Senior School - Music Teacher

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.

Reporting to - Head of Department and Director of Creative Arts
Key Relationships  - Director of Creative Arts, Primary Music Team, Senior Leadership Team
Duties and Responsibilities - A Senior School Music Teacher is an exciting role, with shared responsibility for supporting an inspirational Music curriculum, and developing high standards of teaching and learning at Dulwich College Shanghai Puxi.  This person will be responsible for supporting children’s achievement and wellbeing in Music, and will support initiatives that enhance student outcomes.  They will be a positive ambassador for change, and will play a key role in shaping the future direction of the Creative Arts faculty.

As a pioneer of Music Education in the Senior School, you will provide excellent teaching and learning in order to ensure a high quality education for all students. You will be a model of excellence, and support colleagues generously to perform to the best of their ability. You will uphold the school values, and put children’s wellbeing at the heart of everything we do.   You will be responsible for promoting high expectations of an inclusive setting, with equality of opportunity for all, and where each child is valued and feels safe and cared for.

You may be required to carry out duties not specified as and when requested by the Senior or College Leadership Teams.

1.    Knowing Students and How they Learn
Dulwich teachers are expected to have insightful and detailed knowledge of the developmental characteristics and learning needs of the children they teach. They also need to have expertise in meeting the wide range of individual learning and pastoral needs of international school children who come from diverse cultural, linguistic and educational backgrounds.

2.    Plan for and implement effective learning and teaching
Dulwich teachers are expected to have current knowledge of the curriculum in the age range they teach. They set high expectations and challenging developmental and learning goals for their students and use a variety of effective learning and teaching strategies, resources and digital technology to support their students in achieving these goals. They encourage their students to be innovative, imaginative, creative and critical thinkers who are able to work well with others.

3.    Assess, provide feedback and report on children’s learning and development
Dulwich teachers are knowledgeable and effective users of assessment for supporting learning. They use a range of data measures and assessment strategies to inform their evaluation of students’ progress which enables them to plan for learning and to report accurately and effectively on student progress and to design appropriate intervention and support strategies.

4.    Develop supportive and safe learning environments
Dulwich teachers are committed to safeguarding and to promoting the welfare of children and young people. They ensure a secure, stimulating and well managed learning environment that promotes a sense of safety, support and wellbeing.

5.    Contribute to the corporate life of the school through the enrichment programme
Dulwich teachers have an appreciation of their own culture as well as openness to the perspectives and beliefs of people from different countries, cultures, religions and languages. They recognise the importance of developing our students to be ethical global citizens.

6.    Demonstrate International-mindedness and Global Citizenship
Dulwich teachers participate actively in professional learning and work collaboratively with colleagues to improve their practice. They hold themselves accountable to the highest professional standards in their interactions with colleagues, students and parents.

Subject Responsibilities
•    To develop schemes of work in consultation with the Head of Department
•    To implement and deliver a broad and balanced curriculum to students in Years 7 to 13, including IGCSE and IBDP.
•    To plan for and teach subject specific skills
•    To set high expectations for students to produce work with high levels of accuracy so that students achieve their potential.
•    To assess students' work and progress in a timely manner, including verbal feedback, marking and grading of internal exams and coursework where applicable.
•    To ensure data is recorded regularly in line with Department, School, and College policy. 
•    To foster, by example, a spirit of academic enquiry for your subject, which will also include keeping up-to-date with any developments in your subject area. 
•    To maintain links with a subject association. 
•    To maintain contact with subject developments across the Dulwich group and beyond.

Wider responsibilities    
•    Lead rehearsals for ensembles and design performance programmes and repertoire
•    Commit to the music calendar, and attend music events throughout the school year
•    Lead trips as required by the music programme in line with school policies
•    Contribute to the maintenance and renewal of resources as required by the music department
•    Develop a catalogue of music repertoire appropriate to senior aged children
•    Attend community events and be an ambassador for the college
•    Contribute to the induction programme for new staff members
•    Act with integrity and academic honesty with regards to assessment protocols
•    Be a high performing practitioner
•    Constantly seek to improve 
•    Promote excellence in everything we do
•    Act as a role model of excellence and promote high standards of professional practice
•    Support the leadership and development of the College

•    Graduate qualified teacher
•    Bachelor’s degree in relevant subject area
•    Master’s degree an advantage
•    Additional qualification demonstrating a high level of musicianship
•    Minimum of Grade 6 ABRSM piano skills or equivalent required

•    Minimum 3 years’ experience in the area for which you are applying
•    Successful experience in working with students in KS3, KS4 and IB Diploma 
•    Demonstrated experience in inspiring students in a stimulating learning environment
•    Previous experience in an international school and familiarity with British education system
•    Experience in teaching EAL students preferred
•    Experience of working in a high performing school
•    Ability to analyse student data and promote student achievement
•    Demonstrated experience of the use of educational ICT to promote learning
•    An understanding of how the learning continuum flows through the College – especially KS3, KS4 and IB Diploma 
•    Excellent knowledge of the content and pedagogy and the requirements for IGCSE and IB Diploma
•    Demonstrated experience in using a variety of assessment and feedback techniques
•    Demonstrated experience in raising achievement and setting aspirational targets
•    Commitment to supporting all aspects of our programme including extracurricular activities and contribution to school community
•    Being a team player

Experience specific to the role
•    Leading ensembles and arranging music
•    Ability to provide piano accompaniment
•    Experience of organising concerts, musicals and other music events
•    Experience of planning residential learning opportunities
Professional qualities, attributes, values and characteristics 
•    Commitment to supporting all aspects of our programme including extracurricular activities and contribution to school community
•    Have a clear educational vision based on evidence and experience
•    Be absolutely passionate about improving learning and teaching, children, and pedagogy
•    A determined advocate for Senior School teaching practice
•    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
•    Professional generosity to develop others
•    Manage time effectively and prioritise
•    Rise to challenges and be flexible
•    Resilience
•    Culturally respectful
•    Community minded

Develop supportive and 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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