Teacher of Early Years, China

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Nanwai King's College SchoolChina

Date posted:
Start date: August 2018
Contract type: Full Time
Salary: Undisclosed
Contract term: Permanent

About the project

Nanwai King’s College School, Wuxi is one of two new school development projects in China initiated through partnership between the prestigious King’s College School, Wimbledon and the highly successful Chinese education management group, Dipont Education. A third partner for the Wuxi project is Nanjing Foreign Language School (Nanwai), one of the highest achieving schools in China.

Construction is progressing well on a greenfield site in the Taihu Lake area of Wuxi and will complete in March 2018 with the school opening in September 2018. The campus has been designed by world-leading architects in educational facility design and it will, at capacity, cater for 3,195 Chinese and expatriate students from Early Years through to Grade 12.

Wuxi has a history dating back more than 3000 years and is one of the major cities in Jiangsu province. Traditionally a canal town, it is a thriving city economically and developing further at a rapid pace with a resident population of around 6 million. Located only 45 minutes by train from Shanghai (2 hours by road), it benefits from being part of the economic hub in East China but retains a sense of its long and rich history. The Taihu Lake area (where the school is located) is about 30 minutes by car from Wuxi’s city centre and connected by a new subway line.

We are operating in historic times in educational development in China and this project has the potential to set the standards in independent school development within China and beyond. To support this, we have appointed a senior leadership team of highly qualified education professionals to manage the individual school sections and cross-campus areas of responsibility.

About the role

Reporting to the Head of Kindergarten, the successful applicant will join the school in August 2018. The Kindergarten will cater for students from age 3 to 6 and will operate a bilingual curriculum based on the UK Early Years Foundation Stage integrated with elements of the Chinese curriculum.

There will be a shared pedagogical approach throughout the campus, enabling Chinese and expatriate students to benefit enormously from the cross-cultural exposure. The Kindergarten offers an open, fluid learning environment where lessons and activities are held both inside and outside of the classroom. Classes will operate in pairs for each age group and will be staffed by one Chinese teacher and one expatriate teacher with additional assistant support. This will allow teachers to support each other in planning, delivery of the curricula and the development of each child’s English and Chinese language skills. The open-plan design will allow fluidity to the delivery of the programme.

Facilities are outstanding and will provide a wonderful learning and working environment for children and staff.

This exciting and challenging role commands a highly competitive salary and benefits package, including: high quality housing; flights for employee and dependents and medical insurance for employee and dependents. Full tuition support will be provided for any successful applicant with school age children. The position will be offered on an initial two-year contract term with annual renewal thereafter.

We are building a diverse, enthusiastic and highly supportive community of teachers with a commitment to excellence who want to make a real difference to children’s lives.

Applications are invited from candidates with:

  • Excellent experience in early years education and a passion for the opportunities a bilingual programme provides for children
  • The ability to work collaboratively and contribute to the development of an outstanding school

Application process:

To submit an application, please email a CV and covering letter to Oliver Knapman, Recruitment Manager: oliver.knapman@dipont.com or please contact Mr Knapman for an information pack and informal discussion.

Interviews will be conducted via Skype or in-person where feasible. In-person interviews can be conducted in various locations: Shanghai, Dubai and London.

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More about Nanwai King's College School
Type: Mainstream School
Phase: All-through
Funding status: Independent
Gender: Mixed
Age Range: 3 - 18 years
Address: Taihu New City, Binhu Qu, Wuxi Shi, Jiangsu Sheng, 214000, China
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The campus will consist of:

  • A pre-school for pupils aged 3 to 6 years catering for Chinese and expatriate children and offering a bi-lingual programme based on the English and Chinese curricula.
  • A Chinese elementary and junior high school for Chinese s...