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Teacher of Chemistry (Pinheiros)

with the possibility of Head of Faculty for the right candidate

Responsible to:

Heads of Faculty and/or Department | Director of Studies and/or IB Diploma Coordinator

St. Nicholas School is seeking to appoint a teacher of Chemistry for the secondary section of the Pinheiros campus. Applicants will have three or more years’ experience and enjoy working in a highly stimulating and dynamic international environment. Appropriately experienced candidates may wish to apply for the Head of Science Faculty position. St Nicholas is committed to diversity. All applications will be screened for safeguarding and suitability to work with young people.

Our mission statement is central to our beliefs about learning and we work as a team to meet these principles for all learners.

Teacher of Chemistry

    St. Nicholas School is seeking to appoint a teacher of Chemistry to guide young learners up to IB Diploma level. Current IB Diploma experience or experience teaching Chemistry post 16 is highly advantageous. Regardless of experience candidates will commit to the IB Diploma and be willing to contribute to Theory of Knowledge, Extended Essays and CAS.


    The Science faculty is collegial and well-managed. The current team shares ideas, resources and experiences to create and sustain a collaborative ethos.  In Grades 6 to 9 the department has designed an inquiry-based, progressive, thematic course that promotes understanding and transfer of knowledge and skills in meaningful situations. In years 9 and 10 the course is based on  IGCSE Coordinated Science. In Grades 11 and 12 Biology, Chemistry and Physics are offered at Standard and Higher Level. Results at IGCSE and Diploma are very good. Science is compulsory in all years from Grades 6 to 12 and all learners take at least one science at IB Diploma. ICT provision in the department is very good with 6 purpose-built labs with good technology access and close to 1:1 Chromebook provision. The department has led the school in its effective use of Google Classroom to organise resources and tasks.


    Candidates are expected to have:

    ·       A university degree and evidence of recent professional learning.

    ·       An internationally recognised teaching qualification

    ·       A willingness to learn and develop and contribute to the learning of the community.

    ·       A commitment to inquiry-based learning and concept-based learning

    ·       A belief that all young learners are able to learn and can contribute to the community.

    ·       A commitment to international mindedness and IB teaching philosophy (

    ·       A positive and optimistic attitude to learning.

    ·       Additional qualities to add to the school community


    Employment: St. Nicholas offers

    ·         A competitive salary paid in Reais

    ·         Private medical plan

    ·         Professional development opportunities

    ·         Fantastic students


    The safe recruitment of teaching staff is the first step to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children in international schools. St Nicholas School is committed to safeguarding all children and promoting safer recruitment practices. The School expects all people involved in recruitment to share this commitment.


    Letter of application should be addressed to Nicholas Thody and accompanied by a curriculum vitae and the names of three referees. Please send to


    The deadline for application is the 1st of February 2022. Early applications are welcome.


    The school commits to safeguarding all members of the community and all staff share in this commitment. References will be checked for all shortlisted candidates. Successful candidates will provide proof of qualifications, submit to complete and rigorous safeguarding checks.


    To maintain ethical and professional standards in attendance, punctuality, appearance, conduct, meeting deadlines and the general fulfilment of responsibilities.

    The Secondary Section forms 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. Contribute enthusiastically and effectively to the ECA programme.


    Professional Knowledge

    To have secure pedagogical knowledge and understanding and be familiar with current educational practice and developments.

    To understand the school’s beliefs about learning and promote the conditions to ignite a passion for learning.

    To know and understand the school’s philosophy.



    To be responsible for the planning, preparation, organisation of learning based on appropriate curriculum documentation and knowledge of the learners’ needs.

    To plan well-paced, meaningful lessons that take into account different learning styles and the differing levels of each learners’ academic, emotional and cognitive development.

    To effectively deploy Learning Support Specialists and other professionals connected to the learning of each learner.

    Work collaboratively to produce medium and short-term planning which promotes learning.

    To contribute to individual and collaborative plans on Atlas.


    Practice and learning

    To use a range and balance of strategies carefully selected for effectiveness and the needs of the group.

    To effectively use ICT and 21st-century communication tools for learning and assessing.

    To engage in daily practice consistent with the philosophy of the school emphasising an inquiry-based approach and promoting the IBO’s learner profile.

    To manage the learning environment in a way that learners are motivated and active participants in the process, developing autonomy and respect for themselves and others.

    To create an organised and stimulating learning atmosphere, where the environment becomes an effective tool for learning.

    To set home learning in accordance with school policy, considering the individual needs of the students.

    To encourage respect in all parts of the learning environment.



    To use a wide range and balance of purposefully selected assessment 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, to provide evidence of the range of activities and progress over time.

    To identify and support all learners appropriately.

    To support the external assessment process in all ways.



    Through scheduled parent meetings and the school reporting system, keep parents informed of the progress and attainment of their children and advise on the needs of the learner.



    To liaise with the Class Tutors and the Pastoral Team, keeping them informed of individual learner progress.

    To liaise with the Head of Faculty and the Learning Support Departments where appropriate.

    To attend and contribute positively to all relevant school meetings.


    Professional Development

    To be responsible for your own learning.

    To actively participate to the PLCs within the school

    Attend Professional Development courses where appropriate.

    To maintain professional relationships with pupils, teaching colleagues and support staff.



    To be part of a Pastoral Team and perform the duties of a Class Tutor.

    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 that everyone can learn
    • A commitment to inquiry-based learning

    • A commitment to international-mindedness and IB teaching philosophy (
    • Curiosity, humility and a desire to learn
    • Additional qualities to add to the school community

    Para aplicar, candidatos devem enviar CV para

    *If you haven’t found a position that fit with your profile, please send us letter of application, a CV and the name of two referees should be addressed to


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