head of ducks (early years and lower primary) - suzhou in suzhou shi

suzhou shi, jiangsu
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Head of Early Years and Lower Primary (2 - 7yr olds)
Required: January 2020
Location: Suzhou, China
Region: Far East and South East Asia - Leadanywhere
Curriculum: UK, IGCSE and IBDP
Experience: 5+ yrs - must have relevant experience with the UK curriculum
Salary: Excellent salary package and benefits.
Sponsorship: Single, Married Teaching couples,
Contract: 3 yrs

School Overview: Part of a world-renowned school group with 10 schools in 4 countries in Asia, this fast-growing Suzhou campus was the 3rd campus to open in China. The College caters for more than 1000 students aged 2 - 18 and has an enviable reputation in this new First Tier City that ranks as having the 6th highest GDP in China and a population around 14 million. The College offers the English Early Years Foundation Stage Framework, the English National Curriculum, IGCSEs and the IB Diploma. The school is accredited by CIS, WASC and NCCT, and currently working towards its five-year CIS re-accreditation. World class facilities at the College ensure that students have every opportunity to excel both inside and outside the classroom.

Location Overview: Live and work in Suzhou, China. This incredible location is renowned for its stunning canals, bridges and classical gardens. Recently voted as the second most "liveable" city in China for expatriates, it is only 22 minutes on the fast train from the hustle and bustle of vibrant Shanghai.

Requirements: The EY and Lower Primary section of the school covers Nursery to Year 2 (ages 2 to 7) and provides a happy and purposeful introduction to learning. The approach to learning is student-centred and cross-curricular. The inquiry-based learning model nurtures learning dispositions and engages students in topics in which they express interest. Children learn how to communicate their ideas and listen to others, to solve problems and to persevere with relevant tasks. Just as each child has different interests, each child has an individual learning style. The school understand that students make progress in different areas at different rates and works closely with parents to support their child's unique learning journey. The environment is specially designed to meet the needs of the youngest students, encouraging outdoor learning to develop their curiosity and look to nurture confident young learners who take pride in their achievements.

An experienced and enthusiastic Head of Early Years and Primary is required to help an already thriving school to realise its aim of achieving excellence in all areas of school life. The successful candidate will be an inspirational and innovative leader with a proven track record of accomplished senior leadership and of creating an environment for academic success.

Qualifications and Experience

* Tertiary degree from a well-respected University, with management and leadership qualifications an advantage
* Substantial general experience across a broad range of educational activities
* Demonstrated understanding of all elements of a co-educational day school environment and current and future issues faced
* In-depth understanding of education in the early years school and the current challenges
* Experience promoting excellent and innovation in learning and teaching to ensure both academic progress and the creative, physical and social development of pupils.
* Experience in developing, implementing and monitoring strategic plans in support of the mission of a school or other educational institution
* Substantial successful experience of resource management; financial, human and physical
* Experience across the full range of staff management processes e.g. recruitment, development, retention, performance management and dismissal
* Experience of leadership and management of staff and developing an open and supportive working environment

Leadership and Management Skills

* Ability to translate an ambitious vision into meaningful specific plans and objectives, and gain commitment from the staff community
* Excellent communication skills, problem-solving skills including evidence of having dealt successfully with a range of challenges
* Excellent financial and resource planning skills
* Good project management skills
* Ability to work with conflicting demands and timescales
* Ability to delegate effectively

Personal Attributes

* Strong team player as well as leader, including the ability to contribute to a strong Leadership Team
* Able to act as ambassador and professional advocate for the whole school, with strong personal credibility and the capacity to build relationships with a diverse range of stakeholders including students, parents, community, alumni, school bodies and external agencies
* Culturally aware and sensitive to multiple nationalities, and the way in which different cultures can interact.
* An active listener of students, parents and staff, who takes the time to address their needs

Salary and Benefits:

* Competitive salary package, commensurate with the responsibility of the post and the stature of the school, reviewed annually.
* Flights
* Accommodation near to the school
* Private Healthcare and Medical Insurance for whole family
* 100% tuition fees for children
* Annual performance related bonus
* It is possible to live well, explore China and South East Asia and still save a considerable percentage of your salary.



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