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REACH BRITISH SCHOOL

EMPLOYEE MANUAL

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REACH BRITISH SCHOOL Introduction This Human Resource Manual provides our valued employees with useful information including policies and procedures regarding employment at Reach British School. It is intended to be a guide to questions that employees may have during their term of employment. This will give employees a better understanding of their responsibilities and the conditions under which they work. Its primary purpose is to serve as an employee’s reference when you have questions about employment policies or practices. The terms and conditions stated in this resource manual shall be complementary to those stated in the employee’s employment contract. Please note that this employee manual is not a contract or an employment agreement between Reach British School and its employees.

We look forward to support you in your career at Reach British School.

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REACH BRITISH SCHOOL Message from Dene Bright - Principal

Welcome to Reach British School. Reach British School provides an excellent FS - Year 11 curriculum programme in the English language to students from around the world through an enriched International Primary Curriculum and Secondary/English National Curriculum. Our staff teach and inspire excellence in both academic and life-long learning skills by continually reviewing and developing a curriculum promoting student success, modelling integrity and mutual respect, while nurturing a desire for a life-long love of learning. Success will not only be measured by academic achievement, but also by the impact that each student makes on the lives of others. Our vision is supported by placing great importance on an ISP values-driven education expressed through our core values. They are not symbolic: we live and breathe them. We encourage independent learning, empowering students to take on responsibility. Through our values our students become confident, tolerant, resilient people of integrity, capable of both leadership and compassion. Through our own initiatives, ISP students also develop a social conscience. They are taught the values and responsibilities needed to become active members of the community. Teachers and students are encouraged to work hard, to give of their best at whatever they undertake and to behave in a way that shows mutual respect for all members of the school community. Reach British School expects the highest professional standards and we are ambitious for continued success. I warmly welcome you to our school and wish you every success. Please remember to “keep the main thing the main thing�.

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REACH BRITISH SCHOOL Message from Sally Gibson - Head of Early Years Welcome to our Early Years at Reach British School where children enter and thrive by learning through play indoors and outdoors in a safe and spacious environment. Our friendly team work together to enable our children to access all seven areas of the Early Years Profile whilst nurturing and opening opportunities of amazing learning to both children and adults. It is our strong belief that if the basic skills are in place for every child through careful bespoke planning, delivering, monitoring and assessing their learning journey is unique and happy. Our children become confident, independent and empowered to transition into primary at the end of FS2. Being a member of our Early Years team we support each other in all aspects of teaching and learning for the benefit of every child providing experiences that are enhancing and exciting not only for the children but for the staff themselves.

Message from Alan Moody - Head of Primary

I am excited to work with you this year and build on the already great success stories in Reach British School. It is my mission to support you in your professional growth and development, the students in reaching their targets and potential and the parents in understanding ‘what we do’ at Reach. This coming year we will work together as a team with the family, school, and community to encourage and motivate all students to reach their fullest potential. It is our goal to use various teaching and learning strategies such as: Life Skills, Lifelong Guidelines, Multiple Intelligences, Bloom's Taxonomy, and Cooperative Learning. We will accept the challenge to meet the needs of our school community socially, emotionally, academically, and physically. We will work to protect the self-esteem of each individual and to make every member of the “Reach Family” feel special. Our staff and students will become lifelong learners and responsible citizens striving to reach new heights in order to make the world a better place to live. Ultimately, each student will gain from school according to the effort he/she applies. To increase the degree of educational success, it is very important that teachers, parents, and administrators communicate openly and frequently concerning the progress of students. We all want the best for our children. You, the teacher, play a key role in the education of our children. Your words of encouragement, a high five or hug when the day has been rough, your genuine care and interest in your student’s work, and your ‘being present’ in their lives at school is vital! I want to thank you in advance for all you do for our school and our students. Thank you for working hard to help our students achieve their goals and thank you for supporting one another in those times of need.

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REACH BRITISH SCHOOL Message from Matthew Croasdell - Head of Secondary As Head of Secondary, I look forward to a fruitful year where we, as a team, can look back and say, ‘together we improved our students and delivered a meaningful curriculum that enriched and educated their minds.’ Along with our enriching British curriculum, we have to set ourselves goals, as a staff and as individuals, that can help us to achieve this. I am proud that we are able offer iGCSE courses from September 2018 and confident that we have the staff in place to grow year on year offering the best British curriculum in Abu Dhabi

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REACH BRITISH SCHOOL International Schools Partnership

The International Schools Partnership is an ever-growing global family of schools where the child's learning is at the core of everything we do. ISP head office is based in UK.

Embracing a desire to inspire, equip and nurture your child At the International Schools Partnership, we share the passion you hold to help your child grow and learn, to be able to contribute to the world in which they will soon find their place. Students will be inspired to be curious and creative, as we equip them with the abilities they will need to nourish such talents. At an ISP school, children will also develop key skills and build confidence. These are the key stepping stones which will allow them to thrive in their future and far beyond any classroom.

