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British International School Riyadh

Whole School Counsellor - Diplomatic Quarter Campus - required for August 2022

Applications for this job are closed

Important dates

Closing date of applications
12 March 2022
Start date
1 August 2022
Date Contract Ends

Job details

School Counsellor
Ages 4-18 / Whole School
English National / IB Dip
Positions available
Contract type
Vacancy type
Full Time
M1 - M6 + Overseas Allowance


1 or more years experience

Due to growth and expansion at the DQ campus, we are seeking a lively, dynamic Counsellor for our school students (Primary to Senior level) to join a team of hard working and well-motivated professionals who work cooperatively and imaginatively. 

The British International School Riyadh (BISR) is an extremely well-regarded not-for-profit, co-educational school in the Middle East, catering for students aged 3-18 across its existing five campuses, providing high quality education to the expatriate community since 1979. The school is accredited by the Council of International Schools (CIS) and as a British School Overseas (BSO). BISR is also a member of the British Schools of the Middle East (BSME) and the Council of British International Schools (COBIS). Learning is holistic, supported by a broad co-curricular programme, encompassing extra-curricular activities, student leadership, service learning and residential trips. Strong pastoral care supports student well-being. 


Due to growth and expansion at the DQ campus, we are seeking a lively, dynamic Counsellor for our school students (Primary to Senior level) to join a team of hard working and well-motivated professionals who work cooperatively and imaginatively.  We are specifically looking for a counsellor who will contribute to the further development of our dynamic school and can add to the existing vision and already very high pastoral standards.  


Full Job Description is available here: Whole School Counsellor -DQ - JD 


The successful candidate will:

  • Through a range of therapeutic interventions, provide high quality support for students of all ages who are experiencing problems, with the aim of managing and enhancing their emotional well-being,

  • Provide support, guidance and advice to families, teachers and the school with the aim of promoting well-being for individuals and the wider BISR community.

  • Show a good understanding of working within a Middle-Eastern setting and the current issues facing school-aged students.

  • Work with young people to improve their emotional well-being and resilience and be aware of common issues faced by this age group.

  • Be aware of the ethical and professional guidelines pertaining to counselling and underpinning regular practice and be a member of a professional body.

  • Have proven experience in working with children and young people in a school setting.

  • Have excellent interpersonal skills, high levels of emotional intelligence and a good sense of humour, effectively collaborating within a range of teams.

  • Fully support the school Mission, Vision and Motto.

  • Go the extra mile for students, contributing to the wider life of the school, including the broad co-curricular programme and community events.

  • Hold  an appropriate UK or UK recognised qualification.


We can offer:

  • Highly motivated and engaged students

  • A school with a strong sense of community

  • A learning focused school committed to staff development

  • Motivated, hard-working and dedicated colleagues, who are committed to high quality learning, student well-being and co-curricular programmes


To apply, please follow the link and provide a supporting statement of application following our Guidelines .  


Closing date for all applications: Saturday 12th March, 2022


BISR believes very strongly in the role of the school in safeguarding children and young people.  All staff, whatever their role in the school, will be required to undergo rigorous background checks before commencing employment.


The school reserves the right to make an earlier appointment if a suitable candidate is identified

For more information about the school please visit our website:  


How to apply for a position at BISR

To apply and for additional information, please follow the ‘inteachers’ link on the vacancy.

When applying via this link, please provide the following in support of your application:

All applications must include:

  • An up to date two-page Curriculum Vitae, including a photograph
  • A statement in support of your application, which must include an answer to the following question:  How do you think you would be able to support our Mission and REACH motto?

Teacher applications must include:

  • How do you demonstrate that you are a lifelong learner and how does current pedagogical practice have an impact in your classroom?
  • How do you create a positive classroom climate and support student well-being in your current school?
  • What strategies do you use to ensure that all learners in your classroom attain very well?
  • What is your contribution to your current school community?


BISR is fully committed to safeguarding children and young people. We complete rigorous background checks for all staff, whatever their role in the school, prior to them commencing employment.

The school reserves the right to make an earlier appointment if a suitable candidate is identified.

For information about compensation and benefits, please click this link.

For more information about the school please visit the 'ABOUT US' section our website

We very much look forward to receiving your application. 

Teachers who work at BISR should have


  • Qualified Teacher status.
  • Certificate of Education - PGCE or B.Ed.
  • Training or qualification relevant to the post.


  • An appreciation of the demands of a British school in an international context.
  • Recognise the vital importance of a positive commitment to the co-curricular life of the school.
  • An appreciation of the importance of intercultural understanding and cultural sensitivity.
  • Recognise the responsibility each individual staff member has in supporting the holistic growth and well-being of students.


  • Experience of working in various contexts both in the UK and internationally.
  • Experience of teaching within a Key Stage or subject.
  • Experience of positive behaviour management strategies.
  • Experience of planning for children with a range of learning needs, including extremely able students.
  • Experience of curriculum development, monitoring and assessment.
  • Experience of working with second language students or prepared to undertake training.

Skills and Abilities

  • A detailed knowledge of the English National Curriculum.
  • Ability to organise a stimulating learning environment and demonstrate excellent creative teaching skills.
  • Willingness to collaborate with colleagues in preparing for learning and teaching.
  • Good organisation of recording and evaluating progress.
  • Show good communication skills when working with pupils, parents and colleagues.
  • Effective skills in managing and organising own time and directing deployment of teaching assistants.
  • Good ICT skills to be effective in your job.
  • An understanding of Assessment for Learning Strategies and use of this to inform future planning.
  • The desire to develop knowledge of the curriculum above and below the preferred key stage or in a cross-curricular context.

Personal Qualities

  • Warmth and sense of humour.
  • Flexibility.
  • Enthusiasm.
  • Team player.
  • Commitment to continuing professional development.
  • Willingness to be involved in co-curricular activities and events and engage in all aspects of school life.
  • High expectations of yourself and of children.
  • First class communication skills.
  • Empathy with pupils, colleagues, parents and visitors.
  • You must be a glass half-full person!

Equal Opportunities

  • Ability to promote equal opportunities with respect to race, gender and disability

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