How do I register with Teacher Spotlight?
Teacher Spotlight is not a mass market jobs factory. We have many vacancies available but want you to be happy and secure in your new post. We believe that to find the right candidate for the right job, focus is the key. We ask that you seriously consider your suitability and timing for teaching overseas whilst you peruse this website and then contact us by sending your C.V. with a brief message regarding what and where you are interested in teaching and also the lifestyle that you envisage living abroad.
What is the Curriculum like in an International School?
Many International schools follow a British or American curriculum. Some schools are inspected by a team similar to the British OFSTED. The International Baccalaureate is widespread and increasingly popular. However, this does not cover the full range of teaching curricular used. Among others, International Montessori schools are widespread and many are very successful. Teacher Spotlight only recruits for schools that use English for the majority of the school day.
Where are there jobs currently available?
There are currently open positions in Europe, South-East Asia, the USA and the Middle East. Please contact us for more details.
Do I need to speak the native tongue?
Speaking the native tongue is not usually a requirement as you will be speaking English in the workplace. It is however an advantage and an interest in learning the language is essential for your life outside school.
Why are International Schools so different from typical British Schools?
Broadly speaking, International Schools are highly multicultural with many children spending just a few years at the school before returning to their native country or moving elsewhere. English is quite often not the first language of pupils, and they may have little or no interaction with other children beyond the school gate at this point in their lives. Parents also facing the unusual challenges of adjusting to living in a foreign land may be particularly concerned about their childrens’ academic, social and emotional needs being met. Unless the child attended a similar school previously, both parent and child are likely to find the system strange. It is vital that the teacher is an excellent communicator! These are just a few of the most important aspects of international teaching.
Will I have difficulty returning to teaching in the U.K.?
International teaching experience is usually highly regarded and can work as an asset in your future teaching applications. It is important that you remain as up-to-date as possible, take advantage of professional development opportunities at your school and staying in touch with the UK. Also be aware they you will probably need to pay for flights to attend interviews in the UK.
Will I have the opportunity to save?
All Teacher Spotlight opportunities will be at least equal in real terms the salary/pay level that you would receive in the U.K.