Teacherhorizons Explorer service: FAQ for teachers

Are you tired of sending endless application forms to international schools? Would you like good schools to contact you about suitable opportunities instead? Our new Explorer service is designed to enable exactly this – schools can connect directly with candidates they are interested in.

We launched this service in October 2017 and twenty international schools signed up in our first week. It is great for them as it saves time and money recruiting. It’s good for us teachers too as it means a broader range of schools using Teacherhorizons – so more job opportunities posted and more chance of finding that perfect position!

However, as with any new and exciting feature, we are aware you might have few questions, so we put together these FAQs which we hope will answer some of them…

 

What is Teacherhorizons’ Explorer service?

We have developed a candidate search and filter function that allows schools to search and filter teachers profiles and access attachments such as CVs and supporting documents. It allows schools to contact candidates directly saving everyone time and money.

What does this mean for me?

Schools that have signed up for this service are able to search our database and find your profile if you fit their criteria for new staff. They will then be able to contact you directly to ask you if you are interested in interviewing for their vacancies.

Will I still have contact with Recruitment Advisers at Teacherhorizons?

Very much so – the number of ‘supported positions’ on Teacherhorizons is increasing all the time. These are the positions that our Recruitment Advisers (RAs) can support with and, if you are the right fit, they can fast-track your application. Your RA will be in touch about vacancies that suit you, and will still be available for Skype conversations about suitable positions. However, with this new service, schools may be in touch with you directly as well – meaning you will get more attention.

Find out more about who our Recruitment Advisers are: Read their stories here.

Who will be my main point of contact?

As before, the Recruitment Adviser in charge of your subject area should be your first point of contact for ‘supported’ positions. If in doubt, have a look at the job adverts (for ‘supported positions’) in your subject and your RA’s email will appear at the bottom.

Will I get lots of emails?

You may do if you are a strong candidate. However, to avoid too many emails, schools do have a maximum number of candidates they can contact in a day, so you will only receive an email from a school if they are particularly interested in you. If you are getting too many emails, you can switch your profile to ‘yellow’ in your settings.

Will my current school see I am on Teacherhorizons?

If your profile is set to ‘green’ (available) and your current school uses Teacherhorizons’ Explorer service, then yes, your profile could be visible to them. So if you are looking, we always recommend informing your school early – even if you are just seeing what’s out there. Most schools recognise that teachers like to keep an idea of what’s out there.

If you would rather your school didn’t know, then switch your profile to ‘yellow’ and you will be invisible to schools but still be able to view job opportunities. Then you can speak to one of our Recruitment Advisers who can recommend you to the particular school that you want to apply for.

Please note, we believe it’s best to inform your school if you are looking for positions – be completely transparent, they really appreciate it.

Here is some info about how to obtain references from your current school – it’s really important!

I like Teacherhorizons because of the personal touch. Will Recruitment Advisers still get to know me?

Yes – the contact that you have with schools will be additional to the contact with us, rather than ‘instead of’. As we grow, we are hiring more Recruitment Advisers so that we can keep our personal touch which we know is what both schools and teachers like about our services.

Will this give me many more opportunities?

Yes – we will now have schools using Teacherhorizons to actively search for candidates as well as schools using our recruitment service. This means we have time and space for more schools to sign up and lots more job opportunities being posted.

What if a school contacts me but I am not interested?

Feel absolutely free to say ‘thanks but no thanks’ but please always be polite and professional in your communication with schools. Remember – the international school community is still a small one. If you can, try to give an honest reason as to why you are not interested – schools will appreciate the feedback (as we all do!).

Will schools contact me from locations I am not interested in?

Perhaps occasionally. Schools can filter candidates based on ‘locations of interest’ which you have put on your profile (so make sure it is accurate). A school from Africa won’t contact you if they can see you are only interested in Asia, as it would be a waste of their time. We appreciate that Asia is a big and varied continent, so it might happen that sometimes schools in countries you are not interested in contact you from time-to-time. If it gets too much, you can easily switch your profile to ‘yellow’.

What background checks are there?

Before candidates’ profiles are activated, our team check candidates’ profiles, CVs, supporting documentation and confidential references. Our team are experienced recruiters who have been trained in safer recruitment and safeguarding children and young people. You may be asked to do a Skype interview if you are applying for a ‘supported position’. Schools should also be doing their own thorough background checks. If your profile is ‘green’, schools will be able to access your documents and references directly themselves. For this reason, it is important that you have your profile complete and documentation up-to-date as early as possible.

Key tip: When you request your references, we strongly recommend using your referees’ school email addresses as this gives recruiters initial confidence in your profile. If a reference is written from a Hotmail or Gmail account, the reference is usually treated with more caution which immediately reduces your chances of success.

You can read our full Safeguarding policy here.

Does it help if I login to Teacherhorizons regularly?

We always recommend having a look at the latest job opportunities on the Teacherhorizons website at least once a week. Not only will this ensure you see the latest vacancies, it will also increase your chances of being seen by a school: Teachers who are recently active will appear higher on the candidate listings.

What happens if I sign a contract and then withdraw before it is completed?

This is very costly and damaging to both the school and Teacherhorizons. For this reason, we charge candidates £500 if they break a contract they have signed. This is because finding a suitable alternative at a late stage is extremely expensive and time-consuming for both Teacherhorizons and the school. You can read more our T&Cs for teachers here.

What if I want to be ‘green’ (actively looking) but not to be contacted directly by schools?

That’s not possible, but you can switch to ‘yellow’ (invisible), which means you can still see job opportunities, but your profile is not accessible to schools. Speak to your Recruitment Adviser to let them know you have done this.

If my status is set to ‘yellow’, can any of my details be seen by schools?

When a candidate is set to ‘yellow’ schools using the Explorer service are not able to see that candidate’s profile. ‘Red’ candidates are also invisible. Only ‘green’ teachers will appear when schools search and filter candidates.