ISP core purpose * ISP has a passion for learning that leads children success in the classroom and beyond * We inspire your curious, creative and confident child to flourish * We equip children with the knowledge, skills and motivation to succeed * We nurture children to develop the character and values to thrive in a challenging world.

Vision and Values       

We ‘Develop a passion for learning which leads to success both in the classroom and beyond.’ We will Inspire, Equip and Nurture children who will: Acquire key knowledge and vital skills. Learn about themselves and how to treat and work with others across the globe. Develop awe and wonder for the world around them. Our schools are welcoming, exciting, rigorous and fun. This experience will sustain them for life-long learning in an uncertain and ever changing world.

We Inspire ‘We inspire children and enable their curiosity, creativity and confidence to flourish’ We Equip ‘We equip children with the motivation, knowledge and skills to achieve results’. We Nurture ‘We nurture pupils with the character and values to thrive in a challenging world’. Children will leave our schools as well-rounded characters with: motivation, tenacity, commitment, determination, compassion and grit. “Our schools are friendly and supportive environments where children’s qualities, talents, and personalities can flourish.” We Sustain ‘To be successful, learning needs to be developed and sustained. ISP is a developing and sustainable group’.

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REACH BRITISH SCHOOL Our origin

Reach British School is in the south of Abu Dhabi, teaching the National Curriculum for England to ages 3 to 16 The school now has over 1350 students from over 52 different nationalities. We currently teach FS1 to Year 10 (Pre-KG to Grade 9), with Year 11 (Grade 10) opening in September 2018. Building started in September 2012, and the doors to the school first opened in September 2014 to over 200 children, which quickly grew to 686 by the end of the first term. In September 2015, we welcomed over 1,000 children and doubled our staff numbers. By September 2016, the school had grown again to over 1,200 students, and the campus and student body were a settled and welcoming environment to the new families that joined the school. With more capacity to grow in the Secondary School we will see our numbers grow again in September 2018, when we open Year 11 when students will complete their iGCSE exams. We pride ourselves on our staff. Nearly all teachers are native English speakers, working alongside our specialist teachers who deliver the Ministry of Education’s Arabic, Islamic and Social Studies curriculum. Learning and teaching standards are constantly observed, and specialist consultants from our British owners, the International Schools Partnership, ensure we are constantly developing to give our students the best environment to develop academically as well as socially. Our Senior Leadership Team are mainly British, bringing years of experience from schools all over the world to our international school. The environment is as important to learning as the teacher is. The school has light spacious classrooms for Primary and Secondary, and a separate specialized Early Years

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REACH BRITISH SCHOOL Foundation Stage building with its own indoor and outdoor play areas. A heated swimming pool offers weekly swimming lessons to Years 3 and above, while our library, ICT suites and art rooms give students a rounded education. Science labs are available to our Secondary students, as well as a fantastic refurbished indoor multipurpose sports hall and ICT suites. We look forward to welcoming you into our school community, where we help young people lay the foundations for life-long success. The British schools deliver tried and tested educational programs, leading students to enter renowned universities. Our joining the International Schools Partnership in early 2016 enabled us to join with likeminded schools internationally, and that brings a wealth of opportunity to the school. Investing in children is the key to our success, and the future is bright for Reach British School. We are looking forward to fulfilling and inspiring times ahead – come and join us on our journey.

Vision Lead. Learn. Inspire.

Mission Our mission is to offer a meaningful education for students from different cultures and origins. We must equip them with the knowledge and skills for a successful future after they leave school. Their learning must be both relevant and purposeful. Besides acquiring literacy and numeracy skills and competence with ICT, we also endeavor to provide a holistic education to students, so that they grow into confident, caring and contributing citizens. They must also understand the vital need to make our world a sustainable place to live. The world is a competitive place and only an understanding of the competition ahead will give them the ability to fulfil their potential for success.

Core Values  Accountability  Compassion  Courage  Determination  Honorable purpose  Humility  Integrity  Selflessness

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REACH BRITISH SCHOOL Beliefs At the core of Reach British School are the beliefs that: All children are capable of learning Each student is an individual child who has particular learning needs and through an awareness of what these needs are, we can help support students in becoming confident and successful learners Students have the right to a quality education in a safe, stimulating and nurturing learning environment High expectations should permeate the whole school learning-community to raise achievement for all To foster tolerance and respect, the school community should be principled, caring and appreciative of the cultural diversity of its families and staff Students will be encouraged to value their environment and contribute to the wider community Education is a shared responsibility between parents, students, staff, administration, the Board of Directors and the wider community Learning is a life-long process

