Job Title: Specialist Subject Teacher (Mandarin)
Reports to: Head of Department, Deputy Head Curriculum
Must liaise with: Teaching Colleagues, Head of Department
Effective Date: August 2023
XCL International School, Penang (BXCL), understands that our teachers are the most important resource we have in order to afford our students with a first rate academic and holistic international education. We believe that education is about enrichment, not only of the individual but of the communities within which those individuals live and therefore of society in general. BXCL aims to provide an education of the highest possible standard for each of its pupils in key areas of development. The most important of these are the academic, cultural, moral and co-curricular. We have high expectations of our pupils in terms of their effort, achievements and behaviour and we aim to provide them with the means by which they can develop to the best of their abilities their knowledge, skills and personality. By so doing we seek to develop confident, well-rounded individuals who can be successful in their own lives and of service to others. It is the quality of the people and the human relationships between them that make BXCL special. Whether it is the way in which a department works, a class works or teachers and tutors work with individual pupils, our view of education is based on mutual respect, trust, pastoral care and a positive outlook.
Skills - Ability to analyse student data and promote student achievement. An understanding of how the learning continuum flows through the School. 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.
A clear focus on learning is the foundation stone of BXCL’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 BXCL 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 BXCL 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, BXCL 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
BXCL 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
BXCL 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. BXCL 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
BXCL 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.
BXCL employees are committed to safeguarding and to promoting the welfare of children and young people. They ensure a secure, stimulating and well managed learning environment that promotes a sense of safety, support and wellbeing.
Brief Overview of Role
The teacher is responsible for planning and teaching Mandarin.
The teacher is expected to develop and deliver an appropriate programme based on the National Curriculum framework.
When there are relevant curriculum links the teacher is expected to work closely with class teachers to collaboratively plan and deliver an integrated unit. The teacher must:
- be flexible and adaptable to different learning situations and teaching styles
- differentiate through various strategies
- inform class teachers of students’ progress
- inform parents and attend parent teacher conferences, as required.
- contribute to the extra curricula activities of the school and be involved in school development