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Head of Teaching and Learning - UAE
Middle East North Africa (MENA)
Country / Territory
United Arab Emirates
Flexible Location
English & Exams
Job Category
Teaching Centre Management
Pay Band
Pay Band 7
Vacancy Description
Contract Duration: FTC 2 years Location: United Arab Emirates Pay Band 7 (Country Plus) Closing date: 27 February 2020
Role Purpose

The post holder will lead on ensuring Quality in the Classroom through performance management and professional development of Teaching Professionals.  They will ensure learning methodology is consistent with British Council Brand standards and teaching delivery exceeds customer expectations and is in line with latest thinking in pedagogy.  

Function Overview

The UAE is a diverse and rapidly developing nation which, since its founding in 1971, has quickly transformed into a hub for transport and tourism. Like most Gulf states, there is an increased focus on developing the skills needed to support national growth through the federal Emiratisation programme. The majority of the population, and therefore workforce, is expatriate and English is the common language. However, employers are struggling to find recruits who match their needs and this skills gap is a concern, creating an opportunity to further our work in Future Skills. 

Education is one of the pillars of the government’s national agenda and they have invested heavily in infrastructure and delivery to the point that EMI programmes are common in Ministry of Education schools. The increase in the number of international schools and demographic changes means that there are plenty of opportunities for young people to gain a top quality education. This also puts pressure on us to make sure we position ourselves effectively to remain relevant.

A fall in oil prices in 2015 hit the UAE economy and subsequently consumer confidence. Many companies responded by moving jobs out of the UAE and those that stayed were on different terms, meaning people are more concerned about spending. Those that are willing to pay more expect more value in return, while others are willing to try cheaper alternatives in search of greater value. This has increased competition across the board and impacts directly on what we do.

The Teaching business is in a stable position after successive years of declining volume and income. The priority now is to ensure our products and services match or exceed audience expectations and enhance our reputation as the leading provider of English teaching and learning in the UAE.

For more information about the role requirements, British Council core skills & behaviours, kindly refer to the documents attached below;

Additional Information:
  • If you are interested in this vacancy, kindly submit your application by 27 February 2020.
  • Relocation assistance will be provided to candidates based outside the advertised location.
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