Aims of Reach British School Student Progress: We aim to create a school:  with consistently high expectations and achievements  where students’ individual development is nurtured  where students are prepared for the next stage of their education in which appropriate challenges are available to allow all to fulfil their potential Students’ Well Being and Personal Growth: We aim to create a school in which:  all students are happy and safe  positive behavior is recognized and praised  students are independent learners who are confident in their abilities  respect and tolerance are central to all aspects of learning  a love for life-long learning is fostered Curriculum Delivery: We will endeavor to:  recruit qualified, experienced teachers with a desire to continue their own learning journey  provide a rounded, relevant and rigorous curriculum for all learners  prepare learners for the next stage of their educational journey  utilize multi-cultural and community facets to enhance the learning of all  embraces technology and prepares students for an ever-changing world Leadership & Management: We aim to create a school:  which has excellent Leadership and Management who are accessible  in which leaders are encouraged at all levels  which has a supportive and collaborative relationship with all stakeholders

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REACH BRITISH SCHOOL The Country - UNITED ARAB EMIRATES The United Arab Emirates is a constitutional Federation of seven Emirates, namely Abu Dhabi, Dubai, Sharjah, Ajman, Umm Al Quain, Ras Al-Khaimah and Fujairah. The Federation was formally established on 2nd December 1971. The capital of the federation, Abu Dhabi is located in the Emirate of the same name. His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan is the current president of the United Arab Emirates and the ruler of Abu Dhabi. He succeeded to the post on 3rd November 2004, replacing his father Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, who passed away the day before. Abu Dhabi City is situated on an island and the Emirate makes up 87% of the UAE’s mainland area with 67,340 square kilometres and has 200 offshore islands. The Emirate originally prospered as fishing and pearling communities until oil exports in 1962 began and Abu Dhabi started to evolve into a large, cosmopolitan city.

The Culture and Heritage of the UAE The tribe has been the principle building block of UAE society since migrations brought Arab tribes to the region. The resourcefulness which the people displayed assisted by their age-old social structure in which each family was traditionally bound by obligations of mutual assistance to his immediate relatives and to the tribe as a whole, can still be seen today. For more information on the Heritage and Traditions of the UAE, please visit: http://www.uaeinteract.com/history/trad/index.asp You could also visit the Heritage Village in Abu Dhabi. For more information, see: http://visitabudhabi.ae/en/what.to.see/culture.and.heritage/heritage.village.aspx

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REACH BRITISH SCHOOL Abu Dhabi

The city of Abu Dhabi is located on the north-eastern part of the Persian Gulf in the Arabian Peninsula. Abu Dhabi is the capital and the second largest city of the United Arab Emirates in terms of population and the largest of the seven member emirates of the United Arab Emirates. No matter what the season, Abu Dhabi offers every type of sport and leisure pursuit from aerobics to wind surfing. Proximity to the Gulf waters ensures that a large number of water sports are available. One of the most popular activities is getting out into the desert. If you enjoy camping, dune bashing or hiking in the desert, the dramatic wadis and the mountains will attract you. Time Out Abu Dhabi lists many activities and clubs you can join: www.timeoutabudhabi.com Religion Islam is the official religion of the UAE. Ramadan is the holy month in which Muslims commemorate the revelation of the Holy Qu’ran. It is a month of fasting when Muslims abstain from all food, drink and cigarettes from dawn to dusk. Non-Muslims are also expected to refrain from eating, drinking or smoking in public places during this time as a sign of respect. Accordingly, restaurants and coffee shops are either concealed from public view or closed during the daytime. Business and school hours also change during this period and normally, offices open for shorter hours than usual. The UAE’s culture is marked by a high degree of tolerance for different religions and lifestyles. Although the dress code for expatriates is liberal, you should not wear revealing clothing in public. Women face no discrimination and may drive and walk around unescorted. Despite rapid economic development in recent years, the UAE remains close to its Arabic and Islamic cultural values. Hence, expatriates are

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REACH BRITISH SCHOOL expected to show respect to them. As per the state policy, non-Muslims are provided with all the essential facilities to conveniently practise their faith. A few of the places of worship available in Abu Dhabi are: St. Andrew’s Protestant Church, St. George’s Orthodox Church and St. Joseph’s Roman Catholic Church. Information for Non-Muslims during Ramadan Individuals should not consume food or beverages openly during the day. In addition, smoking in public places should be avoided.      

