The British School Kathmandu

Kathmandu, Nepal

The British School Kathmandu is committed to safeguarding children and young people. All post holders are subject to appropriate vetting procedures, including checks with past employers, a satisfactory Disclosure and Barring Service check, a Prohibition Order Check and the successful application of an ICPC (International Child Protection Certificate). Our safeguarding and safer recruitment policies are shared with all prospective candidates.


Position Type: Senior Leader

Contract Type: Full-time

Campus: Kathmandu

Apply by: 25 January 2019

Job Start: 1st August 2019


Responsible to: Principal

Job purpose:

To provide the conditions for our primary teachers to be able to provide the best educational experience for our students.

To lead and manage the day to day, operational running of the Primary School, working closely with the Assistant Heads.

To contribute to the overall strategic direction of the school as a member of the Leadership Team and the Management Team.

Main roles and responsibilities

  • - To provide direction, training and inspiration for our teachers to be exceptional classroom practitioners.
  • - To ensure student progress is evident across the Primary School and all achievement is recognised and celebrated.
  • - To provide a safe environment and ensure the wellbeing of all students remains the priority.
  • - Oversee a clear assessment and reporting structure and schedule.
  • - To recruit inspirational teachers, deploy them effectively, and develop them to achieve the highest possible performance standards.
  • - Regularly evaluate the learning and teaching taking place in the school using a variety of means including regular learning walks, lesson observations, learning conversations, appraisal and effective feedback. 
  • - To model excellent learning and teaching through their own classroom practice.
  • - To keep up to date with all curriculum and pedagogical developments, implementing appropriate initiatives through effective INSET and CPD.
  • - Work with the Head of Learning Support to ensure students experiencing learning difficulties are provided with appropriate support and guidance. 
  • - To work with and empower the Primary Leadership Team to be courageous and innovative in their initiatives and help implement them thoroughly. 
  • - Manage the Primary School budget effectively and efficiently, ensuring resources are deployed appropriately and fairly.
  • - Manage the Primary School calendar and ensure general administration, including reports, are of the highest standard.
  • - Communicate effectively with all members of our community to ensure clarity and be a driving force for positive change.
  • - Work with the Head of Secondary and the Principal in working towards our Mission and Vision through appropriately ambitious school development plans.  
  • - Work with our Administration Team in ensuring the smooth operation of the school, and our Board of Governors in helping shape the strategic direction of the school
  • - Promote a positive profile of the School Mission and Vision to all members of the community.
  • - Other reasonable requests made by the Principal

Person Specification - Head of Primary School (Vice Principal)

Skills required

  • - Ability to inspire children to learn effectively and to model excellent teaching - Essential
  • - Hard-working and dedicated to continuous improvement and communicating successes within and outside school - Essential
  • - Ability to communicate effectively, both verbally and in writing, with all 'stakeholders', creating a harmonious and collaborative community - Essential
  • - Excellent organisational and time management skills with the ability to prioritise tasks, work on one's own initiative and react appropriately to competing demands - Essential
  • - Ability to maintain confidentiality - Essential
  • - Ability to solve problems, make good judgements and take decisions - Essential
  • - Awareness of TBS commitment to community work and willingness to contribute to TBS charities and community programmes - Essential
  • - Awareness of one’s own vulnerabilities and 'knowledge gaps; with the mindset to seek feedback,  self reflect, develop and improve - Desirable

Qualifications

  • - Recognisable teaching qualification and a good degree - Essential
  • - Middle/Senior Leadership training and/or a postgraduate degree in Education - Essential
  • - Understanding and knowledge of ICT and a willingness to further develop ICT skills - Desirable

Experience

  • - Leading a team successfully with evidence of strategic planning and positive outcomes - Essential
  • - Leading and managing other staff including line/performance managing colleagues - Essential
  • - Managing department finances or working within a budget - Essential
  • - Interviewing and recruiting staff - Desirable

Personal attributes

  • - Enthusiastic, hard-working and resilient - Essential
  • - Calm, flexible, approachable attitude - Essential
  • - Exhibit confidence with humility - Essential
  • - Ability to work under pressure, on own initiative, accurately and with attention to detail - Essential
  • - A sense of humour with the right balance of gravitas - Essential
  • - Confidence to advise and challenge the Principal and on all aspects relating of school life - Essential

Remuneration: TBS Leadership Scale (related to UK Leadership Scale), dependent on qualifications and experience.

