- Early Childhood, Elementary, Middle School
- University Graduate, ESL Instructor
- A native English speaker
- An interest in teaching and working with young people
- A positive work ethic and a high level of self-motivation; the willingness to act as a role model and mentor to students
- Excellent communication skills - vital for working with EAL/ESL learners in a mixed ability environment
- A willingness to support the class teacher with maintaining a resource rich, stimulating, well organised learning environment
- A willingness to follow the lead of the class teacher in actively supporting learning in the classroom
- Cultural sensitivity and intercultural communication competence - i.e. the ability to relate in a positive way and achieve positive results working with professionals who have been raised in a distinctly different culture
- Resilience and a solution-oriented outlook; the ability to complete and finish tasks; a ‘no excuses’ approach
- The positivity, patience, open-mindedness and resilience necessary to thrive in an exciting but very culturally different location
- A commitment to be an excellent ambassador for our school within the community
- Specific EAL / ESL experience or qualifications.
- Experience of working with children, especially in a school environment
- Experience of working in an international setting within a team that has a significant proportion of host country nationals
- Experience of living and working in the post-Soviet space
- A passion for learning languages and / or a basic knowledge of Russian, Uzbek or Turkish
Full expatriate package with travel allowance, accommodation, and international medical insurance.
About the role
Westminster International School offers a generous remuneration package in line with our aim of staff feeling valued and well-rewarded for their work.
We seek committed Teaching Assistants capable of working in a collaborative environment, of achieving very high educational standards from day one and of supporting the class teacher to providing learning experiences that are engaging and enjoyable for children.
We provide a modern, positive and excellently resourced school environment, experienced senior leadership staff and very positive and effective school governance overseen by Westminster University. The school will have a powerful IT infrastructure with interactive whiteboards in every classroom, ICT and robotics room, laptops and tablets for student use.
Staff development strategy will be central to our mission at Westminster, utilising our internal talent, visiting INSET providers from tier-one UK and international schools and capitalising on our strong links with Westminster International University. A rich variety of professional development opportunities will undoubtedly be offered to our founding team of staff if, as expected, they perform to a high level. This includes the possibility for Teaching Assistants who show high potential to be trained as teachers through the International PGCE programme.
The successful applicant will be part of a team of eleven expatriate native English-speaking Teaching Assistants who will provide support and language modelling in the Early Years and Accelerated English classes led by host-country nationals. They will work in close cooperation with a team of ten other expatriate teachers and senior leaders forming the start-up team, including the Head of Primary, Head of Early Years, Learning Support Coordinator, EAL Leader and Class Teachers for Reception to Year 6.
We have extremely high hopes for our new school and we seek energetic, innovative and capable professionals who can contribute to our vision and help make it a reality.
About the school
Westminster International School, Tashkent will open its doors to students at its purpose-built, state-of-the-art campus in September 2019. A project that enjoys the full backing of the long-established and highly-respected Westminster International University in Tashkent, the school aims to establish itself as Tashkent’s premier international school provider. The school will educate children of the country’s business elite and international diplomatic and business communities, using an English-style national curriculum adapted for delivery in an international setting.
In September 2019 the school will offer class Pre-Nursery - Year 6 (ages 2-11); for students aged 5 and older, the school will offer Mainstream (MS) Classes to children ready to access the curriculum at a level in line with UK age expectations and Accelerated English (AE) Classes to children newer to learning in an English-instruction environment.
While a settling period is necessary for a new school startup, we will typically expect our Mainstream Class students to meet or exceed UK age-expectations in standardised assessments and to significantly exceed these by the end of our Secondary School. The school aims for the vast majority of children to graduate from AE to Mainstream within 1.5 - 2 years and carefully manages academic provision, admissions, and class numbers to make this a reality.
A team of around 20 expatriates is being recruited to work alongside host-country nationals in 2019-20.
How To Apply
Please attach the following documents to your Teach Away profile:
- A concise covering letter explaining why you are a strong candidate for the position
- An up-to-date CV including an accurate chronology of your teaching experience and qualifications
- A recent photo
Please be aware that WIST fully adheres to safer recruitment guidelines for professionals who work with children and young people.