Most eating establishments will be closed until sunset; many stay open into the early morning hours However, some fast food chains might still provide home delivery services Most hotels will serve food in a location not in the public view during the daylight hours Most hotels will not serve liquor during the month of Ramadan Since cultural consciousness is also high during the month, non-Muslims should dress and behave modestly to avoid causing offence If in doubt as to a particular issue it is prudent to check first

Climate UAE enjoys subtropical climate, with blue skies and sunshine all year round. Hence sunshine and blue skies are guaranteed almost every day in Abu Dhabi. The hottest months are July and August, when average maximum temperatures reach above 45° C (113° F) on the coastal plain. The temperature begins to cool down in September and average minimum temperatures in January and February are between 10°C (50°F) and 14°C (57°F). Currency The currency of the UAE is the Dirham (Dh), or the Arab Emirate Dirham (AED), as known in international business. Introduced in 1973, the UAE Dirham was tied to the US Dollar at a steady exchange rate of $US 1 = Dh 3.685 since 1980. The UAE currency notes are available in denominations of 5, 10, 20, 50, 100, 200, 500 and 1000 Dirhams. One Dirham equals 100 Fils. Coins are available in denominations of 1, 5, 10, 25 and 50 fils, and 1 Dirham. However, coins with a denomination below 25 fils are of little value and are rarely used in the market. Banks usually give the best rates on foreign currency exchange, but hotels and airports provide quick services and remain open outside banking hours. There are internationally renowned banks with offices in the major cities of the UAE. You can also exchange your currency at innumerable money exchange houses, but their rates may be higher. Bank timings generally are from 8 am to 1 pm, while money exchange houses operate between 8 am to 1 pm and again from 4:30 pm to 8:30 pm. Telephones and Internet There are two telecommunication companies in the UAE, Etisalat and Du. Both are government owned. Mobile Phones: You can get a SIM card and number for your mobile without a residency visa but you will need your passport. **You can either pay the bills online or at any du/Etisalat payment machine available in most of the shopping malls. Internet: Internet cafés charge between Dhs10 and Dhs20 per hour. Broadband connections are available through any Etisalat or Du package.

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REACH BRITISH SCHOOL **You can either pay the bills online or at any du/Etisalat payment machine available in most of the shopping malls. Holidays and Islamic Events The following are the major holidays and Islamic events in the UAE for the year 2018-19: Prophet’s Birthday* ( Nov 19th) End of Ramadan* (June 14th) Eid Al Fitr * ( Jun 15th & 16th ) Arafat Day* ( Aug 20th) Eid Al Adha* ( Aug 22nd & 23rd ) Hijri New Year's Day*(Sep 11th ) UAE National Day* ( Dec 2nd & 3rd) Islamic practices are based on the lunar calendar or cycle, consisting of twelve months of 29 or 30 days each, totaling 353 or 354 days. The actual dates may differ from the dates given above. The holy day of the Muslims is FRIDAY. Alcohol Consumption It is important to note that purchasing alcohol by persons who do not have a valid UAE liquor permit is illegal. Drinking alcohol in restaurants and bars is limited to guests and those holding a valid liquor permit. All employees wishing to consume alcohol in private homes, hotels, clubs, etc. must have in their possession a valid liquor licence at all times. Once staff have a residency visa they can/should apply for a liquor licence online at www.auhsl.ae The UAE has a zero tolerance for drinking and driving. In the event of an accident, blood tests of each person involved may be taken. If alcohol is present the penalties for this offence include jail time and hefty fines. Staff should be aware that alcohol can remain in the blood stream for 24 hours and therefore driving is not recommended within this period. It is also an offence to carry alcohol in vehicles without a liquor licence. Any form of trading alcohol is strictly forbidden Language Arabic is the written and spoken language of more than 150 million inhabitants of the Arab world. Arabic script is also used by 1/7 of the world’s population. Millions of people in Africa and Asia write their languages in the Arabic alphabet i.e.: India. Arabic script reads from right to left and its alphabet contains 28 letters, 8 characters. While it is universally written, read and understood in its classical form, spoken Arabic has undergone regional and dialectical variations.

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REACH BRITISH SCHOOL Some useful Arabic words to start with: English Phrases

Phonetically

English Phrases

Phonetically

English Phrases

Phonetically

My Name Is …. Esmee

Hi/Hello

Marhaba

Yes

Na’am

I Like/ Love

Good Morning

Sabah el kheer No

Ohibbu

Laa

Happy Birthday Eid Melad Saeed Good Evening! Masaa el kheer Right

Yameen

How Are You?

Kaifa haloka/ haloki (female)

Welcome

Ahlan W Sahlan

Left

Yasar

I'm Fine, Thanks!

Ana bekhair, shokran!

Thank You (Very Much)!

Shokran (jazeelan)

Straight

Seeda

And You?

Wa ant? / Wa anti? (female)

You're Welcome! (for “thank you”)

Afwan

1

Wahed

Good/ Thanks God.

Bekhair/AlHamdu Good Bye! Lellah

Ma’a salama

2

Ethnan

Congratulations Mabrook

What's Your Name?

