Deputy Head of Early Years

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Swiss International Scientific School

Dubai, Emirate of Dubai Posted on Mon, 22 November 2021 06:59:36 GMT Competitive Salary Permanent Full Time Source: Swiss International Scientific School

Swiss International FZ-LLC, PO Box 505002, Dubai - UAE, +971 4 449 6038, F: +971 4 449 60 37,

The Swiss International Scientific School in Dubai (SISD) 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 chal enges 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 skil s. 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 chal enge 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.

Job Title
Deputy Head of Early Years
Early Years
Start Date
1 August 2022
Dubai, UAE
Reports to
Head of Early Years
Direct reports
Job Scope
The Deputy Head of Early Years is a key member of the Early Years Leadership Team
with a key role in providing support to the Head of Early Years and contribute to the
strategic planning of the Early Years department as well as excellence in all areas
relating to academic and pastoral care and support for students.
Main Duties and
Main Duties and Responsibilities
This not an exhaustive list of all duties/responsibilities:
Leadership and strategy
  • To deputise for the Head of Early Years as and when required
  • Leadership of the Early Years staff to promote high expectations of pastoral
care for the students
  • Leadership and development of the pastoral system
  • Promotion and communication of pastoral initiatives amongst stakeholders
  • Contribute and ensure that the development and delivery of the Early Years
improvement plan is aligned to the school's vision
  • Use data and evidence effectively and appropriately to evaluate and impact
on the horizontal performance of students
  • Attend regular leadership team meetings as part of the Early Years Leadership
  • Lead on the Moral, Social and Cultural Education programme
Swiss International FZ-LLC, PO Box 505002, Dubai - UAE, +971 4 449 6038, F: +971 4 449 60 37,
  • Lead behaviour for learning, ensuring there is a conducive and nurturing
environment for learning to flourish
  • Stewardship of a positive learning environment by regular review of rewards
and sanctions as well as consideration of outcomes from the professional
development cycle
  • Develop systems to promote high levels of engagement, punctuality and
Teaching and Learning
  • To continue to maintain an environment in the Early Years Section that
promotes and secures good teaching, effective learning, high standards of
achievement and good behaviour
  • To contribute to the organization, implementation and monitoring the Early
Years curricula and assessment so that statutory requirements are met
  • To ensure that Early Years students develop study skil s in order to learn more
effectively and with increasing independence
  • To determine, organize and implement a policy for the personal, social and
moral development of students
  • To monitor and evaluate the quality of teaching and learning and standards of
achievement of all Early Years students through appropriate methods.
  • To determine and implement policies which promote:
a) positive strategies for developing good relations and dealing with
incidents of conflict
b) equality of access, inclusion and diversity
  • To determine and implement positive strategies and programmes which
ensure good student behaviour and discipline and give support and clear
guidance on suspensions and exclusions
  • To develop and maintain effective links with the wider community to extend
the curriculum and enhance teaching and learning
  • To continue to maintain an effective partnership with parents and the wider
community to support and improve students' achievement and personal
  • To promote extra-curricular activities in accordance with the educational aims
of the Early Years Section
  • To ensure information on student progress is used to improve teaching and
Pastoral care and wel -being
  • Exercise the role of the Early Years Section's child protection officer by
managing all aspects of safeguarding issues, concerns and investigations to
ensure students and parents ful y understand the school's safeguarding policy
and procedures
  • Ensure school policies related to pastoral systems are followed by all Early
Years staff and that all Early Years staff are held accountable for their
  • Ensure the attendance policy is ful y implemented and attendance
is monitored, and protocols fol owed
  • Promote high levels of student well-being through bespoke initiatives that
evolve dependent upon current trends in student care and support
  • Monitor, support and track student wel -being
  • Communicate effectively with parents on sensitive issues
  • Enjoyment of, and proven ability in, communicating with young people
  • Maintain effective partnerships with parents to support student achievement,
well-being and growth
Swiss International FZ-LLC, PO Box 505002, Dubai - UAE, +971 4 449 6038, F: +971 4 449 60 37,
  • Liaise with other schools and relevant organisations in matters of pastoral
  • Effectively manage student behaviour and nurture the creation of an effective
climate for learning
  • Manage and deliver the Early Years Section cover programme for staff absence
in a consistent and transparent manner
  • Organisation of supervision rotas outside of class time
  • Organisation of assemblies and coordination of relevant events promoting
community cohesion and a sense of belonging for all stakeholders
  • Collaboration with Admissions and the Head of Early Years to ensure an
effective admissions process
  • Effectively manage, lead and inspire Grade Coordinators to have oversight,
lead and monitor pastoral systems at grade level
Professional development
  • Support an ethos that embodies learning at all levels
  • Keep abreast of developments in Early Years and international schools to
ensure that SISD maintains a place at the forefront of
international best practice
  • Lead, promote and cascade professional learning within the pastoral section
  • Provide necessary training for all pastoral staff to enable them to perform
their roles and responsibilities to high standards
  • Col aborate with other Deputies and the Pricipal on recruitment, with a
focus on those aspects that relate to the pastoral and wel being systems e.g.,
Grade Coordinators, Home Room Teachers etc.
  • Assist with whole school monitoring and evaluating of the
Professional Development Cycle
Compliance and inspection
  • Assist with monitoring and regular review of key policies, systems and
  • Ensure regulatory compliance in areas relating to safeguarding, health and life
at school
  • Support the growth of excel ence in practice and provision
Key Relationships
Students, Board, Senior Leadership Team, Deputy Senior Leadership Team, Early Years
Leadership Team, Curriculum/Subject/Grade Coordinators, Head of Depts, Teachers,
Counsellors, Healthcare Team, HSE Team, Marketing & Admissions Team, HR Team
Parents, KHDA, IB

