ENGLISH LANGUAGE AND LITERATURE TEACHER - MYP AND DP


CLOSING DATE: 14 FEBRUARY 2022

STARTING DATE: 1 AUGUST 2022



Description of School:


The Swiss International Scientific School in Dubai (SISD) is a leading international day and boarding school where future generations are inspired to become confident and enthusiastic lifelong learners, ready to embrace the opportunities and challenges of a global world. Founded in 2015, our school currently welcomes more than 1470 students of more than 70 different nationalities on its cutting-edge campus, in the centre of Dubai. From Pre-KG to Grade 12, SISD follows the full continuum International Baccalaureate (IB) programme in three streams focusing on personalised learning and the development of 21st century skills. Students choose between the English with additional languages/STEAM stream or the bilingual English-French/German streams. We pride ourselves on being a fully accredited IB Continuum World School, offering the IB Primary Years Programme (PYP), IB Middle Years Programme (MYP), IB Careers Programme (IB CP) and IB Diploma Programme (DP). Our personalised international curriculum offers an engaging learning experience, the challenge of developing a real understanding of cultural diversity and the support of a thriving international community. Our state of the art, eco-friendly campus adjacent to Dubai creek, ensures that we can offer a wide range of sporting and after school activities tailored to the personal needs and preferences of every student.



Description of position:


The role of a Secondary English Language and Literature Teacher is to deliver excellent teaching and learning in the context of the IB Middle Years Programme (grades 6 to 10) and/or the IB DP Programme (grades 11 to 12). In addition to teaching, the English Language and Literature teacher will share in the wider pastoral and co-curricular life of the school. This will include, inter alia, leading at least one extra-curricular activity per week and providing Boarding House support in terms of supporting a group of students as a Tutor at least once a week. Occasional participation in outreach or promotional activities may be required, but every effort will be made to ensure that this request is reasonable and shared equitably amongst all teaching staff.


Main Duties and Responsibilities


This not an exhaustive list of duties/responsibilities. The responsibilities outlined may be modified by the Head of Secondary School, upon mutual agreement, to reflect or anticipate changes in the role:

Teaching, Learning and Assessment


  • To teach IB MYP/DP English Language and Literature to suit the individual needs of all students

  • To prepare and implement the IB MYP/DP English Language and Literature curriculum for students, with the goals of helping students to develop confidence and proficiency in the subject, a love of learning, as well as preparation for success in the IB MYP E-assessment and/or IBDP examinations.

  • To establish and maintain classroom environments supportive of learning.

  • To ensure that the environment, materials, and equipment are safe, clean, attractive, challenging, functional, anti-bias, and developmentally appropriate.

  • Maintain constant awareness of the needs of any students to whom English is additional language

  • To plan and organise the curriculum and activities to meet the physical, social, intellectual, and emotional needs of each student and to provide the students with a safe, stimulating, and engaging learning experience.

  • To support students to build critical and creative thinking skills through inquiry, observation, and experimentation.

  • To prepare written reports for each student, including parent conference reports, and references for tertiary education when applicable.

  • To maintain records and documentation of each student’s learning and progress in line with the school’s assessment policy.

  • To provide documentation and to communicate with the Senior Leadership Team, parents, and outside specialists if students need further support or assessment.

  • To conduct effective parent conferences including preparing detailed assessments of the student’s development and providing relevant examples of the student’s learning activities.

  • To engage with co-teachers through collaboration and discussion of individual students’ needs and daily curriculum planning.


Pastoral and Wider Community


  • To use non-contact time during school hours to prepare for upcoming activities, to participate in team meetings and to be available for cover.

  • To interact with students using a positive, supportive, respectful and open-minded attitude, language and tone, and to support and sustain the school’s codes of conduct.

  • To always remain alert to the safety and well-being of the students, and on any off-site activities.

  • To support students’ social and emotional growth.

  • To recognise that as role models for students, one’s own personal conduct and the example of behaviour set must be of the highest standards.


Other Duties


  • To attend and participate in staff meetings, departmental meetings, and other meetings as required.

  • To maintain regular attendance and punctuality.

  • To communicate in a positive, supportive and professional manner with parents (written and verbal) on an ongoing basis.

  • To conduct effective project-related events for families including presentations when required.

  • To establish and maintain a positive relationship of cooperation and respect with colleagues.

  • To contribute to the development of community among staff by having open and constructive communication and to be proactive in feeding ideas and suggestions for school improvement to the relevant responsible persons.

  • To maintain an attitude of continuous personal and professional development and improvement.

  • To maintain confidentiality and to model a professional work ethic.

  • To represent the broader SISD ethos and values to parents, staff, and community.

  • To attend professional development workshops and trainings including, but not limited to, internal training events, and to engage constructively in systems of professional appraisal and development.

  • To perform other duties as necessary and as assigned by the Head of Secondary School to ensure programme compliance and quality services to children and parents.

  • To be familiar with the SISD Teacher Standards and Employee Handbook and to work within the policies set out there

Position Requirements


  • Bachelor’s Degree in English Language & Literature or related subject

  • Professional Teaching Qualification

  • Relevant recent professional development that qualifies the candidate for this post


Experience


  • A fluent first language English speaker

  • Extensive international secondary teaching experience of at least 2 years

  • Significant experience of delivering the IB MYP and IB DP curriculum in English Language and Literature

  • Experience of curriculum planning and development in English Language and Literature

  • Proven track record of excellence and tangible outcomes in examination results

  • Evidence of outstanding teaching practice.

  • Experience of working in an international environment is preferred, however not essential.

  • Experience with being a form tutor preferred, however not essential

  • Experience with assessing student work and providing feedback against success and IB E-assessment and IB DP exam criteria.

  • Experience in using technology in the classroom and online to maximise student learning experience.


Competencies


  • A positive, flexible, ‘can do’ work ethic.

  • A genuine love for the subject taught, and the desire to instill this in students.

  • A commitment to ensuring high standards of teaching and learning

  • Exceptional communication skills

  • Strong collaboration skills to foster partnerships with teachers, students and parents

  • A clear personal philosophy on education and how this informs practice.

  • A genuine interest in progressive, inclusive student-centred approaches to pedagogy.

  • An interest in social enterprise, charity and service learning, and how these can be embedded formally into the curriculum.

  • A desire to be involved in the life of the school beyond the classroom and an understanding of the importance of this to student learning

  • Excellent standards of personal presentation.

  • Enjoyment of working in a positive, collaborative team environment with the values of honesty, integrity and mutual support at the core.

  • An enthusiasm for engaging with diverse cultures tempered only with high levels of patience and adaptability

  • Inter-culturally aware with well-developed interpersonal skills.



Package:


The salary and benefits package reflects the fact that the school is committed to excellence and is in line with UAE Labour Law.


Contract:


Unlimited on Free Zone



Application for Position:


Candidates are requested to submit the following documents as a single PDF:

  • Covering letter addressing the position requirements (one side max)

  • Current CV, not to exceed two pages

  • A list of 3 professional referees with current contact details (position, phone number and e-mail address) not older than 3 years. This must include your current Head of School

Please send your application to: hr@sisd.ae and include REF: www.ibschooljobs.com - Application for position as English Language And Literature Teacher - Myp And Dp in the subject line of your mail.


For further information please call the HR team on: +971 4 375 06 00

www.sisd.ae