Ma esmouk? Ma esmouki? (female)

3

Thalatha

Happy Birthday E’id meelad Sae’d

Me/I

Ana

4

Arba’a

I am from

Sorry

Aasef Asefa (female)

5

Khamsa

6

Seta

7

Saba’a

8

Thamaneia

9

Tesa’a

10

A’shara

Ana men

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REACH BRITISH SCHOOL Employment & Compensation Working in the UAE All employees working in the UAE need to be issued with a working visa from their employer. For schools, colleagues need approval from the governing authority- ADEK (Abu Dhabi Education and Knowledge) prior to a visa being issued. Department of Education & Knowledge (ADEK) ADEK is the local educational body governing all the schools in Abu Dhabi, UAE. All teaching staff must be approved by ADEK in order to teach in the region. ADEK Approval Process

ADEK Stamping of the Residence Visa & Emirates ID Issuance

Submission of documents for ADEK approval

MOL Once we receive the ADEK approval, documents will submitted for Initial Labour approval

Ministry of Labour Offer & Contract issuance

Apply for Medical Insurance

Ministry of immigration appoval

Medicals & Emirates ID Prelimininary Work Permit Issued

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REACH BRITISH SCHOOL Documents Required for ADEK & MOL approvals Once the teacher accepts our employment offer, HR will advise the candidate of the list of documents that require submission in order to apply for ADEK approval. We need colored and clear copies (via email) of: 1. Passport copy with a minimum of 6 months validity from August 2018 2. Attested Educational Documents according to the UAE requirements. For Bachelor of Education holders- Copy of attested School qualification. For related School degree holders -Copy of attested School qualification, together with a copy of attested teaching qualification/postgraduate certificate in Education. 3. Transcripts showing subjects studied and hours. 4. Experience Letters from the previous employers as stated in the CV (Sample attached below 2.6) 5. Attested Recent CRB/ Enhanced Police Check (should be applied to Reach British School) with 6 month’s validity 6. One clear passport size picture on white background. 7. Completed self-introductory form (ADEK form, will be sent via email) 8. Updated CV 9. Good conduct certificate- attested. (British citizens are able to apply online through the website www.acro.police.uk/police_certificates which is the fastest route, or by post. They will have to fill in an application form with the expected response time of two working days for the premium service, and 10 working days for the standard service.) Your legalisation and visa proceedings also depends on the ADEK approval as no teaching staff can attain a valid UAE visa without ADEK appointment letter. Your employment is subject to the ADEK appointment letter. Process of Attestation Academic qualifications must be attested prior to entering the UAE. If your documents do not originate from the UK or you are currently not in the UK, you should contact the UAE Embassy for advice. Step 1 Copies of degree and teaching certificates and marriage certificate have to be authenticated by a solicitor to state they are a genuine copy. Take your originals to a solicitor (who should be a notary public). The solicitor will make a copy and stamp and sign them. The solicitor should be on the British Foreign & Commonwealth database. If he/she is not, ask for the solicitor’s business card so that he/she may be contacted by the Foreign Office. Include the business card with the copies of your documents when they are presented at the Foreign Office. Step 2 Signed documents must be presented to the Foreign and Commonwealth Office in Milton Keynes for certification. For an extra fee your solicitor can usually arrange this for you. There may be a queue at the Foreign Office, so leave plenty of time for this process. Most documents can be processed in an hour. It will take longer if your solicitor is not on their approved database. You must wait for your documents. This process is similar for non-British staff but may have variations dependent on nationality. You should check the appropriate websites for an update on costs and process fees. The cost of this is the employee’s responsibility and all attested documents will be returned to them.

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REACH BRITISH SCHOOL Step 3 Take your certified documents to the UAE Embassy, 30 Princes Gate, London SW7 1PT. It is very close to the Science Museum (the nearest tube is South Kensington) take the subway and walk as far as the last exit, cross the road and walk a short distance. The embassy is only open from 9.30 am to 1 pm and it is likely that there will be a queue. Go to the Legalisation desk and present your documents. You must pay approx. GBP 20 cash per document. Normally you can collect them 3 days later. However, by paying an additional approx. GBP 10 cash per document, you can return later in the day to collect. You will be given a receipt when you collect your documents. Submitting by post It is possible to submit your documents to the Foreign Office and the UAE Embassy by post to the address given below. Follow step 1 above. Send your signed, authenticated documents to the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, Milton Keynes. You must include the following: • Your signed documents and solicitor’s business card • A postal order to cover the Foreign Office fee of GBP 27 per document • A stamped address envelope with the appropriate postal charge addressed to the UAE Embassy, 30 Princes Gate, London SW7 1PT • A postal order to cover the UAE embassy charge of approx. GBP 20 per document • Instructions asking the Foreign Office to certify your documents and to forward them on in the envelope enclosed to the UAE Embassy • Instructions asking the UAE Embassy to legalize/endorse your documents and then to return them to you • A stamped self-addressed envelope for the return of the documents Please make sure the 3 envelopes you use / supply have sufficient postage. This can take up to 4 weeks. Once your documents have been returned to you, please send scanned copies in order for HR to process your ADEK approval. Please bring all original documents with you when you commence in the new academic year. Below are a few agencies who can help you in the attestation process: Vital Certificates, UK: brigitte.mehr@vitalcertificates.co.uk UK Apostille Services: http://www.apostille.org.uk Vital Legalisation: www.vitallegalisation.co.uk

