS to existing and prospective parents and students
  • Carry out such other duties as may reasonably be required by the Principal


The following list provide the Essential characteristics, skills, qualities and experience for the role:

  • Degree from a reputable University with a relevant teaching qualification
  • 2nd Degree/additional certificate related to SEN/D
  • SENCo qualification
  • Knowledge of the implications of the Code of Practice for Special Educational Needs (2014) for teaching and learning and the KHDA Dubai Inclusion Framework policies.
  • Knowledge and understanding of assessment for and of learning, as well as diagnostic tests
  • Knowledge and understanding of intervention strategies for a range of learning needs
  • Detailed understanding of dyscalculia in terms of a structured cumulative curriculum
  • A team player with sound interpersonal skills and sensitivity
  • Sound knowledge and understanding of the development of literacy, numeracy and language acquisition
  • Knowledge of educational practice in the UAE and implications for school of the KHDA initiative for fully Inclusive schools
  • Ability to maintain confidentiality appropriate to the setting
  • Ability to use authority to positively enhance outcomes for students
  • Ability to operate effectively when working under pressure
  • Excellent communicator (written and verbal) with parents, students and colleagues
  • Excellent organisational skills
  • Ability to see the wider picture
  • A very good level of competence in ICT
  • High levels of energy and commitment
  • Personally committed to continuing professional development
  • An effective and successful teacher with firm discipline, high personal standards and high expectations of students
  • Demonstrates discretion/loyalty
  • An eagerness to participate fully in the life of a busy school
  • Enthusiasm and a keen sense of humour
  • Ability to show initiative
  • Committed to safeguarding the physical, emotional and mental well-being of young people

If you are interested in the position and feel you have the right qualifications and experience, we would love to hear from you.


About Your Benefits

This position attracts an excellent remuneration package including:

 Competitive tax free salary, free schooling as per policy, private medical insurance, flight allowance as per policy and end of Service Gratuity.


About GEMS

Trusted for over 60 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 170,000 students from over 176 countries through GEMS owned and managed schools globally; over 270,000 students access resources through our services division.

About the School

GEMS Jumeirah Primary School is one of the most established and highly sought-after schools in Dubai. It has been consistently ‘Outstanding’ since 2010, thus securing its place amongst the top five schools in Dubai.

JPS is a High Performance Learning ‘World Class’ premium independent school, teaching the National Curriculum for England to pupils from FS1 to Year 6, using pedagogical approaches cherry-picked from the top performing countries in the world on a campus equipped with excellent facilities. The school has an enthusiastic and dedicated team of highly-skilled classroom and specialist teachers, who create personalised and challenging learning opportunities to develop the children’s critical thinking, problem-solving, innovation and independent learning skills. Behavior across school is exemplary and the children have a real passion for learning. As well as achieving high academic standards against international benchmarks in the core subjects, the children of JPS achieve notable successes in the non-core subjects of Physical Education, Music and the languages and leave at the end of their JPS journey as well-rounded members of the international GEMS community in which they thrive.

GEMS Jumeirah Primary School is a full member of the British Schools in the Middle East (BSME) and a member of the Independent Association of Preparatory Schools.

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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

In line with the UAE's Emiratisation goals, GEMS welcomes and encourages applications from UAE nationals to join our fast-growing team.

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.