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IB PYP Coordinator
RP Goenka International School (India)
May 25, 22
Dec 31, 22
IB PYP COORDINATOR
LOCATION: Koklata, India
RP Goenka International School (RPGIS) is an initiative of the RP Sanjiv Goenka Group. Located at Alipore, in the heart of the city of Kolkata, RPGIS, a state-of-the-art International School that will commence operations in July 2023. RPGIS will synergize emerging digital technologies and latest educational research to prepare resilient leaders who are ready for the future. (www.rpgis.in). RPGIS intends to seek accreditation to become an IB World School.
The position is based at Kolkata in the state of West Bengal. This will be a full-time position starting 1st August, 2022, one year prior to the school opening its doors to students. The person selected for this position will be a member of the core leadership team that is being formed to prepare the school for its opening next year.
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IB PYP COORDINATOR
Reporting to: The Principal
The IB Primary Years Programme Coordinator (PYPC) is responsible to the Principal for the delivery, organization and administration of the IB PYP comprising the written, taught and assessed aspects of the curriculum, the quality of learning, and the professional standards and career development of the PYP teaching staff. This includes advice to those teachers and teaching assistants regarding relevant curriculum management and development of the programme. The coordinator has the responsibility for communicating information to all members of the school community, administering all internal and external assessments, and acting as the primary point of contact between the school and the IB in all PYP related matters. The PYP coordinator will always provide active and dynamic leadership and support. When necessary, they will regularly identify and report issues, and help to resolve them, once identified. This leadership position provides significant opportunities for professional growth. The PYPC will lead the process of accreditation to be an IB world school teaching the PYP Programme.
- To work with the Principal to lead and develop an interdisciplinary framework for the teaching of the Primary Years programme.
Liaison with the Principal:
- To ensure all matters relating to the PYP are promptly and fully addressed.
- To assist in the preparation of timetable ‘blocks’ to ensure the most efficient use of teachers’ and teaching time whilst giving as much breadth of choice as possible to students.
- To communicate updates related to PYP issues and developments to concerned stakeholders.
- To conduct ongoing professional development of PYP teachers, including attendance at workshops.
- To inform, advise and update the Principal regarding all aspects of the PYP.
- To set up, host, and lead any visits from IB Consultants.
- To write and update the IB PYP Handbook and all related policies.
Liaison with teaching staff:
- To ensure that teachers have read and acted upon essential documents.
- To issue copies of the Diploma Programme Coordinator Notes and Diploma Programme General Regulations.
- To issue relevant sections of the Handbook.
- To be responsible for the dissemination to teachers of relevant PYP correspondence.
- To inform teachers of professional development opportunities and making necessary arrangements. Implementing requirements from IB re training and induction of staff new to the programme.
- To communicate curriculum developments and administrative changes to teachers.
- To ensure that all teachers are following the correct procedures and practices in monitoring assessment tasks and sampling work to be forwarded to the IB.
- To organize regular collaborative meetings for PYP teachers.
- To be responsible for ensuring that the IB Learner Profile attributes, approaches to learning (ATL’s), International mindedness IM, concepts, themes and disciplines are addressed throughout the programme.
- To publish a timetable of internal school deadlines.
- To advise on ways to promote and monitor academic honesty among students.
- To monitor and evaluate the quality of teaching and learning.
- To contribute to curriculum planning and development.
- To encourage teachers to actively use the OCC and to participate in its forums.
- To ensure concurrency of learning in all PYP disciplines whenever possible.
Responsibility towards students:
- To enroll students into the programme in collaboration with the HoA.
- To provide feedback to students on their academic progress.
- To inform students about the IB Diploma Programme General Regulations, Academic Honesty Policy.
- To support, encourage, and counsel students where required.
- To ensure that students are prepared for their exhibition.
- To be an advocate for student concerns.
- To monitor students’ academic progress - including regular dialogue with form tutors, the school counsellor and subject staff.
- To maintain accurate records of students’ work, assessments and progress.
Communication with parents:
- To inform parents about the PYP, it’s regulations and the importance of complying with IB deadlines.
- To enlist parental support for achieving academic honesty.
- To obtain information about students with special educational needs from the admissions department.
- To communicate from time to time about student progress to parents through termly reports and meetings.
- To administer the budget prepared in collaboration with the Principal allocated to the PYP which may include postage and courier costs, the purchase of publications, IB training and annual fee payments.
- To monitor expenditure from the budget.
- To provide advance notice of fees due and ensure timely payment of fees to the regional billing address.
- To purchase and distribute relevant IB publications.
- To monitor student field study costs. Recruitment and Marketing:
- To assist the admissions department in the recruitment and selection of students.
- To advise students and the parents about the teaching programme.
- To organize information evenings to market PYP to parents.
- To provide regular analytics and forecasts and report to the Principal on the meeting of key targets.
The successful candidate will already have had experience as a PYP Coordinator, and of working with parents and/or other key stakeholders. Preferably, they will also be able to show a proven and measurable track record of increasing student enrolment to their school and of adding value to student achievement. The PYPC will be an eloquent and confident communicator who will be able to engage with a wide range of stakeholders, including prospective families, feeder schools, staff and students and Board members.
Qualifications and Experience
- A Master’s Degree preferred with specialization in education, administration, or related fields.
- At least five years of teaching experience (PYP preferred) and previous experience as a PYP coordinator preferred.
- Demonstrable marketing and communications skills including web and social media experience.
- Strong analytical skills and proven record of using data and research to inform strategy, support planning and monitor effectiveness.
- Demonstrable experience of engaging and building relationships with stakeholders.
- Experienced and knowledgeable about the PYP programme.
- Skilled in educational leadership, classroom teaching, and able to inspire others.
Key Skills and Abilities
- Strategic planning, pedagogical leadership budget management and reporting.
- Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
- Strong interpersonal and organizational skills and ability to inspire teachers and students.
- Ability to work under pressure and to meet deadlines.
- IT literate with a sound working knowledge of school ERP and teaching systems.
- Competence in managing and using web, digital and social media channels.
- Energy, flexibility. Integrity, confidence, enthusiasm, cheerfulness, empathy. and resourcefulness.
- Credibility to represent the school to a variety of audiences.
- Self-motivated and goal oriented.
- High work standards and attention to detail.
- Calm under pressure.
- Commitment to the school’s vision.
- Commitment to the safeguarding the welfare of children and to their educational outcomes.
- Demonstrate the qualities outlined in the IB Leader Capabilities.
- Maintain a visible and approachable profile of positive leadership in the school.
- Promote a positive and professional learning culture.
- Lead and support the work of Department Leaders in the area of curriculum.
- Organise and provide curriculum orientation to new members of staff, and to students and parents as required.
- Develop the professional capacity of the teachers through coaching, mentoring, modelling of inquiry-based learning, and engagement with the appraisal and professional development processes.
- Actively participate in the school’s short and long term strategic planning projects.
- Lead the process of data collection and analysis related to studentachievement.
- Demonstrate investment in the IB community by engaging with other schools and organisations.
- Develop and implement processes and systems to celebrate and promote student success within the school and the community.