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REACH BRITISH SCHOOL Sample Template of the experience letter (Required on School letter head). Date: To: Reach British School Subject: Experience letter This is to confirm that Ms. /Mr. (employee Name) was/ currently employed by (School name) as a (Designation). She/he commenced her/ his duties on (start date) and her/ his final day of employment will be on (last working date). This Certification is issued upon the request of (employee name) without any risk of responsibility on the school.

School Principal name Principal signature

School Stamp

Hours of Work – Meal / Break times The normal working week at Reach British School is Sunday to Thursday and the official operational hours are from 7.15 AM to 3.30 PM daily. Some units within Reach British School must deliver services well outside the operational hours and hence requires a flexible alternative to the official working hours for individual teachers and staff. Reach British School reserves the right to adjust employee’s work hours to meet operational requirements. The standard working hours of Reach British School are from 7.15 AM to 3.45 PM with a break for lunch and are in line with UAE Labor Law. Attendance All employees of Reach British School have responsibilities towards students and other clients of Reach British School. Hence they are required to be present at work when they are supposed to be and to come to work on time. Permission for absence from work should always be obtained in advance and in writing. In cases, where prior approval cannot be obtained (illness or any other unforeseen circumstances), it is the responsibility of the employee to inform Reach British School as soon as possible prior to the start of the work day. An employee must make every effort to do this during the first day of absence. Failure to do so without satisfactory explanation may lead to disciplinary action. Pay Periods To attract and retain highly qualified employees, Reach British School strives to pay wages and salaries that are competitive with the job market; prevent discrimination and enhance consistency & equity while making compensation decisions. Reach British School will pay its employees on a monthly basis no later than the first (1st) working day following the month in which the work was performed. Pay-slips will be issued to all employees on request as a proof of payment.

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REACH BRITISH SCHOOL Personnel Records In order to keep necessary personnel records up to date and to comply with Ministry of Labor Legislation, it is extremely important that you notify the Human Resources Department of any change in:      

Name Marital status Address Telephone number Number of eligible dependents Emergency contact information

Introductory / Probation Period Reach British School Policy requires an initial probationary period for all new employees which can be up to a maximum of six months. The probationary period is a time when the employee becomes familiar with the basic requirements and expectations for the job. It is also an opportunity for supervisors to assess the employee’s skills, qualifications and general suitability to successfully meet position requirements, determines if the employee’s performance meets the expected standards and whether employment should be continued. During the probation period, both the employer and the employee may terminate the employment contract with immediate effect without providing a valid reason or notice. In such cases, the employer will not be liable to pay end of service benefits or compensation to the employee. Contracts Reach British School issues various types of employment contracts or letters of offer, establishing the terms and conditions applicable to each appointment. The contract or offered terms comply with the Reach British School Human Resources policies and procedures and are legally binding. An employee’s salary is based on an assessment according to the employee classification, pay and benefits policy in effect at the time of the hire. The factors of assessment include experience, education, previous salary, market conditions, internal equity and any other competitive factors. Orientation and Training It is mandatory to attend a New Employee Orientation Program at the beginning of employment with Reach British School which should cover basic information about the School, its culture, benefits to the employee and expectations of employment at Reach British School. Performance Evaluation All teachers will have both a formal and informal lesson observations conducted on an ongoing basis. In addition, new employees will receive a performance evaluation towards the end of their probationary period. It serves to recognize and reinforce desired performance, discuss needed improvements and provide a basis for potential merit awards and CPD needs. Dress Code Reach British School staff are expected to dress smartly and maintain a businesslike and professional working environment. Administrators and teachers are in the public eye and should maintain very high standards of smart office attire. Out of respect to the customs and traditions of the people of the United Arab Emirates, the below sets as a guideline that is expected to be adhered to at all times: Male staff are expected to wear professional looking full length formal trousers. These are to be complemented with collared shirts either short or long sleeved and a tie. Jackets or blazers must be worn on formal occasions like parent meetings and school events. Dress shoes must be worn at all times. Denims, jeans, tight fitting trousers, sandals and slippers are not permitted.

