Head of Academic Music(ID: 3001)

March 22, 2024

Job Description

About Role

The Head of Academic Music is a member of the Senior School’s Middle Leadership Group and provides important support to the Senior School Leadership Team. The remit is wide, from a strong awareness of subject-related administrative and managerial micro-detail to a broader leadership understanding of the College’s overall vision and purpose; and how curriculum-specific aspects complement and contribute towards the organisation’s development and ambitions.

The role of Head of Academic Music is to be an adaptable and innovative leader, who consults on and establishes a professional direction for their responsibility areas; viewed as a genuine ambassador for their subject and the School. Key personal attributes and values will include authenticity, integrity, and kindness, as well as the ability to communicate clearly, listen effectively, build capacity among others, and manage an important area in a high-profile British International School.


Our School

“I believe in the importance of our profession and the endless possibilities of a quality education.” David Ingram, Founding Head of College.

Dulwich College Shanghai Puxi was founded in 2016. The College has quickly established itself as one of the standout international schools in the city. Known for our warm welcome and positive relationships, we live by our College values;

Aim high and work hard

Be kind and respectful

Make a difference


Our Teaching Profile (International School)


At Dulwich College International, students come first. And because teachers play an extraordinary role in nurturing our students to become confident, curious and knowledgeable global citizens, we look to recruit the very best practitioners in international education who are passionate about unlocking the potential of our students. 

Our teachers nurture and inspire their students today to make a positive difference in the world – living fully, living responsibly, and living sustainably. We empower our Teachers to Live Worldwise.


Our Vision For Teachers

Worldwise Teachers:

•   Put students first in all they do

•   Display a positive attitude, adaptability and open-mindedness 

•   Show professional initiative and perseverance

•   Are truly collaborative and display highly developed communication skills

•   Are committed to internationalism and equity

•   Are committed to sustainability and global citizenship

Worldwise teachers believe in:

•   The right of every student to be safe, supported and nurtured

•   Evidence-based and innovative pedagogy

•   Personalised and differentiated student learning

•   Setting high expectations for every student

•   Empowering students to reach their own goals

•   High levels of student motivation and engagement

A Worldwise Teacher’s Learning Principles:

Learning is effective when it: 

•   is relational

•   has a clear purpose

•   is adapted and applied

•   is personalised

Post-holder Qualifications, Experience

  • THE SUCCESSFUL CANDIDATEUniversity educated with an honours degree
  • Qualified to teach Music
  • Evidence of ongoing personal development
  • Play the piano
  • English National Curriculum
  • Music teaching pathways and schemes of work
  • Language acquisition, particularly for bilingual children
  • Assessment, tracking and data
  • How children learn
  • How to keep children safe
  • Holding people to account
  • Strategies to raise standards for all groups of learners and securing high levels of student achievement
  • Up to date educational issues and developments
  • Expertise to secure students’ self-esteem and enable students to become resilient learners


How to Apply

Successful applicants will be enthusiastic about the ethos and values of Dulwich International. An attractive and competitive remuneration package will be offered to the chosen candidate. To apply for this post, please click the ‘Apply’ button on this page to submit your application.

To learn more about Dulwich College Shanghai Puxi, please visit: https://shanghai-puxi.dulwich.org/working-at-dulwich

Applications will be reviewed on receipt, and we reserve the right to make an early appointment. Interviews may take place in Shanghai or online.


Safeguarding Statement

Dulwich College International is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of all the students in our care and expects all applicants to share this commitment. We follow safe recruitment practices, which are aligned to 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.

All appointments are subject to an interview, identity checks, criminal record checks, successful references, as well as due visa and work permit process as required by Chinese law.


Equity Diversity Inclusion Statement

Dulwich College International is committed to diversity within its team, organisational practices, policies and culture. It recognises that people with different backgrounds, skills, attitudes and experiences bring fresh ideas and perceptions, and it encourages and leverages these differences to make its work more relevant and approachable. Dulwich College International will not discriminate or tolerate discriminatory behaviour on any grounds such as, but not limited to, race, gender, disability, nationality, national or ethnic origin, religion or belief, marital/partnership or family status, sexual orientation, age or socioeconomic background. Dulwich College International strives to be an inclusive workplace where everyone feels a sense of belonging, has a voice, can raise concerns, and feels comfortable and confident. It expects everyone who works with it to share this commitment and to act accordingly, as it aspires to best serve the Dulwich College International mission and its community.



  • Core CompetenciesPassion
  • Vision
  • Collaboration
  • Execution Excellence