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International schools questions

Discussion in 'Career clinic' started by minipixie1, Jan 19, 2020.

  1. minipixie1

    minipixie1 New commenter

    I have an interview at an international school and have a series of questions to ask them but was wondering if anybody had really good questions you wish you'd asked before you got a job in a new area or country.
  2. missmunchie

    missmunchie New commenter

    What are the rest of the staff like?
    In my last school a young new arrival left when they arrived at the school to find most of the staff were middle-aged women with families. (Little opportunity to socialise)
    What is the department like?
    Again, the poor young teacher who did a runner found that they were the sole person in charge of their subject. (No support)
  3. missmunchie

    missmunchie New commenter

    Oh and try the teaching abroad forum.
  4. minipixie1

    minipixie1 New commenter

    Thank you
  5. rouxx

    rouxx Lead commenter

    Useful to know if it’s an international expat school or international wealthy locals.
    Both have their plus and negative points.

    So ask about the intake
    Ask about links to the community

    Also once talking job offer:
    Medical insurance
    Flights home
    Free school places for families
    Other family benefits
    Tax in local country
    Visa support

    Most schools will allow you time to talk it over

    Otherwise ask normal questions you would in a uk interview...SEN provision, curriculum, organisation of school day etc.

    In interview point out your experience with EAL and any extra curricular activities you can offer.

    Lots of the above should be mentioned by interviewer, be cautious if they are cagey about the job offer list above.

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