Shane English Schools (part of the Saxoncourt Group) is one of the biggest British owned TEFL companies in Asia, and in China, its roots continue to spread.
The Ningbo Shane, however, is no newcomer to the party. Over the course of ten years, owners Kevin and Kelly have successfully turned the school into a well-established organization. The two are known for their professionalism and their understanding towards foreign teachers.
There are currently 3 branches in the city centre with 18 foreign staff and over 1500 students.
- 15,000 RMB per month.
- 5 working days per week with 2 consecutive days off.
- 22 days paid holiday.
- End of contract bonus 8000RMB.
- Health insurance provided.
- Arrival hotel costs covered.
- Visa costs within China covered.
- Teaching Assistant with every class who will assist with marking homework, communicating with parents and classroom behaviour.
- Western Academic Manager who will train and support you both at work and with anything needed outside of work.
- All courses have complete course guides and syllabus guides. This takes pressure off you (the teacher) and frees you to concentrate on how to develop your teaching, rather than worrying about what to teach.
- Close welfare support. The school will meet you at the airport and assist with finding accommodation, setting up a bank account, getting a local sim card and general orientation.
- Lots of opportunities for career development (Teacher Management, Teacher Training, Marketing and Sales, Publishing, Teacher Recruitment) with Shane English Schools both nationally and internationally with schools all over Asia. As well as opportunities at the multiple head offices in varying departments.
- Passport from UK, IRE, USA, CAN, S.A., N.Z, AUS (due to local visa requirements).
- A recognised EFL qualification, minimum 120 hours (TEFL/TESOL/CELTA).
- Bachelor’s degree or higher.
- Teaching experience not required.
- Candidate must be open-minded, enthusiastic, positive, hard-working, patient and professional.
- Must also be looking for a challenge and enjoy working with young learners!
More about Shane English Schools
We focus on support and development of our teachers and this is done in various ways. On arrival, teachers go through a training session which covers all areas needed to teach the wide array of classes they will have. There is ongoing teacher development in the form of class observations, workshops and team teaching and a supportive and nurturing environment provided to ensure that teachers are able to grow to their full potential.
We feel that it is important that teachers who teach with us in Asia have a well-rounded experience. We encourage our teachers to explore the local culture and neighbouring countries during their time with us.
Our Head Offices are populated with Shane teachers who have grown and developed with the company and then moved up into varying roles such as teacher management, teacher training, teacher recruitment, marketing, sales, and other roles.
Meet the Director of Studies: Jon Cook
Jon has been the Director of Studies (DoS) at Shane English School Ningbo for the last two years and has proven himself to be a valuable asset to the school. He is passionate about his job, a wealth of information, and a guiding force for new teachers.
Born in the USA, Jon attended Oregon State University where he achieved a degree in Biology. He moved to China four years ago, of which the last three he has spent in Ningbo.
Asked what advice he would give to new teachers going to China, Jon says it is important to connect with the teachers in your school and others. There is a lot of support and good ideas shared amongst your colleagues. Also, understand the culture is a bit different in China, and the best thing to do is to relax, be flexible, and enjoy the experience of being immersed in a unique experience.
More About Ningbo
Ningbo is a second-tier city on the east coast. With a population of about 3 million, it’s not as big as Shanghai or Beijing, but the air quality and general quality of life is a lot better.
There are of plenty restaurants and bars (western and Chinese), as well as museums, art galleries, and the like. But what’s really great about Ningbo is that it’s modern and prosperous like Shanghai, Hangzhou, and Beijing, but feels small and local.
The city boasts a few historic sites, such as the Tianyi Ge, which is the oldest existing library and garden in China (dating back to 1561), as well as some really great hiking spots just a quick subway ride away.
In Ningbo, you’ll find just about any sort of hobby you may be interested in. Teachers in Ningbo take guitar lessons, do yoga, calligraphy, kickboxing, go kayaking, learn mandarin, workout at the gym. Or why not just hit the beach and grill some food?
There is a lot to do in Ningbo, and with the thriving community of expats living there, you’re likely to find a partner in crime to do it with.