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International School Ruhr

Essen, Germany

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How have certain things improved since you started working there?

"au the contrary, teachers and students are leaving the school because of the bad leadership and bad facilities. The school doesn't have a playground nor sport facilities. Recess and sports happen in the park across the main road and if some classes go to the sportshall, they need to travel for min 20 min (one way! ) The arts room is a lit..."

Inter-community School Zurich

Zurich, Switzerland

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What does the school do to create a harmonious state of well-being and high morale amongst its staff?

"There is a nice option for teachers at school if they want to explore a certain aspect of their career or of the school. If selected, a teacher can be put on a year or half year sabbatical (or part time teaching) to do some action research about a variety of topics. Teachers that go through this process have a great, insprired experience. "

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What insider information would you give to a teacher considering working at this school?

"Be careful with many unstated rules as they like to make you work 12 hours or more for 6 days a week."

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Describe what kinds of teachers work here (local vs. expat, qualifications [or lack there of], etc.) and staff turnover rate. Is there a native English speaker or nationality requirement? Is it LGBT friendly country/school?

"Teachers are mainly from the UK and France and there is very little turnover. Many have never taught at another international school and some are International School of Geneva grads. The school offers a PGCE programme affiliated with Durham University and many graduates of the programme end up teaching somewhere in the foundation."

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Details about the staff housing or the housing allowance. If there is no housing allowance, how much are rent costs and utilities?

"You get furnished housing with utilities being covered as well."

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Explain how salaries are decided (e.g. is there a pay schedule? extra step for masters degree? Annual pay raises? Bonuses?).

"10% gratuity paid with salary monthly. "

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Recent things that the school has taken on (i.e. new curriculum, specific professional development, etc.).

"We are just begin to revamp our Math program in the ES. We have moved from away from Everyday Math to Eureka and next year we will be getting lots of PD to help us teach in a more inquiry-based way."

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Describe language abilities of students at this school and what is the "common language spoken in the hallways"? Is there one dominate culture group?

"More than 80% of the students are Thai."

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Explain how salaries are decided (e.g. is there a pay schedule? extra step for masters degree? Annual pay raises? Bonuses?).

"Some of the Chinese staff got significant raises for next year. There does not seem to be logic to it. "

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What types of sports programs and activities does the school offer?

"Swimming, Basketball, Soccer, Futsal, Tennis, Cross Country"

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Recent things that the school has taken on (i.e. new curriculum, specific professional development, etc.).

"The middle school contextual learning program is up and running. Last year, grades 3, 4 and 5 added experiential learning overnight trips."

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Name some special things about this school that makes it unique.

"The school is large. There are about 100 expat teachers of all ages. Staff are very friendly and welcoming. You have people to go out with every night if you want and have the energy after a heavy workload."