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What are the salaries for overseas hire teachers?
GEMS have a salary scale across our schools, which is based on years of teaching experience. Your individual salary level will be discussed with you prior to, or at interview stage. Salaries in the UK and across most of our schools are always quoted monthly. Salaries are competitive and in the UK and are subject to tax.
What else is included in the package?
Typically overseas teaching packages include: salary, furnished accommodation, visa costs, comprehensive medical insurance, joining flights, annual flight allowance, baggage allowance and tuition fee concession for dependants. Depending on the school you're working at, you may also be entitled to an end of service gratuity on completion of your contract.
Will I be paid the same as I am in my home country?
You will be paid according to your experience, and the corresponding point on the GEMS salary scale. This may differ from your salary in your home country. For example, for UK teachers, the national teacher pay scale and threshold is only applicable in the UK, so does not apply to international teaching positions.
Can I earn responsibility allowances / management points?
Yes, teachers who take on positions of responsibility e.g. coordinator or head of department are awarded management points. Teachers can achieve up to seven management points and each point awarded equates to a monthly salary stipend in addition to their base salary.
Are there opportunities for career progression within GEMS?
Yes, GEMS offers excellent opportunities for career progression. We have a large network of schools. Internal promotion is encouraged and all our vacancies are advertised internally.
We also have a dedicated professional development department based at our Dubai head office. Teachers at every GEMS school can access the company’s professional development programme, one of the largest education training programmes in the world. This ensures the best possible academic outcomes and helps GEMS to attract and retain the highest calibre teaching and leadership staff.
GEMS' centralised professional development programme supports schools by offering a series of programmes across our network. It draws on the expertise of GEMS staff within schools and our wide network of international consultants. The programme also offers opportunities for staff across GEMS to develop their own training and facilitation skills.
Will I get planning, preparation and assessment (PPA) time?
Yes, GEMS policy is to allow 20% PPA time across our international schools. This is possible in our primary schools thanks to specialist teachers for certain subjects, including French, PE and Music.
Do I have to take part in extra-curricular activities?
Extra-curricular activities are an integral and important aspect of our schools. There are many activities you can get involved in, such as sports, performing arts, charitable initiatives etc. All of our teachers are contracted to two extra-curricular activities per week, although many do more. Extra-curricular activities are typically after school and can run until around 4.30pm, although this may be later for sports fixtures etc.
What exam boards do the schools use?
Our National Curriculum for England schools use a range of exam boards, including AQA, EdExcel and the Northern Irish Exam Board.
What is accommodation like for teachers?
The standard of accommodation in the UK is excellent. Teachers have their own accommodation; however, if you wish to share with a friend who is also employed by GEMS this can often be arranged. Accommodation is within reasonable travelling distance from the school, typically no more than 20 minutes away. Lots of our teachers live in similar areas/buildings so it is easy to meet people and many of our teachers travel to work together and car share.