Primary SEN Teacher
Closing date of applications
2 November 2017
1 December 2017
Ages 4-11 / Primary
Fixed / Renewable
1 or more years experience
The British International School, Riyadh caters for students aged 3-18. 50% of students are British but over 50 nationalities are represented within the student body. The school is accredited by the Council of British International Schools (COBIS) and the Council of International Schools (CIS). The recent British School overseas inspection described the BIS curriculum as “outstanding” and states that “students demonstrate outstanding attitudes, behaviour and personal development. They take a pleasure in their own success and that of others”. In a recent confidential survey staff overwhelmingly stated that they enjoy working at the school. We now seek to add to our team.
We are seeking to appoint an exceptional primary school SEN teacher to join our Learning Support team which operates within the Student Services department. The Learning Support department consists of one senior SEN teacher, two primary SEN teachers, six Learning Support Assistants and several Individual Support Assistants.
Candidates should hold a recognised teaching qualification in SEN and have experience in being able to understand the balance between academic and pastoral issues. It is will be necessary to have experience in student assessment and working collaboratively with educational psychologists to develop student targets and future plans. The SEN primary teacher role is very much an integral part of wider school life.
The successful candidate will:
- be a UK qualified teacher or have qualifications recognised in the UK through the NARIC process;
- very competently fulfil all Teachers’ Standards as published by the Department of Education in 2012;
- put students at the heart of the education process;
- fully support the Mission and ethos of the school;
- commit enthusiastically to the school’s enrichment program including leading extra-curricular and inter-house activities;
- be able to use ICT as an effective teaching tool;
- believe in the values of international and interculturalism in an educational context;
- work collaboratively with the Director of Student Services and the Learning Support team;
- have experience working with primary students with a range of learning needs, specifically dyslexia. They should be an outstanding classroom practitioner able to provide support and guidance to Learning Support Assistants, teaching staff and parents;
- teach and assess primary school students with SEN;
- be responsible for managing primary school IEP provision;
- have excellent knowledge of and experience in provision for students who have dyslexia;
- use data to drive progress and improve the existing provision;
- have KSA residency.
How to apply for a teaching position at BISR
Please provide a supporting statement and please bear in mind the following guidance:
- Explain why you are applying for this position. Is because of push or pull factors?. Please identify the single most significant reason for making the application.
- Explain in what ways your expertise and experience makes you a strong candidate for this role. What have you done professionally up to this point in your life which makes you special?
- How do you think you would be able to support our Mission and REACH motto?
- Describe a good lesson you delivered recently, and explain why you think it was good and how it exemplified your own definition of quality learning.
- Do you think a school can be British and International? How do you think this is achieved?
- What do you want to be doing in five years time, and if appointed to a post at BISR, how do you think we can help you develop professionally?
All referee details needs to be submitted at the time of the application. We require three professional referees one of which must include the current head teacher. We regret we are unable to accept applications via email at this time.
BISR believes very strongly in the role of the school in safeguarding children and young people. All staff, whatever their role in the school, will require to undergo rigorous background checks before commencing employment.
The individual closing dates are listed below (next to each vacancy). Early applications prior to the closing date are encouraged as the School will shortlist on a rolling basis.
We very much look forward to receiving you application.
Teachers who work at BISR should have
- Qualified Teacher status;
- Certificate of Education, First degree or equivalent;
- Training or qualification relevant to the post.
- An appreciation of the demands of a British school in an international context ;and an acceptance that contribution to the extra-curricular life of the school is essential. Teachers contribute to the success of the House system;
- An appreciation of the importance of international understanding;
- Experience of working in various contexts both in the UK and internationally.
- Experience of teaching within Key Stage or subject;
- Willingness to work closely with colleagues in preparing for teaching and learning;
- Experience of positive behaviour management strategies;
- Experience of planning for children with Special Educational Needs and Gifted and Talented children;
- Experience of curriculum development, monitoring and assessment;
- Experience of working with second language students or prepared to undertake training.
Skills and Abilities
- A detailed knowledge of the English national curriculum;
- Ability to organise a stimulating learning environment and demonstrate excellent creative teaching skills;
- Good organisation of recording and evaluating progress;
- Show good communication skills when working with pupils, parents and colleagues;
- Effective skills in managing and organising own time and directing deployment of teaching assistants;
- Good ICT skills to be effective in your job;
- An understanding of Assessment for Learning Strategies and use of this to inform future planning;
- The desire to develop knowledge of the curriculum above and below the preferred key stage;
- Warmth and sense of humour;
- Team player;
- Commitment to continuing professional development;
- Willingness to be involved in extra curricular activities and events and engage in all aspects of school life;
- High expectations of yourself and of children;
- First class communication skills;
- Empathy with pupils, colleagues, parents and visitors;
- You must be a glass half-full person!
- Ability to promote equal opportunities with respect to race, gender and disability