The British School Kathmandu is committed to safeguarding children and young people. All post holders are subject to appropriate vetting procedures, including checks with past employers, and a satisfactory Disclosure and Barring Service Enhanced check. Our safeguarding and safer recruitment policies are shared with all prospective candidates.

TBS does not discriminate with regard to race, colour, gender, religion, sexual orientation, age, political opinion, or disability.

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Application Form

Section 1

1. Personal Details

2. Teaching Qualifications

3. Education

Include (Most recent first): Schools (O Level/GCSE and A-level or equivalent); College/University; Teaching Qualification; Graduate Degree/NPQ Qualification

Institution Name Grades/Results Dates Action
From (YYYY-MM-DD) To (YYYY-MM-DD)

Section 2

1. Current Employment Details

Current employer name*
Current employer postal address*
Current employer country
Current employer website
Current post held
Annual gross salary in GBP
If teaching overseas, annual gross salary in local currency
Other benefits
Type of school
Number of students on roll
Date appointed (YYYY-MM-DD)

2. Previous Teaching / Employment Experience (most recent first)

Type of School Country Name of School/Company Post Held Number on Roll Dates Action
From (YYYY-MM-DD) To (YYYY-MM-DD)

3. Personal interests, including extracurricular activities

4. Details of any significant illness during last 3 years, including days off sick in last 12 months

SECTION 3

1. Referees

One referee must be your current Head of School / employer.

Name*
Position*
School Name / Company Name*
Address
Telephone/Fax
Email*
Professional relation to you*
May we take this reference now?*
Name*
Position*
School Name / Company Name*
Address
Telephone/Fax
Email*
Professional relation to you*
May we take this reference now?*

2. Availability

Please indicate any dates you are not available for interview

SECTION 4

This post is covered by the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 (Exceptions) Order 1975 because it is a post which involves working directly with children or young people. You are therefore required to declare whether you have any criminal convictions (or cautions or bind-overs) including those which are “spent”. The amendments to the Exceptions Order 1975 (2013) provide that certain spent convictions and cautions are 'protected' and are not subject to disclosure to employers , and cannot be taken into account. Guidance and criteria on the filtering of these cautions and convictions can be found on the Disclosure and Barring Service website: https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/240164/Filtering_guidance_v1_5.pdf

Do you have any convictions, cautions, reprimands or final warnings that are not "protected" as defined by the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 (Exceptions) Order 1975 (as amended in 2013) – or equivalent in other countries in which you have lived? If yes please give details here.

Are you included in any list of people barred from working with children by the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) or the NCTL (National College of Teaching and Leadership) – or equivalent in other countries in which you have lived? If yes please give details here.

Do you consider yourself disabled? (The Disability Discrimination Act says that this would be “a substantial or long term physical or mental impairment or health issue which could adversely affect your ability to carry on normal day to day activity”) If yes, please state the nature of your disability.

Visa Status and validity period (if currently in Nepal)

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Please Note

  • If your application is successful, prior to taking up your post, you will be required to undergo a Formal Disclosure process through the Disclosure and Barring Service (previously CRB). This will require you to complete a separate DBS application form and to provide a range of more than one piece of documentary evidence of your identity.
  • Although a criminal record involving offences against children is likely to debar you from appointment of this type of post, the existence of other criminal convictions will not necessarily be a bar to employment.
  • Any criminal record information arising out of the disclosure process will be discussed with you before any final decision is made about your employment.

Only complete applications, including all the documents listed above, will be considered. It should be understood that nothing in this form constitutes a contract.