Head of Secondary Music & Performing Arts

Wellington College China

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Shanghai | Academic | Huili School Shanghai

JOB TITLE
Head of Secondary Music & Performing Arts
DEPARTMENT
Academic
SUPERVISOR
Director of Arts
OBJECTIVES
The Head of Secondary Music & Performing Arts is accountable for the secondary music and
performing arts programme at Huili School Shanghai and will ensure our students experience
a high-quality music and performing arts education that imbues the Huili values and ethos.
Working closely and collaboratively with the Head of Primary Music & Performing Arts and
the wider arts department, the Head of Secondary Music & Performing Arts provides
professional leadership and management for the music and performing arts team, driving
forward the Huili Arts vision. This is a teaching role.
KEY RESPONSIBILITIES:
ACADEMIC STANDARDS
Provide leadership in teaching and learning within the secondary music and
performing arts subject areas.
Evaluate the effectiveness of teaching and learning in secondary music and
performing arts, monitoring students’ progress towards meeting agreed targets
across the school.
Promote the performance of secondary music and performing arts teachers,
assisting the Director of Arts/school leadership team in the music/performing arts
staff appraisal programme.
Promote students’ performance in secondary music and performing arts through
public and internal examinations and all forms of assessment/showcasing.
LEADERSHIP AND COORDINATION
Drive the mission and aims of the secondary music and performing arts provision
in line with the Huili Arts vision and the departmental development plan.
Lead in the monitoring and evaluation of the effectiveness of the secondary
music and performing arts provision, assisting the Director of Arts in the writing
of an annual departmental development plan and providing regular updates to
the Director of Arts on the evaluation of the effectiveness of this provision for
students.
Work with the Director of Arts to plan and facilitate secondary and wider school
Huili Arts events, performances and productions as per the agreed Huili Arts
events calendar.
Lead on developing, implementing and monitoring of all policies regarding
secondary music and performing arts, assisting in producing or preparing
necessary curriculum/reporting documentation where required by the school
leadership.
Make a significant contribution to WeChat articles and newsletters regarding
secondary music and performing arts.
Support the championing of Huili Arts beyond the classroom, embedding
musicianship and performance enthusiasm within the secondary student body
with a view to building successful music and performing arts ensembles.
Lead and support out of school music and performing arts activities and events
as requested, such as trips, after school activities, shows, weekend rehearsals
and workshops.
Build team commitment with secondary music and performing arts colleagues to
engage and motivate students in the pursuit of excellence in music and
performing arts.
Work alongside the Head of Primary Music & Performing Arts to ensure
accurate record keeping within secondary music and performing arts. This
includes but is not limited to; assessment tracking, lunch-time music
clubs/practise sessions and instrument/equipment itinerary.
Track the progress and attainment of secondary students in music and
performing arts, identifying where they need additional support. Work with
music teachers and the secondary inclusion and/or leadership team to facilitate
appropriate support for learners.
KEY RESPONSIBILITIES:
Establish effective partnerships with parents, visiting musicians and performers.
Organise, manage and coordinate the music and performing arts team in
secondary, including teachers and TAs to ensure that all students have access
to the curriculum and are therefore empowered to make progress.
Identify opportunities for secondary music and performing arts staff to attend
relevant CPD/have access to coaching/mentoring as appropriate/required, as
well as assisting with inducting new members to the team.
Ensure effective teaching and management of secondary music and performing
arts classes, groups and individuals so that objectives are met, progress and
challenge are maintained, and the best use is made of teaching time. Align with
then Head of Primary Music & Performing Arts in whole school quality assurance
of effective teaching in music and performing arts.
Ensure there is regular sharing of best practice within the secondary music and
performing arts department, promoting the use of teaching methods which will
engage and stimulate students’ creative curiosity, including the use of effective
questioning, coaching and collaborative learning.
Set high expectations for students’ behaviour within the secondary school,
establishing and maintaining an excellent standard of positive behaviour
management in a practical and creative setting in accordance with the rules and
behaviour policy of the school.
CURRICULUM DEVELOPMENT
Ensure the ‘big picture’ of music and performing arts curriculum is confidently
understood and pursued by the secondary team, adjusting and updating
curriculum change according to the needs and interests of Huili students.
Lead the secondary music and performing arts team in setting appropriate yet
challenging expectations for students’ learning in secondary music and
performing arts, building on prior attainment and securing this expectation in the
Shanghai music curriculum standards, the National Curriculum for music (UK),
the IGCSE Cambridge examination board stipulations and IBDP requirements.
Identify students who may require additional support within music and performing
arts in secondary. Seek support and monitor adjustments/positive steps taken to
support these students in lessons.
Coordinate the measuring of the impact of any intervention within the secondary
music and performing arts department, supporting colleagues in their provision
for all students.
Be accountable for the overview of secondary curriculum in music and performing
arts, ensuring curriculum planning includes oversight of IGCSE music and IBDP
music administration at secondary level.
Ensure examination, coursework and internal assessment requirements for
IGCSE Music and Drama / IBDP Music / Theatre are met.
Alongside the Head of Primary Music & Performing Arts, keep abreast of
curriculum developments in music and performing arts and with the development
of IGCSE and IB teaching theory and practice.
Ensure that the music and performing arts secondary curriculum reflects current
national and international initiatives.
Contribute to the writing of the annual review of the secondary music and
performing arts curriculum and provision.
KEY RESPONSIBILITIES:
RESOURCING
Use budget allowances to progress student learning and opportunities in
secondary music and performing arts.
Contribute to and assist the Director of Arts in the writing of the annual order for
music and performing arts in secondary.
Be responsible for the effective and efficient deployment of resources to support
learners in secondary achieving teaching objectives. Align with the Head of
Primary Music & Performing Arts in selecting appropriate resources to support
learners in achieving teaching objectives.
Ensure resources are managed appropriately both within secondary music and
performing arts classrooms and all music/performance spaces.
BASIC QUALIFICATION
Holder of bachelor’s degree or above, teaching certificate
Majored in Music or Drama (or related)
Support the Huili Values
EXPERIENCE
A minimum of 5 years working experience in teaching Music
A minimum of 2 years of experience working in a bilingual/international context
Experience in arts curriculum management or equivalent
EXPERTISE
Knowledge of music and/or performing arts teaching
Knowledge of/enthusiasm for middle level management
Knowledge of/enthusiasm re. IGCSE and IBDP music/drama/theatre courses
PREFERRED APTITUDES
Strong pedagogical knowledge and understanding
Highly fluent communicator, articulate and persuasive
Ability to build and develop relationships with a diverse range of stakeholders
Detail-oriented with excellent time management and editing skills
Enthusiastic director/coach/leader of extra-curricular arts
Proven track-record of producing large-scale arts events
Practical and solution focused
“Can do” approach/pragmatic
Appreciation & commitment to collegiate life, values, and aims of Wellington
College and Wellington College China
Globally minded
Wellington College China schools are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of
children. Assessment and testing of applicants’ suitability to work with children is an integral part
of the selection process

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