Chemistry Teacher – Beijing

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Location: Beijing, China

Start Date: Aug 2017

About the Position

We are recruiting an experienced Chemistry Teacher for an international school in Beijing to start in August 2017.

The school currently offers A level teaching in a variety of subjects including Art, Music, Mathematics, Further Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry, Biology, Economics, Accounting and Business Studies. In many of them – including Chemistry – they also prepare students for the American AP assessment. From this year, prior to entering into A level or AP pathway, most students are required to go through a rigorous two year program that aims at teaching IGCSE curricula. Students receive teaching in the medium of English from expatriate as well as the native teachers who are also proficient in English. In addition to taking Cambridge (CIE) and AP exams students are prepared for external tests such as SAT, IELTS and TOEFL.

Why Beijing?

Beijing is one of the world’s great cities, with a number of iconic world-renowned sites, including the Great Wall of China, Tian’anmen Square, the Forbidden City and the Summer Palace. It is heavily populated and the traffic can be congested, but the staging of the Olympics in 2008 brought massive investment to the city’s infrastructure, not least in the subway system to which new lines have been added. The subway was extended to the area where the school is located a few years ago, and there are trains every few minutes for the 40 minute ride to central Beijing, which costs a few pence.

When the area opened in the 19th century it was situated in the countryside to the east of Beijing.  It now forms a large suburb that has seen great development in the last 10 years.  That development means that there is plenty of modern, well-built accommodation and facilities. There are also traditional open street markets where fruit, vegetables and other consumables can be purchased very cheaply. Central Beijing, its heritage sites and international life are easily accessible.  A ride back in a licensed taxi late at night takes less than 30 minutes on the expressway and costs about £7 (RMB 80). Summer can be hot and humid and winter very cold (but dry).  Autumn and spring are very pleasant and are the best times to travel and go sight-seeing. The staff of the school are very friendly and welcoming, as are the Chinese in general, and social events and trips are put on for the expatriate staff from time to time.

About the School

The school opened in impressive new purpose-built accommodation in September 2006 and enrolled the first students on its English A level program at the same time. This program is aimed at Chinese students who wish to apply to study at university in the UK or other English-speaking countries.The academy’s parent school, is a very famous, prestigious and high achieving school within the Chinese education system and has a number of long-standing international links. The school is very unusual, if not unique. It was originally founded by the American Board of Commissioners for Foreign Missions in 1867 as a missionary school when the boarding school was opened. By 1889, it had developed into an advanced academy called North China College that included a primary school, a middle school, a high school, a college and a seminary. In 1918, the university part of the school was moved to west Beijing, while the secondary school remained. It is situated 18km of Tian’anmen Square on a large, beautiful campus that features buildings from the beginning of the 20th century as well as extensive open green spaces with lawns, tree-lined avenues and a lake; it is particularly beautiful in spring when the trees are full of blossom. The building of modern teaching facilities, administration areas and accommodation has been done in a style that retains the school’s traditional ambience. The school has many alumni who are distinguished within China and the wider world, including the Chinese ambassador to the United Nations in the mid-1980s. The school is the kind of place that attracts able young people with ambition and the drive to succeed.

Qualification and Requirements

The ideal candidate will have a related qualification and be a qualified teacher in their home country. Candidates should have some experience teaching iGCSE , A-Level or IB and AP Courses to middle school or high school students; Fluency of English, experience working abroad and being a second language speaker is desirable.

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Job Code: BS014-2
Job Posted: 05 April 2017