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REACH BRITISH SCHOOL Female staff are expected to dress smartly and professionally in full length tailored trousers or below the knee skirts. A variety of tops are acceptable including shirts, blouses, sweaters and jackets provided necklines are appropriate and discreet, shoulders are covered and fabric is not sheer. For Footwear clean, open or closed shoes and dress sandals are acceptable. Denims, jeans, tight fitting trousers, sandals and slippers are not permitted. For Physical Education (PE), the staff should wear good quality sportswear including training shoes and hats. Personal body grooming is to be maintained by all staff through regular body wash, soaps, deodorants, light perfume, aftershave etc. Excessive embellishment with jewelry, etc. is discouraged. ID cards must be worn at all times. Tattoos should be covered. Confidential Information The employee shall not, either during or after his / her employment, divulge or utilize any confidential information belonging to the School or any of its associated business units (including confidential information as to formulae, processes and strategic plans, and confidential information as to the business and affairs of the School) which may have come to his / her knowledge during his / her employment or during his / her employment under any previous contract of service with the School or any of its associated business units; and he / she shall, both during and after his / her employment hereunder, take all reasonable precautions to keep all such information confidential. Employment of Relatives To promote consistency and equity in the treatment of all employees, to prevent breach of confidentiality and to prevent the perception of favoritism, the Employment of Relatives as detailed below shall apply to all budgeted positions at Reach British School. Applications for employment from close family relatives of Reach British School employees shall be considered with other qualified applications when vacancies occur. Some restrictions in job placement shall apply, however, to help assure fair treatment for all employees, close family relatives, including parents, children, spouses, brothers, and sisters and in-laws, will not be hired into a department where they directly or indirectly supervise or are supervised by another family member or may have the opportunity to breach confidentiality. Safeguarding The School promotes the welfare of children and protect them from harm. Safeguarding is everyone’s responsibility and the School ensures that all employee must complete the Educare training. The School has zero tolerance against any form of abuse against children and young adults. Drug Free Environment The School conducts its business against high standards of safety and concern for the environment. In all areas of activity, it pursues the reduction of risk to all community members. The School is also committed to maintaining a healthy and productive workplace. All employees are expected to share these objectives. The use of drugs and alcohol impairs performance at work and can be a serious threat to safety, environment, health and productivity as well as potential damage to the reputation of the School. Reach British School wishes to ensure that all employees recognize this threat and it aims to minimize the risks involved. To achieve this, the following policy will be part of the employee’s conditions of employment: 1. Being at work whilst impaired by drugs or alcohol is strictly prohibited and will lead to immediate termination. 2. The illicit use of legal drugs or the use, possession, distribution, or sale of illegal drugs on School business or locations is strictly prohibited; 3. The School recognizes alcohol and drug dependence as a treatable condition.

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REACH BRITISH SCHOOL Employees who have an alcohol or drug dependence are encouraged to seek medical advice and to follow appropriate treatment promptly; The School with the assistance of law enforcement personnel may conduct unannounced searches for drugs and alcohol on School locations. Unannounced, periodic or random testing may be conducted when an employee holds a safety and environmentally sensitive position; holds a designated management position; is observed to be impaired; Disciplinary action, including possible dismissal, will be taken in cases where the result of a test is positive. Dismissal will normally occur in the following circumstances: 1. Failure to cooperate with the implementation of this policy; 2. Failure to comply with the appropriate rehabilitation procedures; 3. The use, possession, distribution or sale of illegal drugs on School property; Smoking The School has a No Smoking Policy. Tobacco smoking is a major cause of avoidable disease, absence due to sickness and premature death, whilst passive smoking can cause acute and chronic health effects. The School actively protects its employees and visitors whilst on its premises. The School therefore operates a total ban on smoking in all parts of its buildings. This includes all office areas, meeting rooms, toilets, stairways and lift lobbies. All visitors are subject to this policy and it is the responsibility of employees to remind visitors politely of the School’s policy if the need arises. The School will assist smokers who wish to participate in any smoking cessation program. Sexual Harassment Any unwelcome verbal or physical sexual advances, sexually explicit derogatory statements, sexually explicit materials or sexually discriminatory remarks made by a member of the School community, which are offensive or objectionable to the recipient or which cause the recipient discomfort or humiliation or which interfere with the recipient’s job performance or educational experience will be considered as Sexual Harassment. All employees and students have a right to an environment free of discrimination, including freedom from sexual harassment. It is the policy of Reach British School that no employee or student may sexually harass another. The intent of this policy is not to create a climate of fear but to foster responsible behavior in an academic and working environment free of discrimination. Any member of the School community who violates this policy will be subject to disciplinary action up to and including dismissal. Any retaliatory action taken by any employee or student against any other employee or student as a result of that person’s filing of a sexual harassment complaint is prohibited. In addition to taking disciplinary action within the School, the behavior may be referred to appropriate law enforcement authorities. Leave Reach British School recognizes the need for its employees to be provided with time off work, for relaxation and personal pursuits. Annual Leave is important for the health and well-being of an employee. All Reach British School employees are granted annual leave with pay according to their position. Personal Leave or entitled leave with payment There is no paid leave during probation. Academic Staff: Reach British School teachers are granted leave with pay in accordance with the Academic Calendar. This leave is normally availed during the term breaks and end of the academic year. Administrative Staff: Reach British School staff members are granted annual leave with pay in accordance to their contract. Staff members shall begin to accrue their annual leave entitlement after completing six months of service with Reach British School. This leave is normally availed after completion of each year of service.

