Academic Supervisor

Work Area: Freetown
Employer: British International School Sierra Leone.
Reporting to: Head/Principal
Application Deadline: 8th July 2021
Location: Freetown, Sierra Leone. Open to all nationalities.

Women are strongly encouraged to apply.

Application Instructions:
To apply enter “Academic Supervisor” in subject line and email with a Cover Letter and CV attached.

  • Key Purpose

    Responsible for the overseeing of the School’s Academic Development leading and managing the academic life of the school as well as playing a crucial role in the whole-school strategy and development through Promoting and safeguarding the welfare of children and young persons; will be required to demonstrate teaching skills, be a role model to other staff, and an active member of the school system.

  • Duties

    • To fully participate in the life of the British International School and Montessori Education.
    • Contribute to the work of the Senior Leadership Team including the production of whole school development plans.
    • Attend and present at SLT or Governors’ meetings as required.
    • Develop partnerships and links, for the benefit of the school, with other educational organisations, including state and senior schools.
    • Manage a discretionary budget.
    • To be well informed about current educational matters.
    • Maintain Healthy school status.
    • Lead and manage subject coordinators and teachers; to encourage, support and challenge them to maintain and raise the already high academic standards.
    • Chair fortnightly curriculum meetings.
    • Lead the INSET programme.
    • Co-ordinate, monitor and support the continuous professional development of teaching staff and assistants.
    • Attend relevant training courses in consultation with and at the request of the School Head.
    • Observe the teaching of all teaching staff, including assisting the School Head within the school appraisal scheme.
    • Assist the School in the process of recruitment and induction.
    • Provide guidance to and support of staff through mentoring and coaching.
    • Ensure Council of British International Schools (COBIS) regulations are implemented and support inspection requirements.
    • Ensure that the School complies with all School policies and procedures.
    • Develop and implement the educational philosophy of the school to promote a culture of best practice.
    • Advise the School Head, SLT and Governors on all academic matters.
    • Keep the School Head, and all staff, abreast of developments in education and promote individual subject initiatives where appropriate.
    • Administer all pupil assessment and monitoring, including underlying ability tests and screening tests.
    • Manage the School’s curriculum plan.
    • Be responsible for curriculum aspects of the school web site, intranet, and publications.
    • Track, record and interpret pupil’s data.
    • Have overall responsibility for all aspects of teaching, learning, and reporting within the school including policies and documentation.
    • Oversee the work of the Learning Support Department and liaise with the Learning Support Team over provision for SEND and Gifted and Talented pupils.
    • Liaise closely with the Early Years Team, and subject co-ordinators.
    • Liaise with Form Tutors, subject teacher when necessary and parents to monitor the progress of all pupils within the school and to deal with any concerns.
    • Oversee arrangements for pupil grouping throughout the School.
    • Lead lesson observations and work scrutiny.
    • Oversee the long term, medium term, and weekly planning across the curriculum.
    • Have a full working knowledge of the timetable and recommended School requirements.
    • Organise all school assessments and examinations, both internal and external, including the Cambridge Primary Checkpoint, Lower Secondary Checkpoint and IGCSE.
    • Oversee arrangements for senior school examinations.
    • Organize the pupils for senior school pre-tests.
    • Develop partnerships within the community.
    • Coordinate and organise activities that provide public benefit.
    • Plan and construct the School activities programme Teach a reduced timetable (approximately 50%) at KS2 when needed.
    • Plan lessons that reflect the programme of study and schemes of work, with clear aims and outcomes and differentiation to enable all pupils to make progress in line with their potential.
    • Assess record and report on pupils’ attainment and progress at frequent intervals according to the subject policies.
    • Use the information from above to plan lessons.
    • Mark work frequently and instructively according to policies.
    • Maintain a safe, attractive, and stimulating learning environment for pupils that celebrates their work and achievement.
    • Liaise closely with Department Heads, SENCO, and class / subject teachers on any issues concerning pupils.
  • Education and Experience

    • Must have a bachelor’s degree in education or a related discipline.
    • Minimum of 7 years prior teaching experience and managing academic activities.
    • Must have strong experience understanding of Early Years, Key Stages one, two and three academic expectations.
    • IT literate including fluency with Excel.
  • Qualities and Skill

    • Excellent forward planning, organisation and time management.
    • Ability to execute development plans and change initiatives.
    • Ability to be innovative in teaching methods.
    • Ability to motivate children and adults.
    • Must be energetic, well organized, good at multi-tasking and work well under pressure.
    • Ability to form and maintain appropriate relationships and personal boundaries with children and young people.
    • Must have emotional resilience when required to respond to challenging situations.
    • Must possess positive attitude to the use of authority and maintaining discipline.


CVs from University leavers in Sierra Leone are welcome and will be considered for entry level positions and for internships. When submitting your CV for open consideration, please accompany with a cover letter clearly indicating job interest.

All candidates must be able to work in the English Language. Applications are welcome from both within and outside Sierra Leone.