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  • Posted: Nov 24, 2021
    Deadline: Not specified
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  • SPARK Schools is a network of affordable private schools implementing Africa’s first blended learning model for primary school students. Students learn in both the traditional classroom setting and our innovative Learning Lab. The SPARK Schools model combines highly engaging classroom teaching, individualised instruction in the Learning Lab, partnersh...
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    Primary School Assistant Principal

    Purpose of Role:

    The Assistant Principal drives student achievement as an instructional leader by providing excellent instructional coaching and professional development to benefit classroom instruction and the Learning Lab. The Assistant Principal supports the Principal in providing teachers, blended learning facilitators, and PE coaches the training and support necessary to be highly effective, professional educators.

    The Assistant Principal is integral to the SPARK Schools “culture” and our commitment to rigorous, engaging learning experiences for our scholars

    Responsibilities:

    • Ensure the continual professional development of our educators by coaching members of the instructional staff to the successful completion of the goals set in their individualised professional growth plans. This includes designing and facilitating weekly professional development sessions for the whole faculty, as well as arranging for individual professional growth opportunities.

    • Support student achievement by setting clear and high expectations for excellent teaching in all content areas. Maintain a regular schedule of observations in all learning spaces and observation review meetings with educators to ensure that they can successfully plan instruction, execute instruction, and implement SPARK Schools’ culture and behaviour management techniques.

    • Implement the network’s rigorous curriculum, which aligns to and extends the South African national curriculum.

    • Implement online curriculum and small ­group tutoring in the Learning Lab that aligns to and extends what is taught by classroom teachers.

    • Facilitate an assessment and data analysis cycle that allows instructional staff to analyse student performance and identify areas for targeted instruction.

    • Collaborate with school leadership team to manage instructional staff, including facilitating termly and final evaluations.

    • Participate in the selection of new school-based personnel.

    • Responsible for the onboarding of instructional staff members.

    • Define and share information about network-wide policies and procedures to parents, students, staff and community.

    • Implement disciplinary policies and procedures.

    • Participate actively in staff development opportunities as a member of the SPARK Schools team.

    • Conduct self in a professional manner at all SPARK Schools events and to all stakeholders.

    Requirements

    Qualifications:

    The ideal candidate will possess the following qualifications:

    • English language fluency.

    • Clear criminal record.

    • Grade 12 Certificate.

    • Completed B.Ed or PGCE degree.

    • SACE registration.

    Experience:

    • Previous experience managing or working with primary school-aged children.

    • At least 2 years of excellent classroom instruction.

    • Previous experience leading a team.

    • Experience and practice with labour laws.

    Skills and Mindset:

    • Strong desire to be part of a vibrant and dynamic technology-driven work environment fostering creativity, collaboration and an atmosphere that encourages and allows top performers to thrive.

    • Strong desire to be part of a collaborative, team spirited and fast growing Social Impact Disruptor and Society Shaper who is leading change in the education space in South Africa through transformational education innovation, ensuring the accessibility of university and careers for all.

    • Strong desire to be part of a learning culture with excellent career development and advancement opportunities supported by individualised professional development, support and mentorship.

    • Ability, Desire and Passion to deliver high quality transformational education at affordable fees

    to ensure the accessibility of university and careers for all.

    .

    We are looking for ‘’GEMS’’ with the following attributes:

    • Grit: Persistence through challenges.

    • Excellence: A track record of high expectations personally and professionally.

    • Mission and Vision Alignment: Understanding of and passion for the SPARK Schools mission to provide excellent education at an affordable cost.

    • Self-Reflection: Finding the capacity to bring your best self to challenges and opportunities.

    Benefits

    SPARK offers:

    • fair market linked remuneration

    • performance-based annual bonuses and increases

    • above average/good annual leave

    • life, disability and funeral cover

    • employee wellness support

    • educational support & study leave

    • individualised professional development, support and mentorship

    • employee discount on school fees

    • opportunities for career growth

    Compensation: Commensurate with experience.

    Location:

    SPARK Witpoortjie

    SPARK Schools may expire the posting of this advertisement at their own discretion.

    Kindly note that should you have not heard from us within two weeks of the closing date please consider your application unsuccessful.

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    Head of Efficacy

    Requirements

    Responsibilities:

    • Leads the learning model team to:

      • Design and roll out high quality curriculum that meets and exceeds local standards and drives scholar achievement to global competitiveness.

