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recently opened school in Dubai named after top London school

Discussion in 'Teaching overseas' started by billyjoeuk000, Nov 1, 2017.

  1. billyjoeuk000

    billyjoeuk000 New commenter

    Hi,

    I have made an application to a recently opened school in Dubai which is named after a top independent school in North London which specialises in the IB DP program. A week ago, I received an email from this school in Dubai stating that I had been shortlisted for an interview with further information regarding the specific date and process of the interview to be provided shortly, although they did mention that it would be the week commencing 6th November.

    I haven't heard anything back from the school... is anyone else in the same position? What would you advise?
     
    sunshine011 likes this.
  2. PuRe

    PuRe New commenter

    I think you already know your own answer
     
  3. billyjoeuk000

    billyjoeuk000 New commenter

    Why send an email with an offer of an interview if they are not going through with it? I'm hoping that as it's a new school, they are still trying to settle down so their recruitment policy may take longer than normal to finalise.

    Has anyone applied to this school?
     
  4. february31st

    february31st Occasional commenter

    Just because a school rents a name of a prestigious educational establishment fron England does not mean it meets the same standards of professional management.
     
  5. Powergnome3

    Powergnome3 Occasional commenter

    The recruitment process is much slower on the international scene... And sometimes it is extremely quick...
    What I mean is, assume nothing until you hear back.
    The school is gunning to be the best school in Dubai - no mean feat, as there are a few outstanding schools there... It is charging astronomical fees to achieve this, so it should be well paid, and very well resourced, if you are successful.
     
  6. agbak

    agbak New commenter


    Same here too...
     
  7. agbak

    agbak New commenter

    I was even put forward for a role in the school and nothing was heard about it last August,until I was contacted again a few weeks back...
     
  8. billyjoeuk000

    billyjoeuk000 New commenter

    It's no consolation but at least I'm not the only one...
     
  9. Jason_Bourne_

    Jason_Bourne_ Occasional commenter

    Pm sent....
     
  10. Jason_Bourne_

    Jason_Bourne_ Occasional commenter

    PM sent....
     
  11. MayaJones

    MayaJones New commenter

    I was interviewed back in April. Recruitment procedure was very shoddy. Did they get any students in the end?
     
  12. DGalmes

    DGalmes New commenter

    I'm in a similar situation, what subject did you apply for? There were lots of positions available so maybe it's taking them a while to process.
     
  13. billyjoeuk000

    billyjoeuk000 New commenter

    I know that the school is now operational and has a number of students attending.

    Are you able to share your experiences of the 'shoddy" recruitment procedure?
     
  14. billyjoeuk000

    billyjoeuk000 New commenter

    I'm a teacher of Maths. I was hoping this would be the reason as well...
     
  15. KMac99

    KMac99 New commenter

    I'd say be patient. The fact that you've heard that you've been shortlisted is a good sign. It could be that they are finalising the details before they send you specific information. If you're really concerned about it, follow it up. But my thoughts are that as the Dubai school is a new one, it will take more than time than expected to organise especially as several roles were advertised. Good luck!
     
  16. the hippo

    the hippo Established commenter Community helper

    Yes, there have been quite a lot of "rent-a-name" schools popping up recently. Caveat emptor!
     
  17. february31st

    february31st Occasional commenter

    I wonder where all the students will come from to fill all the empty seats. The biggest issue is where are all the teachers going to be found to stand in front of the blackboard.

    Here in the provenance of Shanghai several "rent-a-name" schools have opened for local and international students this year alone. Thats around 350 new teachers required and there are not enough staff to be found.

    I would like to see the business plan of these new schools.
     
  18. makhnovite

    makhnovite Occasional commenter

    High teacher unemployment in Canada and Australia. Undervalued and underpaid teachers in the USA, the UK and RSA, will probably fill those in a week!

    What really wories me is the motives of the owners and the lack of experienced, well qualified managers and SLT!!!!
     
  19. february31st

    february31st Occasional commenter

    There are several issues to be considered as a teacher looking to move to the UAE or elsewhere in the world.

    Given all the bad newspaper headlines regarding the victums of rape in the UAE been given prison sentences, do single female teachers want to work in such a country.

    If you have children do you want them to be the only English speakers in the pupil population. This is a particular issue in china with all the Chinese Bilingual schools opening up. Where are the western teachers kids going to school. True some of the bilingual schools have full international schools in the same brand to send staff children but most dont.

    I dont think schools can aford to lose potential staff by none communications or just plan rudeness.
     
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  20. Powergnome3

    Powergnome3 Occasional commenter

    Have you ever researched crime rate comparisons between UAE and, say, the UK???
    Crime is certainly not a reason not to come here (it is not Nirvana, but it is certainly a much more pleasant place to live than Blighty in 2017!).
     

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