Head of History & Politics - September 2024 - #43788

GEMS Wellington Academy - Al Khail

Date: 2 weeks ago
City: Dubai
Contract type: Full time

About the Role:

We are looking for an outstanding Head of History & Politics to join our team at GEMS Wellington Academy Al Khail from September 2024.

At GEMS Wellington Academy Al Khail, we want to ensure that our students aspire, create, and excel in this world that is, so they can help create the world that will be. We are seeking exceptional teachers to join our team who can help us achieve this goal through our three pillars of: the science of learning, social enterprise, and student agency and innovation.

As a cognitive science driven school, evidence-informed practice is at the heart of what we do, and we seek educators who can passionately articulate what outstanding learning and teaching looks like and translate this into practice in the classroom.

Successful candidates will be joining a fully inclusive, high performing school that is evidenced through:

  • GCSE and A-Level results far exceeding UK national averages
  • Very Good’ rating from the Dubai Schools Inspection Bureau (DSIB)
  • ‘Outstanding rating from British Schools Overseas (BSO)
  • ‘World Class School’ status from High Performance Learning
  • Being an invited member of the Cognitive Science school network

Through our comprehensive professional learning programme, we ensure our teachers have access to quality development opportunities that not only help them develop as professionals but also contribute to our outstanding success. Steplab instructional coaching, Schools Students and Teachers Network (SSAT), the Best Practice Network (BPN) and Evidence Based Education (EBE) are just some of the partners we work with to ensure our teachers are comprehensively developed.


The successful candidate will have:

  • Embody and contribute to our three pillars
  • Hold a Bachelors degree with PGCE / PGDE or equivalent and have ability to teach History or Politics up to KS5
  • Experience of teaching law at KS5 is desirable
  • 2 years experience as a leader
  • Experience working in a through school environment (age 3-18) is preferred
  • A track record of raising achievement and improving outcomes for students
  • Have a willingness to collaborate and share their outstanding practice
  • Have a growth mindset, whereby they are reflective and solution focussed
  • Be creative and enthusiastic in their approach to teaching
  • Possess excellent interpersonal skills to work closely with colleagues, students and parents
  • Have a proven track record of providing outstanding learning & teaching
  • Have aspiration to work in a world-class school with real prospects for enhancing their career
  • Be willing to make a positive contribution to our school community and culture through active engagement in our extra-curricular programme and community-based events.

Please note:

If you are keen to be potentially considered for roles within our schools beginning in September 2024, we are very interested in organising a call with you. GEMS Education will be visiting the UK (London and Manchester) in February 2024, giving candidates the opportunity to interview in person for the next academic year, September 2024.

Date and location will be confirmed upon successful invitation to interview - please state your preferred location (London or Manchester) to interview in your covering letter. This will be a closed event and by invitation only.

All positions attract an excellent remuneration package including:

Competitive tax-free salary, individual fully furnished accommodation, free schooling, private medical insurance, annual airfares to country of residence, and end of Service Gratuity.

GEMS Teachers also have free access to our loyalty app GEMS rewards www.gemsrewards.com which provides significant savings on day to day life in the UAE. We offer thousands of discounts and 2 for 1 offers on everything from flights, hotels, restaurants and retail outlets, making your salary go further and enhancing the opportunity to save whilst working overseas.

GEMS Wellington Academy Al Khail is a premium National Curriculum for England School, located in the rapidly expanding Dubai Hills development. The Primary section opened in September 2013 and Secondary opened in September 2014 with current enrolment at 1000. This is an international world class school dedicated to fostering a passion for excellence in learning and in life.

Recently rated ‘Outstanding’ by BSO, children learn in a vibrant, inclusive and creative learning environment that encourages teamwork, critical thinking, independent inquiry and risk-taking. Our staff are recruited almost exclusively from the UK, although applications from other countries are encouraged, and are highly skilled and experienced in delivering the National Curriculum. Teaching is significantly enhanced through the use of technology, which is used predominantly by students to create and present new content. Innovation and creativity are actively encouraged and the learning programme is significantly enhanced by a rich and varied extra-curricular programme of over 100 activities, which emphasises our belief that students should be learning from the moment they arrive in school until they leave at the end of the day. We are an internationally minded school with students representing over 80 nationalities and are an accredited member of the Council of British International Schools and British School in the Middle East. We are proud of our high achieving culture: our expectation of all students is that they strive to excel and make significant progress well beyond expectations commensurate to their starting point.

The GEMS Wellington Cluster

WEK is part of the wider GEMS Wellington group of schools within the UAE, who bring with them a long and sustained history of delivering high quality education. The schools collaborate and work closely together to ensure the reach and impact of every initiative to improve student outcomes is maximized. Each school is unified by the core Wellington vision, fundamental to the ethos and fabric of what it means to be part of the GEMS Wellington family, whilst at the same time retaining their own unique characteristics. This partnership brings significant benefits for both our students and teachers including enhanced social, cultural and academic learning opportunities, sporting and performing arts events and access to a vast range of professional development pathways. The sharing of outstanding practice and dialogue amongst our highly talented leadership teams and teaching and learning community, constantly allows us to further raise standards in the pursuit of excellence. This is an exciting time to be part of the GEMS Wellington network.


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Values and Vision

Our Vision

Empowering students to aspire, create and excel in the world that is, so they can help create a world that will be.

Our Mission

Our aims are to provide a positive and exciting learning environment that encourages all children to take responsibility for their own learning and personal development. This is underpinned by consistent excellence in delivering the British curriculum in a way which is both creative and innovative

Our 3 pillars are:

The Science of Learning
o placing evidence informed practice at the heart of all we do
o understanding of how the brain learns best to maximise learning opportunities
o being future driven and developing the skills required to thrive in the future world

Global Citizenship
o embedding the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)
o showing care and concern for others by respecting and celebrating our differences
o respecting and promoting the culture, language and heritage of the UAE and beyond

Student Innovation and Agency
o the value and importance of working collaboratively
o voice, choice and ownership of learning
o taking risks and persisting with challenges

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