We hope this answers everything, but please get in touch at info@teacherhorizons.com if you would like to know anything else, or if we have missed something. Feedback is always welcome as we are constantly looking to improve our services for teachers and schools. 

Written by admin

Working at Cairo English School

Calling all teachers in London! Cairo English School is on the lookout for adventurous and experienced teachers to join their dedicated and diverse team in Egypt. Interviews are being held in London from the 19th – 24th November or over Skype. If you are interested in this amazing opportunity, read on to hear some testimonials from staff who are loving life in Cairo.

 

Screen Shot 2017-11-08 at 14.24.00The History

Cairo English School opened in 2006 with 130 students and now has over 1500 students from the ages of 3 to 17. The school is situated on a purpose built modern campus in the rapidly growing area of New Cairo.

The Campus

The campus includes an Olympic sized swimming pool, 400 meter running track, football fields, an indoor air-conditioned gymnasium and modern classrooms including fully equipped science labs and ICT suites.

The Accreditations

CES is a member of the British Schools of the Middle East (BMSE) and a full member of the Council of International Schools (CIS). The school is also authorized by the International Baccalaureate Organisation. In addition, CES is British Schools Offshore (BSO) inspected and has received the Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award.

The Mission

CES’s mission is to provide a high quality British based international education. The teaching staff work with the parent body to help students become successful learners, confident individuals and responsible citizens. Students who leave CES not only have knowledge, but the necessary skills to reflect and think on what they do, learn and see so they can grow and develop as individuals in university, their careers and beyond.

Want to apply? Click here to see the vacancies at CES, and email your Recruitment Adviser for more information.

 

What is it like to work at CES?

Screen Shot 2017-11-08 at 14.35.33“What has really made it for me is the classroom experience. A huge advantage is that you can teach free of management piling on pressure and paperwork simply because they’re scared Ofsted inspectors may arrive next week. It’s a great place to teach.”

“CES has a good induction process, so you feel ready for teaching in a different environment, with different children, when term begins. Of course there are always stresses and strains in adapting to a new school but the senior management are helpful and supportive and it doesn’t take long to get into the swing of things.”
pool“CES is somewhere I feel you can blossom as a professional. You get many opportunities and support with setting up your own ventures. As a teacher coming from the UK I was shocked by the CPD allowance; I could actually choose what I wanted to do! Since being at the school I’ve had training in Paris, Dubai and Larnaca for examination qualifications that are recognised worldwide. I can hand on heart say I’ve never felt as appreciated by students and parents as I have been here.”

“The school is amazing, for me the best school I’ve been. I consider myself very lucky because my head of department is a very helpful, organized and committed person. My head of school and her deputy are always there to help, hear and give me advice. The headmaster is introducing new and good things that I hear the “old” teachers saying that they are better. And the kids, WOW, they are the best and they make my life much brighter. Waking up every day and think about the students I have makes me feel very thankful and confident that my work is really making a difference.”

Find out more about living in Cairo by reading this blog.

 

Tell us the truth – what is it like to live in Cairo?

Screen Shot 2017-11-08 at 14.28.40“There’s varying degrees of trepidation about moving to any new country and Egypt has certainly had its fair share of ‘issues’ in the recent past. Cairo, though, is an amazing city! It’s vibrant, young and ancient at the same time, surprisingly modern in parts and packed with a huge amount of stuff to do. In the few months I’ve been here I’ve experienced the pyramids (by day and at a trance night), ballet and classical concerts at the amazing Opera House, some superb cuisine, excellent shopping (who knew Cairo had IKEA, M&S and Debenhams) and, perhaps most importantly, met with kind, considerate and unfailingly helpful people. The Egyptians seem to really appreciate us living in their country and can’t do enough to make us feel welcome and included.”

“I know in the media Egypt is usually reported for negatives, but if it’s ever in the news I usually find out through my parents who live in Britain and Greece! I’ll get a text saying ‘Are you ok?!’ and I say ‘Yes I’m on my lunchbreak!’. I’ve honestly never felt unsafe here, especially as its common to have a doorman if you live in an apartment.”

 

Screen Shot 2017-11-08 at 14.28.04“Many of my friends were surprised when I told them that I was moving from Timor to Egypt and most of them said things like: “You are crazy, going to a country like that”, “It’s better if you don’t go, it’s not safe.”, “You will regret it” but I had visited Egypt before in 2005 and I knew it was a beautiful and peaceful country, with some issues yes, but where does not experience these today? Today, after 3 months I can tell my friends they were wrong. This country is amazing. It’s safe, the people are kind, there a lot of things to do, a lot of amazing places to discover. I have no regrets at all and now my friends want to come and visit me. I’m feeling really happy here.”

“Living in Cairo has enabled me to travel not only all over this vast and richly historic country, but I’ve been able to visit neighbouring countries such as Lebanon, Turkey, Jordan, Morocco and Dubai to name a few – countries that would have previously cost me a fortune to fly to!”

To see the CES profile page, click here. 

 

Screen Shot 2017-11-08 at 14.28.24“My absolute favourite places in Egypt are the serene Dahab, where I can snorkel, windsurf and scuba dive in the Red Sea, and the haunting city of Luxor, where I can admire the ancient temples built by one of the world’s oldest civilisations. I’ve recently discovered a seaside gem 4 hours outside Cairo called Ras-Sudr. The hospitality of the people and the affordability of this country are among the things I love most about living in Cairo.”

“As a (relatively!) young person I can live a life that I couldn’t in the UK, and it’s not just about having a cleaner! You can eat at lovely restaurants, go to pools and have mini breaks all the time and still save money for summer adventures.”

