Head of Primary

Aspen Heights British School
Abu Dhabi
AED 800,000 - 1,000,000
Job description


Job Description

Position Details

Position Title

Head of Primary



Report to (Title)


Direct Reports:

Year Group Leaders, Key Stage Leaders, Team Leader / Coordinators

Indirect Reports:

Teachers, Teaching Assistants

Aspen Heights British School (AHBS) is a truly inclusive school based on the outskirts of Abu Dhabi. We are proud of our inclusive ethos and our commitment to ensuring all children are provided with personalised learning experiences and the proper support to ensure they can make progress in learning in all areas.

Core Purpose:

The purpose of this role is to offer leadership, inspiration and guidance, to manage the day-to-day routines of the Primary School, to play a major role in strategic planning for the whole school and to work effectively as a key member of the School Leadership team.

Main Responsibilities:

Leadership and Management:

Deputise for the Principal where appropriate

Work with the Principal and the Leadership Team to formulate aims, objectives and strategic plans for the School

Manage self-evaluation and the construction and publication of the Primary Phase Development Plan

Prepare, publish and implement an appropriate and effective primary timetable that meets the needs of students and regulatory requirements

Undertake Performance Management Reviews for relevant staff, and assist with the performance review process for all academic staff

Work with the Principal to ensure that staff development needs are identified and that appropriate programmes are designed to meet such needs, in line with the SEF and SDP

Evaluate all primary CPD in terms of benefit to the school and individual; ensure that the details of such evaluation are recorded

Establish links with other schools, both international and local, to develop opportunities to share and disseminate good practice. Such opportunities might include teacher and/or pupil exchanges

Assist in the preparation of Job Specifications for all primary staff and participate in the interview/selection process for new staff

Be responsible for providing effective induction for new primary staff, particularly new Heads of Key Stages and Subject Coordinators, in line with School procedures

Manage the annual publication of detailed Key Stage 1 and 2 reviews

Act as a positive role model, promote teamwork and motivate staff to ensure high quality teaching and effective working relations

Oversee the process of the setting of academic targets for primary students and work towards their achievement

Monitor and evaluate academic standards at all levels in primary in line with agreed school procedures, including some benchmarking against other schools, and against international and UK standards

The management of academic analysis and of the evaluation of performance data as they relate to the primary phase

Identify and take appropriate action on issues arising from data, systems and reports, setting deadlines where necessary and reviewing progress on the action taken

In conjunction with the School Leadership Team, and other colleagues, assist with the management of the school’s collection of data, particularly where it relates to the development of pupils at primary level

Provide comprehensive information on academic and ECA programmes, philosophy, aims and requirements to staff, students, parents and all school stakeholders

Oversee the annual review and publication of the Student and Parent Handbooks

Oversee the publication of a weekly Primary Newsletter

Manage Primary School content on the school website

Ensure that all members of the school communicate appropriately with colleagues, parents and students on school matters

Monitor and evaluate the effectiveness of communication relating to the primary phase with parents, including parents’ conferences, record cards and full reports, the use of the website, and all other informal means of communication

Contribute to all school marketing and liaison activities, including Open Days, and other events

Ensure that all materials relating to the primary phase published to parents and pupils are appropriate and of good quality

Liaison with feeder schools and external agencies

Actively promote the establishment of effective links with external agencies

Manage the available resources of space, staff, money and equipment efficiently within the limits, guidelines and procedures laid down

The preparation and deployment of the Primary phase budget in conjunction with the Finance Manager

Act as a cost centre holder, requisitioning, organising and maintaining equipment and stock, and keeping appropriate records

Work with the Principal/ senior leaders to ensure that the teaching commitments of the primary phase are effectively and efficiently time-tabled and accommodated

Monitor and evaluate the overall progress and development of primary students, including those with EAL, special educational needs, and the gifted and talented

Ensure that the school’s behaviour management policy is implemented for pupils so that effective learning can take place

Monitor pupil attendance, ensuring that follow-up procedures are adhered to and appropriate action taken where necessary

All staff are required to manage effective personal development as part of the Company’s commitment to invest in staff as the key resource in the organisation

Teaching and learning:

Ensure that learning is at the centre of strategic planning and resource. Lead and support the teaching and learning of all children within the school through promoting models of excellent classroom practice coaching, mentoring and supported self-evaluation for teaching staff

Manage and monitor the design, development and implementation of processes for the collection of useful, timely, and accurate assessment data to track the progress of individual and groups of children in order to inform planning, evaluate performance, track progress and secure raised achievement across all key stages. This will include agreeing and articulating high expectations and setting stretching targets for the whole community

Monitor the effectiveness of teaching and learning through teachers’ planning, work sampling and scrutiny, lesson observations, supporting auditing and reporting outcomes, successful or otherwise and planning next steps and future actions

Takes a strategic role in the development of new and emerging technologies to enhance and extend the learning experience of pupils

