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British International School Riyadh

PGCE Student - Senior School - 2020/2021

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Important dates

Closing date of applications
27 February 2020
Start date
1 August 2020
Date Contract Ends
30 June 2021

Job details

Ages 11-18 / Secondary
English National
Positions available
Contract type
Vacancy type
Full Time


1 or more years experience

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For many years, the British School has supported individuals wishing to train as teachers in Riyadh. This has been done in partnership with Sunderland University.

We are very committed to continuing to extend this service to the local community and hence invite potential candidates to apply to be considered for the academic year 2020-21.

There are some essential criteria that must be fulfilled before an application would be considered and these are:

 You must hold a degree relevant to the section you wish to train in from a recognised university. This would mean for example that a person wishing to train in Secondary Maths should have a Maths degree or a degree with a heavy Maths content e.g. engineering. There are some exceptions to this and you should contact Sunderland directly for clarification as they will be the final arbiter in this matter. A person wishing to train in Primary has more flexibility as almost all degrees would be considered. You may need to have your qualification equivalency carried out by Naric to ensure you meet this criteria if your degree is not from a University in UK/some European Universities/US/Canada/South Africa/New Zealand /Australia. Our HR team would be able to advise you if this is needed.
 Your proficiency in spoken and written English must be very good. You will need to prove this through presenting a qualification to show you have achieved an acceptable standard e.g. a UK GCSE certificate (grade C-A*) or at least a score of 6.5 (but preferably higher) in the IELTS.
 You must be able to deliver lessons in English.
 You must have GCSE Maths at grade C-A* or a similar qualification.
 Primary candidates must hold a GCSE in Science (whilst not necessary for the Sunderland course, it is a requirement for QTS which can be gained at a later date with this qualification).
 You must be able to provide an enhanced police clearance certificate to comply with our Safeguarding policy before the potential place is taken up. Our HR team will provide guidance on this.

There are a limited number of places in both, in Primary we are able to offer 1 place (Salwa), and in Secondary a max of 1 per subject and 3-4 in all. It is a requirement for all teachers wishing to embark on initial training to have an interview before being offered a place so please expect this: dates to be confirmed, but we are aiming to have these completed by the end of March and offers made by 9th April, to allow time to apply to Sunderland. It is important that you have a teaching practice place confirmed before you apply to the University (deadline is approx. 30th June). The school does not undertake to provide funding towards your University costs and there will be an additional charge of 10000SAR for providing the placement/support in the school – this cost will be refunded if you then take a position in the school, in any capacity, once you have completed a 1 year contract. Any courses you may be offered whilst on your placement will also be at your own cost, but they are not compulsory and if you chose not to attend, it would not affect your ability to pass the course.

The PGCE course is very demanding as several components often happen concurrently and time management, good organisation and commitment will be important skills to have. You will:

 Have many assignments to complete.
 Have two teaching practice sessions where you have to plan lessons in great detail, mark work and reflect on your performance.
 Have to gather evidence to demonstrate you have met the required teaching standards; this will require you to be very organised.
 Be expected to take a full role within the school including duties, form tutor and staff meetings.
 Have regular meetings with your mentor and regular, at least weekly, observations during the teaching practice phases.

Applications should be submitted by the end of school on Thursday 27th February and should take the form of a letter with your CV – you will also need to provide references and complete a safeguarding document as part of the application process. This should be submitted through the In-teachers portal – please use the relevant link dependant on whether you are applying for a Primary of Senior placement.

PGCE Student - Primary School - 2020/2021:

Please address the following questions when composing your letter:

 Why do you want to train as a teacher?
 What is your philosophy for education?
 What skills do you have that would make you a person suited to a teaching career?
 How do you intend to manage the work load?

Please note that if you are currently working in the school, e.g. as a TA, you will need to take a sabbatical from your post for the full year of the PGCE, as the time you will need for your Teaching Practice cannot be covered and this leaves the school in a difficult position. If you do not secure a teaching position at the end of the course, your TA post will be made available to you once more.

A word of warning, there are two UK Universities that appear to offer an iPGCE; Sunderland and Nottingham. Only the Sunderland course leads to a teaching qualification – the Nottingham course is a CPD only as there is no assessed teaching practice element. Neither course gives direct QTS status however, the Sunderland course is sufficient for employment as a teacher in many International schools world-wide. To work in the UK, you would have to complete a further 13 week assessment to gain QTS status once you have worked for 2 years.

How to apply for a position at BISR

To apply and for additional information, please follow the ‘inteachers’ link on the vacancy.

When applying via this link, please provide the following in support of your application:

All applications must include:

  • An up to date two-page Curriculum Vitae, including a photograph
  • A statement in support of your application, which must include an answer to the following question:  How do you think you would be able to support our Mission and REACH motto?

Teacher applications must include:

  • How do you demonstrate that you are a lifelong learner and how does current pedagogical practice have an impact in your classroom?
  • How do you create a positive classroom climate and support student well-being in your current school?
  • What strategies do you use to ensure that all learners in your classroom attain very well?
  • What is your contribution to your current school community?


BISR is fully committed to safeguarding children and young people. We complete rigorous background checks for all staff, whatever their role in the school, prior to them commencing employment.

The school reserves the right to make an earlier appointment if a suitable candidate is


For more information about the school please visit the 'ABOUT US' section our website


We very much look forward to receiving your application. 

Teachers who work at BISR should have


  • Qualified Teacher status.
  • Certificate of Education - PGCE or B.Ed.
  • Training or qualification relevant to the post.


  • An appreciation of the demands of a British school in an international context.
  • Recognise the vital importance of a positive commitment to the co-curricular life of the school.
  • An appreciation of the importance of intercultural understanding and cultural sensitivity.
  • Recognise the responsibility each individual staff member has in supporting the holistic growth and well-being of students.


  • Experience of working in various contexts both in the UK and internationally.
  • Experience of teaching within a Key Stage or subject.
  • Experience of positive behaviour management strategies.
  • Experience of planning for children with a range of learning needs, including extremely able students.
  • Experience of curriculum development, monitoring and assessment.
  • Experience of working with second language students or prepared to undertake training.

Skills and Abilities

  • A detailed knowledge of the English National Curriculum.
  • Ability to organise a stimulating learning environment and demonstrate excellent creative teaching skills.
  • Willingness to collaborate with colleagues in preparing for learning and teaching.
  • Good organisation of recording and evaluating progress.
  • Show good communication skills when working with pupils, parents and colleagues.
  • Effective skills in managing and organising own time and directing deployment of teaching assistants.
  • Good ICT skills to be effective in your job.
  • An understanding of Assessment for Learning Strategies and use of this to inform future planning.
  • The desire to develop knowledge of the curriculum above and below the preferred key stage or in a cross-curricular context.

Personal Qualities

  • Warmth and sense of humour.
  • Flexibility.
  • Enthusiasm.
  • Team player.
  • Commitment to continuing professional development.
  • Willingness to be involved in co-curricular activities and events and engage in all aspects of school life.
  • High expectations of yourself and of children.
  • First class communication skills.
  • Empathy with pupils, colleagues, parents and visitors.
  • You must be a glass half-full person!

Equal Opportunities

  • Ability to promote equal opportunities with respect to race, gender and disability

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