About the job
About The Role
We are seeking a dynamic and visionary Head of Inclusion to join our team in Dubai. As the Head of Inclusion, you will play a vital role in creating a culture of inclusion and promoting diversity across our network of schools. You will be responsible for developing and implementing comprehensive inclusion strategies and initiatives to ensure all students, regardless of their background or abilities, have equal opportunities for success.
Provide the leadership and direction for the Inclusion/SEND strategies for the organisation and its schools, working in conjunction with the SVP Childrens Services, SVPs Education and Cluster/School Inclusion/SEND leads. Ensure the schools articulate and consistently apply the GEMS philosophy and Core Values.
Responsible for the SEND strategy, its development as well as the formulation of an organisation wide action plan, taking into account the relevant Inclusion Frameworks.
Monitoring and evaluating individual school action plans and their implementation.
Provide the strategic direction, development and dissemination of all policies and protocols relating to SEND/Inclusion ensuring that GEMS is at the forefront of best practice and is the leading light on Inclusion.
Co-construct a systematic and consistent approach to the collation and analysis of Inclusion data and a rigorous monitoring of attainment and progress ensuring appropriate intervention and action where necessary.
Build the capability and infrastructure of School/Cluster Inclusion leads to meet current and future challenges.
Develop and deliver high quality professional development, briefings, projects and activities for Principals, SENDCo networks and individual schools, where appropriate.
Support the improvement of student outcomes and narrow the student attainment gap for all (identified) students, across all phases, ensuring students fulfil their highest potential.
Provide advice, guidance and practical strategies to teachers, SENCOs and leaders across the organisation
Ensure compliance with all regulatory authorities and external agencies and foster positive relationships with all stakeholders.
Strategic leadership and management
Establish a robust organisational structure for the delivery of inclusion, in agreement with the Chief Education Officer and SVP Childrens Services in order to deliver the overarching strategy.
Develop the Inclusion Strategy to ensure that it remains at the forefront of inclusive practises and ensures it adheres to the overall GEMS mission, strategic plan, and targets.
Lead Professional dialogue and appraisal for relevant staff members and identify key talent in the Inclusion networks, creating advanced SEND leads who can share best practise across the network.
Develop and broker relevant school-to-school support and professional development opportunities across the whole network of schools.
Support the development of inclusion practises and requirements for new schools and existing schools. Work with colleagues to recruit appropriately qualified SEND staff in new and existing schools while keeping in mind the need for succession planning and talent management.
Working with GEMS Governance
Provide the SVP Childrens Services and Chief Education Officer with appropriate, timely and relevant data, information and advice to inform the board and its committees and to enable them to exercise their responsibilities ensuring decisions are well informed, clear and implemented.
Ensure that GEMS meets all of its legal and regulatory responsibilities and requirements, ensuring its schools are compliant and undertakes SEND audits and health checks to validate.
Continue to keep abreast and drive high quality inclusion practises and systems to ensure that GEMS policies, proposals and initiatives are developed and are best in class.
Attend and lead meetings as required by your line manager.
Ensure there is a consistent focus on high standards of student achievement and outcomes especially in relation to SEND.
Working closely with SVPs Education, Clusters and schools to ensure that all schools have inclusive practises and that all children achieve their full potential.
Ensure effective implementation (and ongoing review) of GEMS learning and assessment frameworks for inclusion, using benchmarking and value-add data, to monitor and report on student progress and achievement in relation to SEND.
Ensure that schools are providing relevant, flexible, inclusive curriculum supported by creative, responsive approaches to teaching and learning, with appropriate teacher intervention as part of a positive and constructive learning environment.
Develop educational strategies to secure equity of educational opportunities to enrich the GEMS schools as holistic learning environments for its students, families and the wider community.
Financial Planning and management
Be responsible to the Chief Education Officer and SVP Childrens Services for the inclusion budget; ensuring that expenditure is controlled in line with approved budgets.
Work closely with the SVP Childrens Services to provide comprehensive, regular reports on the revenues and expenditure for the SEND/Inclusion streams.
Identify and evaluate risks for SEND/Inclusion to inform the Chief Education Officer, Board and its Committees. Ensure mitigation is in place to reduce potential risk.
Promotion and representation of GEMS
Promote GEMS; representing it effectively and positively to all internal and external stakeholders and seek opportunities to expand its reach.
Support the growth of new schools and identify talent to work within and develop inclusive practises.
Maintain effective networks with partners and services that support the Inclusion agenda.
Work with schools, in an entrepreneurial, collaborative and flexible way.
Ensure GEMS (organisation, values, and achievements) is presented in an appropriate and professional manner to its customers and stakeholders.
Skills, Knowledge And Qualifications
Relevant subject and/or education degree at Bachelor level, and evidence of continued professional learning.
Outstanding practical and personal knowledge of inclusion and SEND in schools, education systems and educational leadership.
Outstanding expertise, experience and philosophy in further developing the culture and ethos of the organisation in sustaining high standards, and a clear understanding of strategies for improving these in Inclusion.
A genuine understanding of pedagogy linked to new technologies within C21st learning environments.
Up to date knowledge in SEND, including policy, pedagogy, curriculum, assessment, behaviour management strategies, inspection and statutory/regulatory requirements.
Knowledge and understanding of key partnerships and processes that meet the needs of children and young people with SEND.
Professional SENDCo qualification.
International collaboration or have worked internationally.
Currently working as an inclusion leader across multiple schools in a Multi Academy Trust, Local Authority or other SEND provision.
Excellent communication skills and strategies that will motivate and inspire experienced Inclusion/SEND colleagues and Principals.
To have led specialist provision or school as a Headteacher/Principal
Skills And Personal Attributes
A global mind-set, sound cultural understanding, and ethos to lead both staff and students to continually strive for excellence within a diverse multi-cultural setting.
Outstanding ability to think and act at a strategic level whilst maintaining a focus on academic rigour and quality.
Skilled in networking and able to motivate other leaders.
Outstanding analytical skills and ability to synthesise complex information, summarise and draw appropriate conclusions and make decisions.
An inspiring leader with personal drive and tenacity to motivate, empower and support individuals.
Politically sensitive in the complex environment of safeguarding.
A strong commitment to supporting and promoting safeguarding, equality and diversity and inclusion.
About Your Benefits
An attractive remuneration package is on offer to the successful candidate including tax-free salary, medical cover, tuition fee concessions, annual leave, and end-of-service benefits.
Trusted for over 60 years and now a third generation education family, GEMS Education began in a single school room in Dubai. Today, we have the privilege of educating over 170,000 students from over 176 countries through GEMS owned and managed schools globally; over 270,000 students access resources through our services division.
About Application Process
If you meet the criteria and you are enthusiastic about the role, we would welcome your application.
To complete the application you would need the following document(s):
In line with the UAE’s Emiratisation goals, GEMS welcomes and encourages applications from UAE nationals to join our fast-growing team.
Important Note : GEMS Education is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of all of its students. Applicants will be required to submit a current police criminal clearance check or equivalent from their home country or current country of residence prior to appointment.