April 2016

Primary Headteacher and Secondary Principal posts for schools operated by the Ministry of Education in Brunei Darussalam, South East Asia.

The Ministry of Education in Brunei Darussalam operates over 150 primary and secondary schools nationwide and has embarked on a mission to improve the quality of education on offer to its young people. In 2007, His Majesty the Sultan of Brunei launched the new education system, named ‘The National Education System for the 21st Century’ (Sistem Pendidikan Negara Abad ke-21 or SPN21) and the Government formulated a long-term development framework, the National Vision 2035. As part of this, the national strategy outlined eight strategic policy directions;

  • Investing in early childhood education;
  • Adopting international best practices in teaching and learning;
  • Having first class secondary and tertiary education including vocational schools, that produce experts, professionals and technicians required in commerce and industry;
  • Strengthening the competency in info-communication technology (ICT) for students, teachers and educational administrators including integration of ICT in school curriculum;
  • Devising programs that promote life-long learning and widen access to higher education;
  • Promoting research, development and innovation both in government-funded institutions and through public-private and international partnerships;
  • Adopting cost-effective methods of educating Brunei’s people through the use of technology; and
  • Improving the management of all its educational institutions. 

Brunei’s primary and secondary schools are improving, but it is recognised that further impetus is needed. Local school leaders and teachers across the country need support and guidance in improving school performance. Teaching and learning in many schools is inadequate and public examination results have not shown satisfactory improvement over recent years.

The Ministry of Education has decided to appoint a small number of highly experienced and successful international secondary school Principals and primary school Headteachers to lead a select group of specially chosen schools around Brunei. The expectation is that these Principals and Headteachers will have the capability not only to create substantial change and improvement to the schools that they will lead, but also, working closely with the Ministry, they will mentor, coach and professionally develop other school leaders and teachers nationally to improve educational standards throughout Brunei.

The schools selected typically range between 500 to 1,000 students and the vast majority of teachers are local Bruneians. The schools follow the Bruneian curriculum model, the SPN21, which is designed to provide learners with broad, balanced, relevant and differentiated learning experiences, taking into account each learner’s needs whilst making provision for progression and continuity. The SPN21 curriculum ensures that within broad learning areas, learners will develop knowledge and understanding, and essential skills with the attitudes and values to ensure holistic development within the context of the 21st century. The key learning areas are: Islamic Religious Education; Nationhood Education; Languages; Mathematics; Science; Physical and Health Education; Social Sciences and Humanities; Technology; and Arts and Culture.

The successful candidates for these posts will be well qualified and highly experienced school leaders who can demonstrate their success in bringing about substantial change to institutions they have led. They will have a deep understanding of best practice in teaching and learning, and will have experienced working with a range of different pedagogical approaches and curricula. Due to the fact that the roles will have a nationwide influence, they will need to be truly collaborative leaders, with mentoring and coaching skills. Brunei is a country with a deeply ingrained and respectful culture, and as such the successful candidates will need to have outstanding interpersonal skills and a sincere respect for, and interest in, cultural differences and diversity.

The Bruneian academic year runs from January to December and therefore the Ministry of Education would ideally intend the appointed candidates to commence as soon as possible, but are prepared to wait until April 2016, or later if necessary, for the preferred candidates.

For the Primary Headteacher Candidate Pack CLICK HERE

For the Secondary Principal Candidate Pack CLICK HERE

For an informal discussion about these opportunities, please contact Edward Clark on +44(0)1256 862840 or +44 (0)7718 588616, or email at edward@lsceducation.com.

To apply for the post, click Apply Now below and submit your application quoting code MEP for Primary Headteachers and MES for Secondary Principals.

Closing date: 20 November 2015

Longlist interviews: w/c 23 November 2015

Shortlist Interviews: w/c 18 January 2016 (in Brunei)

The Ministry of Education, Brunei Darussalam is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. The successful candidate will be required to undergo relevant background checks.


Ministry of Education website: www.moe.gov.bn 

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