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You know you’re in a third tier international school when...

Discussion in 'Teaching abroad' started by theintlteacher, Apr 17, 2019.

  1. theintlteacher

    theintlteacher New commenter

    To all of us escaping to much better schools in August. What are the bad and ugly things that made you realise it was time to polish the CV and letter and actively seek employment elsewhere?
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  2. 24hours

    24hours New commenter

    You know you’re in a third tier international school when...

    The Head of English is French
  3. february31st

    february31st Established commenter

    The principal dragging you in to their office like a funnel web spider and telling you that your fired is a big obvious hint!
  4. SPC2

    SPC2 Occasional commenter

    Good topic. In no particular order:

    Paid late and/or full benefits not provided as promised on appointment. This would seem far more important to me than low pay and benefits.

    Cronyism sees unsuitable/unqualified people promoted to positions of responsibility over the more capable but less politically reliable.

    The management are relentlessly self-congratulatory: in my experience, the self-satisfaction of the management can be in inverse proportion to the quality of the school.

    The opinion of non-teaching staff, like finance/marketing etc., holds more sway than the opinions of teachers.

    Grade inflation.

    'Blind eyes' turned to poor behaviour of students with important or difficult parents but not others.

    Possibly there's no school on the planet free of all of the above, but more than three or four would seem to point towards the lower rungs of the ladder.
  5. february31st

    february31st Established commenter

    The school has lost 800 students in the last 2 years!
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  6. SPC2

    SPC2 Occasional commenter

    ...there have been three different Principals in three years.
  7. Ms_Love_

    Ms_Love_ Occasional commenter

    No one looks like their picture on the school website.

    The school building does not look like the one on website when you land on your first day.

    A member of leadership's significant other only teaches one A-level class of 6 pupils.
    towncryer, senlady and Mr_Frosty like this.
  8. taiyah

    taiyah Occasional commenter

    Raise you and call. Four (4) principals and one (1) CEO in two (2) years.
  9. february31st

    february31st Established commenter

    You hand your passport in to HR in September to get your Work Visa renewed for another year and it comes back a week later with a 30 day Exit Visa!
  10. Karvol

    Karvol Occasional commenter

    I used to work for the UAE Armed Forces in Abu Dhabi.

    Year 3: New Brigadier in charge of the base. Some officers don't like him because he is from the wrong tribe. Make his life difficult. He leaves due to stress.

    Year 4: Colonel promoted to Brigadier. Happy days for all concerned.

    Year 5: Old Brigadier left, but promoted to being in charge of all education for the UAE Armed Forces. Comes back with a vengeance. Stops all promotional work for the college. Student intake plummets from 300 a year to 16.

    Year 6: Old Brigadier (now General) fires all teaching staff and assigns all of the officers who disobeyed him to positions out in the desert. Institution closes down.

    In addition, every year a third of the teaching staff would be fired so that the senior officers could go to London on hiring tours of a month or so. Absolutely no logic behind most of the terminations. We were officially not allowed to take work home with us as it was a military secret.

    As a colleague remarked, the best view of the place was always "in the rear view mirror".

    That said, always paid on time. Benefits were never an issue.
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  11. SPC2

    SPC2 Occasional commenter

    ...there's an annual TES double-figure list of vacancies.
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  12. theintlteacher

    theintlteacher New commenter

    And that double digit list is still there in May!
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  13. SPC2

    SPC2 Occasional commenter

    While 'Applications from NQTs welcome' can signify a commitment to professional development and a supportive culture dedicated to bringing on young talent, it can also indicate a penny-pinching pursuit of the malleable and gullible...
  14. wrldtrvlr123

    wrldtrvlr123 Occasional commenter

    Students seem to spend more time practicing for shows/pageants or in assemblies than they do in class actually learning something.
  15. CoastTeacher

    CoastTeacher New commenter

    when there is a constant atmosphere of disorganization and chaos
  16. february31st

    february31st Established commenter

    Three sister schools with the same name as yours have gone bankrupt and closed down leaving your school the only one open.
  17. dumbbells66

    dumbbells66 Lead commenter

    You work in Spain ;)
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  18. february31st

    february31st Established commenter

    96% of the staff and 99% of students are leaving and the principal still wants to know if you are resigning by the 31st February.

    The reason that 1% of students are remaining is due to parents paying 3 years tuition fees in advance.
  19. percy topliss

    percy topliss Established commenter

    Your Head has a Doctorate from a dodgy college in South America which no longer exists. Lots of jobs at the school are taken up by family of the board members even the singing teacher is related....When a colleague becomes ill the school insurance is so bad that the rest of the staff have to pay for his hospitalisation, ( the school does not chip in). The Head of Student Services is on the board and has more power than the Head of Secondary. anonanonanon.........
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  20. makhnovite

    makhnovite Established commenter

    Some good ones guys, I am sure we have all seen some of these (or maybe more than some :() at some point, I know I have.

    PS: The winking emoji doesn't cut it dumbells old fruit.You are in danger of becoming a bore like a certain poster about Bulgaria!!!! Sorry, did I say becoming????:p

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