Primary Teacher, Italy

International School of SienaItaly

Date posted:
Start date: September 2018
Contract type: Full Time
Salary: Undisclosed
Contract term: Fixed Term

Candidates should be well-qualified, committed to high standards, interested in using innovative approaches to learning and enthusiastic about promoting international understanding.

As interviews will be held on a rolling basis, we encourage applicants to apply as soon as possible.

The School

The International School of Siena is focused on facilitating a meaningful education which is based on high achievement and inquiry based learning. The school consists of small classes, one class per grade. Our IB programmes provide each student with opportunities to explore, inquire and develop confidence as well as equipping them with the skills, knowledge, and understanding necessary for the 21st century.

Our school is currently located in a 17th century villa in the Tuscan countryside just outside of Siena.  This is an exciting phase in our development as we are constructing a new school facility which includes a spacious indoor gymnasium, well designed classrooms, Drama studio, Libraries and science labs which we will be ready for September 2018. Wi-Fi is enabled throughout the campus to support the school’s 1:1 learning project, with every student having access to a personal tablet or laptop.

We are fully authorised to deliver both the International Baccalaureate Primary Years and Middle Years Programme ( and we are a candidate school for the IB Diploma which we expect to begin teaching from September 2019.

The school is one of several very successful Italian schools belonging to ISE (the International Schools of Europe) which in turn are part of Inspired, a worldwide network of premium schools. (, offering global best practice and professional development.

The Position:

We are seeking an enthusiastic professional with qualifications and experience working with children in the primary years. Candidates should be committed to high standards, interested in using innovative approaches to learning, and enthusiastic about promoting international understanding. A strong commitment to purposeful teaching, collaborative planning and open communication is essential.

Our classrooms are exciting centres of collaborative learning and this extends to the philosophy and vision of relations between teachers and families. We believe that collaboration with families is of particular importance and our teachers interact comfortably and confidently with parents as well as being imaginative and flexible classroom practitioners.

We expect high standards in teaching and learning with a special awareness to language acquisition and literacy since the majority of students do not have English as their mother tongue.

The school has a 1:1 tablet project across the primary School and all teachers use iPads in their regular activities. Staff are provided with personal iPads for the duration of their time at school and each student has a personal iPad for use in school and at home.

Applicants must be willing to be active, flexible participants in a hard-working team of teachers.

The initial contract will be for a period of two years, after which there may be the possibility of converting the contract into a permanent position of employment.

Essential characteristics:

  • To hold "Certified Teaching Status" or equivalent qualifications;
  • To have had a minimum of two years teaching experience with students of primary age;
  • To be an EU passport holder or already be in possession of a valid visa that enables to work in Italy.


Previous experience with IB programmes is helpful but not required and official IB training will be offered, together with relocation assistance.

Why work with us:

  • A knowledgeable and talented staff body committed to supporting the very best in student achievement.
  • IB professional development during employment
  • A competitive salary
  • Support settling in to Italy with our Relocation Agents
  • An international campus in Siena, Italy and a school where teachers are respected as professionals and afforded autonomy to teach in the most innovative and effective ways.


How to apply

Interested candidates who meet the above requirements should send a single PDF file containing the following to our Principal, Ms Vicki Watson at

  • Letter of application;
  • CV with photo;
  • Contact details of three referees (one of which must be supervisor from most recent appointment).

The successful candidate will be expected to begin work at the end of August 2018, before which date a criminal records check will need to be completed as part of our child safeguarding policy.

More information about the school can be found on our website at

The school is one of several very successful Italian schools belonging to ISE (International School of Europe) which in turn is part of Inspired (, a worldwide network of premium schools offering global best practice and professional development.


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More about International School of Siena
Type: Mainstream School
Phase: All-through
Funding status: Independent
Gender: Mixed
Age Range: 3 - 14 years
Address: Villa Parigini - Loc, Basciano Monteriggioni, Siena, 53035, Italy
Telephone: +39 577 328103
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