      • Acquire or develop formative, interim, and summative assessments in all grade levels and subjects.

      • Translate rigorous assessment for learning into data analysis that drives personalised instruction and interventions.

      • Deliver effective professional development, communication, and change management to instructional leaders and instructional staff.

      • Create alignment between online and offline learning, as well as continued innovation and thought leadership in blended learning and personalisation in the learning models.

      • Ensure that all curriculum, educational resources, and pedagogical training reflect SPARK Schools’ commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion and culturally-responsive teaching and learning.

    • Leads the High School Product Manager to:

      • Define and monitor the progress of the critical success factors for the high school model and SPARK Randburg, the network’s first high school.

      • Use customer research to inform the design and implementation of the high school model.

      • Design and confirm all elements of the high school model curriculum and assessments, backwards planning from matric assessments, in line with global standards.

      • Document and codify the school culture and school management model for high school, specifically highlighting deviations in practice from the primary school model.

      • Design and finalize the scholar value proposition for high school SPARK scholars.

      • Engage business units to drive strategic direction with regards to all elements of the high school, including the financial sustainability of the model.

      • Line manage and coach the Principal of SPARK Randburg, through a regular coaching cycle to drive personal and professional development, as well as build the Principal’s pedagogical content knowledge and the full range of leadership competencies needed to lead a high performing high school.

    • Creates a tool for evaluation of the codified learning model and inspection schools network-wide.

    • Drives efficacy and constant research and strategic development of the learning models, striving for world-leading learning model standards.

    • Champions Learning Management System, as well as any other systems related to scholar achievement, like gradebook and report cards.

    • Owns and steers the codification of the SPARK Schools model as documented on our knowledge management platform by:

      • Monitoring the effectiveness of the implementation and adoption of the codification in schools through agreed metrics.

      • Defining and implementing processes related to the change, update, addition, or deletion of resources the codification knowledge management platform.

    • Builds a regular rhythm of school visits and observations, in order to evaluate consistency and quality across SPARK Schools network, as well as identify the highest leverage network-wide and school-specific action steps for implementation.

    • Champions the Learning Management System, as well as any other systems related to scholar achievement, like gradebook and report cards.

    • Creates and maintains a rhythm of accountability within their team, including quarterly data analysis and regular team meetings.

    • Collaborates with the Head of School Achievement and Regional Operations Managers to ensure high quality outcomes in all five key drivers of the SPARK Schools model.

    • Provides feedback on the learning model and highlights areas of success and areas of improvement.

    • Collaborates with all departments in SPARK Support, in order to build and maintain relationships between primary schools and the Support office.

    • Interprets and ensures compliance of both academic and operational standards as per current South African legislative requirements.

    • Provides relevant reports and analytics to the Chief Executive Officer and other relevant stakeholders regarding the SPARK Schools network.

    • Ensures the integrity of academic and student data.

    • Enforces compliance with ethical standards guided by the company values and mission.

    • Participates actively in staff development opportunities as a member of the SPARK Schools team.

    • Conducts self in a professional manner at all SPARK Schools events and to all stakeholders.

    • Updates job knowledge by participating in conferences and educational opportunities, reading professional publications, maintaining personal networks, and participating in professional organizations.

    Qualifications and Criteria:

    The ideal candidate will possess the following qualifications and criteria:

    • Degree in education. Advanced degree preferred.

    • SACE accreditation.

    • Experience teaching and/or leading in both primary and high schools.

    • At least 3 - 5 years of experience leading a team in school management and instruction/learning model with evidence of high achievement.

    • Evidence of past experience in curriculum design and/or development

    • At least 3 years managing other managers.

    • Experience and practice with labour laws.

    • Comprehensive knowledge of the South African Primary and Secondary school CAPS curriculum

    Competencies:

    • Critical thinking skills applied to strategic planning, data analysis, collaborative problem-solving, and confident decision-making.

    • Professional, clear, and concise written and verbal communication, which can be tailored by audience and brief.

    • Ability and willingness to take initiative, in order to drive one’s own development and team leadership in a fast-paced environment;

    • Calm and resilience to lead self and others through challenges;

    • Strong organisational skills that allow a detail-oriented approach, while maintaining a “big picture” view.

    • Ability to consolidate feedback in order to clearly communicate highest leverage action steps.

    Qualities:

    • Grit: Persistence through challenges.

