Europe calling (or is the tax-free extras?)

9th February 2001 at 00:00
Primary and secondary teachers for the European schools Are you a good European? Could you endure a higher salary with tax-free allowances for household expenses and dependent children? A rare opportunity to leap aboard the European Union gravy train comes with vacancies at nine of the 10 European schools, in Belgium, Germany, the Netherlands, Luxembourg and Italy.

Salaries range from 35,000 to 78,000 euros and, whatever doubts Gordon Brown has about the currency, that still works out as a good deal for most UK teachers (pound;1 equals about 1.57 euros).

The Euro schools were set up to provide a multinational education for children of EU staff. They are day schools with a 4-19 age range. Pupils follow a common curriculum and older students sit a special exam, the European Baccalaureate, hich qualifies them for higher education.

The teaching posts are for nine years. Interested applicants need to have a degree plus some teaching experience, ideally at least five years. A working knowledge of an EU language other than English is essential and spoken competence will be tested at interview. Department for Education and Employment officials were unable to say whether "Scuse senora, un cappuccino, bitte" constitutes a working knowledge.

Britain's EU school is in Oxfordshire. It needs a secondary teacher for philosophy and Latin. Whether shops in Abingdon are happy to accept euros is something applicants would have to take up with the school.

For an application form, contact the DFEE on 020 7273 5713. The interviews will be held in London.

Phil Revell

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