*** Interviews in September 2017 for December/January positions: applications being accepted**
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Hundreds of teachers are hired every year to work in government schools in Abu Dhabi. With the security of working in a government school and the salaries that are, on average, 25% higher than international schools in the region, making these some of the highest paying jobs in the region. Could you be one of them?
We are accepting applications for the 2017 school year
Interview Dates for December 2017 jobs
Interview Dates for August 2018 jobs
The Abu Dhabi Education Council (ADEC) manages almost 300 state-run public schools throughout the Emirate of Abu Dhabi.
As part of the 2009 strategic plan to improve the English language skills of all students, to enhance the quality of education and to prepare the students, who are mostly UAE nationals, to learn and work in multi-lingual settings, hundreds of foreign teachers are hired each year and deployed throughout the region. The ADEC state schools are bi-lingual with some subjects taught in English, others are taught in Arabic but the culture and curriculum of these schools are Emirati.
The ADEC school reform project is ambitious and ground-breaking. Teachers working for ADEC will be a part of a one-of-a-kind transformation project to create a fully bilingual student population who are equally comfortable in both eastern and western contexts.
ADEC hires English Medium Teachers to work within their schools. Vice Principals and Principals are also occasionally hired.
ADEC schools want the best teachers and the salary and benefits package reflects this. Salary is dependent upon experience and educational attainment, and ranges are below:
*Note: No tax is paid on salary in Abu Dhabi. Each teacher needs to check with their home government to determine its policy on foreign earned income.
The intangible benefits are many including a deeper understanding and integration with the Emirati culture, and the knowledge that you have been involved in a once-in-a-lifetime school transformation project.
The programme hires English Medium Teachers (EMTs) also known as Licensed Teachers, as well as a small number of advisors and school leaders. Please note that the Academic Advisor and Vice Principal jobs are highly competitive because there are very few of them. Maths and Science teachers are in particularly high demand.
ADEC schools are set up as 3 'cycles' or age groupings. What subjects EMTs teach will depend on what cycle in which they are working:
The requirements are set out by the government of Abu Dhabi for all recruitment partners, and are not negotiable.
With hundreds of schools and thousands of teachers to manage, this programme is quite unique. One of the key aspects of this project is that teachers work for ADEC rather than for an individual school and therefore they can be placed at schools anywhere in the Emirate. Teachers do not find out their assignment until they arrive for orientation. Teachers with dependent families are always placed in cities that have access to an international school. If you feel that you can only live and work in a particular location, such as the city of Abu Dhabi, then this programme is probably not for you.
Teachers are met at the airport and are given hotel accommodation upon arrival for orientation, and then shown to their apartment afterwards. However, because there is a lack of public transportation, ADEC requires all staff to have a driver’s license and be willing and able to drive.
ADEC teachers will be teaching mainly Emirati students and English will not be their first language and the culture of the school is Emirati. Being culturally aware and culturally sensitive is critical and the Edvectus Learning Portal has lots of resources for you to learn about Middle Eastern culture and norms of behaviour. ADEC schools are not selective, so you can expect to teach and differentiate for a wide range of abilities. Behaviour management techniques and a solid ability to establish relationships, cross culturally, is required to be successful. Class sizes range from 20 to 30.
Teachers at international schools will usually have smaller class sizes and a more multinational and multicultural cohort. Most international schools require an entrance exam so you are not likely to have a wide variety of Special Needs. Class sizes range between 20 and 25.
ADEC schools use a bilingual curriculum that was specially developed for them, and was originally based on the curriculum of New South Wales Australia. It is an adapted, child-centred curriculum and is unique to the country. The ADEC curriculum is always being improved and new ideas being implemented every year.
International schools use a variety of different curricula such as the International Baccalaureate, the curriculum of England and Wales, Australian curriculum, etc.
ADEC teachers work for the Abu Dhabi Education Council and are assigned to individual schools. Hundreds of teachers are hired every year as new classes are being modernised. International teachers are hired by the school itself and between 2 and 10 new teachers are typically hired by a school each year.
Because ADEC is managing a large number of schools and changeable student roles, ADEC teachers must be willing to be assigned to their school according to the needs of their Employer, and teachers don’t know their work location until Orientation. International teachers apply to a specific school and location.
International school days are normally longer than ADEC school days for a teacher. For example, International schools usually require teachers to offer at least 1 extra curricular activity each term, on top of regular after school meetings. ADEC schools do not require extra curricular activities and after school meetings/professional development time is usually limited to 2 days a week.
ADEC teachers are required to have flexibility and adaptability, personally and professionally and are paid approximately 30% more than most international school teachers with similar qualifications and experience. Flights are provided yearly for the teachers, their spouse and up to 3 accompanying children. Most international schools provide flights for the teacher only. AVPs receive flights for themselves, and a very generous financial contract to provide for any dependants.
ADEC and International Schools usually arrange housing for you upon arrival which saves hassle. International schools usually provide furnished housing. ADEC provides unfurnished housing with a 20,000 AED furniture allowance so you can provide for your own taste. You can also choose to furnish your apartment frugally and pocket the rest.
International Schools can offer discounted, though rarely free, tuition for children of teachers but they are often hesitant to hire teachers with children as giving away discounted places is a real cost to the bottom line. ADEC hires teachers with children but does not offer tuition allowance. This allows you to pick the best schools for your children but can mean that it will be financially difficult for a teacher with more than 2 school aged children unless you have another source of income or unless you home-school your children. It is important to be aware that, because you won’t know your exact location before arrival, it is recommended to have your spouse and children arrive after orientation.
International schools interview in person, or through Skype or telephone and call you at home. Your contract is with the school and the school HR team supports you through the contract and visa process. ADEC schools, because of the sheer number of staff needed, work only through approved Recruitment Agencies (such as Edvectus!) and interviews are done via high quality video conferencing from central locations. The Agencies screen and select candidates for interview for ADEC and support you through the relocation and visa process. Therefore it's important to choose the right agency who has the experience to guide you and the personal touch you will need. Our Edvectus ADEC Recruitment Manager is an ex-principal who worked as an Advisor to ADEC schools and she lives and works in Abu Dhabi. Our consultants are mainly ex-teachers with international experience and our valuable Learning Portal will give you the information you need to research wisely. Should you trust your career to anyone who is not an expert?
We also recommend you register online with Edvectus and log in to access our free online Learning Portal where you will find lots of ADEC specific information including behaviour management policy, strategic vision and curriculum information along with our own cultural and regional guides, all found under the category of ADEC- Abu Dhabi Education Council in the Resource Search box of our Learning Portal.
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