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English Schools Foundation      Website:
The English Schools Foundation (ESF) is a modern, well-managed educational organisation, committed to offering an international education to students drawn from over 70 countries. We are proud to be at the forefront of the educational hub in Hong Kong. We actively take advantage of the opportunities that Hong Kong offers as Asia’s world city and the principal gate-way to China.

The curriculum, leading to the International Baccalaureate, is adapted to Hong Kong, and the Asia Pacific region. ESF’s 1,100 teachers are highly qualified bringing with them experience from Australia, Canada, New Zealand, the United States, the UK and many other international school systems. All schools offer a broad range of out-of-school activities in Hong Kong and overseas.

ESF has over 17,000 students. Our culture is one of joy in learning and pride in achievement. The great majority of our students study for the IB Diploma and gain entry to universities all over the world. ESF has a long-standing commitment to children with additional needs and is the principal provider for English-speaking children with special educational needs in Hong Kong. For further details about ESF, please visit our website at

Chinese Adviser


The role of Adviser for Chinese is to lead, support and monitor the strategic development of a Chinese curriculum across ESF and to ensure high quality teaching and learning. The position will be a full-time two years contract starting August 2019, renewable by mutual consent.

Main Accountabilities

To ensure that:
• the Chinese curriculum is broad, balanced and relevant to the students and to the Hong Kong context
• all schools are providing quality curriculum delivery of Chinese
• quality assurance procedures including school review and evaluation processes are rigorous in identifying the strengths and areas for development with regard to Chinese
• a collaborative culture of continual improvement is encouraged and supported, this include cross-phase continuity
• the leadership of schools is strategic and supports quality delivery of a Chinese curriculum
• the Education Operational Plan is achieved with regard to the teaching and learning of Chinese
• the Education Department team of advisers is responsive and proactive in supporting and developing ESF and individual school identified educational priorities, particularly with regard to the teaching of Chinese

Key Duties and Responsibilities
• Articulate a clear vision for learning and teaching Chinese, which draws on the best available practice and research.
• Provide leadership on the teaching and learning of Chinese
• Assist the Director, Education to oversee and evaluate the Chinese curriculum across ESF.
• Lead, complement and evaluate quality assurance and school development processes with regard to the provision of Chinese
• Report concisely and accurately, both orally and in writing, to share judgments about a school and strategies for development.
• Use student performance data to identify issues for school improvement.
• Advise and support school principals, senior and middle managers, teaching and non-teaching staff on educational matters related to the provision of Chinese
• Lead the Chinese curriculum groups to support teaching and learning of Chinese across schools and kindergartens.
• Work with School Councils as appropriate in developing and building on their support and challenge roles within schools, to improve the quality of the provision of Chinese
• Assist the Director, Education in providing strategic direction to the Education Department and in ensuring effective delivery of services.
• Ensure that a strategy for professional development is in place and is clearly communicated, shared and implemented across schools and within the Education Department.
• Attend, as necessary, ESF committees with an educational remit (e.g. Committee of Principals, Committee of Teachers and Committee of School Council Chairmen and Committee of Parents).
• Provide professional advice on issues related to the provision of Chinese as identified at Committee meetings and at School Councils, as required.
• Perform other duties as requested by the Director, Education and Chief Executive Officer.


A first degree, a teaching qualification and a higher degree/ evidence of further study

Previous experience as an effective classroom practitioner and senior educational leader within the K1-Y13 age range.

A breadth of experience to cover the full spectrum of management tasks within a small senior management team. Attention to detail. The ability to make judgments when evaluating the quality of education. Ability to support school performance and development. Ability to lead curriculum development, implementation and assessment across schools and phases.

Personal attributes
A commitment to putting students first
Appreciation of cultural diversity
Native or near-native competency in written English and Chinese (Putonghua)

Closing Date: 24 Jan 2019
For enquiries, please contact Paul Munder at
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