    • Excellence: A track record of high expectations personally and professionally.

    • Mission and Vision Alignment: Understanding of and passion for the SPARK Schools mission to provide excellent education at an affordable cost.

    • Self­ Reflection: Finding the capacity to bring your best self to challenges and opportunities.

    Values: Service, Persistence, Achievement, Responsibility, Kindness

    Benefits

    SPARK offers:

    • fair market linked remuneration

    • performance-based annual bonuses and increases

    • above average/good annual leave

    • life, disability and funeral cover

    • employee wellness support

    • educational support & study leave

    • individualised professional development, support and mentorship

    • employee discount on school fees

    • opportunities for career growth

    Compensation: Commensurate with experience

    Position Type: Full Time

    Location: Rosebank, Johannesburg, South Africa

    SPARK Schools may expire the posting of this advertisement at their own discretion.

    Kindly note that should you have not heard from us within two weeks of the closing date please consider your application unsuccessful.

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    Head of School Achievement

    Requirements

    • Drives achievement in schools through the School Achievement Managers in the following areas:

      • School Leadership

        • Creates a united team of school leaders who live the SPARK Schools mission, vision and values daily through their appropriate decision-making and behaviours.

        • Models effective coaching and management practices for ongoing network-wide leadership development.

      • School Culture

        • Envisions, plans, implements, and monitors a consistent, high quality network-wide school culture that leads to thriving SPARK scholars and staff.

        • Creates tools to evaluate school culture and determine targeted improvement plans.

      • Data-Driven Instruction

        • Establishes network-wide protocols for data meetings that result in evidence-based planning and instructional decisions.

        • Ensures the integrity and credibility of scholar achievement data through comprehensive moderation procedures.

        • Establishes a comprehensive instructional and leadership development program that prepares instructional staff in all roles to fulfill their duties and excel in service to scholars and their families.

      • Parent and Family Engagement

        • Develops and maintains mechanisms to inform, involve, and consult our scholars’ parents and families.

        • Engages parents and families through platforms for feedback, used to inform stakeholder experience initiatives.

    • Builds a regular rhythm of school visits and observations, in order to evaluate consistency and quality across SPARK Schools network, as well as identify the highest leverage network-wide and school-specific action steps for implementation.

    • Champions the student information system, as well as any other systems related to school administration and stakeholder communication.

    • Creates and maintains a rhythm of accountability within the School Achievement team, including quarterly data analysis and regular team meetings.

    • Collaborates with the Head of Efficacy and Regional Operations Managers to ensure high quality outcomes in all five key drivers of the SPARK Schools model.

    • Identifies, recruits, and engages in the selection of new School Achievement Managers and instructional school leaders, who are able to successfully lead school growth and continuous improvement efforts.

    • Provides feedback on the learning model and highlights areas of success and areas of improvement.

    • Collaborates with all departments in SPARK Support, in order to build and maintain relationships between schools and the Support office.

    • Ensures alignment of instructional practices across the network and in line with SPARK Schools practices, policies, and core values.

    • Interprets and ensures compliance of both academic and operational standards as per current South African legislative requirements.

    • Provides relevant reports and analytics to the Chief Executive Officer and other relevant stakeholders regarding the SPARK Schools network.

    • Ensures the integrity of academic and student data.

    • Enforces compliance with ethical standards guided by the company values and mission.

    • Participates actively in staff development opportunities as a member of the SPARK Schools team.

    • Conducts self in a professional manner at all SPARK Schools events and to all stakeholders.

    • Updates job knowledge by participating in conferences and educational opportunities, reading professional publications, maintaining personal networks, and participating in professional organizations.

    Qualifications and Criteria:

    The ideal candidate will possess the following qualifications and criteria:

    • Degree in education, a postgraduate qualification advantageous

    • SACE accreditation

    • At least 3 - 5 years of experience leading a team in school management and instruction with evidence of high achievement

    • At least 3 years managing other managers

    • Experience and practice with labour laws

    • Comprehensive knowledge of the South African Primary School CAPS curriculum

    Competencies:

    • Critical thinking skills applied to strategic planning, data analysis, collaborative problem-solving, and confident decision-making.

    • Professional, clear, and concise written and verbal communication, which can be tailored by audience and brief.

    • Ability and willingness to take initiative, in order to drive one’s own development and team leadership in a fast-paced environment;

    • Calm and resilience to lead self and others through challenges;

    • Strong organisational skills that allow a detail-oriented approach, while maintaining a “big picture” view.

