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GEMS education

Discussion in 'Teaching abroad' started by jennybilham, Jan 15, 2019.

  1. jennybilham

    jennybilham New commenter

    Does anyone have any experience of working in a GEMs education school? Particularly in Dubai
  2. Mr_Frosty

    Mr_Frosty Established commenter

    Never worked for GEMS but have met a few GEMS teachers here in Abu Dhabi over the years. My impression is that it's a decent place to work, but they have a lot of schools/branches so it may vary between them?
  3. mungomango

    mungomango New commenter

    I currently work for GEMS in Dubai and I am happy to answer any questions you have either on here on by a message.
    It's not a bad place to work at all. There are plenty, plenty worse place and also some better places. However, the schools vary hugely. There are Premium Plus, Premium, Mid market, mid market plus etc and then there are also British, IB, American and Indian curriculum schools. I work in a British curriculum school and I like it. I have days where I hate it but don't we all.....
    two_tenors likes this.
  4. stanton94

    stanton94 New commenter

    Hi @mungomango, I'm a UK chemistry teacher thinking about applying to a GEMS school in Dubai and have a few questions.

    1. What sort of package should I expect to be offered? (I'm not married or a parent so not expecting all of those related benefits)
    2. What sort of questions should I expect if I get an interview?
    3. How does the work-life balance compare to working in the UK (if you have UK teaching experience)?
    4. Any advice/tips for any of the application process

    Any help or answers will be massively appreciated, thanks!
  5. mungomango

    mungomango New commenter

    1. Package wise - depends how many years teaching but between 11-15k per month probably. A one bed apartment in a great central location.
    2. If you get an interview - questions about your own teaching - differentiation, planning a unit, working with colleagues etc. Why do you want to work in Dubai? How resilient are you?
    3. I have worked in the UK before but about 12 years ago now - I've worked in 2 countries prior to Dubai. It's a lot of work here, but I think it's still better than the UK. You still have marking, planning, ECAs, intervention sessions etc. There are a lot of pressures on schools here as we are inspected annually. But you can go to the beach on the weekend etc.
    4. Not sure I have any tips - just detail your experiences.

    Good luck!
  6. adrixargentina

    adrixargentina Occasional commenter

    I just read that teacher's spouse and family get no benefits though. So not good for families.
  7. Steps78

    Steps78 New commenter

    Hiya, I’m also looking to bring my family abroad. Should I no longer bother looking in Dubai? Singles preferred only? Thanks
  8. dumbbells66

    dumbbells66 Lead commenter

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