International FAQ's and Useful Links
How big are International Schools?
The size of International schools varies greatly, from schools of under 100 students to schools with over 1000. Schools can also vary from those that are designed for just kindergarden students to schools that from Early Years through to Year 13.
What curriculum do International Schools teach?
International schools teach the UK, IB, American or local curriculum depending on the school. To be able to teach these curriculums the schools have had to attain accreditations. UK curriculum schools make up the majority of schools we work with though there is a steady rise of IB schools particularly in South East Asia.
What do schools look for in their teachers?
The schools we work with internationally look for the following in teachers applying for their positions:
· A Degree
· Teaching certificate
· Qualified Teacher Status from the UK or International equivalent
· Some countries will require teachers to have two years, post QTS, of experience due to Visa laws
· Experience in the curricular of the school (normally UK, IB or Ameircan)
· Knowledge of the country they are looking to work in
How do Schools interview?
Nearly all International schools interview their candidates via Skype. Skype can be downloaded from http://www.skype.com/en/ for free. This is also a great way to stay in touch friends and loved ones back in your home country.
Some Principals and Head teachers will travel to specific country if they can book in a large number of interviews. This will normally be held in January or February.
For leadership roles, the interview process is naturally longer. This will include a Skype interview and potentially, a face to face interview, with a shortlist of candidates being flown out to the country.
www.numbeo.com – Cost of living, crime rates, traffic and pollution comparisons for 5000 + cities.
www.internationalschoolreview.com – Review website for International schools with reviews being written by teachers.
https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice - Foreign travel advice.
https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/foreign-embassies-in-the-uk - Information on British embassies abroad.