 

 

Screen Shot 2017-11-08 at 14.29.05“Why do I like living in Egypt? I like the climate and I like not having to dress up in warm clothes all the time. I like being able to go to a wonderful concert, opera or ballet only paying the equivalent of about £8 for the best seats. I’ve recently discovered the White Desert, an incredible place to visit. I love the Red Sea and its fish and coral. It’s also been amazing to visit Luxor and Aswan and have a Nile Cruise. All these places are within easy reach, some to be planned on a long weekend but some as easy as the Opera House straight from school on a Thursday, our end of week.”

“This is my fourth happy year at CES, so that tells you something.”

 

Does Egypt take your fancy? APPLY NOW, as positions at the interviews (19th – 24th November) in London are limited and will fill up fast. Email info@teacherhorizons.com or your designated Recruitment Adviser to book in interview slot or discuss the roles further. Not signed up yet? Click here to sign up and apply for CES.

Written by Tiffany Kibblewhite, Teacherhorizons Blog Manager and Recruitment Adviser.

Teacherhorizons Explorer Service: FAQs and how it works for schools

We are delighted to introduce our new Explorer service to enable schools to recruit directly from our database. We have developed this tool at the request of over fifty schools that we already work with, who are looking to save time and money by recruiting directly.

With Explorer, schools can search and filter candidates, access their profiles and CVs, confidential references, supporting documents and contact details. There are no up-front costs and you only pay £795 when you hire a candidate you are happy with.

What is Teacherhorizons Explorer?

We have developed a search engine to enable schools to search and filter teachers from our database of candidates. It is free to use and accessible to any school that signs up for our Explorer service. It allows schools to search and filter candidates on many levels, access candidates’ profiles, CVs and confidential references. It puts the school in charge of contacting candidates, screening them and shortlisting them.

What are the pros and cons?

There are numerous advantages but the main one is that it will save your school a lot of time and money on recruitment. It also gives you direct access to thousands of live candidates currently looking to move schools. It is simple and quick to tailor your search and drill down to find the candidate/s you are looking for. This removes the need to spend lots time at expensive recruitment fairs. If you wish to meet face-to-face, you can pre-arrange your own meetings with interested candidates at a time (and location) that works for you.

The disadvantage, if you are used to using recruitment agencies, you (or your HR team) are responsible for your own screening, interviewing, reference checks and background checks.

How much does it cost?

There are no up-front fees for using Explorer – you only pay if you hire a candidate you are happy with. Our fee for hiring a candidate via Explorer is only £795. For 2018, we are also offering free membership to schools (usually £200 per year) if their profile page is over 80% complete and up-to-date.

Do we require an ‘exclusivity agreement’?

Not at all. We strongly believe schools should have the freedom to find the most suitable teacher in an open market environment. We are very confident in the quality of our teachers and the value of our services but appreciate sometimes the ‘right’ candidate might come from elsewhere.

Is it easy to access and use?

Yes – you can access it from the Teacherhorizons homepage and it has been designed to be quick and easy to access the candidates you are looking for. We have spent a lot of time designing it to make it very straightforward to use. We will provide clear instructions as to how it works and, if requested, can provide training to schools that sign up if they request it.

We already work with Teacherhorizons – will my school continue to get personal support?

Of course – each school will still have a designated contact at Teacherhorizons who is there to answer any questions or queries, and as mentioned above, can provide training on things like how to use the system, how to check references etc. We have developed systems to help you keep track of candidates so we know who is looking at which candidates and can follow up if necessary.

This service is something we want to develop together, and we are keen to take schools’ feedback on board. Thay way, we can get it right for everyone.

You can read our full T&Cs here and our Safeguarding policy here.

Would my school be required to post a job first, in order to use the filter?

Yes – for now you must post a basic job listing first, which would encourage teachers to apply directly to you through your website. Then you can also search for candidates through Teacherhorizons. To post a job just click here, or email info@teacherhorizons.com.

Can my school use both Global and Explorer services at the same time?

Yes. However, in order to keep things fair and simple, we track the candidates you click on and we keep in regular contact with our candidates. If you contact a candidate you like before we find them and send them to you, you only pay the Explorer fee (£795). On the other hand, if a candidate is recommended to you first, you pay the full Global service fee. Please see our T&Cs here for more information on this.

You can find out more about our Global recruitment service by watching this video

Can my school cheat the system by not telling Teacherhorizons that we have hired someone through the service?

We have built trusting relationships with all of our schools so would never expect this to be an issue. However, we do monitor which candidates schools have clicked on and contacted. We also require (as with our Global service) that schools keep their lead contact at Teacherhorizons copied in on all emails with candidates until the contract is signed, so that we can continue to support both parties throughout the process. Schools are expected to notify us of hiring a candidate within ten days of the contract being signed. If they fail to do this, we will invoice them for our full hire fee – which is £1,995 (instead of £795).

Do we get a refund if candidates drop out?

We expect schools will only hire candidates they have screened and interviewed. They should have done necessary background checks and know are serious about taking the role. As we are not involved in the screening and shortlisting process, we do not offer a refund to schools for this service. We do offer refunds for our Global service as our recruiters do lots of the screening and interviewing on your behalf. Please see our T&Cs here for more information.

How do I get set up?

By getting in contact with one of our Lead Recruitment Advisers. They will help you set up a free profile page and advise you on the right service for you. They can then train you with how to use our Explorer search function if that is what you choose to go for. Request your school’s free profile page here or email us for more information.

How many candidates are there?

We have over 100,000 candidates on our database but not all of them are live and currently looking. It depends on how specific you are with your filters, but we hope there will be plenty for you to choose from.

How do I contact candidates?

If you find a candidate you are interested in, click on them. This will take you to the candidate’s profile page with more details about the candidate, including their CV, supporting documents and confidential references. You will also be able to contact them directly. You must always copy in candidate@teacherhorizons.com as well as your Lead Recruitment Adviser at Teacherhorizons.

