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Head of Design and Technology

Wellington College China
Various Cities, China
Housing Allowance for expat contracts
Annual Home Leave Flight Allowance for self plus family for expat contracts
2 years
  • Licensed Teacher
  • Bachelor
  • 2 years of teaching experience
  • Teaching Credential/License
  • At least two years’ experience in leading an academic department, with a proven track record in raising standards and developing people
  • A relevant degree (BA/BSc) and professional teaching qualification
  • Recent teaching experience of A-level and GCSE/IGCSE Design and Technology
  • A passion for Design and Technology and the ability to share this with as wide a range of students as possible
  • Excellent subject knowledge and an interest in current developments in Design and Technology
  • Fluency in written and spoken English and/or fluent Chinese speaker
  • The desire to put the wellbeing each student at the heart of what they do
  • Excellent inter-personal skills
  • Honesty, integrity, compassion, flexibility and a good sense of humour
  • Strong organizational, self-management and problem-solving skills


Desirable Qualifications/Skills:

  • Experience teaching the Cambridge International Examinations IGCSE Design and Technology
  • Experience using ICT to enrich students learning
  • Experience teaching and mentoring EAL students
  • Knowledge of Visual Arts and DT teaching

Essential Subject Skills

  • Strong knowledge of DT curriculum preferably with IGCSE experience
  • Some experience of leadership skills
  • Ability to communicate concrete and abstract concepts to students
  • Ability to spot and cultivate creativity
  • Experience working in an international school.
  • Willingness to contribute to the teaching of DT skills
  • Some experience in leading DT activities with Primary and Junior High year groups.


Preferred Aptitudes

  • Be able to assess pupils’ interests, needs and developments
  • Be able to develop curriculum
  • Open, proactive, patient and caring
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office
  • International and bilingual school working experience is preferred
  • Cross-cultural working experience is preferred
  • Visa costs and medical insurance for self & family
  • Provided accommodation or housing allowance for overseas contracts
  • Joining airfare plus annual flight allowance for self & family
  • Generous relocation allowance
  • School places for up to 2 children
  • Phone allowance 
  • Free lunch
  • Extensive professional development opportunities 

About Us

Wellington College Hangzhou is committed to providing world-class educational opportunities in the city of Hangzhou. We seek to recruit and develop staff members who are fully engaged with the stated vision of the school – [to] “aspire to create a caring, international community that develops well-rounded individuals with strong values and the skills to thrive within an ever-changing global society” and who are guided in their professional and personal conduct by the core Wellington values – courage, respect, integrity, kindness and responsibility. In this way, the post holder should regard the following outline of the job description not as a checklist of things to achieve, but as a starting point for their growth in the role.

Huili School Hangzhou offers a world-class bilingual education for children aged from 2 to 18, which begins in Huili Nursery Hangzhou with the Early Years Foundation Stage supported by the Early Years statements taken from the Zhejiang Curriculum. In Primary School and Junior High we follow the Chinese National Curriculum (with reference to Zhejiang Province guidelines), which is complimented with a wide-range of international teaching resources and materials. Pupils then study the IGCSE and either A-Levels in our Senior High. Huili School Hangzhou uses the unique Wellington approach to holistic education coupled with the Huili Values and Identities to ensure our well-rounded pupils will be ready for acceptance into the best universities around the world, leaving Wellington College Hangzhou prepared with the 21st century skills required for the future.

Our campus covers over 74,000 square meters and hosts a range of custom built, state-of-the-art facilities that provide pupils with access to the very best academic and co-curricular opportunities.

Basic Information

  • Department: Academic
  • Supervisor: Heads of School


Huili School Hangzhou is seeking an experienced Head of Design and Technology. The Teacher works to provide education to the pupils based on the Wellington College philosophy and ethos. He/She must support each individual pupil’s growth and development, encouraging them as Wellingtonians to be inspired, intellectual, independent, individual and inclusive. The teacher must demonstrate an understanding of the wider curriculum and administration needs of the school, and achieve high standards by responding professionally, sensitively and caringly to the needs of the pupils.

Main purpose

To assume responsibility for teaching DT lessons in the college and leading the department, under the direction of the Heads of Schools.

Key responsibilities

The successful candidate will play a key role in the development of DT curriculum at Huili School Hangzhou. The School is looking for a candidate who would relish the challenge of establishing the subject in a new school.

The DT teacher will have the responsibility for the planning and teaching of the subject to the designated class, the content of each lesson being determined by the School curriculum and by the HSH Head of Primary or Junior High. The teacher will ensure that the subject is delivered in a way that provides coverage, progression and continuity. The teacher will also be required to carry out other such duties as the Heads may reasonably direct from time to time. He/she is expected to display the highest standards of professionalism in his/her teaching and in his/her relationships with colleagues and parents.

The teacher must ensure that an excellent learning environment is provided for the learning of DT, and that the students develop a positive attitude to the subject within the College.

The teacher must present lessons in a structured and coordinated manner with due regard to the ability of the students and the curriculum targets of the year group.

College Rules and Standards

  • Apply consistently and diligently the rules of the College in order to maintain discipline, standards of dress and to safeguard the happiness, safety and well being of all students. To ensure that students know, understand and follow the College rules.
  • Set high standards with regard to punctuality and to insist on the same from the students. To encourage good timekeeping amongst the students, monitor lateness within the class and provide remedies, both individual and general, to rectify its occurrence.
  • Ensure attendance in school between stipulated hours and to attend all meetings/functions deemed to be directed time.
  • Request approval from the Master, via the Head of the Primary or Junior High, for any absence from the school and to give notice to appropriate people. Wherever possible, to make medical appointments outside normal directed working time.
  • Maintain smart and professional standards of appearance.

