School: Erudito Licejus
Location: Kaunas, Lithuania
Start Date: September 2019
Erudito Licėjus, located in the heart of Kaunas Old Town, continues to expand and is looking for new team members to start from September 2019. Our modern facilities and innovative approaches currently accommodate around 200 pupils (aged between 6 and 15 years old) and 40 staff. The institute is a registered Cambridge International School and a candidate school for the IB Diploma programme, and an active member of Thinking Schools International.
Our educational philosophy focuses on a quality learning process and excellent learning outcomes. We seek to develop personalities who are keen to learn, can both lead and be lead, are able to create, and are motivated to thrive. If you are an innovative educator who gives priority to integrated education and active learning methods – or if you want to take part in the growth of a modern school and enhance yourself professionally together with a like-minded and diverse group – then we are looking forward to you joining our school community.
Salary and Benefits
- Salary: 2000-3000 euro per month.
- Housing allowance: additional 100 euro per month per household*
- 20 teaching hours per week.
- 40 days paid holiday per year (excluding national holidays).
- Opportunity for personal development and international training, teachers’ further studies are also encouraged.
- Visa application support + Visa fee support of 200 euro (one-off).
- Relocation support (including airport pickup and accommodation assistance).
- Arrival hotel paid for by the school: 2 nights.
* We welcome teacher couples and families.
- Lessons take place in the school itself, with termly school outings.
- Primary (Grades 1-4) Class Teachers cover all main subjects with the same group of children;
- Secondary (Grades 5-10) teachers cover particular subject(s) at across various grades at the secondary level and take on either the Class Headteacher role for a particular grade or an extracurricular activity once a week.
- Materials that can be used for teaching include official textbooks and e-resources from the major publishers depending on level and subject, online subscriptions to teachers’ resources database etc.
- Facilities that can be used for teaching and learning include a well-equipped school library, primary and secondary laboratory, ICT lab, music studio, and the arts complex.
- The whole school is connected with wifi and all classrooms include interactive whiteboards. There are also tablets available for reservation to be used during lessons.
- Teachers are encouraged to create and apply their own materials in their lessons.
Note: We particularly welcome teacher-couples and families.
- a bachelor’s degree or better
- a clear criminal background
- teacher training (E.g. PGCE/PGCertEd)
- teaching experience*
*With experiences teaching the Cambridge Assessment International Education, the International Baccalaureate or equivalent international curricular, at the relevant level.
Why Teachers Want to Work at Erudito Licejus
Erudito Licejus is a school that encourages personal growth and is flexible to embrace changes.
Currently including around 15 per cent of international staff and 20 per cent of pupils with international backgrounds, we are an ambitious school that looks to grow into the first international school in the Kaunas region in the next few years, currently going through exciting and major transformations.
As a small and new school, internal communication is non-hierarchical and relationships between colleagues are supportive. With four major staff outing events and three staff training during the shorter term breaks, members of staff are highly involved in every process of the shaping of school life- from the revision of educational philosophy, to create applications based on both local and international curriculum, and the brainstorming and implementation of new ideas etc. All teachers are members of at least on Work Group in various developmental processes, and therefore are also highly encouraged and supported for professional developments and further studies.
In the current academic year of 2018-19 for example, teachers events include:
- Induction and Team building at the Traikai Resort (Aug 2018)
- Teacher’s Day Trip to the Kaunas Musical Theater (Oct 2018)
- Christmas Potluck Party (Dec 2018)
- Best Practice Shadowing trip to Tallin and Helsinki (Feb 2019)
The four half-day teachers training took place during:
- Autumn Break (Oct 2018)
- Winter Break (Feb 2019)
- Summer Prep (Jun 2019)
With our city centre locations, all major city facilities are reachable by foot or via the extremely cheap and high-quality public transportation system- nothing is beyond 5 minutes walk from the school! If the daily freshly made school lunches are not up to your tastes, you can easily make use of numerous cafes and diners nearby during your one-hour long lunch breaks and their amazing daily menu deals.
How many students are there in a class?
Currently, the maximum class size is 20 students. While this may be subject to change in the future, there are no immediate plans to increase class sizes and to instead increase the number of classes offered.
What time do students attend class?
The school day at Erudito Licejus goes from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm.
What can the teacher expect of student behaviour? Parent behaviour?
Erudito Licejus is a school with a mission, so it takes the personal development of all its students very seriously. Students (and parents) are put through a rigorous enrollment procedure to determine how well they fit with school values and processes. Given that there are more applicants than seats, it means that Erudito Licejus can be selective about students and how well they will fit within the school as a whole.
Students – or parents – that are disruptive to the learning environment without any remedial action are asked to leave the school. Teachers have the full support of school administration.
What is the testing schedule?
There is no standardised testing or assessment at the primary level. Students are expected to learn and make progress for its own sake.
Students will begin to receive some standardised testing at the middle school level. The English-language program use benchmarks from Cambridge Assessment International Education (CAIE). The curriculum is designed to naturally prepare for the examinations, however, and Erudito Licejus does not ‘teach to the test’.
Why Teachers Love Kaunas, Lithuania
Kaunas is the provisional capital of Lithuania, famous for its colourful history, cosy parks, remarkable and wonderful Old Town and interwar spirit.
As the second-largest city in Lithuania, conveniently located between the capital Vilnius and the country’s major seaport and recreational seafront Klaipeda. Kaunas International Airport allows travelling within Europe both comfortable and affordable with various European budget airlines.
As the most student-centred city in the country, Kaunas welcomes over 1000 international (exchange) students every semester, offering an infrastructure ready to host the international community- from restaurants to nightlife, from sporting activities to cultural events- all easily accessible by its cheap and clean public transportation system.
The clear four seasons means that all year round, there is an opportunity to attend small and large festivals, celebrations or cultural events like Kaunas Jazz; the Pažaislis Music Festival; Operetta in the Kaunas Castle; Hanza Kaunas, Bike Show Millennium and the Kaunas City Days. Just in case you are not already aware, basketball in Lithuanian is not just a sport but a second religion- Kaunas is home to one of the top Euroleague basketball teams BC Žalgiris Kaunas- and is where the biggest multifunctional stadium “Žalgiris Arena” in the Baltic is located, where top artists make their stops.
I’m a teacher. This place is awesome. Would recommend teaching at YOUR SCHOOL to any of my friends, their friends, and their hairdressers.
I gave this school the best 15 years of my life. Worth it.
Great students. Great staff. A joy of a work environment.
Best group of people I’ve ever had the pleasure of working with. And the school lunches were good, too.
I love my time at YOUR SCHOOL. I’m moving on to a Director of Studies position in OTHER SHANE SCHOOL, but I’ll miss everyone.
Meet the Founder of Erudito Licejus: Prof Dr Nerijus Pačėsa
Both the Founder and the Head of School at Erudito Licejus, Prof Dr Nerijus Pačėsa’s outstanding leadership which stems from his reconstruction of ISM University, where it has become an indisputable standard of higher education and the pursuit of gifted graduates in Lithuania. During this period, the ISM University Community began to focus on qualitative change in secondary education – initiated and successfully implemented education programs ‘Students’ University’ and ‘Teachers’ University’. All these initiatives were influenced by Prof Dr Nerijus Pačėsa conviction that the role of the school in forming a sustainable society is the most important, and teachers must be strong moral authorities and constantly developing professionals. The idea of the Erudito licėjus has been contemplated and matured for several years, with the aim of creating a school that reveals and shapes the key competencies, necessary for pupils’’ future happiness and success, surrounded by inspiring people and a joyful environment, where passion for learning and the highest achievements can flourish.
Meet the Head of Education: Dr Vilija Dabrisiene
Dr Vilija Dabrisiene is the Head of Education at Erudito Licejus.
With thirty years of experience in education, she is an expert of mathematics education in Lithuania, passionate in both pedagogical application and scientific research in the area, and have published 15 textbooks and study guides to help tackle difficulties with mathematics teaching and learning. Vilija accumulated management experiences whilst working at Kaunas Technological University, being the Head of the Students Education Centre and establishing the KTU School Children Laboratory, and through international training at Loughborough University (UK) and Lund University (Sweden). Vilija’s motto in education is that the most important thing in teachers’ work is not the capability to speak, but being able to listen to different voices.
Based on this, she encourages all local and international staff to exchange ideas and think outside the box in all aspects of the school life that we look to create together. Her advice to new teachers is to try to enjoy the experience of living in an exciting historical city of Lithuania- to get to know the local culture, the hospitable people, the breathtaking nature, and in the end, more about yourself as an educator. When Vilija is not teaching, she enjoys travelling to visit her children who are living abroad, readings around history, and nevertheless, good food!