Description of School:

UWC Red Cross Nordic is a two year residential school for 204 scholarship students aged 16-19, comprising more than 90 nationalities. Admitted students possess a wide variety of prior educational experiences and achievement. All students at UWC Red Cross Nordic study for the International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma. The College was opened in 1995 and is financed by public funds from the Nordic countries. It is located on the shores of Flekke fjord in the county of Vestland, Western Norway. A number of our students have first-hand experience of conflict and/or poverty within their home societies. They are selected on merit or potential by UWC National Committees in their home country.

Like the other UWC colleges, UWC Red Cross Nordic is strongly committed to the mission of UWC and strives to deliver a challenging and transformational educational experience to a diverse cross section of students, inspiring them to create a more peaceful and sustainable future.

Description of Position:

UWC Red Cross Nordic seeks a full-time IB Learning Support teacher, who is able to coordinate and deliver a comprehensive Learning Support program with effect from August 2021. This is a new position and signals the college’s intent to enhance and support the learning environment for our deliberately diverse student body. The role will be in addition to a pre-existing part time position. We seek a Learning Support professional excited to lead, develop and grow a program to support our unique student population.

The successful applicant will support students and teachers across the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme (aged 16 to 19 years). All teachers at RCN participate fully in the residential and extra-academic life of the school.

A teaching position at UWC Red Cross Nordic – involving pastoral care, academic class-based instruction or student support, and engagement in the extra-academic programme – is remarkably diverse, challenging, interesting and rewarding. It is, in many respects, a vocation; we are a community responsible for students’ welfare and education, working in a collegial context.

Each teacher acts as an Advisor to a group of approximately ten students. Teachers typically live on campus and are attached as an Advisor to one of the student residences. Additionally, all teachers are required to lead or participate in the extensive extra-academic programme.

The College aims to attract applicants for teaching posts from a wide range of backgrounds who are keen to live and work in this beautiful, rural and multicultural community. While IB teaching experience is not a prerequisite, teaching experience at this level will be an advantage. The successful candidate will have convinced us of a willingness to contribute to a demanding and highly stimulating international educational and residential community. The working language of the College is English.

UWC Red Cross Nordic is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and adults. All applicants to the College must be willing to undergo child protection

screening, including checks with past employers, and requires all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.

In addition to the UWC Red Cross Nordic teacher specification, the Learning Support Teacher should expect to fulfil the following duties and requirements:

UWC Red Cross Nordic is committed to providing support for students with learning support needs. Typically our students are able to access and achieve an IB Diploma but may have specific learning gaps, English language needs, or academic barriers. As an inclusive school community, we recognize the value of a diverse student body. Some students will have been previously identified through previous schooling systems. Students typically bring basic information with them on arrival to college. For students who did not present as having any particular special education need during admission, but were later identified, the school initiates an evaluation of college capacity to support the student, then puts into place an individual plan as needed.

The ideal candidate will have extensive Learning Support experience with the 16-19 year old age group. Knowledge and experience of working with English as an Additional Language would be key to success in this position. Genuine alignment with the philosophy of the IB and the UWC mission are essential, as is a passion for working in a truly diverse community.

Position requirements:

  • Willingness to support the ethos and values of the College and lead by example.

  • Qualifications and experience in Learning Support/ Special Education.

  • A comprehensive understanding of English as An Additional Language. Qualifications and experience in this area would be viewed favourably.

  • A sound knowledge of current theory and practice in learning support and inclusion.

  • Understand the academic and pastoral needs of students and how these needs must be supported to cater for a holistic education. as these relate to the learning outcomes of students.

  • Ability to develop positive, collaborative, professional relationships with staff.

  • Willingness to liaise closely with key academic and pastoral staff to enhance student outcomes.

  • Proficiency and willingness in leading the professional development of teaching staff around learning support and inclusion practices.

  • Well developed communication and interpersonal skills

  • A willingness to participate in ongoing professional development.

  • Ability to demonstrate appropriate professional conduct, discretion and confidentiality at all times.

Specific duties:

  • Work collaboratively with teaching staff to identify, assess, plan, prepare, support and deliver effective teaching programs and interventions for identified students.

  • Support the Admissions department in the early identification of students who have been selected for admission.

  • Coordinate Student Support Team referrals and action plans.

  • To create Individual Education Plans and carry out activities/programs based on IEPs

  • Work with the DP Coordinator to ensure assessment accommodations are implemented, recorded and communicated.

  • To work in partnership with teachers to implement aspects of learning plans for groups of students including leading small group instruction and adapting lessons for individual students under the guidance of their subject teachers.

  • To manage groups or individual students ensuring differentiation of learning needs, reflecting all abilities.

  • To work to remove barriers to underachievement for all students, particularly those with learning support needs.

  • Develop and share strategies for using data to inform instruction and differentiation.

  • Recording and reporting progress, areas of concern and achievement about supported students with relevant stakeholders as appropriate.

  • Participate in the running of the evening and/or weekend study hall when applicable. To liaise with outside agencies as appropriate and when possible.

  • Remain abreast of and share current and best practice standards.

  • To communicate, update and consult with staff regarding relevant learning support topics.

Application for Position:

Please submit a CV of no longer than two pages, details of at least two referees (including your most recent employer) and a cover letter of no more than two pages. Your cover letter should address the ways in which you would contribute to the academic, residential and extra-academic programmes of the school. Please return by email to the Rektor to appointments@uwcrcn.no. Please add REF: www.ibschooljobs.com - Application for Position as Learning Support Teacher - DP in the subject of your email.

Applicants are strongly encouraged to review the following documents prior to submitting an application: