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[Audio] Page1 TWS STAFF HANDBOOK 2020 - 2021

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TWS

STAFF HANDBOOK

2020 - 2021

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[Audio] Page2  Welcoming Statement – Foreword from the Executive Principal / CEO…………………………………… 4  Welcoming Statement – Foreword from the Head of School ………………………………………………… 5 ABOUT US  GEMS …………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………… 6  VISION MISION ……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………. 7 CURRICULUM OVERVIEW  TWS – Curriculum Overview ……………………………………………………………………………………………….. 14  IGCSE Curriculum Guide …………………………………………………………………………………………………….. 19  The Sixth Form ……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………. 19 STUDENT LEADERSHIP DRIVE  Student Leadership Drive and House System ……………………………………………………………………… 20  The House System ……………………………………………………………………………………………………………… 21 @ The Westminister School  The Teacher ………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………. 23  GEMS External Professional Development …………………………………………………………………………. 28 POLICIES  Child Protection Policy ……………………………………………………………………………………………………… 31  Well-being Policy ……………………………………………………………………………………………………………… 50  Teaching & Learning Policy ………………………………………………………………………………………………. 53  Assessment Policy …………………………………………………………………………………………………………….. 63  Inclusion Policy …………………………………………………………………………………………………………………. 73  Gifted and Talented Policy ……………………………………………………………………………………………….. 78  Remote Learning Policy …………………………………………………………………………………………………….. 82  Behaviour Policy ………………………………………………………………………………………………………………. 87 o Distance Learning Policy ……………………………………………………………………………………… 94 o Discipline Policy ………………………………………………………………………………………………….. 98  Attendance and Puntuality Policy and procedure …………………………………………………………….. 101  Electronic Device/ Digital Resources / BYOD/ Acceptable use of Social Media Policy ……….. 106  Language Policy ……………………………………………………………………………………………………………….. 112 HUMAN RESOURCES  GEMS Employee Code of Conduct ………………………………………………………………………………….. 114  GEMS Leave Policy ………………………………………………………………………………………………………….. 119  Dress Code ……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………… 123 TABLE OF CONTENTS

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 Welcoming Statement – Foreword from the Executive Principal /CEO…………………………………… 4  Welcoming Statement – Foreword from the Head of School ………………………………………………… 5

ABOUT US  GEMS …………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………… 6  VISION MISION ……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………. 7

CURRICULUM OVERVIEW  TWS – Curriculum Overview ……………………………………………………………………………………………….. 14  IGCSE Curriculum Guide …………………………………………………………………………………………………….. 19  The Sixth Form ……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………. 19

STUDENT LEADERSHIP DRIVE  Student Leadership Drive and House System ……………………………………………………………………… 20  The House System ……………………………………………………………………………………………………………… 21

@ The Westminister School  The Teacher ………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………. 23  GEMS External Professional Development …………………………………………………………………………. 28

POLICIES  Child Protection Policy ……………………………………………………………………………………………………… 31  Well-being Policy ……………………………………………………………………………………………………………… 50  Teaching & Learning Policy ………………………………………………………………………………………………. 53  Assessment Policy …………………………………………………………………………………………………………….. 63  Inclusion Policy …………………………………………………………………………………………………………………. 73  Gifted and Talented Policy ……………………………………………………………………………………………….. 78  Remote Learning Policy …………………………………………………………………………………………………….. 82  Behaviour Policy ………………………………………………………………………………………………………………. 87

o Distance Learning Policy ……………………………………………………………………………………… 94 o Discipline Policy ………………………………………………………………………………………………….. 98

 Attendance and Puntuality Policy and procedure …………………………………………………………….. 101  Electronic Device/ Digital Resources / BYOD/ Acceptable use of Social Media Policy ……….. 106  Language Policy ……………………………………………………………………………………………………………….. 112

HUMAN RESOURCES

 GEMS Employee Code of Conduct ………………………………………………………………………………….. 114  GEMS Leave Policy ………………………………………………………………………………………………………….. 119  Dress Code ……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………… 123

TABLE OF CONTENTS

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[Audio] Page6 GEMS GEMS, Global Education Management Systems, provide management services that optimize academic performance and educational efficiency of private schools. GEMS is a member of the Varkey Group, a name synonymous in the region for a network of international schools that have provided high quality, holistic education for more than thirty years. As a result, GEMS has a unique multi-curricular capability, combined with school models that are specifically designed to meet the needs of various market sectors, from mid-market to the premium segment. GEMS is equipped to provide management expertise specifically tailored for the following curricula:  The National Curriculum for England  American Curriculum  International Baccalaureate Program  Indian Curriculum ( CBSE, ICSE)  Regional Curriculum GEMS schools provide educational programs aimed at attaining high standards of educational excellence. Four distinct Core Values are part of the educational programme in all GEMS schools. Global Citizenship, Growing by Learning, Pursuing Excellence and Leading through Innovation, which emphasizes Information and Communication Technology ( ICT). Key to attainment of these goals are the GEMS training and development programs for school staff, which are conducted regularly in the GEMS schools. These training programmes are regular and you will be invited to attend these in order to: a) develop your own professional skills and b) Continue the overall development of The Westminster School. A GEMS school provides the assurance of all-round, high quality education, success-proven methods, quality practices and a friendly and stimulating learning environment where students are given opportunity to realize their full potential. Statement of School Aims Our Purpose Our school has ambitious educational aims and a strong commitment to achieve them. We believe that by stating our policies clearly and having high expectations of our teachers and students we can work together to create a successful and stimulating working environment. We are committed to co-operation, planning, discussion and teamwork. We believe that this should be a learning school where each of us appreciates that things can always be improved. The GEMS Core Values play a pivotal role in all our undertakings.  Global Citizenship  Growing by Learning  Pursuing Excellence  Leading through Innovation About Us…

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GEMS

GEMS, Global Education Management Systems, provide management services that optimize academic performance and educational efficiency of private schools.

GEMS is a member of the Varkey Group, a name synonymous in the region for a network of international schools that have provided high quality, holistic education for more than thirty years. As a result, GEMS has a unique multi-curricular capability, combined with school models that are specifically designed to meet the needs of various market sectors, from mid-market to the premium segment. GEMS is equipped to provide management expertise specifically tailored for the following curricula:

 The National Curriculum for England

 American Curriculum

 International Baccalaureate Program

 Indian Curriculum (CBSE, ICSE)

 Regional Curriculum

GEMS schools provide educational programs aimed at attaining high standards of educational excellence. Four distinct Core Values are part of the educational programme in all GEMS schools. Global Citizenship, Growing by Learning, Pursuing Excellence and Leading through Innovation, which emphasizes Information and Communication Technology (ICT).

Key to attainment of these goals are the GEMS training and development programs for school staff, which are conducted regularly in the GEMS schools. These training programmes are regular and you will be invited to attend these in order to:

a) develop your own professional skills and b) Continue the overall development of The Westminster School.

A GEMS school provides the assurance of all-round, high quality education, success-proven methods, quality practices and a friendly and stimulating learning environment where students are given opportunity to realize their full potential.

Statement of School Aims

Our Purpose

Our school has ambitious educational aims and a strong commitment to achieve them. We believe that by stating our policies clearly and having high expectations of our teachers and students we can work together to create a successful and stimulating working environment.

We are committed to co-operation, planning, discussion and teamwork. We believe that this should be a learning school where each of us appreciates that things can always be improved. The GEMS Core Values play a pivotal role in all our undertakings.

 Global Citizenship

 Growing by Learning

 Pursuing Excellence

 Leading through Innovation

About Us…

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[Audio] Page7 Our Objectives We intend:  To provide a stimulating, safe and supportive environment, in which all of our students can aim for success.  To provide opportunities for all our students to reach the best levels of achievement of which they are capable.  To ensure our students develop behavior that keep them sole and enable them to learn effectively.  To help our students gain a broad education and achieve excellent examination results in preparation for entering universities anywhere in the world.  To enable students to fully develop the skills and attribute essential for success,  To develop sporting, cultural and social skills.  To help our students become active and responsible global citizens, aware and interested in society.  To provide our students with strong moral values, especially tolerance and understanding of different cultures and religions.  To celebrate cultural and religious diversity, creating a truly international school environment.  To provide our students and their parents with regular, honest information on their academic progress and to give guidance on how the partnership of school and family can help students to improve. Vision Empowering learners, creating the future Mission To inspire a diverse and multicultural community of learners to achieve academic excellence and develop the skills and attributes to become successful global leaders. To empower each other to lead happy and fulfilling lives in a culture of tolerance, innovation and creativity. To create a safe, respectful and equitable learning environment where everyone is free to express their opinion fully respected.

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Our Objectives

We intend:

 To provide a stimulating, safe and supportive environment, in which all of our students can aim for success.  To provide opportunities for all our students to reach the best levels of achievement of which they are capable.  To ensure our students develop behavior that keep them sole and enable them to learn effectively.  To help our students gain a broad education and achieve excellent examination results in preparation for entering universities

anywhere in the world.

 To enable students to fully develop the skills and attribute essential for success,  To develop sporting, cultural and social skills.  To help our students become active and responsible global citizens, aware and interested in society.  To provide our students with strong moral values, especially tolerance and understanding of different cultures and religions.  To celebrate cultural and religious diversity, creating a truly international school environment.

 To provide our students and their parents with regular, honest information on their academic progress and to give guidance on how the partnership of school and family can help students to improve.

Vision

Empowering learners, creating the future

Mission

To inspire a diverse and multicultural community of

learners to achieve academic excellence and develop the skills and attributes to become successful global leaders.

