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British International School Riyadh

BISR was established in 1979. It is a not for profit school with 1500 students and 122 teachers from 15 different nationalities. The school is a member of the Council of International schools and The British Schools of the Middle East. Approximately 50% of the students are British passport holders the rest come from 50 different countries. The school has an excellent reputation and is considered by many as a ‘flagship’ within international schools in the region.

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 vast range of extra-curricular activities.
  • We focus on the all-round development of each child as a global citizen.
  • 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 55 Countries.
  • We invest in our staff. At any one time there are usually several teachers attending courses in any part of the world.
  • We are reflective. Recently we have gone through both the CIS Accreditation process and a Penta (British Standards Overseas) inspection. The feedback from both was outstanding.

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, who has a husband who is not a teacher, will need to come out alone. We can get visitors’ visas for husbands but these are for up to three months – although they can be extended.

This does not apply for teaching couples employed by the school, both of who 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 get 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 you own residence permit is issued (called an iqama), we then start the process of getting visas 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 and 2 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). For further information on this please visit www.cois.org.

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

How to apply for a teaching position at BISR

Please provide a supporting statement and please bear in mind the following guidance:

  • Explain why you are applying for this position. Is because of push or pull factors?. Please identify the single most significant reason for making the application.
  • Explain in what ways your expertise and experience makes you a strong candidate for this role. What have you done professionally up to this point in your life which makes you special?
  • How do you think you would be able to support our Mission and REACH motto?
  • Describe a good lesson you delivered recently, and explain why you think it was good and how it exemplified your own definition of quality learning.
  • Do you think a school can be British and International? How do you think this is achieved?
  • What do you want to be doing in five years time, and if appointed to a post at BISR, how do you think we can help you develop professionally?

All referee details needs to be submitted at the time of the application. We require three professional referees one of which must include the current head teacher. We regret we are unable to accept applications via email at this time.

Safeguarding 

BISR believes very strongly in the role of the school in safeguarding children and young people.  All staff, whatever their role in the school, will require to undergo rigorous background checks before commencing employment.

Closing date

The individual closing dates are listed below (next to each vacancy). Early applications prior to the closing date are encouraged as the School will shortlist on a rolling basis.

We very much look forward to receiving you 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 ;and an acceptance that contribution to the extra-curricular life of the school is essential. Teachers contribute to the success of the House system;
  • An appreciation of the importance of international understanding;
  • Experience of working in various contexts both in the UK and internationally.

Experience

  • Experience of teaching within Key Stage or subject;
  • Willingness to work closely with colleagues in preparing for teaching and learning;
  • Experience of positive behaviour management strategies;
  • Experience of planning for children with Special Educational Needs and Gifted and Talented children;
  • 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;
  • 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;

Personal Qualities

  • Warmth and sense of humour;
  • Flexibility;
  • Enthusiasm;
  • Team player;
  • Commitment to continuing professional development;
  • Willingness to be involved in extra 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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