Position Requirements
  • Subject Degree or Educational Degree related to Early Years or Childhood
  • Professional Teaching Qualification/Certification
Leadership Qualification and/or evidence of effective professional learning
  • Minimum of 5 years of teaching experience in an Early Years setting
  • Middle management/leadership experience in an Early Years setting
  • Pastoral experience in an Early Years setting
Leadership of cross-subject/department/phase project with evidence of
Swiss International FZ-LLC, PO Box 505002, Dubai - UAE, +971 4 449 6038, F: +971 4 449 60 37,

  • Be an exceptional communicator whether in writing, in one-to-one situations
with students and parents, or in presentations to larger audiences
  • A proven track record of meeting deadlines and delivering results through
effective management, organization and planning of work
  • Be able to see the bigger picture and understand the school vision and how it
interrelates with areas of school life
  • A high level of IT literacy
  • An understanding of what outstanding pastoral care looks and feels like
  • Ability to develop a clear vision for the future direction of the school in terms
of pastoral programme.
  • Proficiency in other languages such as French, German or Arabic is desirable
  • Ability to think and plan strategically and creatively
  • Be an outstanding teacher with a passion for education and ability to inspire
and enthuse students
  • Excellent and effective classroom management skills
  • Be adapt at having oversight of multiple projects at any one time
  • Be an experienced and proven leader who can build, inspire and motivate
his/her team
  • Be able to build effective relationships with a wide range of people including
pupils, parents, colleagues and the wider community. The ability to put
people at ease, reassure, guide and explain
  • High level of emotional intelligence and empathy
  • Be a good team player
  • Be a flexible, proactive problem-solver with an analytical mind and a creative
approach to challenges
  • Culturally agile and adaptable
Understanding the complex and demanding environment of an
international school community
Salary & Benefits
Competitive remuneration and benefits
Fixed Term contract
Candidates are requested to submit the fol owing documents:
  • Cover letter of one page, explaining your strengths as a candidate and why you are
interested in this position
  • Current CV not to exceed two pages
  • 3 professional references with current contact details (position, phone number
and e-mail address) not older than 5 years. One of which must be your current
Principal and another your current Line Manager

Please send your application to Due to the expected volume of applications we will only contact those applicants that
are shortlisted for interview.
We are committed to providing a safe and happy environment for all our employees
and in which our students can thrive and learn. We are committed to safeguarding and
promoting the welfare of all our employees and students. Al employees are subject to
appropriate vetting procedures including satisfactory criminal record checks from both
country of residence/home country and any other country of residence.

Swiss International FZ-LLC, PO Box 505002, Dubai - UAE, +971 4 449 6038, F: +971 4 449 60 37,

Swiss International FZ-LLC, PO Box 505002, Dubai - UAE, +971 4 449 6038, F: +971 4 449 60 37,

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