Head of Science

Far East, China

Dulwich College - Shanghai Puxi

Dulwich College - Shanghai Puxi

Dulwich College Shanghai Puxi believes that each employee makes a significant contribution to our success, and that contributions should not be limited by the assigned responsibilities. Therefore, this job description is designed to outline primary responsibilities but not limit the employee nor Dulwich College Shanghai Puxi to only the work identified. It is the expectation of the school that each employee will offer his/her services wherever and whenever necessary to ensure the success of our organisation.

Department: Senior School
Job Title: Head of Science
Reporting to: Deputy Head of Senior School

Duties and Responsibilities

The Head of Department has overall responsibility for the leadership, development and
ongoing review of the subject area for all Senior School students.

Organisation, Leadership, Management

• Contribution to the overall management of the Senior School Curriculum in Science.
• Management and leadership of the department, including chairing regular meetings to discuss subject issues, which include matters arising from HoD meetings and general staff meetings.
• Management and responsibility for the department development plan.
• Preparation of department annual curriculum review and examination performance review.
• Management of assessment, recording and reporting procedures.
• Oversight of proof reading and quality assurance of subject comments in school reports.
• Assisting the Deputy Head of Senior School responsible for staff absence/cover to ensure work is set for classes.
• Management of the preparation of assessment materials for assessment weeks (internal), quality assurance of the tasks and ensuring that moderation is used to establish consistency.
• Management of the department budget and resources, including the annual department stock take.
• Management and supervision of allocated department technicians, where appropriate.
• Liaison with the Health and Safety Officer to ensure that all departmental learning environments meet our health and safety guidelines.

• Responsibility for the quality assurance of teaching and learning, to ensure that each individual student makes progress against their potential.
• Management of agreed strategies for improvement in teaching and learning within the department.
• Responsibility for the organisation and quality assurance of sequential and integrated Schemes of Work for the department, including the development of
Atlas Curriculum Mapping.
• Assisting the Deputy Head of Senior School, Academic in curriculum review and development in line with school policy.
• Assisting in the production of Senior School handbooks.
• Manage pathways in the subject, as appropriate.
Student Support
• Responsibility for student progress and welfare in the subject, working in collaboration with the Leaders of Learning.
• Oversight of the department setting of the student homework timetable.
• Promotion of the subject in options selections for IGCSE/IBDP so that students are fully informed.
• Management of coursework in the department to ensure compliance with examination board regulations, in collaboration with the Examinations Officer and DP Coordinator.
• Management of target setting procedures.
• Oversight of the department response to pastoral policies.
• Organisation of subject revision for external examinations.

External Relations
• Promoting a positive image of the subject in the wider community.
• Production and annual review of the department handbook in line with agreed
• Contacting and liaising with parents on subject matters.
• Liaising with internal and external agencies where appropriate.
• Communicating to appropriate staff any relevant information concerning the
• Agreed contributions to the Newsletter.
• Assistance in Parent Forums as required.
• Contribution to external publications as appropriate.
• Development of the College website in conjunction with the Marketing
Department to promote/inform about the subject.

• Assisting the Head of Senior School in the hiring of new staff in the subject area in Senior School as required.
• Overseeing the learning environment including displays of work.
• Liaison with the Leaders of Learning on student subject choice for new entrants to the Senior School in all year groups.
• Development of appropriate cross and vertical curricular links throughout the College.
• Developing and supporting the department contribution to the co-curricular life of the school.

Staff support
• Planning the induction of new staff to the department, and liaising with them post appointment prior to the new academic year.
• Promoting Professional Learning in line with College policy, by identifying needs and assisting the CPD Coordinator to find suitable courses.
• Advising the Head of Senior School of annual staffing needs, after due consultation with department members.
Any other duties as instructed by the Head of Senior School

Teaching Load
• As per the allowances structure reviewed annually.
Requirement Person Specification for Head of Science


• University educated with an honours degree
• Qualified to teach Science
• Evidence of ongoing personal development
• Further degree in education;


In-depth knowledge and understanding of:
• English National Curriculum or Early Years Curriculum
• Science teaching pathways and schemes of work
• Language acquisition, particularly for bilingual children
• Assessment, tracking and data
• How children learn
• How to keep children safe
• Holding people to account
• Strategies to raise standards for all groups of learners and securing high levels
of student achievement
• Up to date educational issues and developments
• Knowledge of effective leadership and management strategies
• Use of SIMs
• EAL practice
• Professional Learning Communities and Action based research


• Expertise to secure students’ self-esteem and enable students to become
resilient learners
• A clear focus on learning
• Leading effective change with demonstrable impact
• Line management of a colleague or team
• A proven track record of highly effective classroom practice
• Leading on a curriculum area
• Proven organisational skills
• Budget and resource management

• Leadership and management of a team (including line management)
• Experience in a pastoral role
• Previous international school experience
• Knowledge of school improvement planning
• Taught in more than one key stage

• Have a clear educational vision based on evidence and experience
• Be absolutely passionate about improving learning and teaching
• Be pupil focused – students are the at the heart of everything we do
• Intrinsically motivated and inspired to create a world class learning environment
• Action and outcome focused
• Excellent communication and interpersonal skills
• Show educational entrepreneurship – solve problems and innovate
• Delegate effectively and inspire
• Professional generosity to develop others
• Manage time effectively and prioritise
• Rise to challenges and be flexible
• Resilient
• Culturally respectful
• Community minded

Develop supportiveand safe learning environments

Dulwich College International is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare
of all the students in our 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.

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