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English as an Additional Language (EAL) Learning Assistant

Starting September 2024

BSB is a not for profit, inclusive independent international school comprising 1,350 students from approximately 70 countries. Located in the parkland of Tervuren, we enjoy world class facilities set within an inspiring green campus, yet near all the amenities of the university city of Leuven and the capital city of Brussels. But what makes our school an exceptional place to learn and grow, and what really sets us apart, are the relationships we build, the culture of kinship we foster and the pursuit of quality in everything that we do.

We are committed to providing a vibrant and engaging holistic education for our students in a harmonious atmosphere. With everyone learning and working together to inspire success, we have created a thriving community with the notion of ‘one school’ at its heart. By balancing academic endeavour with pastoral care, and classroom-based learning with enrichment opportunities, we provide our students with the best opportunities possible to broaden their aspirations and horizons.

Our curriculum is British based and uniquely adapted to the needs of our international and diverse student body. There is an Early Childhood Centre for children aged 1-3. Our Primary School offers a bespoke enquiry-based curriculum. Students in Year 10 & 11 study for (I)GCSE and BTEC courses. Post-16 students can choose from three internationally recognised pre-university examination courses: English A Levels, International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma or BTEC.  Our Enrichment programme is exceptional, offering over 100 activities per week.

As one of the top performing schools in the world, BSB students go on to attend a wide range of top universities across the globe. We believe that our exceptional student outcomes and top world rankings are really a happy by-product of our unique culture built on care, curiosity, and collaboration.

We are looking to appoint a suitably qualified and experienced full time Learning Assistant to join the Secondary School EAL Team in September.

The successful candidate will bring sound experience of working with Secondary-aged EAL learners in an English-medium international school context. EAL teaching experience would be an advantage.

The role

The role will be to support and further the learning of EAL students in the Secondary School. The successful candidate will work closely with the Head of Student Support and Subject Leader of EAL, as well as the two full time teachers, with the shared objective of facilitating the students’ access to the mainstream curriculum.

The successful candidate, will demonstrate the professional and personal qualities which will enable him or her to make a significant contribution to the continuing development of EAL and to the life of the school as a whole.

He or she will:

  • work closely and cooperatively with department colleagues and with mainstream teachers across different subject areas;
  • demonstrate the kind of flexibility and initiative necessary in an area of school with a fluid and varied clientele, and be able to respond to the individual needs of our students;
  • be willing and able to contribute towards department planning, the production of teaching and learning resources and discussions about students’ individual needs and progress;
  • Be able to help manage timetables and student status updates using the school systems
  • be sensitive towards and appreciative of the students’ wide range of cultural and language backgrounds;
  • be willing and able to contribute positively to the social and personal development of the students and to participate actively in the extra-curricular life of the school;
  • have strong ICT skills and the ability to apply them effectively to teaching and learning;
  • participate actively in visits and trips to support the curriculum;
  • be fluent in one or more languages in addition to English;
  • demonstrate excellent communication skills and sense of fun;
  • show initiative, creativity, adaptability and discretion;
  • be able to build trust, self-confidence and respect with students, staff and parents.

The Person:

  • Commitment to the BSB Guiding Statements
  • Committed to achieving the best at all times for BSB students
  • Belief that in learning and in life more is achieved together than alone
  • Committed to the safety and wellbeing of BSB students.

In return, we offer:

  • A full-time, one-year initial contract with the potential to be extended;
  • Professional Learning opportunities and support through the induction process;
  • An exciting position in a lively and educationally progressive international environment;
  • An attractive salary – BSB Learning & Teaching scale – Band 2 representing a minimum of € 36.060 and maximum € 56.364 gross per year, depending on the years of relevant experience.
  • Interesting extra-legal benefits including hospitalisation insurance, extra pension payments, luncheon vouchers, free use of the BSB sport facilities

Application process:

The deadline for applications is Friday 24 May 2024 at 16:00 (CET). Please note that only applications sent in using the application form on the BSB website will be considered. No other submissions will be accepted.

Short listed candidates will be invited to interview at the school before the end of May and this process will include a sample lesson and opportunities to meet potential colleagues.

We look forward to receiving your application. If you have not heard anything further from us by the start of June, please assume you have been unsuccessful on this occasion.

 “The British School of Brussels is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.” (with reference to the most recent KCSIE)

 BSB is an Equal Opportunity Employer. We respect and seek to empower each individual and support the diverse cultures, perspectives, skills and experiences within our community.

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