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Head of Learning Support needed for Malvern College

The Head of Learning Support is expected to oversee the development and implementation of AEN planning, teaching, developmental IEP’s and support.
Malvern College Egypt | Cairo | 06.11.2015

Department: Whole College
Reports to: College Leadership Team
Must liaise with: Teaching Colleagues, Head of EAL, Admissions
Effective Date: August 2016
Location: Cairo, Egypt
Job Type: Full-Time

Education – Graduate qualified teacher, Bachelor’s degree in relevant subject area

Experience – Experience running a successful Learning Support department and in working with students in the relevant age group. Experience in an international school is preferred but not essential. Experience of the British education system is preferred but not essential. Experience in raising achievement and setting aspirational targets is essential.

Skills – Excellent leadership and administrative skills. Ability to analyse student data and promote student achievement. An understanding of how the learning continuum flows through the College. Able to use educational ICT to promote learning. Excellent knowledge of curriculum content and pedagogy. Proficient in using a variety of assessment and feedback techniques.

Personal attributes – An exemplary practitioner who leads by example. Commitment to uphold and support the schools ethos. Commitment to supporting all aspects of our programme including extra-curricular activities and contribution to school community. Prepared to work hard in a high performing, fee paying, Independent International School. Excellent interpersonal skills. Flexibilty.

A clear focus on learning is the foundation stone of MCE’s teacher standards, which guide and inform our approach to our students’ learning and development across each age range. They are:

Knowing their students as people and how they learn
It is an expectation that Malvern College Egypt teachers have detailed knowledge of not only the developmental characteristics and learning needs of the students they teach, but also their personalities and who they are as people. This requires real empathy and skill in meeting the wide variety of individual learning and pastoral needs of international school students with their differing linguistic, cultural and educational circumstances.

Planning and delivering excellent learning and teaching
It is an expectation that Malvern College Egypt teachers not only have up to date knowledge of their respective curricula but that they have high expectations for their students and as a result, set challenging learning goals. We want our pupils to gain the best results of which they are capable. Therefore, Malvern College Egypt teachers use a variety of learning and teaching strategies, ideas, resources and digital technology to support their students in achieving these goals and results. They encourage their students to develop a love of learning, of exploring ideas and of discovering the world about them. They encourage active student participation in classes with an emphasis on understanding, creativity and critical thinking so that our students are able to work confidently with others.

Assess, provide feedback and report on student learning and progress
Malvern College Egypt teachers are skilled and effective users of assessment for supporting and developing learning. They use a range of assessment strategies and data to inform their appraisal of students’ progress, which aids their planning and reporting of student progress and to design appropriate intervention and support.

Demonstrate International-mindedness and Global Citizenship
Malvern College Egypt teachers appreciate the different perspectives and beliefs of people from different countries, cultures, religions and languages. They do so by showing politeness, respect, kindness and concern. These values should permeate every aspect of the school. They recognise the importance of developing our students to be ethical global citizens. Malvern College Egypt teachers want each pupil to develop a sense of self-worth, knowing the difference between right and wrong and doing the right thing when it comes to making choices.

Engage Professionally in Learning and with the Community
Malvern College Egypt teachers are given access to top quality professional learning. It is an expectation that they participate collaboratively with colleagues to improve their practice. They hold themselves accountable to the highest professional standards in their interactions with colleagues, students and parents.

• Coordinating provision for children with additional educational needs.

• Maintaining the school’s AEN register and overseeing the records on all pupils with special educational (or learning support) needs.

• Ensuring liaison with the Head of EAL, Heads of School, specialist teachers, class teachers and tutors.

• Advising and supporting teachers in respect of children with learning support needs.

• Coordinating special arrangements for examinations as appropriate.

• Ensuring liaison with parents and with external professionals as appropriate.

• Liaising with the Admissions Team to ensure that there are appropriate resources to meet the needs of potential students.

• Interviewing and assessing potential students.

• Coordination of arrangements for new students.

• Reporting to the College Leadership Team as appropriate.

Promoting high standards of teaching and learning for students with AENs by:

• Ensuring that LS staff and resources are deployed appropriately and effectively.

• Overseeing planning, teaching, assessment, and recording of pupil’s development.

• Implementing and facilitating an on-going programme of professional review and development for staff within the Learning Support Team.

• Contributing to in-service training of staff.

• Emphasising an awareness of ‘value added’ in all aspects of the department’s day to day work and record keeping.

• Creation of Individual Education Plans, and lessons within which pupils’ learning flourishes.

• Teaching groups, individuals, and providing in-class support for students with AENs.

• Facilitating access to the curriculum for children with AENs, adhering to school policies and curricular documents.

• Modifying teaching materials and teaching methods to best meet children’s individual learning needs.

• Identifying and teaching study skills and social skills that will develop pupils’ ability to work independently.

• Monitoring and recording children’s progress, attainment and achievement in line with the school’s Learning Support policies and procedures, and general assessment policy.

• Reporting to class teachers and parents in line with the school’s reporting and assessment policy.

• Ensuring frequent and timely communication with teaching staff regarding: o timetabling and Learning Support for assigned students. o the most effective teaching approaches for individual students.

• Developing and maintaining positive and productive professional relationships with colleagues.

• Involvement in planning the curriculum.

• Conducting interviews and assessments of potential students as required.

• Attending meetings as required.

• Contributing to in-service training as required.

• Maintaining discipline in line with school policy.

• Attending and supervising year group and class excursions as required.