Vacancy Details

13675 - Assistant Principal -Teaching and Learning (Secondary) - September 2023

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

This position is a fantastic opportunity to make an impact in the growth and development of Teaching and Learning at GEMS Wellington Academy, Al Khail.  You will work as part of the Secondary Leadership Team to ensure the students at the Academy receive a world class education.

The UAE is determined to become an inclusive, barrier-free, rights-based society that promotes, protects, and ensures the success of all groups of students. As a non-selective school with a reputation for producing well-rounded students, through academic rigor and a strong pastoral focus, the role will require you to build and promote opportunities to empower students to aspire, create and excel in the world that is, so they can create their world that will be.

To do this, the Assistant Principal will be accountable for driving the standards and consistency in learning skills and the use of AfL in the classroom, ensuring all learners can reach their full potential at WEK.  The Assistant Principal Teaching and Learning will work with the VP for Teaching and Learning, and the VP Assessment and Data to ensure:


  • There is high-quality teaching across all subjects and in every classroom,
  • Teachers are using data effectively to plan and best support learners in the classroom
  • Progress and Attainment outcomes are outstanding for all pupils.


The Assistant Principal will also actively participate in whole-school self-evaluation and school improvement planning and will be responsible for the coaching, mentoring and development of staff.


About the Role:


Teaching and Learning:

  • To work with the VP T&L to oversee and monitor the effectiveness of learning and teaching including lesson observation, learning walks and work scrutiny, holding middle and senior leaders to account for the consistent implementation of the teaching and learning policy and Teaching Principles
  • To work with the VP Assessment and Data to raise standards of student attainment and achievement within the school by ensuring the highest standards of teaching is in place alongside high quality assessment
  • Support with, and at times lead Internal Quality Assurance processes in order to effectively monitor the implementation of teaching and learning strategy in the classroom
  • Model consistently high-quality teaching and be able to demonstrate excellent practice to others
  • Prepare, deliver and participate in professional development across the school to improve teachers’ practice
  • To work with the Academic Mentor to use data to identify individuals or groups that need further teaching support.
  • Alongside the VP Assessment and Data and the Academic Mentor, develop and implement strategies to raise the quality of teaching and measure impact of these using data.
  • To coordinate the mentoring/coaching to individual teachers’ in need of 1-to-1 support to improve their practice
  • To be an active lead member of the whole school teaching and learning team



  • To work with and support the inclusion team to ensure Teaching and Learning for all groups of students is at the highest standard.
  • To communicate regularly with the inclusion team and work alongside them to maximise teaching and learning.
  • To collate and share best practice approaches in relation to supporting the learning of all groups of learners.




    • To liaise with the Director of Innovation in regards to opportunities to innovate within the curriculum and wider curriculum offering  
    • Ensure that curriculum provision is responsive, appropriate and meets the needs of the student body and of the requirements of external assessment and regulatory bodies.
    • Ensure personalised learning remains a core priority in curriculum planning and deliver.


    Safeguarding and Health and Safety:

    • Work in line with statutory safeguarding guidance (e.g. Keeping Children Safe in Education, Prevent) and our safeguarding and child protection policies
    • Work with the DSL to promote the best interests of pupils, including sharing concerns where necessary
    • Promote the safeguarding of all pupils in the school

Whole Academy:

  • To fulfil any reasonable additional responsibilities as may be from time to time requested by the VP T&L.
  • To consider the holistic view of students through triangulating with information such as attendance, behaviour, NGRT and PASS data.
  • To support with transition across core subjects from primary to secondary to ensure Teaching and Learning allows students to be best prepared for secondary.

Person Specification:

  • NPQSL/LT or MA/MSc or equivalent qualifications
  • Excellent classroom practitioner
  • Proven track record of delivering outcomes
  • Experience of middle leadership (minimum of 3 years)
  • Commitment to continued professional learning
  • Previous experience of SLT desirable

About Your Benefits

Working with GEMS offers you a unique opportunity to enhance and progress your career in a global setting. Whether this is your first role in international education or the latest in your successful career overseas, GEMS provides you with the unparalleled chance to be part of the world’s largest K-12 private school operator.

All positions attract an excellent remuneration package including a competitive tax-free salary, accommodation, school tuition fee concessions, private medical insurance, annual airfares to country of residence, 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 Wellington Academy Al Khail is a premium National Curriculum for England School, located in the rapidly expanding Dubai Hills development. The Primary section opened in September 2013 and Secondary opened in September 2014 with current enrolment at 2100. This is an international world class school dedicated to fostering a passion for excellence in learning and in life.

Recently rated ‘Outstanding’ by BSO, children learn in a vibrant, inclusive and creative learning environment that encourages teamwork, critical thinking, independent inquiry and risk-taking. Our staff are recruited almost exclusively from the UK, and are highly skilled and experienced in delivering the National Curriculum. However, applications from other countries are strongly encouraged, especially if you have experience in international UK curriculum contexts. Teaching is significantly enhanced through the use of technology, which is used predominantly by students to create and present new content. Innovation and creativity are actively encouraged and the learning programme is significantly enhanced by a rich and varied extra-curricular programme of over 100 activities, which emphasises our belief that students should be learning from the moment they arrive in school until they leave at the end of the day. We are an internationally minded school with students representing over 90 nationalities and are an accredited member of the Council of British International Schools and British School in the Middle East. We are proud of our high achieving culture: our expectation of all students is that they strive to excel and make significant progress well beyond expectations commensurate to their starting point.



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

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.