Head of EYFS, GEMS WINCHESTER SCHOOL – FUJAIRAH, UAE

This is a fantastic opportunity for teachers to start or continue their international career with a leading global company and world class international school located in this beautiful Emirate. Due to the continued success of the school and significant roll growth, we are looking for passionate, dynamic colleagues who are ambitious to join a company in GEMS that has a world class reputation for outstanding education, and a school that is ready to grow to meet our community’s needs.

Fujairah City itself is growing into the premier city on the beautiful eastern coast of the UAE. Fujairah is not Dubai(!), but it is a wonderful place to live. Although only an hour’s drive from that busy metropolis, Fujairah sits at the foot of the Hajar Mountains facing the Indian Ocean with some of the most beautiful coastline and spectacular scenery in the UAE. Its large port, one of the deepest in the world, is connected via an underground pipeline to Abu Dhabi and serves thousands of ships. Its Free Zone attracts many international businesses and trade is growing rapidly. People have been living in this region since Neolithic times; it is now ready to emerge into its new age of economic growth and prosperity. In ten years’ time, it will rival other famous UAE centres as an exciting modern city with a vibrant economy and culture. Today it boasts an enviable cost of living, and is a more laid-back place to live and work.

In return for your energy, resilience and experience, we offer you the opportunity to make a real impact on a developing community. You will work with the UAE’s largest and most successful education company in GEMS, which will support your professional and career development, and you will work with a supportive Senior Leadership Team at WSF who will help you develop your potential.

Head of EYFS is a key role leading the improvement of teaching standards and increasing student progress and attainment.

Due to the size of the Early Years provision at WSF this role will not be assigned a class, although some teaching, team-teaching, or modelling of best practice will be required. It is likely that WSF will have 28-30 classes in Early Years in September 2019, catering for over 700 children.

Academic and Pastoral Responsibilities:
Supporting and liaising closely with SLT, middle leaders, SENCO, administrators and teachers
Work directly with teachers to improve and develop their skills, knowledge and pedagogy so that student outcomes are improved
Work directly with Section/Key Stage Leaders and Heads of Department to support the improvement of academic standards in every section of the school
Work directly with members of the SLT to support teaching and learning and provide regular updates and reports on students’ and teachers’ progress against agreed targets and actions
Contribute to the induction of new teaching staff, and the Quality Assurance programme for new starters, and for those teachers who are below “good” in their lesson evaluations.
Use mentoring/coaching methods to develop reflective practice in others and encouraging the use of new learning strategies related to Early Years
Conduct frequent and regular supportive observations and set up actions plans as required
Play an active role in the teaching, learning and assessment quality assurance process as appropriate and when required
Lead all colleagues towards continuous improvement in Early Years, including teachers, teaching assistants, and learning support assistants, as required
Play a central role in the WSF Admissions process in making observations, assessments and recommendations
Attend external events, take part in peer reviews, and be proactive in developing own continuous professional development
Plan and lead sessions for staff CPD, identifying team training required and specific topics
Identify areas of good practice and develop and share resources through the staff intranet and by attending team meetings
Develop, promote and involve teaching staff in creative initiatives to share good practice
Support Teachers in the development of pedagogy supportive of outstanding teaching in an Early Years setting
Monitor and drive improvements in the quality of assessment and progress tracking
Ensure that the curriculum is supported and underpinned by effective schemes of work, and well-differentiated planning of lessons
Ensuring that all documentation supporting teaching, learning and assessment (schemes of work, lesson plans) meets the standards laid down by GEMS
Liaise with the Head of Primary to ensure that EYFS maintains high standards in the appraisal (PDP) of all teachers, and that observation outcomes inform appraisal action plans
Implement internal inspection processes in those areas deemed to be at risk. This will include carrying out documentation audits, management of the process, feedback of outcomes to appropriate leaders and teams and providing a written report to SLT

General Responsibilities:
Promote and model the Code of Conduct and GEMS Core Values
Undertake other professional duties as reasonably delegated by Line Manager (LM) such as: teaching, recruitment, cover, after-school duty, ASP, MOE formalities, covering for LM when absent, inspection preparation, SEF, SDP, etc.
Promote the school positively with community and GEMS while maintaining complete confidentiality
Respect local culture, customs and laws
Meet deadlines as requested by LM
Lead on the development of EYFS teaching and learning, focusing on pedagogy, standards and progress
Ensure academic excellence in internal and external assessments.
Contribute to the professional development programme to ensure high quality learning and teaching
Be a part of a thriving Leadership Team, raising the profile and standing of EYFS
Promote the school to all stakeholders and the wider community.
Follow, support and help to develop all of the School’s aims, its vision, improvement plans, policies and practices.

The successful applicant will have the following:
A certified teaching qualification, such as B.Ed, PGCE, PGDE or equivalent.
A specific qualification relating to the teaching of EYFS
The desire to provide Outstanding teaching and learning
Aspiration to work in a world class school with real prospects for enhancing their career
At least 2 years of post-qualifying experience
Experience of successfully leading a large EYFS setting

This is a critical senior leadership position with a high level of responsibility for a large number of children and teachers. GEMS WSF will therefore offer a generous, tax-free remuneration package to a suitably qualified candidate.

Early applications are strongly encouraged. Applications will be considered when submitted. GEMS WSF reserves the right to appoint a preferred candidate in advance of the published closing date for this position.

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