Learning and Teaching

  • Work with students at all levels to encourage and assist students to express themselves through art and DT.
  • Contribute to the holistic well being of all pupils and specifically to those assigned to your individual care
  • Make all students aware of the Wellington College Mission Statement, values and Identity base including their values, aims, and display them in an innovative and informative fashion in the classroom and adjacent corridors.
  • Complete teaching plans on time and to a high standard
  • Assess regularly the students’ work by means of formative and formal termly/half-termly assessments, as directed by the Head of Primary /Junior High. Communicate
    regarding any student whose progress or behaviour gives cause for concern.
  • Oversee and implement the school Homework policy for DT classes.
  • Ensure that the examples of the students’ work are displayed and presented to a high standard in the classroom, and, where appropriate, throughout the school. Also,
    ensure that these displays are changed regularly.
  • Monitor and evaluate constantly the effectiveness of your own teaching, maintaining
    good standards of practice and ensuring progression.
  • Participate fully in the Staff Appraisal system, with classroom observation of
    colleagues and a willingness to be personally observed within the classroom. Submit
    books, records or planning as required for monitoring by colleagues
  • Be involved in developing, implementing and monitoring all School policies regarding DT, and to assist in the necessary documentation pertaining to the subject, where required.

Home-School communication

  • Make parents feel welcome and build a good relationship with parents.
  • Introduce information regarding DT curriculum.
  • Collect information of pupils’ interests and growth from parents.
  • Stimulate pupils’ study by making use of parents’ strength s
  • Provide consultations and support to parents’ enquiries.
  • Communicate with parents on a regular basis.
  • Attend Parents’ Meetings as required and provide accurate, honest information regarding the progress of individuals in DT.
  • Report to the parents in the form of regular written reports, and when additionally required.

Professional Integrity

  • Be positive and build a good relationship with colleagues.
  • Complete tasks on time.
  • Provide cover for absent colleagues as and when deemed necessary.
  • Play a full role in the weekly extracurricular activities programme. The programme will take place outside of the prescribed teaching hours.
  • Make a significant contribution to school assemblies, and newsletters, and by so doing highlight the work carried out by students in the subject.
  • Promote an ethos of equality and equal opportunities for all pupils within the setting
  • Protect the privacy of pupils, pupils’ families and colleagues.
  • Maintain the highest standards of care, child protection and safeguarding at all times stain the highest standards of care, child protection and safeguarding at all times
  • EmphasizeEmphasize the importance of safety and of safe methods of working in the classroom, the importance of safety and of safe methods of working in the classroom, and indeed in all areas of theand indeed in all areas of the SchoolSchool and the curriculum. Cand the curriculum. Communicate to the students that they must take a responsible attitude to equipment and materials, with students that they must take a responsible attitude to equipment and materials, with which they have been provided, and that they will be punished and possibly charged which they have been provided, and that they will be punished and possibly charged for damage inflicted upon School property.
  • Carry out duties in the School as required and timetabled. This will include playtime supervision, lunchtime supervision and after school supervision.
  • Maintain, with the rest of the teaching staff, high standards of conduct both in and out of the classroom. Act always in a way that conforms to the College ethos and values, and is in the best interests of the students.
  • Set high expectations and standards for the achievement of pupils and your performance.
  • Contribute as fully as possible to the annual calendar of School events, in whatever way possible.

Professional Development

  • Be familiar with the recent development in DT teaching theory and practice.
  • Improve yourself through continuous study and be willing to try new ideas.
  • Be willing to accept others’ good ideas and share your opinions.
  • Frequently reflect on your work and share your experience with the international teaching partner and other colleagues.
  • Support the College Development Plan generally and in so far as it relates to DT events.
  • Attend and participate fully in Wellington College Staff Development and INSET programmes.
  • Attend staff meetings and briefings as and when required.

Huili School Hangzhou is totally committed to safeguarding the welfare of children and young people and expects the same from its employees. All new staff will be subject to enhanced pre-employment clearance, including identity checks, criminal background checks, qualifications checks and employment checks to include an exploration of any gaps in employment.

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Wellington College China is a partner of Wellington College in England.  It has five schools and two nurseries in China, all in exciting, international cities.   Our schools provide an outstanding education for 2,150 local and international children aged between 2 and 18 years old.

Success in public examinations is important and we celebrate it. However, at Wellington College, excellent exam results and great university destinations, in the UK and worldwide, are only part of the picture. We want our pupils to be the very best people that they can be: to be kind, to have integrity in their actions, to take responsibility when necessary, to have respect for their environment, for others and themselves, and finally to show courage when needed. The Wellington values frame the way we think about what it is be a Wellingtonian, including the ways we work and what we hope to become.

Our Huili Schools combine Wellington’s holistic, British approach to educating the whole child, with the enduring strengths of the Chinese curriculum and focus on learning.  We talk about giving our pupils the best of both worlds.  Half our lessons are in English and half in Chinese.  Half our teachers are English-speakers and half are Chinese.  It is our desire to imbue every pupil with our five core values: courage, integrity, respect, kindness and responsibility. We encourage and expect our Chinese pupils to develop the Wellington identity: to be inspired, intellectual, independent, individual and inclusive.   

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One of the world's most powerful nations, China's cultural contributions have influenced history and human development for thousands of years. Teach Away offers ESL teaching jobs in reputable language schools as well as licensed teaching jobs across China.

Beijing, China
Standard Mandarin
Renminbi (yuan) (¥)
Buddhism, Taoism
Varied: wet/dry seasons
Land area - 3.7 million sq. miles (9.6 million sq. km)
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