Assistant Head of Secondary

Far East, China

Assistant Head of Secondary School - Shanghai - August

Duties & Responsibilities

  1. To lead the preparation and successful implementation of IGCSE and all that this involves for our community.
  2. To establish arrangements for the assessment of students' work and progress, including marking and grading of internal exams and the setting and assessment of course work. To ensure data is recorded regularly in line with College policy.
  3. To line manage the Senior School team
  4. To maintain contact with Senior School developments across the group and beyond and bring these to the attention of colleagues.
  5. To foster, by example, a spirit of academic enquiry within the Senior School. Ensure that colleagues maintain links with their relevant subject associations.
  6. To be involved in the appointment of new staff to the Senior School, by drafting advertisements, job descriptions and person specs, drawing up a short list and taking part in interviews.
  7. To provide and oversee an induction programme for new members of the senior school.
  8. To arrange for the appraisal of Senior School staff to be carried out as directed by the Head of College and to assist staff in following up appraisal recommendations.
  9. To devise and review annual professional learning objectives for the Senior School, and to make arrangements for appropriate professional learning.
  10. To hold, and to keep records of, regular meetings in a way that promotes the exchange of ideas, and informs and develops excellent practice. To send a copy of Minutes to the Head of College
  11. To delegate task so as to create a sense of teamwork within the Senior School and so to ensure that experience is acquired for the future development of the College.
  12. To ensure that Senior School teaching spaces are properly treated and secured and that the College Health and Safety Policy is operated throughout the school.
  13. To keep accurate inventories of academic assets in the Senior School.
  14. To manage the agreed Senior School budget and to follow the College Finance Policy.
  15. To liaise with the library over the provision of suitable texts for the Senior School.




  • University educated with an Honours Degree
  • Recognised teaching qualification
  • Evidence of ongoing professional development


  • Further degree in education; hold or working toward the National Professional Qualification for Headship (NPQH) or International Leadership and Management Programme (ILMP) or similar




In-depth knowledge and understanding of:

  • Previous leadership / responsibility position
  • Current educational issues and up to date curriculum developments
  • Application of effective learning and teaching strategies that attain high levels of student achievement


  • Use of tracking systems and assessment processes
  • IB Diploma



  • Expertise to secure students’ self-esteem and enable students to become resilient learners
  • A clear focus on learning
  • Has experience of implementing change effectively
  • A record of highly effective classroom practice
  • Knowledge of strategies to raise standards for all groups of learners and to secure high levels of student achievement
  • Prior experience as a curriculum leader
  • Professional knowledge (of curricula, quality management, school organisation and current educational issues)
  • Successful partnerships with school parents and communities
  • Ability to support, motivate, lead and manage staff to improve learning and teaching
  • Organisational and administrative skills, and experience of efficient resource management



  • Use of data to improve learning and teaching
  • Aspiration to become a school leader
  • Experience in an international environment
  • School Improvement planning
  • Experience in an international or independent / private school


  • Clear educational vision based on evidence and experience
  • Passionate about improving learning
  • Be able to Influence, challenge, motivate and to work with others to achieve agreed goals
  • Create and implement clear and appropriate plans for action
  • A self-starter with a real ability to promote the school and its values
  • A belief in the promotion of shared values
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills
  • Recognise and to develop the potential in others
  • Range of leadership approaches and styles
  • Induct, monitor, coach and challenge staff
  • Good organisational skills
  • Delegate effectively and appropriately
  • Ability to lead the professional development of staff
  • Prioritise well, managing time effectively
  • Creative in identifying and meeting challenges
  • Treat others with respect and sensitivity
  • Open to cultural differences


  • Ability to work as a team leader and team member
  • Model well-being, good humour and a sense of perspective
  • Be flexible and maintain high levels of interpersonal skills
  • A problem solver who can think analytically, adapt and change
  • Adventurous
  • Self-confident
  • Have good judgment
  • Reliability and commitment
  • Enthusiasm, unswervingly optimistic and affirming
  • Set standards and be a role model
  • Remain calm and positive under pressure
  • Be ambitious, reflective and eager to learn

Commitment to supporting all aspects of our programme including extracurricular activities and contribution to school community

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