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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 18,000 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

Learning, Wellbeing and Secondary Special Education Needs - Adviser

Providing leadership, management and coordination of services and initiatives supporting learning and wellbeing for a diverse range of students, including students with exceptional and/or additional learning and support needs.

The Adviser will further assist through the development and monitoring of appropriate ESF policies and procedures and through the provision of training and support programmes to improve the knowledge and understanding of wellbeing and special needs across secondary staff.

Main Accountabilities
The Learning, Wellbeing and Secondary Special Education Needs Adviser works in partnership with all Education Team Advisers and acts as a point of liaison between all secondary schools, the Manager Inclusion and Special Education and the Director of Education to ensure;

• Leading the development, implementation and coordination of professional development and support for all schools to enable responsive approaches to meet the learning and wellbeing needs of students from diverse backgrounds and to contribute to the development of inclusive school cultures and practices.
• Leading and maintaining effective mechanisms for high quality professional development, support and supervision for indirect teaching staff including the Special Education Needs (SEN) Career Development Coach.
• Leading projects and initiatives including interagency strategies to address the needs of students with complex learning and support needs including those related to child protection, disability, health and wellbeing, behaviour and culture.
• Leading the development of modified and adjusted curriculum for inclusion in secondary schools.
• Managing and maintaining systems and procedures to facilitate the delivery of an effective Learning and Wellbeing service for ESF Schools.
• Planning, coordinating and monitoring effective learning and wellbeing services and resource coordination.
• Managing and responding to parent and community complaints in relation to student wellbeing, child protection and secondary SEN.
• Prepare reports, briefings and correspondence as requested by the Director of Education through the Manager for Inclusion and Special Education Services.
• Providing expert advice and support to principals in the management and resolution of complex matters relating to Learning and Wellbeing policies and procedures.
• Providing expert advice to build the capacity of principals to meet ESF policy and procedural obligations relating to student with disabilities, complex learning and wellbeing needs.
• Providing expert advice to build the capacity of principals to meet ESF policy and procedural obligations relating to safeguarding and child protection.
• Supporting the coordination and implementation of new technologies including psychological test materials and assessment tools.
• Any other reasonable activity at the request of the Manager, Inclusion and Special Education and/or Director of Education

Commitment to upholding at all times the ESF core values in; Inspiring minds, embracing individuality, leading by example, optimising our network and being accountable.

School Committees
Deliver the Performance, Reflection and Development policy and procedures as assigned by the CEO and Director of Human Resources.


Teaching Qualifications and successful school based experience within K- 13.
A qualification and/or experience in special education or student services is highly desirable.

At least four years minimum in leading the provision of inclusive education, student wellbeing, special education and other student support services for secondary school settings.

• Manage time and resources across a network of secondary schools in collaboration with the central ESF Education Team.
• Implementation and monitoring of system-wide policies to ensure school based policy and procedural alignment
• Observation, assessment and documentation of student files, including the safeguarding of children

• Understanding of special educational needs philosophies and practices in; student services, special education, inclusive education, student wellbeing, child protection
• Curriculum accommodations and modifications
• Education policy, systems and procedures
Ability to:
• Work in partnership with internal and external stakeholders to promote and uphold the ESF Vision and Mission
• Lead different teams of people with effective communication skills, practical skills and a sound understanding of the impact of systems change in a school based setting.
• Establish positive relationships with secondary school staff, ESFC staff, parents and children
• Negotiate and influence positively
• Manage and resolve conflict

Working in Hong Kong
Hong Kong is a premier destination for expatriate and local teachers! ESF staff enjoy an extremely lucrative salary package and a very high standard of living overall, in an exciting and vibrant world city. The teaching profession is highly respected, student motivation and outcomes are excellent, and all teachers and leaders receive considerable support from ESF with settling into Hong Kong, as well as with their professional development. Please feel free to contact us in advance about life in Hong Kong if you feel a conversation on this topic would be helpful.

Closing Date: 02 Feb 2020
For enquiries, please contact Paul Munder at

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Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis and offers may be extended prior to the job closing date

By applying for this position, your application may be considered for other opportunities within ESF.

ESF is an Equal Opportunities Employer

Personal data provided by job applicants will be used strictly in accordance with the ESF's Personal Data Policy, a copy of which will be provided upon request.

Aligned with the recommendations of the International Task Force on Child Protection, we hold ourselves to a high standard of effective recruiting practices with specific attention to child protection.

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