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Assistant Head Teacher - Primary
The British International School Shanghai, Puxi

Job reference: 07406

Location: The British International School Shanghai, Puxi

Closing date: 14/10/2019

Department: Teaching

Are you seeking an opportunity to play a major role in one of the most successful international schools in Asia? The Assistant Head Teacher of Primary (AHTP), along with the Deputy Head of Primary and two further Assistant Heads, form the Primary School Leadership Team (PSLT). This team leads the strategic and operational workings of the school.

All Assistant Head Teachers share a range of whole school roles and responsibilities with each having direct responsibility for a phase of school and direct line management of the teachers in this phase. We are specifically looking for someone who will have accountability for our EYFS (Pre-Nursery to Reception).

The role requires the successful candidate to understand the practice of leadership as well as having the ability to deliver on specific leadership and management roles and responsibilities. Significant autonomy to oversee and lead a large portfolio will be given to the right candidate.

These include;

Leading on core learning areas

Line-management of Year Leaders

Oversight of several operational aspects

Input into common PSLT responsibilities (e.g. recruitment, induction, development planning, etc.)

Candidates are encouraged to highlight any relevant experience as well as express any particular areas of interest. There is a 1/3 teaching commitment, which is at the discretion of the Head of Primary/Principal. You will deliver an adapted UK National Curriculum that is constantly evolving to meet current educational thinking and our international context.


Nord Anglia Education is the world’s leading premium schools organisation, with campuses located across 29 countries in the Americas, Europe, China, Southeast Asia and the Middle East. Together, our 66 schools educate more than 64,000 students from kindergarten through to the end of secondary/high school. We are driven by one unifying philosophy: we are ambitious for our schools, students, teachers, staff and communities, and we inspire every child who attends a Nord Anglia Education school to achieve more than they ever imagined possible.



BISS Puxi is a truly international school with over 60 nationalities represented in the school community. We are a high achieving international school where the results have continued to improve year on year across every Key Stage. We are non-selective yet, in June 2019, 60% of our Year 11 students achieved 5+ A*/A or (7-9) grades. Our Year 13 IB Diploma students achieved an average of 37 points: on average, our students score six points above the global average in their IB diploma, as well as being offered and accepting places at the world’s top 30 universities. These outstanding results come from outstanding teaching and learning at all ages from 2 to 18.  However, we are not complacent and strive for continual improvement through a collegiate and supportive environment, recognising staff and student as learners alike.

The school’s guiding philosophy is ‘Be Ambitious’ and for all of our school community to ‘Think more, achieve more, be more’.  This aligns with Nord Anglia’s own vision regarding an ambitious philosophy.  In realising this, the school has a clear and coherent development plan, focused on the 5 pillars of: academic excellence; internationalism; MIT; Juilliard; and sport. Development across the school is consistently aimed at enhancing these aspects of our work and performance. The school has expanded the breadth of its curriculum offer whilst simultaneously improving the quality and level of the outcomes that its students achieve.

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Each Nord Anglia Education school is unique in character and designed to meet the needs of its community. We are united by our philosophy, to be ambitious for our students, our people and our family of schools. We believe that being part of our family of 66 schools gives them a special advantage. Working together, we can achieve more than we can individually. Our schools have access to a wide range of resources and support to enhance their success. We also create unique opportunities to benefit our students and people, such as the Global Campus, Nord Anglia University, and our collaborations with The Juilliard School, MIT, UNICEF and King’s College London.




When you join a Nord Anglia Education school, you join a global community of more than 10,000 people working together to support our students’ success. We offer you unsurpassed opportunities to innovate and develop best practice across our family, to access extensive professional development, and to gain exceptional experience and career development in our schools. At Nord Anglia, you will have opportunities to progress more, learn more, and collaborate more.

We offer career and development opportunities that come with being part of our global organisation. Nord Anglia University unites our team through a vibrant online platform which harnesses the collective expertise of their peers in an exchange of knowledge, ideas and best practice. We also provide extensive online and face-to-face professional development through Nord Anglia University to ensure that our teachers don’t just maintain their skills, but rather they develop at the cutting edge of educational thinking.

Our collaborations with The Juilliard School, MIT, UNICEF and King’s College London, offers our teachers unrivalled access to leading experts in their fields. We also offer selected candidates from our staff worldwide an opportunity to earn their Executive Masters in International Education in an exclusive collaboration with King’s College London.

Alongside great training and a competitive package, you’ll enjoy the chance to live and work in one of the world’s most vibrant cities.

As a Nord Anglia Education teacher, you enjoy the following benefits:

  • A fast-paced, global experience so that you can progress on a global scale
  • An enabling environment founded on creativity, challenge and collaboration
  • A culture which is fair and consultative 
  • Unique opportunities to grow professionally and develop your career




Start Date:  January 2020 or April 2020

At Nord Anglia Education we are committed to providing a world class, safe, happy environment in which children and young people are able to thrive and learn. We are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of all our pupils irrespective of race, ability, religion, gender or culture.

All postholders in regulated activity (having regular unsupervised contact with children) are subject to appropriate national and international vetting procedures including satisfactory criminal record checks from both their country of residence/birth and any country of residence within the last 10 years.



Applications should be made via the Nord Anglia Education recruitment website at and should contain a CV, letter of application and the details of two professional referees -one of which is your current Headteacher/Principal.   Any offer of appointment will be subject to a successful medical as well as clearance from the Disclosure and Barring Service (previously known as CRB).

The closing date for applications is 14 October 2019. However, successful short listed candidates will be contacted straight away with initial discussions conducted remotely by telephone or Skype prior to the final deadline. 


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