iGCSE/A-level Biology Teacher (Expat)
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Wycombe Abbey School Hangzhou (WAISHZ) is situated in Xiaoshan District, south the center of Hangzhou. The site itself comprises two schools, a Lower School and an Upper School, providing exceptional education for students from EY through to Year 13 (Grade 12). Heads of Department will be expected to develop exceptional working relations with the leadership of the Lower School and the Upper School. This is a unique opportunity to gain experience in a start-up school, with WAISHZ opening in August 2021.
Wycombe Abbey School Hangzhou will be established as a private school enabling local Chinese nationals to enjoy the benefits of a Wycombe Abbey School education. The majority of the student body will be Chinese nationals studying a unique programme where an internationalised programme complements the Chinese National Curriculum. The students will be taught in both Mandarin and English so that they can graduate from the School with undergraduate levels of both Mandarin and English and thereby flourish at premium universities all around the world.
A Wycombe Abbey education guarantees much more than just academic success. Wycombe Abbey School Hangzhou offers boarding to students from G1 through to G12 (Years 2 to 13) with outstanding facilities for learning, innovation and enterprise, performing arts and sport that are the hallmark of all schools in our Wycombe Abbey Schools Group. Students will be prepared for undergraduate life in universities all around the world and for an increasingly international workplace, with close personal attention paid to the development of each student’s confidence, resilience, independence and character alongside the development of the collaborative skills required in life beyond school.
To ensure a caring, happy, safe and structured environment for pupils and staff
Under the direction of the Head of Department, to teach a curriculum that fulfils the aims and goals of the school and reflects the needs of the pupils
To demonstrate a strong, confident, hands-on teaching style where management of time, personnel and resource are discharged efficiently in an atmosphere of consultation and collaboration, with due regard for the cultural complexities of international education.
You will contribute to ensuring the successful growth and continuous improvement of your department
and of the school.
Reporting to and liaising with the Head of Department you will challenge, influence and motivate pupils to deliver
outstanding performance. You will uphold and actively promote our commitment to integrity, accountability and an
aspiration for excellence.
We can offer:
a dynamic and forward-looking school;
a highly motivated Department;
a challenging and enjoyable environment in which to work, characterized by positive interpersonal relationships;
a vibrant, rapidly developing city in which to work, and a good standard of living;
an excellent induction package and CPD together with opportunities for further career enhancement.
Your professional profile is defined by integrity, clear and open communication, high standards, and an understanding
of the needs and interests of pupils, parents and staff.
You have the ability to analyse problems, reach sound conclusions and resolve issues effectively. You have a proven
capacity to respond to changing needs, and to translate vision into practical reality. You have a strong commitment to
quality and sharing best practices in learning and teaching.
You have a good understanding of, and interest in developing academic best practices in the context of a secondary,
You have a working knowledge and understanding of departmental planning and reporting. You have a higher-level
understanding of and experience using information and communication technology to enhance teaching and learning.
You have an interest in and willingness to engage Chinese contemporary culture. You enjoy working under pressure in
a fast pace environment. You are optimistic, resilient, and have a well-developed sense of proportion and humour.
Working within the remit and targets developed by the Senior Leadership Team, and under the direct, day-to-day
supervision of the Head of Department for your curriculum responsibilities you will:
• teach History to IGCSE and A level and within other EAL programmers, as required;
1. SUBJECT KNOWLEDGE
1.1. You should have knowledge and experience of IGCSE and A Level.
1.2. You should know and understand the National Curriculum Attainment Targets and examination Syllabus in the
subjects, and also the framework of the statutory requirements.
1.3. You should have specialist knowledge and experience in History to a high standard.
1.4. You should keep yourself informed of current developments within your specialist subject(s).
2. SUBJECT APPLICATION
As a teacher you should:
2.1. Plan, prepare and review SoWs and lessons, keeping lesson notes which show continuity and progression.
2.2. Advise the Head of Department in your department on the preparation and development of SoWs.
2.3. Set appropriately demanding expectations for each pupil; differentiation strategies are essential.
2.4. Employ a range of teaching strategies appropriate to the age, ability and attainment level of the pupils.
2.5. Select and use appropriate resources, including Information Technology.
2.6. Present lessons using clear language and in a stimulating manner, using a variety of teaching styles as appropriate. 2.7. Set and mark homework in line with Subject and School policy.
2.8. Contribute to the development of pupils’ language and communication skills, with specific reference to EAL.
2.9. Set suitable work in the event of foreseen absence and other instances, wherever possible.
3. CLASSROOM MANAGEMENT
As a Teacher you should endeavour to:
3.1. Create and maintain a purposeful and orderly environment for the pupils within your class.
3.2. Safeguard pupils’ health and safety
3.3. Ensure setting/grouping that is appropriate for particular learning purposes, i.e. whole class, pairs, small groups,
3.4. Use appropriate sanctions and rewards in line with Subject and whole school policy.
3.5. Maintain pupils’ interest and motivation.
3.6. Ensure that the classroom environment, facilities and equipment is respected by all pupils.
3.7. Maintain vibrant and informative displays in shared areas
3.8. Order and maintain adequate stocks of teaching materials and resources, working within your delegated budget.
4. ASSESSMENT AND RECORDING
As a Teacher you should endeavor to:
4.1. Identify the current level of attainment of individual pupils and refer to other information available in the school.
4.2. Judge how well a pupil performs against the standard expected of a pupil of that age and take remedial action if
4.3. Assess and record systematically the progress of individual pupils in line with Subject and whole school policy.
4.4. Mark work using the school’s marking policy and give formative feedback to pupils regularly on their progress.
4.5. Use assessment as a fundamental part of teaching.
4.6. Prepare pupils for public examinations; assessing, recording and reporting as required.
4.7. Plan, prepare and review assessments throughout the year.
As a Tutor you have a responsibility to:
5.1. Promote the general progress and well-being of any group of pupils assigned to you.
5.2. Provide guidance and advice on educational and social matters and on their education and future careers,
including information on sources of more expert help.
5.6 Provide information on pupil performance for parents through Parent Conferences;
6. PERFORMANCE MANAGEMENT
6.1 Participate in arrangements for the appraisal of your own performance and that of others in your department.
6.2 Review from time to time your own methods of teaching.
6.3 Participate in further training and professional development, including training which aims to meet needs
identified in appraisal objectives or statements.
7. WORKING TIME
7.1. You have a responsibility to participate in meetings which relate to the curriculum or the administration or
organisation of the school, including morning briefings and pastoral arrangements.
7.2. WAISHZ is a boarding school, and together with all members of the Academic staff you will be expected to
undertake boarding duties.
8. CURRICULUM EXTENSION
8.1. All WASHZ staff contribute to the extra-curricular and/or sport programme.
8.2. All WASHZ staff share in the extended life of the school.
8.3. During time gained due to alternative provision for pupils you may be directed to:
Assist colleagues in appropriate planned team teaching
- Basic salary: Negotiable
- Accommodation in staff accommodation on the school site in Xiaoshan(No housing allowance）
- Annual flight allowance
- About 3-month paid holidays, including winter/summer vacations and all Chinese public holidays(Following the boarding school's calendar).
- A tuition waiver of 100% for 1-2 children.
- Medical insurance will be provided
- Professional induction training.
- Free 3-meals per day including all family members.
- Visa support.
- Generous support for personal professional development locally, regionally and internationallly