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general questions abut teaching in Bangkok international schools

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  1. Namaste

    Namaste Thread Starter New Member

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    Hi there,

    I'm really sorry if these questions have been asked already. Please direct me to existing threads if you know of any. I have many questions if that's ok.

    I have recently moved to Bangkok. Its a trial year and we may stay longer. I have a 2 half year old and we have all come on my husbands non B Visa. As my little girl is starting school and will be in full time education in Sep 2015, I would like to find work and possibly work as a primary school teacher in an international school as a trial and career change, in view of possibly staying here. I am British, have a joint BA honours degree in Music & French. I am also bilingual French / English (my mother is French). I also have 15 years teaching experience, teaching violin to private pupils aged between 4-adults. Some of my pupils have been very successful and have been awarded scholarships in top music schools in the UK. I also taught violin in primary and secondary schools working for local councils in the UK so have some insight into the British schooling system. I don't want to go back to teaching violin. Not that it is hugely relevant but I am also a qualified Gemmologist and a fellow of the Gemmological Association of Great Britain and have a diploma with the GIA in Diamond grading. There is however quite a lot of science, physics and chemistry involved in the Gemmology course. At this point I am cursing myself for not having done a PGCE in the UK! Its quite frustrating.

    I am thinking that if we do stay here in Bangkok I would very much like to work here and have a career possibly in teaching. I would only consider this if the salary was high enough. I understand without a PGCE and teaching experience in the UK I wouldn't be able to teach in the top international schools such as Shrewsbury etc..
    Does any1 know which schools would be interested in employing someone like me and what kind of salary I could expect? What perks would there be? Would it be beneficial if i did a distance learning PGCE, or a PGCEi. This wouldn't give me the 2 year teaching in the UK though i understand. I've also noticed that theses PGCE courses have high fees. The course would have to be worth while if you see what i mean.

    The other question is, as a teacher in a primary school for example, would my little girl get reduced fees in the school that i teach? Or no fees? This of course would be a huge incentive, as the school fees here in Bangkok are high. I would also prefer primary school teaching, i can't really see myself teaching in secondary school. I'd quite like to specialise in the foundation stage.

    Would there be any other requirements for teaching in an international school in Bangkok. Anything i might not be aware of? I can get a CRB no problem. I have photographs of my degree cert and could possibly get my uni to send me another copy if i have to.

    Any info would be hugely appreciated. Thanking you in advance
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  2. Gor Blimey Guvnur!

    Gor Blimey Guvnur! What the duck ! Staff Member

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    Re: teaching in Bangkok international schools

    There are some international schools that may take you in a 'support role'. I know of one international school named St. Stephens (campuses in BKK and Khao Yai) that have in the past employed teachers with experience etc. as a support teacher bringing the slower kids up to scratch. As for salary, I know of one individual that was getting 63K PCM doing this some 4 years ago.

    Absolutely, if your focus is is on Int. schools. The PGCEi is accepted by most of them and yes you can command a salary of 100K PCM at some of the better schools ... and is fine for primary teaching. AFAIK for grades 10, 11, 12 then no. Also, as you probably know, the PGCEi offered by Nottingham Uni runs at about 3,800 quid (well the last time I looked that is).

    Take a look at this sub forum too: Qualifications Courses Several discussions about PGCEi and others courses ...flick thro' the pages.

    Good luck :drinking:
     
  3. ramses

    ramses Well-Known Member

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    :welcome2:

    I tend to get long winded, so if you need get your :coffeetime: and your :popcorn:
    The father of one of my students is a gem dealer. While I know nothing of gems, I do know that he does quite well.:money1:

    Your background will certainly work in your favor, as you could teach English and or French to kindy and primary kids. You could also teach music to the youngsters, and quite likely have the requisite knowledge to teach geology and physics to the older kids. If I were you I would not be shy about applying to the top schools. Here is a list of ISAT Schools. It lists the curriculum for each school. British curriculum dominates the list :UK:, so finding an inter that suits you will not be hard.

    Any inter with a need for a specialist teacher. Apply to them all and interview well, you will not have a hard time finding a job.

    :money2:
    Schools you are interested in pay 110+ if you are fully credentialed. Some places pay 135+ with a housing allowance of 35k or more. With your quals if you are interviewing for a specialist teacher position I would think 90+ (but that is just a guess).

    Medical & life insurance, possibly dental and vision coverage as well. Free tuition for the kid.

    absolutely beneficial. but it is what it is, and if this becomes a new career, schooling and credentials beyond the PGCEi would be in order.

    Free tuition. you would still have to pay for uniforms and food, but otherwise free.

    Apply for the job you want. You should be able to find something you are happy with.

    For the schools you are looking at, you should be good.

    You will be teaching on a waiver (as you are not yet licensed to teach in Thailand). The waiver is issued to the school where you will work and allows you to teach without a license for two years. Waivers can be renewed, and there is frequent and spirited discussion about all things waiver related on the forum, so don't worry too much about it, as it comes up frequently. What you should know is that inters like to have all their teachers properly credentialed in Thailand, so from the day you start you have a 2 - 4 year window to get a license to teach here. They do this, in part, to satisfy accrediting bodies and stakeholders.

    That would be a very good idea, and have them send several (1/2 dozen or so) unopened official copies of your transcripts.

    I am quite thankful you did not ask for accurate info :righton:

    Now, pour yourself your beverage of choice and relax. :burp:
     
  4. Namaste

    Namaste Thread Starter New Member

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    Thank you both

    Thank you so much for all this info... i'm feeling +ve. I'll look into the PGCEi as a serious option. You've been so helpful :thumbsup2:

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