What if a candidate doesn’t reply?

As you know, teachers are pretty busy or might not check their personal emails regularly. Our policy is normally to wait a week before nudging schools or candidates for a response. Try this, and if still no response, contact your Teacherhorizons Lead Recruitment Adviser who may be able to provide more information.

Who can I share my login with?

We track the teachers that a school clicks on via Explorer and will invoice you if you hire a candidate you have accessed through Teacherhorizons. You should only share your login details with people in your Senior Leadership Team and HR team who you trust and who are involved with your recruitment process. If a member of the HR team moves on, let us know and we will update your login details.

Can I use it to find references for a candidate I’ve already found via another route?

We will not charge a hire fee for this if you inform us before. If you have hired a teacher and would like to view their profile on Teacherhorizons, email info@teacherhorizons.com and we will send you their profile link.

Are the candidates screened?

All candidates you can see on Explorer are ‘activated’ candidates. This means one of our specialist Recruitment Advisers have reviewed their CV and checked they have the basic qualifications and experience needed to work at an international school.

In many cases, we will have interviewed the candidate and checked their references ourselves. However, we expect schools themselves to do all their own screening, reference follow-ups and safeguarding checks when using our Explorer service. If you would like candidates to have a complete set of references and be fully screened and interviewed in advance, our Global service would be a better option for your school.

Do I need to have a school profile to access candidates?

Yes – you must have a school profile page completed to over 80% in order to start searching for candidates. You must also have posted a basic job listing first, which would encourage teachers to apply directly to you through your website. Then you can also search for candidates through Teacherhorizons. To create a profile page or to post a job on your existing page, just click here, or email info@teacherhorizons.com.

Can I click on as many candidates as I like?

You can click on as many as you like, but you can only contact up to ten candidates per day.

Read the FAQ’s for our Global service by clicking here.

How do I know which candidates are available?

Candidates use a traffic light system to show their availability. Green is ‘actively looking’ and visible to schools, amber is ‘open to suggestion’ and not visible on Explorer, and red is unavailable. As a school you can only see green candidates.

Can I see if a teacher from my school is actively looking for another position?

Yes. We do make teachers very aware of this, and we understand that it is not always ideal. However, we find that the key to successful recruitment is transparency, and therefore encourage all of our candidates to be honest with their schools and make their Headteacher aware they are browsing for new positions. We also request that schools do not negatively respond to any of their teachers that they find active on our database.

How do I know if a candidate is still live?

We are aware that sometimes candidates may forget to change their status when unavailable, and to combat this we send them email reminders which prompt them to check their status is correct. We have also introduced a ‘last active’ feature, which tells you when they were online last, so should give you a good idea whether they are currently looking. Finally, our Recruitment Advisers are in contact with many of our candidates, and are vigilant at checking their profiles are kept up to date.

What if I hire a candidate who doesn’t work out?

Your school should contact Teacherhorizons and inform us. We will provide support and advice if this happens and, depending on the issue, may not support the candidate again. We do not provide a refund for Explorer – our platform is designed to connect schools with teachers but allow schools to make the decisions themselves.

Do you have any more questions? Let us know by emailing info@teacherhorizons.com and we will get back to you within 24 hours.  

This service is new, so we may be making some tweaks in the coming weeks. Please feedback to us with any comments so that we can continually develop and improve it.

Want to sign up? Request your school’s free profile page here or email us for more information.

Written by admin

Teaching in a bilingual international school in China.

After years of teaching in Australasia and Scandinavia, Adika’s international teaching experience has now brought her to China. What a contrast! A move to Asia has totally opened up her teaching experience. In this blog she tells us of her experience so far at EtonHouse International Pre-School, a bilingual school in Shanghai.

My husband and I moved to Shanghai, China in February this year after I got offered a job to work for a bilingual international school. My husband is French and for the both of us, it was our first time working and living in Asia. When we arrived, we didn’t know what to expect. Though we had read a lot, we kept our minds open. We had spoken to various people and asked around about China, and Shanghai particularly. We had mixed responses but we still followed through and came to China.

 

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Tell us about the school group

My school is a great international school because not only it is international, it is bilingual. EtonHouse International Pre-School is one of the leading international school groups in Asia and originates from Singapore. The school group has more than 100 schools across 12 countries and promotes Reggio Emilia pedagogy with a strong emphasis on bilingualism of the Mandarin and English languages.

What about your school in particular?

Our school in Shanghai is actually in the process of becoming an IB PYP school. We have classes from Pre-Nursery to Year 3. We are fully occupied and our students range from a mix of expatriates, foreign and local Chinese nationals. Parents at our school choose us because we are bilingual and international. What I love about working here is that the experience has really supported and helped me settle into China and as a result I am learning a new language, culture and perspective on education. Both my husband and I were welcomed very warmly here by my school and everyone we have met here in Shanghai. The Chinese people are very generous and kind. China is a thriving, developing and fast-growing economy as most of its people value education as one of the most important assets, followed by family and success.

 

circleWhat is it like teaching in a bilingual school?

What is really amazing is that children as young as 2 years old are capable of learning English and Mandarin at the same time, and this is evident in my school. In every class, we have an international core teacher like myself, a Mandarin teacher and 2 assistant teachers, this drives the learning in the setting. Both the core and Mandarin teachers work collaboratively together to ensure that the planning and curriculum are in sync so that the children will benefit from a sound bilingual program. Then the assistant teachers help the core and Mandarin teachers in the classroom day to day. I have found this setup amazing; working and teaching in a bilingual setting definitely expands how I think and how I apply my teaching ideas.

Read about working at Yew Chung, another school group promoting intercultural collaboration.

 

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How do the students benefit from a bilingual school?

