School: Shane English School
Location: Ningbo, China
Start Date: IMMEDIATELY
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 of foreign teachers.
There are currently 3 branches in the city centre with 18 foreign staff and over 1500 students.
Salary and Benefits
- 17,000 RMB per month.
- 5 working days per week with 2 consecutive days off.
- 22 days paid holiday.
- Flight to China (purchased by school and NOT a reimbursement).
- 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.
- a passport from the United Kingdom, the United States, Canada, Australia, Ireland, New Zealand, or South Africa
- a bachelor’s degree or better
- a 120-hour TEFL certificate or better (No TEFL? No problem. Find out more about Saxoncourt’s FREE TEFL.)
- a clear criminal background
- 22 teaching hours per week
- 5 office hours per week (including prep time)
- 2 consecutive days off
- teaching students aged 3-14
Shane Shijiazhuang includes at most 27 working hours per week – which includes 22 teaching hours a week – and a maximum of 108 hours monthly. Most of the time is at Shane English School, Dimoma Center.
School management will arrange kindergarten classes and primary school classes based on working hours. Classes at Shane Shijiazhuang usually has 8-12 students per class. We set classes based on students’ ages and their English levels. All the students will be 3 and 14 years old – kindergarten, elementary, and teenaged.
The school uses Shane teaching materials and will supply a basic training course for new teachers. Later on, there is additional teacher training and research activities at the language centre. We have computers, internet access, and interactive whiteboards in classrooms to help teachers make the most of their lessons.
Why Teachers Want to Work at Shane English School Ningbo
Shane English Schools Ningbo (SESN) now has expanded to three campuses throughout the city. Each campus is fully equipped with computers, projectors, and large whiteboards in every classroom as well as other educational materials. Our brand new location in the Haishu District is currently also experimenting with large touch screen televisions in all of its classrooms.
SESN emphasizes teacher satisfaction and many teachers stay for a second or third year. Some stay longer. We pride ourselves on teacher development and support and provide a month of hands-on teacher training to all new teachers. We also do as much as we can to help new teachers adjust and get comfortable with life in China. SESN offers ongoing teacher development through class observations, workshops, team teaching and a supportive environment. We continually develop new material and teaching techniques for our students.
Beginning level classes have a maximum of 10 students and advanced classes have a maximum of 8. Every class has a Chinese teaching assistant (foreign teachers do not speak Chinese in the classroom).
SESN has its own a Foreign Teacher Welfare Officer who is responsible for maximizing teachers’ quality of life. For example, the Welfare Officer provides assistance with getting to know the city, apartment hunting, turning on utilities, finding places to shop, renewing visas, getting airplane reservations, and the dozens of little things to make life better, such as where to buy a bicycle, where to get a decent hair cut, which is most convenient Wal-Mart, how to find a good dentist, and so forth.
SESN teachers have a very well-rounded experience in their time here. We encourage teachers to explore the local culture and to visit other parts of China and Asia. Teachers often travel during vacations. We want our teachers to learn as well as to teach, and we support their efforts to understand China. We strongly encourage teachers to learn Mandarin and recommend Mandarin language instructors to those who are interested. Many of our teachers have very rewarding lives outside the classroom. Current staff members enjoy a variety of recreational activities, such as playing the violin and guitar, producing music, practising yoga, kayaking, calligraphy classes, going to the gym, and getting out to the beach.
Our management team is staffed by teachers who have grown with the company and moved up into a variety of roles, such as teacher management, teacher training, teacher recruitment, student recruitment, marketing, and sales.
Why Teachers Love Ningbo
Ningbo is a medium-sized city on the east coast with a population of about 3 million people. The city is traversed by rivers and has many parks. There are several colleges and universities in Ningbo. The weather is fairly mild and rarely goes above 90 or below freezing, though summers are humid and winters rainy. Ningbo’s air quality is excellent compared to Shanghai and Beijing. Foreign teachers enjoy a very high standard of living with a wide variety of apartment options, excellent Chinese and Western restaurants, museums, art galleries, a zoo, varied nightlife, and more. The Steinway Piano Company has a large showroom in Ningbo and the city has a vibrant and varied cultural life. Ningbo has a long history with many historic neighborhoods; it was a terminus of China’s ancient Silk Road.
How far will your salary go?
- Basic Lunchtime meal – 38 RMB
- Monthly public transit ticket – 93 RMB
- Mid-range dinner for two – 200 RMB
- 2 movie tickets – 95 RMB
- A cocktail at a club – 29 RMB
- A pint of domestic beer at a pub – 24 RMB
- Cappuccino – 32 RMB
- Hourly rate for a cleaner – 76 RMB
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 Director of Studies: Max Luskin
Max has worked for Shane English School Ningbo for more than three years and was recently promoted to Academic Manager.
Hailing from Devon, Pennsylvania, USA, Max earned a Bachelor’s Degree in English from Allegheny College in Meadville, Pennsylvania. He has been taking Mandarin language classes since he arrived and is now quite fluent. He is also a fine violinist.
Max believes that it is important for teachers to connect with each other teachers as well as their students. He holds frequent teacher roundtables, often at local pubs and has an easy, informal management style. He encourages a school culture where teachers support each other and trade ideas, both in and out of the classroom.
As the Academic Manager, Max will play a big role in welcoming new teachers to the school, showing them around the city, and ensuring they settle in well.
Meet the BOSS
If you can provide a quick write-up about the boss – a manager, owner, or another higher-up – then that also goes a long way. Even something direct from the boss that we can translate would be amazing.
Just like the introduction to the TAP, it would be good to include some of the boss’s qualifications, experience, and thoughts on running a school.
Again, note the photo: professional but not too stiff. And taken in a neutral background.
More about Shane English School China
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.