Head of HS English as an Additional Language/Teacher of High School EAL

United World College of South East Asia| Date Posted: 11-Feb-2021
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Apply by via our website by Thursday, 11 February 2021

UWCSEA Dover Campus is seeking a well-qualified and experienced leader and teacher of EAL for August 2021. The role of Head of Department is available to a suitable candidate. We are looking for a specialist who can lead and teach across the high School Grades 9 -12 (ages 14-18). 

Our High School EAL programme consist of dedicated EAL classes that incorporate studies in English language and some literature, and provide some cross curricular support. In grades 9-10 we prepare EAL learners for the IGCSE in ESL, and for enrolment in either English B or English A studies in the IB Diploma from Grade 11. In Grades 11-12 our EAL learners follow the IB Diploma English B course, at Higher level. 

The Head of Department leads a team of EAL teachers.

Working at UWCSEA

If you have a strong sense of adventure and an exceptional level of commitment to teaching and learning, UWCSEA might be the perfect next step for you. Here are some reasons why:

  • You can be part of the College at an exciting time in its development. The implementation of our bespoke College-wide curriculum, the integration of technology into teaching and learning, and a significant focus on educating for ethical dispositions are just some of the exciting initiatives our staff are currently involved in.
  • As a non-profit organisation, we invest a percentage of income into scholarships for approximately 100 students each year. These scholars come from a wide variety of cultural and socio-economic backgrounds. You can teach and learn from these exceptional students.
  • Our academic results are outstanding, but our focus on holistic education means teachers are involved in all aspects of the programme. At UWCSEA you can take students trekking in the Himalayas or kayaking in Thailand, building houses in Cambodia or skiing in Switzerland. Equally, you can support them in making real connections with the local community, working with children with multiple disabilities or teaching life skills to domestic workers who have been victims of violence. All our students and teachers, from Kindergarten 1 to Grade 12 are involved in our activities, outdoor education and service programmes.
  • We provide a professional learning programme that brings international experts to the school and supports teachers in their professional learning journey.

UWCSEA welcomes applications from all qualified candidates. We are an equal opportunity employer committed to safeguarding our students and protecting them from harm.

Main Responsibilities

  • Teachers should be willing to contribute positively to the collaborative culture of the English and broader High School teams.
  • Teachers should construct learning experiences that challenge students, support the diversity of learners in each classroom and demonstrate a strong commitment to concept-based teaching and learning.
  • Teachers should ensure that assessments support ongoing learning and provide timely, relevant and appropriate feedback to students on formative and summative assessments.
  • Teachers should demonstrate effective classroom management that shows an understanding of the academic, social and emotional dimensions of learning.
  • Teachers should keep parents informed about the learning of their children, and be proactive in communication with parents.

For the Head of EAL position:

Effective Leadership – Leading across all five areas of the learning programme

  • Puts student learning at the forefront of all decisions and planning
  • Has a clear vision for the department and translates this into practical and achievable plans
  • Ensures that the learning programme in the department is consistent with the UWCSEA mission, the UWCSEA Learning Principles, the UWCSEA profile and with the strategic goals of the school, campus and College
  • Ensures that the learning programme in the department develops and changes as necessary to match developments in technology and educational practice

Professional Development – Supporting the professional development of staff they lead

  • Identifies and utilizes the full potential of staff in the department by being alert to professional development needs
  • Mentors staff within the Professional Learning Programme, and coaches where appropriate so that they work most effectively
  • Organises and/or runs informal/formal Professional Development opportunities for the department as individuals or as a whole

Collaboration – working collaboratively within teams

  • Enthuses and motivates staff and fosters an environment where creativity and collaboration flourish
  • Involves people in decisions, and delegates interesting and challenging tasks
  • Gives, expects and acts on constructive feedback, and acknowledges error
  • Assumes shared and individual responsibility for successes and problems and is happy to be accountable for the outcomes
  • Sets clear boundaries and expectations providing freedom for the team to work effectively
  • Acts and leads ethically and with integrity

Communication – communicates effectively within and beyond their team

  • Relates well to individuals and deals sensitively with potentially difficult situations with colleagues/students/parents and has effective sensitive and/or difficult conversations
  • Chairs meetings effectively and ensures opportunities for more informal communication to take place within the department
  • Is clear and articulate in both spoken and written communications with students, colleagues, parents and the wider community
  • Is proactive in making appropriate information available to colleagues, pastoral teams, parents and the College community

Person Specifications

  • A good degree and a recognized teaching qualification or certification are expected.
  • Formal training in Applied Linguistics or English Language Learning (EAL/ESL etc.)
  • Experience or interest in curriculum development
  • Knowledge of the broader academic curriculum. Knowledge of other languages
  • Applicants should have a passion for working with young adolescents and understand the unique developmental needs of 14 - 18 year olds. 
  • Experience in providing professional development for colleagues (for the role of Head of Department)
  • Teachers should be willing and eager to participate in the five key elements of a UWCSEA education: Academics; Activities; Outdoor Education; Personal and Social Education and Service.
  • Academic expectations include enthusiastic participation in Professional Learning. 
  • Pastoral expectations include the leadership of an advisory group, unless the teacher is exempted due to other responsibilities.
  • On average the College expects a yearly contribution of two sessions per week in each season to Activities and/or Service.  
  • The College expects that teachers will participate enthusiastically in the curricular Outdoor Education experiences which are relevant to their students and will also occasionally volunteer for holiday Outdoor Education trips.
  • A commitment to diversity and inclusion is essential alongside a willingness to adapt and develop pedagogy to meet the needs of our learners.



Along with a very competitive package, UWCSEA offers the incredibly high rewards that come from working with remarkable young people in a climate of innovation, collaboration and collegiality. Furthermore, the College offers outstanding levels of professional learning; we regularly hear from teachers that they learn more with us than at any other stage in their careers. Opportunities include structured internal courses, a self-driven Professional Learning Programme, support for further studies and an emphasis on concept-based teaching and learning. Above all, teachers are part of a professional learning community that allows them to share good practice and work with outstanding fellow teachers and practitioners.


Apply by via our website by Thursday, 11 February 2021

UWCSEA welcomes applications from all qualified candidates. 

Our school is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of all the students in our care and expects all applicants to share this commitment. We follow safe recruitment practices and all appointments are subject to interview, satisfactory references, identity and criminal record checks.

UWCSEA is an equal opportunity employer, and welcomes applications from those who wish to join a community which is inclusive, and which celebrates diversity.

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