Lead curriculum development throughout the primary phase to ensure the delivery of an appropriate, challenging and interesting academic and ECA programme that complements the philosophy of the school

Keep up to date with national and international developments in all curriculum areas, and with advances in teaching practice and methodology

Monitor and respond to all curriculum initiatives at international and local levels

Strengthening Community:

Promote and model good relationships with parents and carers, which are based on partnerships to support and improve pupils’ learning and achievement

Contribute to the development of the school as a community within the community, strengthening partnerships with families, neighbours, our local and wider community, other schools, services and the local authority

Contribute to the development of the education system by sharing effective and best practice, working in partnership with other schools and promoting innovation

Liaise with our partner schools in the ISP group and other service providers including extended service providers and community resources to enrich and expand our provision and secure partnerships, collaborations, enrichment opportunities and expertise which bring benefits to all children and our school community

Contribute to policies and practices which promote equality of opportunity and tackle prejudice and discrimination, support staff well- being and work-life balance and help to ensure we provide access to opportunities for growth, achievement and success for all adults and children in school

Health and Safety

Emphasises the importance of safety in all areas of the curriculum, communicating to the pupils the importance of a responsible attitude towards personal safety, the safety of others and respect for Aspen Heights British School’s property and equipment

Perform playground duties on time and with due diligence to safeguard Aspen students

Take all necessary and reasonable precautions to protect students, equipment, materials, and facilities

Assist in implementing all policies and rules governing student life and conduct

Ensure that, all the necessary health and safety rules and procedures are being followed

Maintain an awareness of all the health and safety measures to be taken when in school

Other duties and responsibilities

Any other duties that the Principal may from time to time ask the post-holder to perform

Communication & Working Relationships







Knowledge & Skills

Minimum Educational Qualifications Required for the Role

Bachelor’s Degree in relevant discipline

Teacher certification

Minimum Years of Experience Required

5 years’ teaching experience

Experience as an overseas educator in a preferably inclusive international setting

Well versed and current in a British curriculum

Language Skills

English is mandatory

Special Skills and Abilities


In-depth knowledge and understanding of School curriculum (English National Curriculum – Primary) and associated assessment methods

Up to date curriculum developments

Application of effective teaching and learning theory and practice of providing effectively for the individual needs of all children (e.g. classroom organisation and learning strategies)

Proven leadership and management skills

A senior management background in primary education

A leader of teaching and learning and a key person in the senior leadership team

Experienced curriculum and team leader

Budget management experience


The ability to develop good personal relationships within a team

An effective and experienced communicator (written and verbal) to a variety of audiences

High level of IT competency


Passionate about delivering quality education

Able to command respect of pupils, colleagues and parents

Organised with proven ability to meet deadlines

Driven by wanting to improve quality and develop the school

Reliable with an attention to detail and a commitment to quality

An innovator with a willingness to embrace change

Whilst every effort has been made to explain the main duties and responsibilities of the post, each individual task undertaken may not be identified.

Employees will be expected to comply with any reasonable request from a manager to undertake work of a similar level that is not specified in this job description.

Employees are expected to be courteous to colleagues and provide a welcoming environment to visitors and telephone callers.


Line Manager:




The International Schools Partnership

Aspen Heights British School is part of The International Schools Partnership (ISP).

The International Schools Partnership (ISP) is a growing group of committed colleagues in financially responsible schools around the world, all of which aim to be the school of choice in their local area. Learning is at the heart of everything we do for our pupils, colleagues and parents. We are committed to getting better, all the time.

ISP was founded by an experienced team of committed educationalists and commercial operators who have worked together over many years. Our growing group of private schools located in the UK, the USA, Europe, Costa Rica, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, the United Arab Emirates, Qatar, Malaysia, Mexico and Peru educate children and pupils from 2-18 years of age. We have now expanded to 45 schools delivering multiple curricula and building on local brands and reputations with around 45,000 pupils and 7,000 staff located across the globe.

We believe that successful schools are the ones that put learning at the heart of everything they do, always aiming to create rounded individuals that are able to forge successful careers and lives in a rapidly changing world. Our goal is to enable our schools as the leading school of choice in their local area. We are a truly international group working in different cultures and speaking different languages. We work across countries and cultures, too, by working with each other and with other schools and communities. At ISP we continue to engage with schools around the world who are interested in becoming part of our global group of schools and look forward to welcoming more pupils and staff to the group.

All our schools:

• Help children and pupils learn to levels that amaze them.

• Inspire children and pupils to be successful now and equip them to be successful later.

• Are truly international, working in partnerships within and across regions, cultures and languages.

• Aim to be the schools of choice for children, pupils and their families, wherever we are.

Aspen Heights British School is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expect all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. All shortlisted candidates and post holders are subject to appropriate International Criminal and Child Protection Background Checks or equivalent, covering the previous 10 years of employment history. Aspen Heights British School recruit teachers in several ways including direct application to the school and through international teacher recruitment agencies and organizations.

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