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REACH BRITISH SCHOOL Sick Leave according to the Labor Laws All employees are eligible for up to 15 calendar days of paid leave per year due to sickness after completion of their probationary period. An employee claiming sick leave shall be required to submit an authenticated medical report if he / she remains absent on grounds of illness for two (2) or more consecutive days. If an employee fails to submit an authenticated medical report for the period absence due to illness, those days shall be treated as unauthorized, therefore unpaid leave. After availing the 15 calendar days, the provisions of the UAE Labor Law shall apply as follows:  

The next 30 days shall be compensated as half pay Any sick leave day(s) beyond the 30 calendar days shall be considered as unpaid up to a maximum of 45 days.

In order for Sick leave to be endorsed, an employee must be actively on duty (not on any other leave). Hence, sick leave cannot be incorporated or combined with any other type of leave. Sick leave credits will not be charged against the accrued balance whenever a Reach British Schoolobserved public holiday or rest day occurs during sick leave period. Unpaid Leave Employees may apply for unpaid leave of up to a period of five days to attend to personal and urgent matters, subject to approval from their line managers. Applications by employees for unpaid leave for a period of more than five days shall require approval from the Principal. Benefits Accommodation Accommodation is provided only to eligible employees. This can be furnished units, unfurnished units or the provision of housing allowances based on the position and other eligibility criteria. In case of the latter choice, employees are responsible for the rental of units. The amount will depend on the employee’s position category and status. Medical Insurance All employees are eligible for medical insurance to be provided by Reach British School. Family medical insurance Co-pay plan for self and four (4) dependents (spouse and 3 children-21 years or below). More information on the specific coverage and entitlement is available from the HR department. Annual Travel Reimbursement Eligible expatriate employees are entitled to an annual airfare allowance to their country of residence for self. Employees will only be provided with cash which value has been determined by an independent travel consultant. Tuition Waiver or Reimbursement Policy / Educational Assistance Reach British School shall establish a comprehensive educational assistance program for employees for the purpose of providing opportunities for advanced education. This is determined by the Principal on a case by case basis. Recognition / Service Awards Reach British School rewards all its employees based on their individual performances for each academic year. The following are some of the categories in which employees are rewarded: 1. Teacher Service Award 2. Staff Service Award Safety & Security Rules Every employee has a responsibility to assist Reach British School in identifying and eliminating safety and security problems at Reach British School. Any employee who believes there is a safety & security

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REACH BRITISH SCHOOL problem in his / her work environment or elsewhere in Reach British School is obligated to bring the problem to the attention of their line manager, the Facilities Officer and Principal, who will coordinate all safety activities of Reach British School. As an Employee of Reach British School you are expected to:       

Work safely and maintain a safe workplace. Perform your work in accordance with environmental health & safety regulations. Report all unsafe acts or conditions encountered during work or on School property to your supervisor or designate. Take responsibility if you are a supervisor for reporting any work-related incidents of accidents, property damage, illness or injury to employees or visitors, by completing and submitting the Incident Report at least within 2 business days of the occurrence. Take responsibility if you are a teacher member for reporting student lab or classroom-related incidents of accidents, property damage, illness or injury, by completing and submitting the Incident Report within 2 business days of the occurrence. Prevent accidents through effective housekeeping and maintenance. Familiarize yourself with all emergency procedures and evacuation areas.

Emergency Procedures All employees are advised to follow all safety procedures related to your job and department and in Emergencies: DIAL Sahilan’ s Ext. 220 for Reach British School Safety and Security Unit or DIAL 998: Ambulance DIAL 997: Fire DIAL 999: Police Be prepared to report your name, location of emergency, nature of emergency, who is involved and the kind of assistance required. Do not hang up until told to do so. Evacuation Due to Fire Upon hearing the fire alarm, stop working and proceed to the nearest clear exit. Do not use the elevators to evacuate and report to the closest assembly area. Remain outside the building until so instructed by the School Safety Officer or designate. Kindly ensure you take your class list to ensure all students are able to be accounted for. Conclusion: We hope you find the information here useful and should you have any suggestions or feedback, please don’t hesitate to email the HR department on hr@reachbritishschool.com

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