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Any teachers at an international British school?

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chicaguapa Sat 31-Oct-09 10:07:22

I'm trying to find out whether your DC can attend the British School if you teach there and if there's a reduction in fees etc. DH would really like to consider an international job but I'm not comfortable with the idea of DC going to a local school due to DD's social difficulties. I think the language barrier would make things too difficult for her. And I'm not sure if teachers are paid enough to be able to pay for their DC to attend the school at full price.

I realise that this will possibly depend on the school/ country etc. but there might be a general rule of thumb. Thanks.

Bucharest Sat 31-Oct-09 10:14:55

I don't, but my friend in China does, and both her children attend. She got her daughter as a freebie perk, and has to pay half fees for her son.

As you say, don't know if this is general, or depends on the country.

She is paid well though- her husband has started his own business and all 4 of them live off her salary (live in maid and everything ) though, again, I suppose it depends on the exchange rates etc. I think she is paid in US dollars.

scaryteacher Sat 31-Oct-09 10:35:39

I don't but my son attends the local British school where we live. Afaik, the children of the staff do get reduced fees, but you would need to check with the school in question. It should be included with the information about the job presumably.

chicaguapa Sat 31-Oct-09 11:01:38

Thanks! At least if I know that 'some' schools do it, it means it's a possibility!

I'm really keen on the idea of DC doing the IB as well as it suits both of them academically and there aren't any schools around here that offer it before 16-19. So lots of reasons to go abroad. grin

mumofsatan Sun 01-Nov-09 13:19:37

I'm not a teacher at a BIS but have had 2DC in one in the Middle East for a few years.
I'm pretty sure that at the school here teachers do get a reduction or free education.
Think it depends on your contract. The teachers I know on UK hire contract are on a very high salary and get free accommodation and generous travel allowances. However, those on local hire contracts (still qualified UK teachers but ones whose DH's are working out here so they are hired locally) get a much lower wage and no allowances.
Definitely worth asking though

The BIS in Saudi does not do IB if that helps

Buda Sun 01-Nov-09 13:23:00

I am not a teacher but am living in Budapest and my DS goes to the British International School here. Children of teachers do attend the school and get reduced fees. I think there is also an agreement with the Hungarian government that the first 2 years are tax free as far as I know. The school offers IB although I have to be very honest here and say that although I love the general feel/ethos of the school, academically it is not great although there have been huge complaints and things are changing.

Themasterandmargaritas Sun 01-Nov-09 13:31:07

Another mum with dc at a British international school, the dc of our teachers get reduced fees, yes.

mumofsatan Sun 01-Nov-09 13:47:36

mos wonders whether she should retrain as a teacher hmm

flumperoo Sun 01-Nov-09 14:18:45

Yes. I know of teachers working in British Int Schools who get 100% fees paid for their children, some of which have 3 children!

mumofsatan Sun 01-Nov-09 14:46:03

will definitely retrain then as I have 4 children wink

scaryteacher Sun 01-Nov-09 15:00:59

IB only offered at 6th form at ds's school - IGCSE before that.

frakkinaround Sun 01-Nov-09 15:22:21

Would not recommend the IB PYP or MYP (unless combined with taking IGCSEs). Love the diploma programme but the preceding years are a bit on the wishy-washy side and not very focussed. Much as I feel British children are over-tested there's a lot to be said for doing some kind of assessment at 15/16 to prepare them for IB. Apparently at DH2B's old international school the IB was the first formal exam some of them had taken and they just went to pieces because they'd never been in a real exam situation before.

Buda Sun 01-Nov-09 18:40:17

School here does GCSEs too.

chicaguapa Sun 01-Nov-09 22:06:44

Thanks for the info. Have also been looking into the IB PYP and MYP and the general opinion that it's a bit wishy washy. The diploma DOES look great though and there seem to be a lot of UK schools that offer that.

kreecherlivesupstairs Mon 02-Nov-09 07:58:45

DH is a teacher at IS. DD gets a free education (unless you count the bus fare, the lunch fares, the going away for the night fees, the ski club fees). None of these are essentials, but, teachers are not paid a lot of money and when your dd's friends are the children of oil traders and hedge fund managers, you do start to feel like the poor relation.
Don't imagine that all jobs pay your rent or health insurance. These can take a huge chunk out of your salary (for us it's around 50%). Check before you make a decision.

chicaguapa Wed 04-Nov-09 18:05:05

Thanks. Food for thought then. So many options! Who could have thought that qualifying to be a teacher would be so exciting! grin

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