Teaching in Singapore

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Teaching in Singapore

Post by Nimalika81 » Mon, 26 Jan 2015 1:01 pm

I am secondary school teacher currently living in the UK. I have 3/4 years work experience as a qualified teacher and 4 years experience teaching at university. I also have a Master's degree from France.

My husband has been offered a post in Singapore and we are thinking of relocating within the next few months.
I currently have a decent job in an independent school in London and I am keen to continue my career.
I would like some advice on how easy/difficult it is to get a job at an International School. (I teach French and German and have IB and IGCSE experience).

Furthermore I was also wondering if there are ever any permanent jobs offered in International Schools as opposed to fixed term contracts? At the moment we are looking at staying in Singapore only for a few years but I was wondering what my options would be, if we decided to stay on and make Singapore our permanent home.

Thank you in advance,
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Re: Teaching in Singapore

Post by PNGMK » Tue, 27 Jan 2015 7:38 pm

1. You should be able to find a job in the (Foreign School System) here. However the bastards will not pay you a full expat rate if they find out you're a trailing spouse (no housing allowance or flight allowance or moving expenses for example). Your choice to hide or disclose that. Check out the websites of all the schools (Tanglin Trust, UWC, OFS, Chatsworth, yada yada).

2. You can also try applying via the ISS (International School Search) - however as you know where you're going AND you're a trailing spouse I would apply directly to the school.

3. AFAIK all the contracts are fixed term; typically 2 years with a one year roll over thereafter. Provided you keep your nose clean it's normally not a problem to renew yearly and often you can negotiate to leave mid year.

4. MAKE SURE your contract does not have an early termination penatly. Some of the shoddier schools have been putting this in ($10,000!).
I not lawyer/teacher/CPA.
You've been arrested? Law Society of Singapore can provide referrals.
You want an International School job? School website or http://www.ISS.edu
Your rugrat needs a School? Avoid for profit schools
You need Tax advice? Ask a CPA
You ran away without doing NS? Shame on you!

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