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British International School Riyadh

The British International School Riyadh (BISR) is an extremely well-regarded not-for-profit co-educational school in the Middle East, catering for students aged 3-18, providing high quality education to the expatriate community since 1979. 1350 students from age 3 to 18 learn at our Al Hamra campus, whilst our smaller Salwa campus is the educational home for 150 Primary students from ages 3-11. Approximately 50% of our students are British passport holders with over 50 different nationalities represented across the school. The school is accredited by the Council of International Schools (CIS) and as a British School Overseas (BSO). BISR is also a member of the British Schools of the Middle East (BSME), the Independent Association of Preparatory Schools (IAPS) and the Council of British International Schools (COBIS). The school follows the English curriculum, greatly enriched by the local and international context. Learning is holistic, supported by a broad co-curricular programme, encompassing extra-curricular activities, house events, student leadership, service learning and residential trips. Strong pastoral care supports student well-being.

What do we think makes our school special?

  • A British education is respected world-wide.
  • We are academically successful with proven examination success at IGCSE and A-level.
  • The behaviour of our students is excellent – a feature regularly commented on by visitors.
  • We enjoy high levels of parent satisfaction.
  • Individual student and staff successes are recognised, rewarded and celebrated.
  • We offer a broad co-curricular programme, encompassing extra-curricular activities, student leadership, service learning and residential trips.
  • Student well-being is a key focus, where we support the holistic development of each child within our Intercultural context.
  • Our students develop as life-long learners.
  • Traditional values and good manners are reinforced.
  • BISR students feel proud of themselves and their school.
  • We have an international mix of students from more than 50 Countries.
  • We invest in our staff, supporting their professional development by providing a broad range of Continuing Professional Development (CPD) opportunities. Our staff retention is very good
  • We are reflective, leveraging from our British School Overseas (BSO) and Council of International Schools (CIS) inspection and accreditation processes to drive self-improvement. The most recent reports can be found here.
  • There is an excellent sense of community, with a very active and support PTA who both run and contribute to a range of events throughout the academic year.

Teaching at BISR

Ideally, we would like to appoint teachers with UK and/or international experience and an understanding of the place of British schools in the international context, but do not be prevented from applying if you do not necessarily have international or British curriculum experience.

We have a wonderful community here at BISR. Our students are highly motivated and a pleasure to interact with every day. Our staff are committed and know how to have fun. However, although the package is generally regarded as generous, we are not interested in people who only want to join us because of the money.

We want passionate educators, who wish to work extremely hard to make BISR the best British-style school in the region, and a genuine contender for the status of flagship British School worldwide. We expect all teachers to offer an extra-curricular activity and also to contribute to the House programme.

Sadly, female teachers are not able to sponsor their husbands. This means that any married female teacher who applies as an overseas hire, whom has a husband who is not a teacher, will need to come out alone. They would be able to apply for a multi-visit visa (up to two years) and be able to stay for up to 90 days at any one time, then exit and return again.

This does not apply for teaching couples employed by the school, both of whom enjoy school sponsorship. In fact, we welcome applications from teaching couples.

In addition, for male teachers with a non-working wife and/or dependants, we will be able to secure visas for your wives and children, but this can take up to two months after your arrival. This means that you will need to come out initially on your own, and when your own residence permit is issued (iqama), we then start the visa process for your families. This can take up to two months, and so, if relevant, you need to consider when you take your children out of their current school as they may not be with us until the end of October.

The Curriculum at BISR

The academic programme is based on the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) and Key Stages 1, 2 and 3 of the National Curriculum of England. In the senior section we offer IGCSEs, and A-levels. Although we are essentially an English national curriculum school, our international context allows us to adapt our curriculum to include examples of good practice gleaned from other successful and highly regarded curricula and we are particularly keen to appoint a person who is innovative in the delivery of the National Curriculum and appreciates the opportunities that our location provides.

BISR is well prepared to cater to the academic and social needs of internationally mobile students and encourages all students to constantly challenge themselves. Our teachers nurture students who are intellectually curious, creative, respectful, caring and discerning young adults, conscious of their responsibility to the community and their environment. Parents are encouraged to work in partnership with the school and support its drive towards excellence.

The school is set up as a not-for-profit entity and is a member of The British Schools of the Middle East (BSME) and the Council of International Schools (CIS). The school is accredited by the Council of International Schools (CIS) and regularly undergoes an inspection process via PENTA to be recognised as a British School Overseas (BSO). 

For more detailed information about the school, please visit our website

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 answers to the following questions:
    • 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 make good progress?
  • 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

identified.

For more information about the school please visit our website www.bisr.com.sa

 

We very much look forward to receiving your application. 

Teachers who work at BISR should have

Qualifications

  • Qualified Teacher status.
  • Certificate of Education, First degree or equivalent.
  • Training or qualification relevant to the post.

Understanding

  • 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

  • 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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