Apply to teach in a GEMS British school

Further your teaching career in one of our GEMS British school

When should I apply? 
Typically the recruitment season runs from January through to June; however, the majority of recruitment is done in January/February for the following September. The best time to apply in order to give yourself the best chance of success is in January/February, although there will still be positions available later in the year.

How do I find out what positions are available? 
All of our vacancies are advertised on our website www.gemseducation.com/careers

What is the closing date for applications? 
If there is a closing date it will be stated in the advert. If there is no closing date, we will accept applications throughout the recruitment season until the position(s) are filled. 

How do I apply for teaching positions with GEMS? 
The application process will be stated in the advert. You can apply for any of our vacancies via www.gemseducation.com/careers. To apply you need to submit an up to date CV, application letter, recent photograph and details of two professional references. 

What shall I include in my application? 
The more information you include the better. Please ensure you have clearly stated the names of the schools where you have worked, accurate employment dates and the age groups and curricula you have taught. If you are a newly qualified teacher (NQT), please include details of your teaching placements.

Do you accept applications from NQTs? 

Yes, we are able to accept applications from NQTs, although for some positions more experience may be required. If you are applying as an NQT, it is worth bearing in mind that it is not currently possible to complete your NQT year outside of the UK. 

What is the interview process? 
The first stage is to contact selected candidates for an informal telephone interview/discussion with a member of our recruitment team. You will have a chance at this stage to ask any further questions you may have.  Candidates who are successful at this stage will have their applications reviewed by the school principals. Shortlisted candidates will be contacted for interview.

Interviews are held in the UK, typically in February, although there may be further UK interview dates later in the year. This will be a face to face interview with the principal and/or another member of the senior management team from the school. You will be asked to bring with you various documents as well as a portfolio of your work. It is very important that you bring the requested documents with you at this stage. 

Interviews are also conducted at times via Skype. 
Candidates who are successful at interview stage will be informed shortly afterwards, and contracts and further information will follow. 

What documents will I have to provide? 
Typically candidates will need to provide copies of their valid passport, qualification certificates (degree and teaching qualification/QTS) and recent CRB or police clearance. 

When are references checked? 
References are typically taken prior to interview. If there is not time beforehand, they may be taken shortly afterwards. If you have provided details of referees who you do not wish to be contacted, please make sure you have made this clear on your CV. When you apply via our website, there is a function to specify whether you are happy for your referees to be contacted. 

If you do not wish your current school to be contacted until after interview stage that’s fine, but we will need to be able to contact them when your offer is made. All offers are made subject to satisfactory references. 

If my application is not successful will I be informed? 
Unfortunately, due to the volume of applications we receive, it is not possible to contact all applicants individually. Only selected applicants will be contacted. However, if you attend an interview you will be informed whether you have been successful or unsuccessful. If you were unsuccessful you will have the opportunity to receive feedback on your interview. 

If I am offered a position, what happens next? 
You will be sent the offer and a contract and be assigned a point of contact within the school. This is usually the principal’s PA, an HR officer or staff relations officer. They will be your main point of contact until you start at the school. You will receive information on document attestation and the relocation process, and will be asked to submit certain documents. It is very important at this stage that you submit the relevant documents as quickly as possible and begin the document attestation process immediately. This will help the visa and joining process to run as smoothly as possible. 

Your employment visa will be processed for you by the school. Your flights will also be booked for you and tickets sent out to you. New teachers typically arrive 7-10 days before the term starts to settle into their accommodation and attend the induction week. 

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