To empower each other to lead happy and fulfilling

lives in a culture of tolerance, innovation and creativity.

To create a safe, respectful and equitable learning environment where everyone is free to express their

opinion fully respected.

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[Audio] Page8 MISSION STATEMENTS Subject Mission Statement AIMS ARABIC A and B "To link the literary, linguistic and intellectual knowledge in Arabian heritage with contemporary life."  To take pride in learning Arabic and have faith in its uniqueness and characteristics that ensure its continuity and the ability to adapt with and accommodate the developments and the challenges of the modern world.  To promote belief in the great Arabic heritage, and showing the deep relation, which cannot be separated from Islam.  To be conscious and sincerely interact with the issues of the nation and its problems by means of the Arabic language in expression and communication. ISLAMIC EDUCATION - A "Applying principles of Islam in daily life"  To consolidate the system of the individual and collective values as a pivot of the message and instructions of Islam.  To strengthen the learner's relation with the Holy Quran as it is the primary source of knowledge, behavior, values, taste and beauty in order to build a Quranic mentality and personality  To strengthen the relation of the learner with the Hadith, as it is the second source of legislation, which explains the judgments, knowledge, values, and behavior of the Holy Quran. ISLAMIC EDUCATION "Applying principles of Islam in daily life"  Information, understanding and real life application of Islamic Values.  To advocate inter-faith harmony in a multicultural environment in accordance with the Quran and Sunnah. SOCIAL STUDIES "Guide our student population in realizing their potential as citizens of a democratic nation and members of our local community."  To understand the country and citizenship in terms of behaviour and practice through feeling love, a sense of belonging, and loyalty to the country, defending it, sacrificing for it, maintaining national unity, modeling good citizenship, national responsibility, and complete obedience to the UAE leaders, as well as seeking to put the public interest above that of his/her own ( Citizenship).  Providing learners with scientific and practical experiences in an advanced way that encourages them to search and investigate.  Empowering towards self-management and self-oriented towards success, excellence, and leadership; bear responsibility; be optimistic, self-confident, and engage in self-development; work with a positive spirit, courage and determination, contribute to work at home and at school, protect the environment from various pollutants, adhere to his/her role in students' groups, and be able to recognize civil community institutions in the UAE ( Individual and Community). ENGLISH " Making Words Work"  To develop the ability to communicate clearly, accurately and effectively when speaking and writing  To learn how to use a wide range of vocabulary, and the correct grammar, spelling and punctuation  To develop a personal style and an awareness of the audience being addressed.

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MISSION STATEMENTS

Subject Mission Statement AIMS

ARABIC A and B

"To link the literary, linguistic and intellectual knowledge in Arabian heritage with contemporary life."

 To take pride in learning Arabic and have faith in its uniqueness and

characteristics that ensure its continuity and the ability to adapt with and accommodate the developments and the challenges of the modern world.

 To promote belief in the great Arabic heritage, and showing the deep

relation, which cannot be separated from Islam.

 To be conscious and sincerely interact with the issues of the nation and

its problems by means of the Arabic language in expression and communication.

ISLAMIC

EDUCATION - A

“Applying principles of Islam in

daily life”

 To consolidate the system of the individual and collective values as a

pivot of the message and instructions of Islam.

 To strengthen the learner’s relation with the Holy Quran as it is the

primary source of knowledge, behavior, values, taste and beauty in order to build a Quranic mentality and personality

 To strengthen the relation of the learner with the Hadith, as it is the

second source of legislation, which explains the judgments, knowledge, values, and behavior of the Holy Quran.

ISLAMIC

EDUCATION

“Applying principles of Islam in

daily life”

 Information, understanding and real life application of Islamic Values.  To advocate inter-faith harmony in a multicultural environment in

accordance with the Quran and Sunnah.

SOCIAL STUDIES

“Guide our student population in realizing their potential as citizens of a democratic nation and members of our

local community.”

 To understand the country and citizenship in terms of behaviour and

practice through feeling love, a sense of belonging, and loyalty to the country, defending it, sacrificing for it, maintaining national unity, modeling good citizenship, national responsibility, and complete obedience to the UAE leaders, as well as seeking to put the public interest above that of his/her own (Citizenship).

 Providing learners with scientific and practical experiences in an

advanced way that encourages them to search and investigate.

 Empowering towards self-management and self-oriented towards

success, excellence, and leadership; bear responsibility; be optimistic, self-confident, and engage in self-development; work with a positive spirit, courage and determination, contribute to work at home and at school, protect the environment from various pollutants, adhere to his/her role in students’ groups, and be able to recognize civil community institutions in the UAE (Individual and Community).

ENGLISH “Making Words Work”

 To develop the ability to communicate clearly, accurately and effectively

when speaking and writing

 To learn how to use a wide range of vocabulary, and the correct

grammar, spelling and punctuation

 To develop a personal style and an awareness of the audience being

addressed.