Teacher of Modern Foreign Languages, Geneva, Switzerland

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Geneva English SchoolGeneva, Switzerland

Date posted:
Start date: 1/9/2019
Contract type: Part Time
Salary: Undisclosed
Contract term: Permanent
Suitable for NQTs: Yes


This vacancy arises as a result of the planned growth of the secondary school. We are looking for an enthusiastic and well-qualified teacher to work as part of a dynamic and forward-looking modern languages team. This is initially a part-time position (45%) that is expected to grow annually and to be a full-time role from September 2021. In the first year, the teaching will be in Key Stages 3 and 4. Just two years later, there will be classes across Key Stages 3, 4 and 5. Experience of teaching GCSE French and Spanish is essential.

Modern Languages at GES

Our aim is to empower active, independent and resilient learners, who are confident to speak and take risks. We want them to acquire a passion for languages and an awareness of the importance and also the enjoyment of language learning in a global society. 

In order to awaken our students’ awareness of language we share our sense of curiosity and passion for language and culture. We go well beyond a purely functional view of language and aim to provide intellectual and linguistic challenges to stretch our students fully. We encourage them to join up their thinking and to see the connections between languages, appreciating how they can draw on their previous knowledge to make progress and deepen their learning.

Through the rich language experience that we offer, our students gain not only a high level of competency, achieved via a challenging and thorough curriculum which includes the study of literature for all pupils from Year 7, but also a deep understanding and excitement for language, developed through a focus on metacognition and active learning.

All students study French at Key Stages 3 and 4. We currently have two levels of French classes, within which we have the full range of experience and abilities, from beginners to native speakers. We greatly value our geographical location and are developing a rich and ever-expanding French enrichment programme to embed French throughout our students’ school experience. In addition, all pupils choose a second language, currently German or Spanish, at the start of Year 7, which they study throughout Key Stage 3 and have the option to continue for GCSE. As the school grows and develops, we will be keen to extend the range of languages we offer.

Key responsibilities

● Teach the lessons assigned to you, planning appropriately to meet the needs of all pupils, making effective use of resources, and securing the best possible standards of learning and achievement.

● Maintain good order and discipline amongst pupils, in accordance with the School's   behaviour policy, and have due regard for their welfare, health and safety.

● Maintain a productive learning environment by employing good classroom techniques, resources and management skills.

● Follow guidelines for assessment as set out by the School and keep appropriate records.

● Establish professional and effective communication with parents, reporting to them formally and informally on the development, progress and attainment of pupils.

● Liaise with the Deputy Head and with Tutors about any pupils with specific learning needs or giving rise to learning or pastoral concerns.

● Contribute to the creation of a stimulating learning environment around the School.

● Show an active commitment to the wider life of the School, including extra-curricular activities and events.

● Show commitment to your own professional development and take an active interest in educational debate and development.

● Carry out administrative and supervisory duties efficiently and conscientiously.

● Supervise and, so far as is practicable, teach any pupils who are assigned to you by the teacher in charge of cover arrangements.

● Undertake such other tasks as may be reasonably assigned by the Deputy Head or Head from time to time.

● Act in accordance with the policies of the School and in particular with the principles laid down in the Staff Handbook, Staff Code of Conduct, ICT Acceptable Use Policy and Safeguarding & Child Protection Policy.

Person specification

We keep an open mind in the consideration of any applicant who believes they have something special and valuable to contribute.


• Experience of teaching French and Spanish at Key Stages 3, 4 and 5

• Knowledge of the English National Curriculum, GCSE and A-Level French and Spanish

• Proficiency in spoken and written English

• An enthusiastic and creative approach to teaching, which inspires pupils and enables learning to be engaging and relevant

• A commitment to helping students to develop a broad range of skills and attributes

• A commitment to an interconnected curriculum and to working with colleagues across a range of disciplines

• The ability to communicate effectively with students, colleagues and parents and to work as part of a collaborative team

• An interest in education beyond the classroom and across the age range

• Flexibility, a sense of humour, and a willingness to contribute to all aspects of school life, including trips, projects, special events and extracurricular clubs


• A degree in modern languages

• Qualified teacher status

• Good IT skills

How to apply

Please submit a completed GES Application Form (available from https://www.geschool.ch/about/work-with-us) to the Head of HR, Ms Aurore Alefsen by email to hr@geschool.ch before 12:00 on Monday 25 February 2019. A brief covering letter to the Head and/or curriculum vitae may also be submitted but will not be accepted in place of a complete application form. Interviews will be held at the School in the week beginning Monday 4 March 2019. 

Safer recruitment

Geneva English School is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. Applicants must be willing to undergo child protection screening, including checks with past employers and enhanced national/international criminal records checks.

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More about Geneva English School
Type: Mainstream School
Phase: Primary
Funding status: Independent
Gender: Mixed
Age Range: 3 - 14 years
Address: GES Primary, 36 Route de Malagny, Genthod, Geneva, 1294, Switzerland
Telephone: +41 22 775 04 40
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