School Counsellor


Dubai, UAE

Ref: HP749-174

Job description / Role

Employment: Full Time

Dubai Schools Al Barsha (a Taaleem School) require a female School Counsellor to join their school as soon as possible.

The successful applicant will ideally be an Arabic speaker with a minimum of two years' experience as a School Counsellor, preferably in the UAE.

Primary Purpose of Job: To provide a high-quality counselling service to students experiencing a wide range of social and emotional problems. To provide support, guidance and advice to parents, careers and the school. To observe confidentiality and to support the school’s endeavour to provide excellent teaching, learning and wellbeing for all students. Contribute to the safeguarding and promotion of the welfare and personal care of children and young people.

Key Relationships: Principal, Senior Leadership Team, School staff, students, parents, and external agencies

Contract: Unlimited local-hire, tax-free salary, visa, medical insurance

Key Responsibilities:

Vision, Mission and Education Strategy:
• Articulate a vision for outstanding counselling and gain the commitment of all team members to the delivery of this vision.
• Set a clear direction for counselling provision that leads to continuous improvement and promotes high quality outcomes for all students
• Support the development of policies and practices leading to high quality outcomes for all students Think creatively and imaginatively to anticipate and solve problems and identify opportunities.
• Contribute to effective school self-evaluation and improvement planning.

Operational Leadership:
• Set clear expectations and establish constructive working relationships with colleagues at all levels
• Facilitate collaborative work that dovetails and supports the Charter School vision and development, and its commitment to raising standards
• Foster a sense of 'team spirit' through a culture of recognition and praise
• Communicate effectively, orally and in writing.
• When required, chair meetings effectively, and make presentations to parents, colleagues and to Taaleem
• Judge when to consult with others and when to defer to the Inclusion Manager/Principal
• Undertake any professional duties that may reasonably be delegated by the Principal or Head of Inclusion

Academic Performance Measurement:
• Be aware of the academic profile of students that are referred
• Support the identification of students at risk of underachievement
• Ensure effective links with teaching staff and other members of the student support team to meet the needs of students

Well Being and Safety:
• Ensure an outstanding level of pastoral care and support is provided for all referred students.
• Ensure that counselling support impacts positively on students’ progress and meets individual needs.
• Contribute to a culture of care at every level with respect to teachers and students and promote responsibility in order to ensure that the education objectives are delivered, and the morale of the school community is maintained to expected standards.
• Promote the effective management of student behaviour and safeguard the safety and welfare of children.
• Be aware of the responsibility for personal Health, Safety and Welfare and that of others who may be affected by your actions or inactions.
• Cooperate on all issues to do with Health, Safety & Welfare.

Counselling Responsibilities:
• Be responsible for the confidential counselling services to students as needed.
• Provide guidance, advice and support to staff with regards to referred or at-risk students.
• Maintain appropriate and confidential records.
• Liaise with the Designated Safeguarding Leads on a frequent basis.
• Deal with or report incidents that are seen or reported regarding students’ welfare.
• Provide regular audit information such as numbers, age range and types of problems to the SLT.
• Provide First Aid Mental Health provision.
• To continually review and evaluate the service and produce an action plan as necessary.
• Take a lead on further developing the counselling service.
• Develop effective partnership working with Mental Health provision locally.


Education: Relevant university degree(s)
• Further therapeutic training or qualification in working with children and young people

• Recent successful experience of counselling school-aged students
• Strong knowledge and experience of working with Emirati/Arabic students
• Experience of providing support and guidance to families
• Competencies:
• Excellent communication skills and command of the English language, in spoken and written form
• An understanding of the developmental, emotional, social and educational issues of children and young people
• A collaborative team-player with excellent personal and relationship management skills
• Knowledge of child protection and health and safety
• Empathetic listener, high level of emotional intelligence

About the Company

Taaleem's main activity is the development and management of early childhood, primary and secondary schools. With quality at the forefront of our offering, we tailor each project to answer the specific educational requirements of a wide range of families by offering top international curricula including British, American, the International Baccalaureate and our custom early childhood programme.

Taaleem, which means education in Arabic, is committed to inspiring students and helping them to identify and develop their passions and talents. We only recruit the best international teachers who are capable of delivering our international curricula in a creative and engaging manner.

Taaleem is seeking to raise the educational standards in the region. The combined experience of its core team of senior education leaders in international education policy, operations and global management best practices means Taaleem is well positioned to ensure the creative of truly exceptional schools that satisfy the most comprehensive and exacting education developmental requirements.

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