What I have enjoyed most is that each time we collaborate and work together, it leads to new learning that is culturally influenced, or we benefit from each other through sharing our ideas and thoughts. This process of exchange keeps us open-minded and respectful at all times. The children see this intercultural relationship and learn from us as role models, because they are in a similar situation, learning and working together in a bilingual environment. The families here are also very warm, educated and enthusiastic about their children’s learning. They are often involved in activities such as Parent Teacher Conferences, school parties, fundraising events and fun days that are organised by the school.

Read another blog about teaching in China.

 

And finally…

I am really happy to be here and both my husband and I are totally loving being in Shanghai! We are learning so much each day through working in international and bilingual schools. I am so grateful to Teacherhorizons for another great posting that continues to help me grow in my career as a teacher.

As we say it in China, Zai Jian! (Goodbye).

Keen to move to China like Adika has? We have new schools signing up there all the time! Create a profile here and browse our jobs in China.

Written by Adika Kay, One of our fantastic elementary/primary teachers. Adika loves all types of sports especially rugby, netball, cricket, soccer, badminton, adventure, travelling, learning new languages, dancing, cooking, reading and anything fun! Her goal as an international teacher is "to make a difference in everyone I meet or teach as much as I can!"

Come and visit us at the IB conference

Teacherhorizons is proud to be attending the IB conference in The Hague this October, where we will be launching our new Explorer service and providing an introduction to interested schools. If you would like to find out more about how your school can save time and money on recruitment, come and meet us there – we have a special offer for anyone attending. Here is an outline of the service, along with our two existing services, and how to set up a meeting.

 

1. Basic – free profile and adverts (low impact)

This service allows your school to advertise as many positions as you like and we will direct applicants to your website. Whilst we have a small membership fee for this, we are happy to offer it free of charge if a school’s profile is over 80% complete. Schools tend to get a limited amount of interest from this service as we don’t proactively market their vacancies – only candidates that purposely come across the adverts will apply. Start here!

2. Explorer – you find candidates (medium impact) **Our new service**

This is a new service we are trialling with some selected schools. It allows schools to search and filter candidates who are actively looking (green), access profiles, CVs and confidential references. It puts the school in charge of contacting candidates, screening and shortlisting. There are no up-front costs for the service at all – schools only pay if they hire a candidate they like, and the fee for this service is about half typical recruitment costs – enabling your school to save significantly. Start here.

3. Global – we promote and screen intensively (high impact)

This is our most popular service at Teacherhorizons and is a recruitment agency approach. We advertise and promote schools and their vacancies extensively to our community of over 100,000 candidates. We also promote them via our networks such as Teach First and the IB, jobs boards and social media channels. We then screen, shortlist and interview the strongest candidates, and send the profiles that best match the school’s specific requirements to them to review (including CV, confidential references, supporting documents and profile summary).

As with our Explorer package, there are no up-front costs for our Global service – schools only pay if they hire a candidate they like. We have also ensured that the fee for this option (though higher than the Explorer fee as our team spends lots of time screening) is still affordable for our schools. Start here.
Pricing table - high quality

 

As you can see, there are no up-front costs for any of our services and it’s possible to use a combination of these services depending on the time of year. You can read our full T&Cs here and our Safeguarding policy here. In our next blog we will be explaining more about our Explorer package, giving schools everything they need to know to make an informed decision as to which service they would like to use. Watch this space!

 

How to find us at the IB conference:

During the conference, you will find us at Table Number 87 and we will be using this opportunity to launch our Explorer service. We will also be offering free demonstration and training session on how schools can make use of this really unique recruitment product. If you are a school or recruiter and would like to sign up to attend one of our product demonstration sessions, please register by clicking on this link.

We would also love to meet current and future Teacherhorizons members! If you are a teacher interested in booking a 15 minute time slot to speak to one of our on-site recruitment advisers, you can book a time by clicking on this link.

 

Can’t attend the IB conference but interested in the new service? Get in touch by emailing info@teacherhorizons.com. We will direct you to the right person to speak to.

Written by Tiffany Kibblewhite, Teacherhorizons Blog Manager and Recruitment Adviser.

Ten reasons why teaching in China is exciting for new teachers

Do you remember that feeling of being a kid in a candy shop? You were overwhelmed with excitement over all the sweet treats that awaited you.The anticipation of filling your bag up with sour gummy worms and eating your Skittles all the way home was just almost too much for you to bear…

Well, that is kind of what it feels like to be traveling to China as a new teacher. Between the new culture, the new experiences, and the new and excited children that await you – it can almost feel like you are that little child again walking into the candy shop. As a new teacher, traveling to teach abroad, you have so many exciting things to look forward to. Although your journey will be filled with nerves, of course, the excitement and the joy of your new experiences will quickly overcome the nerves.

 

The reasons why teaching in China is exciting as a new teacher are almost endless, but here are my top 10:

chinese food1) The food is nothing shy of incredible

As a self-proclaimed foodie, of course, food is one of my favorite aspects of traveling anywhere new. You are probably familiar with Chinese food back home, but the true, traditional Chinese food you will find in China is probably not like anything you have ever experienced. From the melt-in-your-mouth roasted duck to the unbelievable vegetable dishes – there is something for everyone’s palate.

2) The students are eager to learn.

In China, learning English is a very prestigious aspect of their schooling. Most of their parents have high hopes that they will be accepted into a university in the United States, and learning English is part of that journey. For the most part, the students you will encounter are entertaining, enthusiastic, and appreciative of your willingness to be there.

3) The culture is fascinating.china classroom

One of the best parts about teaching in China is that you become a resident, not just a tourist. Rather than having to see and do it all in one week, you have months – or longer – to explore your new city and country. From the imperial architecture of the historical sites to the breathtaking views of some of the most beautiful scenery you can find in parks and other surrounding areas, you will develop a great sense of appreciation for your new environment.

4) The life in China is fast-paced.

