English Department - Lead Teacher - across the 11-18 age range
La Escuela de Lancaster
- Expiring soon
- Job type:
- Full Time, Fixed Term
- Start date:
- August 2018
- Apply by:
- 5 February 2018
Contract term: Two years (renewable)
“There is more in us than we know if we could be made to see it; perhaps, for the rest of our lives we will be unwilling to settle for less.” (Kurt Hahn)
Lancaster School is a non-profit, bilingual, inclusive school with a progressive educational philosophy, firmly committed to both Mexican and international educational systems. While we are rightly proud that many of our graduates go on to university we do not measure the school’s success only through academic performance. Central to the school’s philosophy and practice is the recognition that our educational project focuses on helping our students discover who they are and who they want to be. As a community we are committed to supporting diversity in all its forms and the complexity that goes with this.
Lancaster caters for 850 children from 3 to 18 years, mostly of Mexican nationality from professional and academic families. Our students start with the IB Primary Years Programme in Primary. Secondary students study the International Middle Years Program (IMYC), IGCSEs and the IB Diploma, while also completing local educational requirements. The school places an emphasis on social and sustainability projects and many staff find this a rewarding part of school life. In addition Lancaster School is a member of the Latin American Heads Conference (LAHC).
We are looking for an enthusiastic, caring and professional English teacher who has a genuine commitment to the education of the whole person. Experience teaching IGCSE and/or IB levels would be an advantage, as would be experience working with EAL students. As the Lead Teacher you would be well organised, an excellent communicator and someone who enjoys the challenge of working with a diverse team in developing the quality of curriculum, teaching and learning across the whole of secondary.
Some of what we can offer at Lancaster includes:
- Classes are small and there is daily non-contact time for preparation and marking
- Ongoing support for professional development
- Good local salaries
- Return air fare at the end of the contract
- Shared furnished accommodation
- Comprehensive Local Health Insurance
- Free, twice weekly Spanish classes at introductory and intermediate levels
More details can be found on the School’s website.
To apply please send a letter of application (no more than two sides of A4) and a copy of your current CV, including:
contact telephone number
Skype or FaceTime address
names of three professional referees with contact details, including email addresses.
All applications should be addressed to the Headteacher, Tom Gething at : firstname.lastname@example.org
Apply by Monday 5th February 2017.
About La Escuela de Lancaster
- La Escuela de Lancaster
- Prolongation May 5 # 67, Colonia San Pedro Mártir, Tlalpan Delegation
- México City
“The most important thing in life is to stop saying ‘I wish’ and star saying ‘I will.’ Consider nothing impossible, then treat possibilities as probabilities”
- Charles Dickens
The Lancaster School is a non-profit, private school founded in 1979 and is located in the south of Mexico City. From small beginnings, the school has grown in size and quality, while keeping a strong sense of its individualism and identity, in line with the School’s Mission and Philosophy. From the start, Lancaster has offered all our students integrated programs combining the Mexican and British education systems, taught through both English and Spanish.
Lancaster has a unique educational philosophy, based on our long-standing view that the real aim of education is to allow each person to embark on a life-long journey of self-discovery, so constructing our own identity. As such many of our school systems are focussed on supporting Lancaster students discover who they are and who they want to be. Mariana, one of our Lower 6 students, wrote about the school as part of an anthropology class assignment:
“The Lancaster School has a sense of freedom, diversity, respect and empathy. Lancaster allows you to see the world from a different perspective. They teach you how to be a human being and not a machine. Teachers don’t let you fall, but rather, hold your hand to guide you. They let you be free.”
Lancaster has a reputation for being an unconventional school and this is, in ways large and small, indeed true. This stems from our philosophy and the reality that we are, as our mission states, a community of learners. The central idea is that we are engaged in the development of our individual identity, applies to the adults in our community as much as our students. Each of us who takes up the challenge of working at Lancaster finds that we have to examine some of our most cherished beliefs about education. It is our aim that during their time at Lancaster all our staff grow as people, in ways planned and perhaps unplanned. As a community, we welcome diversity in all its forms and the complexity that goes with this.
To be happy and successful at Lancaster teachers need to be: passionate about what they teach, be open-minded, and be reflective. They also need to be adaptable and believe that learning is a process, not a task for our students and ourselves. If you find yourself agreeing with this we would be happy to talk to you about becoming a member of the Lancaster team.
For more detailed information about Lancaster please read our 'General Information for Candidates' document, which you can find at this site.
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