    • Ability to consolidate feedback in order to clearly communicate highest leverage action steps.

    Qualities:

    • Grit: Persistence through challenges.

    • Excellence: A track record of high expectations personally and professionally.

    • Mission and Vision Alignment: Understanding of and passion for the SPARK Schools mission to provide excellent education at an affordable cost.

    • Self­ Reflection: Finding the capacity to bring your best self to challenges and opportunities.

    Values: Service, Persistence, Achievement, Responsibility, Kindness

    Benefits

    SPARK offers:

    • fair market linked remuneration

    • performance-based annual bonuses and increases

    • above average/good annual leave

    • life, disability and funeral cover

    • employee wellness support

    • educational support & study leave

    • individualised professional development, support and mentorship

    • employee discount on school fees

    • opportunities for career growth

    go to method of application »

    Primary School isiXhosa Teacher (IP)

    Purpose of Role:

    SPARK Schools FAL - isiXhosa teachers drive student achievement by maintaining high expectations for classroom culture, behaviour, and academic growth for all students. SPARK Schools FAL - isiXhosa teachers are content specialists, who receive on­going professional development customised for their past experience and individual needs.

    FAL - isiXhosa Teachers are integral to the SPARK Schools’ “culture” and our commitment to rigorous, engaging learning experiences for our scholars.

    Requirements

    Responsibilities:

    • Plan for and be prepared to deliver lessons to students from 7:45­-3:30pm daily (depending on grade level assignment and timetable) within content area specialisation.

    • Grade R and 1 Teachers to assist and facilitate SPARK Design.

    • Collaborate with grade level and content area partners to develop rigorous, engaging learning experiences and to create and implement high quality individualised behaviour and learning plans for students.

    • Participate actively all scheduled professional development sessions.

    • Administer Formative and termly assessments to track student progress and analyse the data for student growth.

    • SPARK Educators should have a core focus on student achievement and should drive all scholars to meet the required proficiency ratings

    • Lead weekly SEL (Social Emotional Learning) circles.

    • Use SPARK culture and implement behaviour management strategies.

    • Communicate professionally and effectively with colleagues, parents and other stakeholders.

    • Conduct self in a professional manner at all SPARK Schools events and to all stakeholders.

    • Nurture a high ­achieving work environment where all students feel genuinely valued and supported.

    • Implement SPARK Schools Social Emotional Learning curriculum.

    • Promote the vision and mission of SPARK Schools to staff, scholars, families, and the greater community.Implement strategies implemented by the Crisis Management team. Adhere to the child protection, anti-bullying and health and safety policy.

    • Attend Saturday events and parent community meetings.

    • Submit student results data when required.

    Qualifications:

    The ideal candidate will possess the following qualifications:

    • B.Ed. degree or PGCE. Recently qualified teachers encouraged to apply!

    • Certification through the South African Council of Educators (SACE)

    • English language fluency

    • Fluency in isiXhosa

    • Clear criminal record

    Skills and Mindset:

    • Strong desire to be part of a vibrant and dynamic technology-driven work environment fostering creativity, collaboration and an atmosphere that encourages and allows top performers to thrive.

    • Strong desire to be part of a collaborative, team spirited and fast growing Social Impact Disruptor and Society Shaper who is leading change in the education space in South Africa through transformational education innovation, ensuring the accessibility of university and careers for all.

    • Strong desire to be part of a learning culture with excellent career development and advancement opportunities supported by individualised professional development, support and mentorship.

    • Ability, Desire and Passion to deliver high quality transformational education at affordable fees

    to ensure the accessibility of university and careers for all.

    Qualities:

    We are looking for ‘’GEMS’’ with the following attributes

    • Grit: Persistence through challenges.

    • Excellence: A track record of high expectations personally and professionally.

    • Mission and Vision Alignment: Understanding of and passion for the SPARK Schools mission to provide excellent education at an affordable cost.

    • Self­-reflection: Finding the capacity to bring your best self to challenges and opportunities.

    Benefits

    SPARK offers:

    • fair market linked remuneration

    • performance-based annual bonuses and increases

    • above average/good annual leave

    • life, disability and funeral cover

    • employee wellness support

    • educational support & study leave

    • individualised professional development, support and mentorship

    • employee discount on school fees

    • opportunities for career growth

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