I don’t know about you, but I already feel like time is going incredibly fast…It seems as though I blink my eyes and somehow, I am five years older. But, living in China is more like living life in time-lapse mode… Buildings seem to pop up overnight and new subway lines open up left and right – giving the feeling that the whole city simply shifts in one day.  The fast-paced life will leave you in awe of all the change you can experience in the country during even just a short                                                                                                        time there.

mandarin5) You might even learn some Mandarin along the way. 

The good news is that for most positions teaching English in China, being fluent in Mandarin is not required. But, who doesn’t want to add fluency in a second language to their resume, right? While it might seem like an impossible task, you will be surprised with how much easier learning to speak and understand Mandarin will become once you are living in China and are engulfed in the language on a daily basis.

6) You will be well-respected.

The respect doesn’t stop with the students in your classroom. Western teachers are in high demand in China, and, therefore, are well-respected as well. Most Chinese people have a deep-rooted respect for the profession and teachers are seen to be very authoritative figures.

 

wall7) You have a variety of diverse locations to choose from.

Due to the size of China, there is no shortage of destinations for teachers looking to work in the country.  From Shanghai to Guangdong, and several other areas in between – you can choose the setting you are looking for and the size of the city you would prefer.

8) They offer generous perks and benefits.

Most teachers can find a position that offers great hours, good pay and great benefits. Oftentimes, a yearly salary is provided in addition to great benefits and some perks might include: Sick leave, paid holidays, a generous house concession or rent-free furnished local apartment, and an airfare allowance or even flight reimbursement.

 

teach china9) The teaching options are endless.

Depending on your salary expectations and your own personal preference, there are several types of teaching opportunities available: Teachers in China can choose from public schools, private schools, private language institutes, a university, international schools, kindergartens, or even tutoring. You can truly make the opportunity everything you want it to be.

10) The cost of living is generally affordable.

Of course, the cost of living will depend mostly on the area you choose to live and work in… Bigger cities such as Beijing and Shanghai have a higher cost of living, but they also help compensate with a higher pay. However, teaching salaries are on the rise in China, so most of the time, you will have the ability to save the majority of your wages.

 

From great food to great pay to exquisite scenery, the question should really be what reason is there not to be excited about teaching in China? The opportunity to teach abroad in China is one that will forever change you and one you will talk about for years to come. If you are a new teacher looking to teach in China, have look at our jobs here.

Let us know, which of these top ten reasons to be excited are you most excited about? Share your enthusiasm with us in the comments.

Written by David Smith, a blogger and world traveler, with experience in China’s manufacturing industry, as well as social media marketing in his hometown of Los Angeles, California. When not staring at a computer screen, David is an avid badminton player and photographer of natural landscapes.

Prepare yourself: Top international interview questions.

International teaching interviews can be terrifying. You often don’t have that face to face contact with your interviewer (rather screen to screen via Skype) which means there can be technical hitches involved, and you can’t read body language like in a regular interview. Also, your only judgment on what the school actually looks like is the wall you can see behind your interviewer’s head. For these reasons, you need to be even more prepared for this interview than you have ever been before. Research the school like crazy, and prepare yourself with some, if not all of the questions we have accumulated below.

General interview questionsSkype picture

Why did you apply for this particular role?

What do you know about the school? Why do you want to work here?

What are your main strengths/key achievements as a teacher?

How do you use data to inform your planning?

What does high-quality teaching and learning look like?

Describe your teaching style in 3 words.

What would you do if a child told you he/she was scared of going home?

How would you deal with bullying in your classroom?

How do you reward for good behaviour?

How will you ensure you meet the school’s ethos in your lessons?

For more tips, read our blog: Top tips for selling your teaching experience at interview.

 

International school questions

Do you have experience of working or living overseas?

What extra-curricular activities would you get involved with?

It can be challenging learning a new curriculum, being in a new country etc. How will you manage the workload?

How do you think you will fit in with the local culture in the city you are moving to?

 

IB specific questions

What might be the challenges of teaching the IB?

How do you use the IB style of teaching at the moment?

How do you make cross-curricular links in your lessons?

How will you support learners who are struggling to meet the demands of the IB?

Read more of our Skype Interview Tips here.

 

Subject-specific questions (this can be a separate interview sometimes)classroom

Is there an area of the curriculum you think you might struggle with teaching? How will you overcome this?

Why are you passionate about your subject?

Describe a good lesson that you have done recently.

Describe a lesson that did not go well. What were the reasons for this?

What can you bring to the role that other candidates may not bring?

Why do you enjoy teaching *your subject*?

How do you deal with disengaged learners in your classroom?

If I came into your classroom, what would I see?

How do you make your *subject* students independent learners?

What are the important things to consider when setting up your classroom?

How do you differentiate in your lessons?

What provisions do you make for special needs in your classroom?

We hope this helps! Let us know if you have any questions to add to the list by emailing editor@teacherhorizons.com. Now you are fully prepared for anything they throw at you, sign up to Teacherhorizons here, and browse our jobs here. Good luck!

 

 

 

 

 

Written by Tiffany Kibblewhite, Teacherhorizons Blog Manager and Recruitment Adviser.

5 maths study tips to give to your students

This week we gift to you a useful blog from Annabelle Fee; part of the Content and Community team at SmileTutor, who share valuable teaching content to their community… and now ours!

Mathematics is often considered to be the hardest subject by many students. Some of them won’t even make an effort because they’ve immediately decided that they are bad at it. Nevertheless, the level of mathematics that is required by the education standards should be achievable to most students if they prepare well. And while a lot of responsibility lies with the class work, the preparation at home is crucial. A good teacher should guide students through their home study by giving them advice and appropriate homework. Here are the top five tips to give to students.

teacherhorizons (2)1. Practice daily

Repetitioest mater studiorum.  This is the golden rule of student life, but especially when it comes to math. Unless the student is a math genius, they will need to practice daily until the rules they are studying enter their system, once they know the simple rules, they can get more creative with difficult tasks. Practicing is not something of which they should be ashamed. Make sure to tell them this honestly and without looking down on people who need more practice. You can help them by giving constant homework – better to have daily homework than once a week a handful of pages.

