Dulwich College Beijing

Head of Drama

Far East, China

We are currently seeking a Head of Drama (Senior School), to lead a strong team of innovative Drama teachers in a well established department, who deliver the Key Stage 3 Drama, IGCSE Drama and IB Theatre programmes with considerable expertise. All students study Drama as a separate subject in Key Stage 3, around 30 students choose Drama as an option in each of Years 10 and 11 and a handful go on to take IB Theatre each year. The extra-curricular drama programme is exceptional with a strong focus on both teacher-led and student-led productions. You will be a highly effective and dynamic classroom teacher, with a genuine commitment to putting students first. Previous subject leadership experience would be an advantage.

Teaching and Learning Environment    
Dulwich College Beijing is a dynamic and creative learning environment where teachers are constantly innovating, and where students crave learning. World class facilities at the College ensure that the students from each of the three schools – Early Years (ages 2 – 6), Junior School (ages 7 – 10) and Senior School (ages 11 – 18) have every opportunity to excel both inside and outside the classroom. The students at DCB are enthusiastic and respectful and enjoy a strongly holistic environment, with countless opportunities for leadership, collaboration and service to others. They are supported by parents who are involved and engaged in their child’s progress. Our parents and students, along with the whole academic staff, set high expectations in all areas, and as a result students are constantly striving for excellence. As a teacher at DCB, you will be given the freedom to try new methods and experiment with the latest resources in the classroom. Senior leaders provide staff with an enormous amount of trust and support, and are genuinely committed to teacher and middle leader development. DCB has an open and transparent coaching and feedback culture, based on the use of evidence to assess impact. Transparency and openness with parents and students is the norm at DCB. Find out more about our Learning Principles.  

We are looking for hard-working, change-hardy professionals with growth mindsets. To thrive in this environment you need to be confident, collaborative and open to feedback. There are a great many opportunities for learning, development and advancement at DCB. Aside from the many positions of responsibility in academic, pastoral and community roles, our differentiated professional development framework offers teachers and middle leaders agency and challenge in their career progression. 

Last year the College won a British International School Award for Teaching Initiative and a Corporate Social Responsibility Award. The School’s philosophy draws on 400 years of experience in education from the founding and partner school, Dulwich College in London. We also benefit from collaboration with our sister schools in Myanmar, Seoul, Shanghai, Suzhou and Singapore.

In the past 13 years, the College has grown to over 1520 students aged 2 to18 and has an enviable reputation in Beijing. 

Dulwich College Beijing
Dulwich College Beijing is an established, prestigious and highly organised school, situated just 45 mins from the Great Wall and Tiananmen Square. Your transition will be taken care of by our dedicated and diligent HR team, who will guide you through the relocation and visa process. The induction programme at DCB is world-class. Run by members of the teaching body, induction includes numerous transition workshops and activities. There is a great emphasis on getting to know Beijing, the existing staff and the new cohort of teachers. In the first year, accommodation will be organised for you close to the school. Throughout the year, we organise a number of outstanding community events. We are looking for people who can be positive contributors to our vibrant community, both in and outside of school hours. 

China is an increasingly modern, wealthy and culturally rich society. Technology continues to be a defining aspect of life here. Beijing itself is a vibrant, constantly changing and exciting city. Its historical sites are second to none, as is its food culture. Restaurants are child-friendly, especially those close to school. There is also a bustling nightlife downtown, where many staff live. Beijing is an incredibly safe city, and people feel secure walking the streets at night.  There is also a wide variety of activities outside of work. Beijing is very close to mountains and lakes, so hiking, cycling and running are popular activities. There are netball, rugby, football, Aussie rules, and Gaelic football clubs that staff can get involved in. Beijing is increasingly a hub for travel, with a second airport opening in 2019. It is easy to travel anywhere in the world from Beijing, and the high-speed rail system allows easy access to the fascinating Chinese interior. Such is the strength of the culture at DCB, that staff often travel together during their ample holidays, which include three weeks at Christmas and two weeks at Chinese New Year. 

Your package offers excellent saving potential. The school will even transfer your savings to your overseas bank account on your behalf, if you so wish. As well as a competitive salary the school offers two flights per year to your home destination, full medical cover, free school places for two dependent children and a contribution to some of your living expenses, for example your restaurant and laundry bills.

College Structure and Safeguarding 
The College comprises three schools, each with its own head teacher: Early Years, Junior School and Senior School. We offer EYFS in the Foundation Stage, an enhanced English National Curriculum in Key Stages 1, 2 and 3, International GCSEs in KS4 and the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme in KS5. 

Dulwich College International is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of all the students in its care and expects all applicants to share this commitment. We follow safe recruitment practices which are aligned to the recommendations of the International Task Force on Child Protection. We hold ourselves to a high standard of effective recruiting practices with specific attention to child protection. All appointments are subject to an interview, identity checks, criminal record checks, and successful references.

Application Procedure
Applications are invited from well-qualified graduates for this post in Dulwich College Beijing. Applicants should ensure that they are aligned to our Philosophy and Objectives, and to our College Values, which can be found, along with other information about the College, on our website: http://beijing.dulwich.org 

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Start Date: 01-08-2019

Apply By: 20-12-2018