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Description of School:

Cognita Schools are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff, volunteers and other third parties to share this commitment. Safer recruitment practice and pre-employment background checks will be undertaken before any appointment is confirmed.

Position Objective The Head of Year (HoY) role is key in the Academic Well-being of students in the Elementary School. The appointment holder is responsible for guiding both students and homeroom teachers in their year group within the wider framework of the Academic Well-being Program.

The HoY role includes a classroom teacher role. The HoY should:

  • Oversee the Pastoral care of students in a designated year level

  • Be responsible for guiding the culture of the Year Group (common set of expectations, sense of belonging, positive & collective attitudes towards self/others & academics)

  • Be responsible for developing, communicating & overseeing the vision & program for the Year Group that is developmentally appropriate, celebrates transitions / milestones in accordance with their personal growth and development; and supports the relevant academic program/s General Expectations

The Head of Year is expected to:

  • Support the ethos of the school in actions and speech, and work hard to make our school a Centre of Excellence in all our endeavours.

  • Work to achieve the goals of Elementary School attained as expressed in the Elementary School Improvement Plan and Whole School Strategic Plan.

  • Contribute to the development of the school as a learning community through fostering inquiry, reflection, innovation and professional learning.

  • Consistently uphold and promote the school’s vision, mission and values and promote caring, good humoured relationships.

  • Contribute to the creation of the Elementary School’s Annual Improvement Plan

  • Contribute to an atmosphere of mutual trust and respect in the Elementary School and promote collaboration, discussion, debate and teamwork.

  • Promote high professional standards and expectations and model exemplary professional practice to the best of his/her ability

  • Develop, support and implement policies in the Elementary School and encourage other staff to do so regardless of your personal feelings about the policy.

  • Undertake other duties as required by the Head of the Elementary School.

Specific Responsibilities:

Prepare, communicate and execute a vision for the year, completing a review at the end of each year

Coordinate/develop material and lead the Welfare and Academic programmes

Oversight for general activities, Grade Meetings and events relevant to the year level

Transitioning of existing students into; and, exiting the year in liaison with the counsellor

Familiarise class teachers with routine procedures

Review performance of Grade classroom teachers

Communicate issues of concern – counsellor, parents, staff, Head of Learning Enrichment, EAL and “Assistant Head- Academic Well-being” (AHAW) and others as required

Document issues of concern in iSAMS, maintain minutes of meetings

Ensure students are updated with termly and weekly news Maintain documentation for meetings regarding students in iSAMs Oversight for student behaviour management and support; including in-school investigations; monitoring and follow-up action related to ‘cause of concern’ entries

Attend relevant meetings as required

Specialisation - Support students with issues relating to emotional, social and/or organisation progress:

  • Provide a weekly welfare report to AHAW. (Well-being)

  • Monitor students on Conditional Enrolments – Behavioural, attendance, welfare and provide recommendations to the AHAW (Well-being)

  • Communicate with staff relevant support strategies and updates relating to students of concern

It is the job holder’s responsibility to promote and safeguard the welfare of children and young persons for whom they are responsible, or with whom they come into contact with and compliance with the relevant Cognita Safeguarding Child Protection Policy and Procedures should be adhered to at all times. If in the course of carrying out the duties of the role, the job holder identifies any instance that a child is suffering or likely to suffer significant harm either at school or at home, they must report any concerns to the School’s Designated Safeguarding Lead or to the Head or indeed to the Cognita Regional Safeguarding Manager so that a referral can be made accordingly to the relevant third-party services.

Further information about this position is available in the job description found in the AIS website at

Application for Position:

Applicants are required to read the job description for the role prior to applying and submit a cover letter, curriculum vitae and a duly completed copy of the School's Job Application Form (downloadable from the school's website) to Kindly ensure that the position title is clearly specified in the job application form. Please submit your application by 08 October 2022 (11:59 PM Singapore time)

Only applications submitted using the school's job application form will be considered.

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