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Dulwich College, Suzhou

Head of English Language Acquisition

Negotiable Suzhou, Jiangsu, China 1 position available Starting date in 2022-08-01

About The School

Dulwich group comprises ten schools in seven cities and four countries in Asia. Learn more about this school

Job Description

Brief Overview of Role

Envisioning and implementing practices rooted in an ethos of multilingualism.

All aspects of Learning and Teaching in the English Language Acquisition department, and the continuity of the experience enjoyed by the students, including:

  • The quality and currency of curriculum provision;

  • Decisions relating to developments needed, together with the

    implications for staffing and resources;

  • Priorities and goals within the subject improvement plan, which must

    complement the SS improvement plans;

  • Monitoring the quality of learning and teaching within the subject area;

  • Communication within the subject area;

  • The leadership and development of staff, and assistants and technicians

    supporting the subject area.

  • Assuring marking and planning takes place for KS3, KS4 and KS5 in

    accordance with SS policy

Duties and Responsibilities

All teachers are subject to the conditions of employment set out in their Teaching Contract. This details the professional and particular duties required of teachers, together with benefits provided by the College.

The duties of Head of Multilingualism & Senior School English Language Acquisition at Dulwich College Suzhou are as follows:

Whole-College Philosophy, Vision, and Policy

  • Work with the Director of Teaching and Learning to create and implement a vision for multilingualism and language(s) for learning across the curriculum.

  • Develop policies and other documentation that reflect best practices related to multilingualism and language(s) for learning across the curriculum, including the College Language Policy and relevant sections of the Academic Learning Suite.

  • Advise the Director of Teaching and Learning on the vertical alignment of EAL/ELL practices across the College.

    Senior School Multilingualism & English Language Acquisition

Plan and deliver professional development to teachers in the Senior School through the induction programme, PD Days, the TEMC

course, faculty/department coaching, individual teacher coaching,


  • Gather, maintain, and share information regarding Senior School

    students’ Language Profiles and language support needs (e.g. WIDA

    proficiency levels, EAL Register, etc.)

  • Lead on implementation of the Language Policy, EAL Policy, and

    relevant sections of the Academic Learning Suite in the Senior


  • Liase with other language teachers (e.g. Head of Mandarin, Head of

    Modern Foreign Languages, Head of English, Korean Teacher, etc.) to ensure all students are in appropriate language learning pathways.

  • Monitor Senior School students’ English proficiency development to ensure appropriate placement in English classes.

  • Communicate with the wider community regarding, EAL, multilingualism, and language(s) for learning in the Senior School (e.g. leading Parent Academy sessions, contributing articles to the College magazine, etc.)

  • Promote a positive attitude towards multilingualism across the Senior School, leading a shift from deficit-based to asset-based approaches.

    To work with the Head of Modern & Foreign Languages to lead the English Language Acquisition department (as part of the MFL Faculty), including:

    Manage the Curriculum

  • Establishing and maintaining an up-to-date curriculum;

  • Ensure that the curriculum is delivered in line with the Senior School

    Learning and Teaching Policy;

  • Monitor the quality of learning and teaching within your faculty in line

    with school policy; (Under Review)

  • Ensure that students are allocated to appropriate teaching groups.

  • Ensure that the faculty makes appropriate use of ICT.

  • Establish and maintain cross-curricular links.

  • Promote your subject area outside the classroom by providing

    appropriate opportunities for students to be involved in subject specific

    activities and events.

  • Ensure that public examination results are analysed and that

    appropriate action is taken when needed to improve overall levels of attainment in public examinations.

    Management of Staff

  • Ensure that the department implements whole school policies.

  • Lead and manage teaching staff in the department.

  • Carry out the performance management of your staff.

  • Ensure that department staff are familiar with and act in accordance

    with the guidance in the Staff Handbook.

  • Manage the professional development of your staff.

  • Ensure effective communication within the department.

    Management of Resources

  • Produce and manage the department budget.

  • Overseeing the ordering of resources.

  • Produce, implement and evaluate a department development plan in

    line with the Senior School Development Plan. (Under Review)

    Communication with the school community

  • Produce and maintain a ‘Department Handbook’ in accordance with school guidelines.

  • Attend meetings as required including the Curriculum Committee.

  • Hold weekly department meetings.

  • Liaise as appropriate with the Head of Learning Support.

  • Maintain contact with appropriate members of the school community

    e.g. Line Manager, Parents, DCM.

    Additional Responsibilities

  • Contribute to the development of whole school policies as appropriate.

  • Support activities that involve the school community both inside and

    outside the classroom.

  • Contribute regularly to The College newsletter Alleynian.

  • Carry out any other reasonable additional duties as direct by the Senior

    Leadership Team.

  • Organise the provision of appropriate subject related clubs for students

    in the Senior School.


Personal Quality

  • Passionate about working with children and an ability to engage them in the process of learning

  • Ability to listen to others (children, parents and colleagues) always showing respect for their ideas

  • An understanding and excitement about working with people from all around the world

  • Patience and flexibility in the work place, always showing willing to try new things

  • Ability to proactively solve issues that arise

     • Ability to communicate effectively and positively with everyone in the school community


  • Qualified teacher status

  • Evidence of continuing professional development

Skills and Experience

  • Good interpersonal skills

  • Excellent oral and written communication skills

  • Excellent organisational skills

  • Ability to make decisions and use initiative

  • Creative thinker

  • Excellent classroom practitioner

  • Experience of management a subject preferred but not essential


  • Competitive salary scales, depending on the experience and academic background 

  • Housing is on a scale from single to family :76k to 108k

  • Airfare is about 12k per adult, children percentage of that by age.

  • International insurance.

  • Up to 2 children's education 

  • Generous bonus 

Post date: 2022-02-24
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