We are looking for teachers who can teach.
Teachers who care equally about the subjects they teach and the children for whom they are responsible. Who have the highest possible expectations of each and everyone of their pupils and who can keep order and explain ideas with clarity and enthusiasm that captures the child's imagination.
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Oakley College is an independent Nursery, Primary and Secondary school, established in 1989, aiming to provide quality education through the medium of English, for an international community. We cater for students from 2 years of age up to 18.
At Oakley College we believe that a caring and stimulating environment is essential to the development of children. We aim to develop self-esteem, personal responsibility and a commitment to learning in all. Oakley College is a happy school, dedicated to the promotion of a well-balanced curriculum and the highest quality of educational experiences.
Our philosophy is one of partnership between staff, parents and children in a friendly, family atmosphere, ensuring that each child will learn to the best of his or her ability. We encourage parents to work with us so that together we may promote the growth of respect for one another and care for the physical environment as well as attaining high academic standards.
We have a great team of professionals working in the school and if you are interested in joining us please E-mail;
1. a letter of application, and
2. your CV and photo.
Remember in your letter to include information about your professional experience and strengths, what buzzes you about learning and teaching, and why you are looking to teach at Oakley.
Have a close look at the values, culture and attitudes we promote at Oakley because these are the things that are our guiding reference throughout the school.
The children mainly have English as an additional language being native Spanish children.
All teaching is done in English and although no Spanish is required for the post, a willingness to learn Spanish is important for integration into the local community.
The successful candidates will:
• join us in our quest to be "a confident learning community"
• value Respect, Responsibility and Resolving problems
• join a culture of honesty, recognising others, working together, enterprise, and improvement.
. share in a positive attitude.
We put the children’s learning first and we all work very hard to make a difference to those children who are at our school!
To help you get an independent view of the school please read the last inspection report which is on the website (follow the link on the main page to: about us/inspections).
. Oakley is a friendly and happy place to work. Staff enjoy the support of committed professionals.
• The school and parents have high standards for all children and view education in its broadest sense. The staff aim to develop highly motivated children, with self-esteem, who love learning and coming to school. We see education as a priority and we work very hard to develop good relationships between home and school.
. Classes are smaller than in a lot of state schools with the maximum numbers in any class being 25.
. There is time to develop relationships with the children. The academic pace of the school is brisk, but we have a less restrained curriculum than in the maintained sector as we "broadly follow the National Curriculum".
. Staff at Oakley work hard but they enjoy slightly longer holidays than in many UK schools, teaching 180 days with 5 training days.
. We believe in the importance of a balance between work and play. We also provide exercise classes (pilates) twice a week to help unwind from the stresses and strains of teaching. A three course lunch, provided by our highly qualified chefs, is also provided free to all staff (vegetarian menu also available).
. Teacher's children receive free education at Oakley (as long as there is an unocupied place in the year group).
• Some knowledge of and a willingness to learn Spanish would also be advantageous. However Spanish classes are provided free for staff.
• Most, if not all, of the children will be learning English as an additional language; therefore some experience of teaching EAL learners would also be advantageous.
The school day for teachers is 8.45-4.10 Monday to Friday. Staff meetings are held after school on a twice-weekly basis, with other meetings taking place as and when necessary. All staff arrive in good time to be ready and able for the day ahead.
The school operates 180 teaching days each year, plus 5 in-service days. There are two months holiday in summer (July & August), 2/3 weeks at Christmas, 2 weeks at Easter and 2/3 days mid-term break each term plus several Spanish bank holidays.
Terms and conditions are determined by the Spanish convenio, the terms and conditions document stipulated under Spanish law (see the link in this section).
Every assistance will be given to help successful applicants to settle into life in Gran Canaria. We are a friendly, caring school and aim look after our teachers in the same way we do our children!
Please ensure that any referees you use have a telephone number, fax number and an e-mail address; - this is vital.
Remember it's a two way process. We need good teachers and you need a good place to work!
Management positions are paid as indicated in the job description.
The Mainscale teacher's gross is advertised on the individual job description.
Income Tax (IRPF) in Spain is estimated monthly using an “Estimation Tax Program” and then regulated by the tax office annually in the “Renta” using a “Retrospective Tax Program”.
You are not going to make your fortune working at Oakley or in any of the other schools in Spain for that matter! However if you value quality of life and a very comfortable life style, where you work in a positive, learning focused, environment and can enjoy a wonderful climate - Oakley is the place for you!
Eating and drinking out are a way of life and much less expensive than in the UK.
Teachers are also entitled to a free three-course school lunch (which tends to cut weekly food bills substantially)! Many staff have cars and it is possible to share a lift for a small contribution towards petrol.
All staff get a settling in allowance and an accommodation allowance when they arrive at school (500Euros). This normally covers the initial flight out and the first two weeks of accommodation.
LEGAL PAPERWORK AND MEDICAL COVER
On arrival all legal and medical paperwork will be taken care of by the school at no expense to the teacher. Spanish Social Security medical cover will become effective from the first day of contract (1st September). Doctors and dentists are reliable and efficient, although dental treatment is private.
If you arrive during the summer prior to starting work it is a good idea to bring an EHIC medical cover form with you. You can get this from any post office in the UK.
Medical care is provided under the Spanish medical system from the start of your contract. Full information in English can be obtained from the Spanish Health Service at http://www.msc.es/en/home.htm
When moving abroad it is important to be fully informed about all aspects relating to tax, pensions, etc. within the UK. For a detailed reference visit the UK website www.direct.gov.uk/en/index.htm
The quality of life in Spain is rated positively by the UN quality of life index. Being 23rd in the world, 5 positions above the UK.
- Attractive features include the weather, pace of life, diet, Spanish health care system, which the World Health Organisation rates in the top 10 of the world (18 UK).
- The Cost of living index for Spain is on average 25% below UK. With rental prices 72% lower than London and grocery prices 38% lower. Compare your town or city at the following website ( http://www.numbeo.com/cost-of-living/compare_cities.jsp?country1=United+Kingdom&country2=Spain&city1=London&city2=Las+Palmas )