2. Incorporate all the previous topics, not just the current one

When students practice, they often concentrate only on the current topic. A good tip to give is to incorporate at least one or two exercises from different areas, just to keep them fresh in their mind. You can also add to this by having some of the old exercises in the homework you give them. After not doing a certain type of exercise for a long time, students tend to forget how to do it, which can be a problem with final exams. This tip and your diverse homework can make finals a lot easier and pre-finals time a lot less stressful.

teacherhorizons (3)3. Do as much as possible without calculator

This is a simple tip but in today’s world with so much technology around us, it is rarely followed. Students, away from their tutors’ eyes, use their phones for even the simplest math. Doing homework without calculators can help during exam time, when calculators are often not allowed. It makes us calculate quicker. This is not something you can control, since homework is done at home, but make sure you point of the benefit of final exams so they know it is not just your rebellion against the technology.

4. Feel free to ask for help, but first try to do it by yourself

A lot of students see a more difficult or creative exercise and decide they cannot do it, without even trying first. It is ok not to know something, and it is ok to go to a teacher or a tutor to ask for an explanation. But the student should first try their own a couple of times. Telling them to try to first solve the problem by themselves is good advice to give them because it will not only help them in exams when they cannot ask for an explanation, but also with their future lives when they won’t always have someone to explain to them what they don’t understand.

teacherhorizons (1)5. Verbalise

One of the best pieces of advice I was given in high school was “when you have issues with a certain topic, try to first verbalise what you think you should do, and then do the math. Sometimes the numbers are arranged in a new way and the situation looks so unfamiliar that it is hard to see where to start. Talking through the problem helped understand what the issues were and then it was easier to work around solving them. This is rarely told to math students because math is not associated with words, but for some, especially for people who are more word-oriented, this can be golden.

 

Hopefully this will help your students to study more efficiently for their exams. The best thing you can do is to show them that you expect them to succeed if they work hard. Believing in your students matters more than words can describe; it is one of the strongest motivators.

Want to teach Mathematics abroad next year? Sign up to Teacherhorizons here and check out all of our exciting Maths jobs here!

Written by Annabelle Fee, part of the Content and Community team at SmileTutor, sharing valuable content to their own community and beyond.

What happens when you arrive at your new international school?

We talk to hundreds of teachers each week who are thinking of teaching abroad. One of the main barriers which puts people off is the unknown. What is the school like? What will happen when I arrive? Will I have to find my own accommodation? What if I don’t speak the language? These are some crucial questions, and at Teacherhorizons we think you deserve to know the answers before you embark. So this week we asked Megan Grey to describe her experiences so far at Yew Wah International Education School of TongXiang.

 

UNADJUSTEDNONRAW_thumb_b9I’m writing to you from my friend’s couch who lives on my corridor in TongXiang. My flight was early on a Friday morning and I met 2 fellow teachers in the airport who I had been talking to on Facebook beforehand. This reminds me: Good tip for anyone travelling to China… make sure you download a VPN before you get here, you won’t be able to download one once you’re in China as it will be blocked. As you probably already know, China blocks Facebook, Instagram, google etc. but with a VPN you can use your phone/laptop as you would back home (very important if you are a Netflix junkie like me!)

After a stop off in Abu Dhabi, we arrived in Shanghai at 10.30am on Saturday and were met by some members of staff who work at our school. After travelling so far, I was so grateful to have airport pick up and transport all sorted for us. The staff even took us out for lunch, all paid for by the school. I remember thinking that I had struck gold and already appreciated how much the school value their teachers by making sure we were looked after.

Read another of Megan’s blog posts for helpful tips on applying for a Chinese visa.

 

UNADJUSTEDNONRAW_thumb_b3Once we had finished, I was taken to my own apartment. Giddy with excitement, I burst through the door and was over the moon my new home: a brand new, fully furnished and modern space, just for me! My apartment has a kitchen with a fridge full of food (including Oreos – bonus), a living area with a TV, sofa, desk, table with 2 chairs, coffee table and water cooler. The water cooler boils and cools water. I also have a bedroom with 2 x ¾ sized beds with a wardrobe and a bathroom. There is also a balcony with a washing machine and clothes dryer.

I’ve been here for nearly a week now and the last 6 days have been a blur. The school has already organised for us to all get new phones with Chinese sim cards. We already have a Chinese bank card and access to our new bank accounts. The school also ran a trip to Injoy which is a big shopping center in Tongxiang so we could get some food and other bits and bobs. We’ve been to Shanghai to have a medical exam done (you will need to have this done when you get here in order to apply for a resident’s permit). We’ve also been given our new laptops which we ordered before we arrived… a brand-new apple mac! The school even provided training to show us how to use the laptops. In the first few days, we had a welcome party lunch where we got to meet all the teachers at the school; everyone is so lovely and supportive of each other. As a single female coming by myself, I am so grateful and relieved that I’m here with such incredible people. I feel like I’ve already got a big group of friends!

Look at more perks of international teaching by reading our blog on international teaching salaries and benefits. 
yew wah

 

The tour around the school with the senior leadership team blew me away. It’s like nothing I had ever seen before; so modern and forward-thinking. The sheer size of the building was incredible, especially the auditorium – it can hold 1000 people! I couldn’t wait to get started with planning the year ahead.

I’m so excited for the next steps and to get stuck into everything going on in the school. I am so grateful to Teacherhorizons for getting me the job in the first place and so grateful to all the staff working at Yew Wah Tongxiang. How lucky I am to be here!

