Teachers who are successful at BES would usually have a close match with the following:
• Minimum requirement of a Bachelor’s Degree education, and a Qualified Teacher Status where applicable
• Child-focused – warm, caring and supportive
• Ability to work with parents and be part of a community
• Team player – collaborative, adaptable, positive and flexible
• Commitment to ongoing professional development
• General interest in China
• Stable and balanced personal life
• Experience/training in working with English Languages Learners (ELLs)
• High level of IT skills and experience in integrating IT with teaching
• Experience with authentic assessment practices
• Experience in organizing school events and extracurricular activities
• Experience in coaching sporting teams and/or performing arts
• Experience in outdoor education & recreation programs
• Inquiry-based, activity-based and hands-on learning
• Using local context and environment to enhance learning
• Multi-cultural approach or experiences
• Stimulating classroom environment
• Experience in differentiating teaching techniques
• Holistic teaching and learning approach with emphasis on social/emotional learning
Teacher Expectations BES
BES is a progressive school and has dedicated communities with high expectations – excellence in teaching, full involvement in the schools’ development and with extracurricular activities. Candidates considering working at BES schools should be prepared to meet these expectations in addition to the regular teaching load. A standard workload is outlined below:
School Year – Each school year will start from mid-August to the early of July. New teachers are expected to arrive at the beginning of August for induction and teacher planning. There are about 2 weeks of Christmas break, 2-3weeks Chinese New Year Holiday, and the summer break is 5 to 7 weeks, from July to August.
School Hours – School hours normally starts at 8.00 AM, and ends at 3.30 PM. Teachers are expected to be at the school before 7.30 AM and be in the classroom by 7.50 AM. Teachers should remain in the school for at least 15 minutes after school is dismissed. Yard duty on a rotating basis is a part of a teacher’s routine.
Teaching Hours – The school schedule is based on 40 periods of 40 minutes per week. A full teaching load in a week is generally 25-30 periods. The non-contact periods/blocks are allocated for planning, preparation, class room management, and general meetings with colleagues and parents.
Enrichment – Activities include the arts, sports, clubs, enterprise, homework support, community service, and expeditions. Teachers are expected to contribute to the equivalent of two activities at least per year.
After School Meetings – Staff meetings are compulsory for all teachers and are held once a week after school. Teachers are also required to attend the after school collaborative planning meetings.