Aldar Education is currently seeking Head of Arabic to support our growing family of owned and operated schools in the UAE.This is an exciting opportunity to join the highly successful Aldar family of schools and to help shape the future of Abu Dhabi’s leading school group.The successful candidates will be closely aligned with our core values and ethos and possess a genuine understanding and appreciation of the values of the region.Job PurposeTo provide professional leadership and management for the Arabic departments in all Aldar Academy schools in order to secure high quality teaching, effective use of resources and improved standards of learning and achievement for all students.ResponsibilitiesMain Duties:Strategic direction and development of the subject across Aldar Academies Schools including Arabic for non-native speakersDevelop and implement policies and practices for Arabic which reflects the Schools’ commitment to high standards of achievement, effective teaching and learning
Establish a clear, shared understanding of the importance and role of Arabic in contributing to students’ personal development and in preparing them for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences of adult life
Use data effectively to identify students who are underachieving in Arabic; create and implement plans of action to support those students
Analyse and interpret relevant school data, plus research and inspection evidence, to inform policies, practices, expectations, targets and teaching methods
Establish short, medium and long term plans for the development of Arabic including non-native Arabic speakers
Monitor the progress made in achieving subject plans and targets, evaluate the effects on teaching and learning, and use this analysis to guide further improvement
Ensure that appropriate Arabic courses are developed, programs of study and schemes of work written, regularly reviewed and updated
Specific Duties:Develop teaching and learningEnsure curriculum coverage, continuity and progression in Arabic for all students including those of high ability and those with special educational needs
Ensure that teachers are clear about learning objectives and provide guidance on appropriate teaching and learning methods
Establish and implement clear policies and practices for assessing, recording and reporting on student achievement in conjunction with each school and Arabic department.
Support schools to set expectations for staff in relation to standards of achievement and the quality of teaching and learning
Support schools to set expectations for students in relation to standards of achievement and student behavior
Support schools to establish and implement a Department policy for managing student behavior in line with the School’s Behavior for Learning Policy
Evaluate the quality of teaching and learning of Arabic and use this to identify effective practice and areas for improvement; take action to further improve the quality of teaching
Support schools to establish partnerships with parents to involve them in their son/daughter’s learning of the subject, as well as providing information about the curriculum, attainment, progress and targets
Develop links across all Adar Academies, partner primary schools and the local community to extend the curriculum, enhance teaching and develop students’ wider understandingLeading and managing staffEstablish clear expectations and constructive working relationships amongst staff involved with the subject including through team working, mutual support and delegation, and develop an acceptance of accountability in each school and across the Academies.
Help principals with the Performance Management members of the Arabic team in each school and identify training and development needs
Lead professional development of subject staff through example and support and co-ordinate, as necessary, the provision of high quality professional development
Work with the Head of Inclusion and school SENCO’s to ensure that IEPs are used to set subject-specific targets and work is matched to student need
Hold regular Department meetings with minutes and agendas
Efficient and effective deployment of staff and resourcesMaintain efficient and effective control of the Department’s capitation allowance
Use accommodation to create an effective and stimulating environment for teaching and learning and ensure that accommodation is maintained
Ensure a safe working and learning environment in which risks are properly assessed and Health and Safety regulations are observed at all times
Other duties which may be reasonably assigned by the Director of EducationOrganise Professional Development across the Academies.
Requirements:BA in Arabic Studies with Education Studies or BA of Education in Arabic Studies and minimum of 6 years teaching experience
Previous experience working with students whom English is not their first language
A positive and solution-focused attitude to working life
A clean enhanced Disclosure and Barring Services check or police check
Passionate and caring educators
A commitment to an extensive enrichment programme.
Aldar Education is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff to share this commitment. Offers of appointment are subject to satisfactory references and police clearance.