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Head of World Languages

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  • Contract: Fixed Term
  • Closing date for applications: 05 January 2018

Head of World Languages, Secondary School

Job Reference : 03932

Location : La Côte International School, Aubonne, Switzerland

Closing Date : 05/01/2018

Department : Academic

Hours Per week : Not Specified

• Coach, mentor and help develop colleagues to be the best they can be.
• Create meaningful accountability for outcomes.
• Be an outstanding role model.
• Lead transformational change in the World Languages Department.


Core requirements of the Post
• Inspire trust and confidence in students, colleagues and parents;
• Engage and motivate students to strive for high performance;
• Be committed to a modern, inquiry-based, student-centred approach to education that inspires and engages students;
• Have experience of using technology in the classroom to enhance and transform personalised  learning;
• Help build strong teams and create the conditions for staff to learn from each other;
• Continually strive to develop the quality of students’ learning;
• Generate and execute action plans for year on year improvement in the school’s results in World languages;
• Use the student tracking and monitoring process to advance student learning and enhance professional practice in line with the school's aspirations and priorities;
• Contribute significantly to school improvement / development planning and promote the learning priorities of the school development plan;
• Develop the curriculum and ensure continuity and progression through the Secondary school;
• Maintain and develop links with the Primary school and ensure continuity and progression;
• Develop and deploy resources to support high quality student learning;
• Promote the wider aspirations and values of the school and of the World Languages Department.

Personal Skills

Teach students so that they achieve the best they can by:
• Planning effective teaching programmes which provide exemplary learning; opportunities within and beyond the classroom;
• Positively targeting and supporting individual learning needs;
• Maintaining high levels of behaviour and discipline;
• Effectively using homework and other extra-curricular learning opportunities;
• Establishing a purposeful and safe learning environment;
• Using technology to enhance and transform personalised learning opportunities.


Tracking, Assessment, Recording, Reporting
• Make effective use of formative and summative assessment to plan challenging learning opportunities for all students;
• Ensure data is collected and used to enhance teaching and learning;
• Monitor and record students’ learning to ensure they remain on track to achieve challenging targets;
• Report on progress to appropriate stakeholders.


• Establish a purposeful and safe learning environment for all students;
• Promote the progress and well-being of individual students in general;
• Contribute to the preparation of action plans and other support mechanisms;
• Alert appropriate staff to problems experienced by students and make recommendations as to how these may be resolved;
• Communicate effectively with parents of students, liaising with other staff as appropriate;
• Take on the role of a Homeroom tutor as required.


Co-Curricular activities
• Support the life of the school beyond the classroom;
• Lead one or more agreed after school activities each week;
• Participate in residential weeks and other trips as appropriate;
• Contribute to whole school learning initiatives during term.

Other Requirements
• Contribute positively to the morale and community spirit in the school;
• Work effectively in different teams;
• Assist in whole school marketing initiatives and contribute to the growth of the school;
• Operate at all times within the stated policies and practices of the school;
• Maintain an up to date knowledge of good practice in teaching techniques;
• Maintain subject(s) or specialism(s) to enable effective teaching;
• Keep knowledge of wider curriculum developments up to date;
• Undertake professional development to enhance teaching and students' learning, and apply outcomes and identify impact;
• Share outcomes with colleagues
• Meet responsibilities with regard to health and safety, equal opportunities and other relevant legislation and conform to professional and ethical requirements;
• Any other appropriate duties as allocated by members of the school’s leadership team.



• Qualified to degree level or above - Essential
• Qualified Teacher Status - Essential

Experience / Knowledge
• Proven track record with at least 4 years’ teaching experience of two languages - Essential
• Experience of being part of a highly successful department and school - Desirable
• Experience of leadership/management in a school - Desirable
• Demonstrable evidence of innovating and adapting curricula to engage children and enable them to perform highly - Essential
• Experience of delivering a UK National Curriculum or IBMYP and IBDP - Desirable
• Working in partnership with parents - Essential

• Excellent oral and written communication skills - Essential
• Strong organisational skills - Essential
• Ability to engage children and enable them to perform highly - Essential

Personal Attributes 
• Passionate about education and young people - Essential
• Evidence of commitment to continuous professional development - Essential
• Confident global citizen - Desirable
• Understand the complex and demanding environment of an international school community - Desirable


Visa requirements for working in Switzerland – the successful candidate must be an EU citizen or hold a valid Swiss Permit B or C.

Background checking -  all post holders are subject to appropriate national and international vetting procedures including satisfactory criminal record checks from both Country of residence/birth and any Country of residence within the last 10 years.