Like the sound of a Yew Wah school? Have a read of this blog from a teacher at Yew Wah Yantai.

 

So there is my arrival story for any of you worrying about what might happen when you get to your new school. I’m sure you will have a similarly excellent experience. I’ll leave you now, with my 10 top tips for surviving your first week:

UNADJUSTEDNONRAW_thumb_b71) Get to know people on facebook before you arrive. I actually set up a Facebook group once I got the job and it was so helpful having a support network to help me before I got here. I even managed to meet up with someone before we all set off.

2) Download a VPN before you arrive.

3) Bring lots of packets of tissues. The toilets here are mainly a squat and drop (as we like to call them) and are pretty much a hole in the ground and most places don’t provide toilet paper.

4) Bring things from home to make your apartment your own. It’s so important to settle in and create your own space to make you feel happy and relaxed.

5) Bring things to cook with like cooking oil, spices and sauces that you use at home. I brought a big box of tea bags and am so glad I did.

6) Be confident and put yourself out there! Make sure you make connections with people and get out and do as many things as possible.

7) Expect to have jet lag and a dodgy stomach. Try not to let it get to you too much and ride it out. Your body will soon adjust.

8) Learn key phrases in Mandarin like hello, thank you, goodbye. The locals really appreciate it.

9) Download Wechat, it’s the Chinese version of Whatsapp and everyone uses it out here.

10) Give yourself a break, you are going to feel overwhelmed, nervous and homesick but it’s                                                                                                   okay! You’ll soon settle in.

 

Calling all new starters – what has your first week been like? Please let us know by emailing your story to editor@teacherhorizons.com. We would love to publish it. Thinking of following in Megan’s footsteps along with hundreds of other Teacherhorizons teachers? Set up your free profile here. Schools will be recruiting for next year very soon!

Written by Megan Grey, A 24-year-old primary teacher from Manchester. now working in Tongxiang, China at a Yew Wah school. She is beyond excited for the next steps in her teaching career, and believes that "if your dreams don’t scare you, they are not big enough!"

Seven secrets to social success in your new location.

You have made it! We hope you have arrived safe and well to your new school. Congratulations! Now comes the next step: Finding your place in this new (and frankly, terrifying) world. Being an international jet-setter myself, I moved my life to Cambodia last year, to begin working at Teacherhorizons. So having been in a similar situation to many of you international teachers, I wanted to share a few words of advice to help you find your feet, and navigate the social scene in your new home.

 

pub street1) Get out there

It might be the last thing you feel like doing in your first few weeks. It certainly was for me. As soon as I left my air conditioned room, the smells, the noise and the heat of Cambodia would hit me, and it was overwhelming. However, once I bit the bullet and got out there, I noticed how wonderfully different and exciting the place was, and began to get accustomed.

2) Find the place to be

The first thing to do is to find people who speak your language. Well, I started off in a hostel, so that was easy for me, and I began by asking the staff there where I should hang out to meet people. ‘Pub Street’ was the answer I got, so off I went to find friends. It took no time at all.

Interested in Cambodia too? Look at our Cambodia page here, and start applying for jobs there by creating a free profile. 
Screen Shot 2017-09-02 at 13.51.553) Speak to everyone you see

I was stopped on my way onto pub street by a Turkish man selling pub crawl tickets… I very boldly replied “where do you live in this city? Where should I live?” I think he was a little taken aback, but he gave me some great advice on the places to look and the going rate for rent, and from that moment on, became one of my closest friends in Cambodia.

4) Join the facebook group

My new friend immediately added me to the expat Facebook group. There will always be one for the place you are living, no matter how remote. Ours was fantastic. It was the place where all expats in the whole city could meet, socialise and ask advice from others. It was used for buying and selling apartments, furniture, bikes etc and was a great way to feel part                                                                                                          of a community, no matter how far you are from your old one.

bikes4) Join a club

This Facebook group will be used for promotion too. Mine promoted all the clubs that you could join in the area, so all I had to do was pick a few hobbies that I was interested in pursuing over there. I picked CrossFit and wine tasting. Yes, wine tasting! Even in the most far off places, if there are expats there, there will be wine. The CrossFit club was at the local kickboxing gym, and was on three times a week. Through this I was able to meet like-minded people from the word go, and begin to structure my new friendship circle. Oh and if you are keen on fitness, join Strava. It’s an app which allows you to find friends who run, swim or cycle at your level, and contact them. An amazing tool if you want to meet like-minded people and have someone to exercise with.

5) Be a yes man!

“We are going on a bike ride, want to come?” YES. “I am going to do a city tour, join me?” YES. “Would you like to try this odd looking local food?” YES. Get my gist? You will never regret saying yes to these things. If they are enjoyable, you get a great experience to tell home about. If they are not, you get a funny story to tell home about. No one wants to hear about the time you said no to an adventure.

Read more of my advice on keeping fit and healthy abroad in this blog: Seven secrets to staying healthy that only expats would know!
IMG_16267) Speak to the locals

Your friends do not have to be expats. A good mix of both is healthy. I was lucky enough to find a complex to live in, which housed some locals and some expats, so I immediately befriended Cambodians as well as British, Kiwi, American and Turkish expats. The locals are amazing, as they help you navigate around and begin to learn the language, they help you order your drinks, they advise you on which market goods to buy and how much to pay for them, and best of all, they make you feel welcome in this place that is their home.

Read one of our teacher’s stories about learning the language of the locals here.

 

I hope these tips are helpful, and make the idea of building your new world, less daunting. It really takes no time at all to feel secure, all you need is a little confidence to get out there. Remember everyone else is just as keen for friends as you are, so go get ‘em!

Written by Tiffany Kibblewhite, Teacherhorizons Blog Manager and Recruitment Adviser.