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PYP Teacher in the Primary Section (Expatriate Contract) for August 2022

Resposible to: Heads and/or Deputy Head of Section / Head of School


St. Nicholas School is seeking to appoint a Primary Classroom Teacher for the Alphaville campus with three or more years’ experience who will enjoy working in a highly stimulating and dynamic international environment. Current experience teaching PYP is highly advantageous but not essential. Candidates should commit to IB philosophy and practice, to the highest standards of excellence and be prepared to work across the full Primary age range.

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St Nicholas runs from 18 months through Grade 6 and is adding an additional year group each academic year. Class sizes allow for approximately 22/24 pupils with a full-time Class Teacher and Teaching Assistant. Additional Specialist Teachers are responsible for teaching specific curriculum areas (varies depending on year group) including Portuguese, Art, Music, Drama, and PE. A Personalised Learning Department works together with teachers to provide individualised support for pupils to meet learning and language needs. St Nicholas offers the IB PYP curriculum and all teachers meet regularly with the Heads of section and the PYP Coordinator to plan for the learning experiences and assessment of pupils and discuss pupil progress. Teachers are given autonomy to innovate and be creative in their design of authentic, challenging and engaging learning experiences and are always well supported.

Successful Candidates are expected to have:

  • – A university degree in the subject to be taught along with evidence of recent
    professional learning;
  • – An internationally recognised teaching qualification and three years’ teaching
  • – A recognition and some understanding of how Millennials learn;
  • – A commitment to inquiry based learning and the school’s vision and mission;
  • – A commitment to international mindedness and IB teaching philosophy (;
  • – A positive and optimistic attitude to students, learning and education;
  • – Additional qualities to add to the school community.

Employment – St. Nicholas offers:

  • – A competitive salary paid in Brazilian reais;
  • – An overseas allowance based on monthly sterling exchange rates;
  • – A two year contract (renewable by mutual consent);
  • – Accommodation;
  • – Private medical plan;
  • – Return flights at the beginning and end of the contract;
  • – Visa expenses;
  • – Professional development opportunities;
  • – An end of contract gratuity;
  • – And fantastic students to work with.

Job Description

Resposible to: Heads of Middle Years Section / Head of School

To maintain ethical and professional standards in attendance, punctuality, appearance, conduct, meetings of deadlines, and the general fulfillment of responsibilities.
The Early Years and Primary Sections form part of the wider St Nicholas community and all community members are expected to contribute positively to the whole community and take a full part in school life.

Professional Knowledge
  • – To have secure pedagogical knowledge and understanding and be familiar with current educational practices and developments;
  • – To understand the school’s beliefs about learning and how to implement the IB curricular framework.
  • – To be responsible for the planning, preparation, organisation of learning based on appropriate
    curriculum documentation and knowledge of the learners’ needs.
  • – Work collaboratively to produce medium and short-term planning which promotes an integrated
  • – To plan well-paced lessons that take into account different learning styles and the differing levels
    of each learners’ academic, emotional and cognitive development.
  • – To effectively liaise with members of the Personalized Learning department and other
    professionals connected to each learner.
Approaches to Teaching
  • – To engage in daily practice consistent with the philosophy of the school while emphasising a concept-led and inquiry-based approach and promoting the IBO’s learner profile.
  • – To create an organised and stimulating physical environment where students develop autonomy over their space and use of resources
  • – To use a range and balance of strategies carefully selected for effectiveness and the needs of the group.
  • – To effectively use ICT for learning and assessing.
  • – To create an inclusive learning environment in which students have the opportunity to develop agency, learning ways to take responsibility for their learning and interactions with others.
  • – To support learning outside the classroom as appropriate through fieldwork, trips, and action/ service-learning experiences.
  • – To set home learning in accordance with school policy, considering the individual needs of the

  • – To use a range and balance of fit for purpose strategies in line with the school’s assessment policy to evaluate learning and inform future learning.
  • – To keep appropriate and systematic records of learning, development and achievement, and progress over time.
  • – To analyze assessment data against standards to inform teaching and learning.
  • – To provide timely, specific, relevant feedback that allows student learning to progress.
  • – 
    To support external assessment processes.

  • – Keep parents informed of the progress and attainment of their children and advise on the needs of the learner, through scheduled parents’ meetings and the school reporting system.
  • – To liaise with the Heads of sections, the PL department, and class tutors about the progress and
    needs of the learner
  • – To attend and contribute positively to all relevant school meetings.

    Professional Development

    • – To be responsible for your own learning.
    • – To participate constructively in the Performance Management system.
    • – Attend Professional Development courses where appropriate.
    • – To maintain professional relationships with pupils, teaching colleagues and support staff.


    • – Contribute enthusiastically and effectively to the ECA programme.
    • – To perform break and lunch duties and to cover for absent colleagues.
    • – To carry out additional duties that might reasonably be asked.

    You will bring:

    • – Passion and enthusiasm and a belief in all learners;
    • – A commitment to inquiry-based learning;
    • – A commitment to international mindedness and IB teaching philosophy (;
    • – A positive and optimistic attitude to students, learning and education;
    • – Additional qualities to add to the school community.

    Working hours for all teachers are:

    – 07:45 to 16:15
    – 07:45 to 12:45
    Full-time staff

    This job description will be reviewed as necessary according to the changing needs.

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