Ideal candidates for IH Torun seek professional development and show enthusiasm for teaching, and are interested in aiding the school’s development outside of the classroom through the social programme and other events. As well as teaching, teachers also attend weekly teachers’ meetings, workshops and level meetings, provide substitution when required, set and mark homework, fulfill administrative duties such as maintaining registers and work-done sheets, alert the DoS to any problems there may be and write reports. The school has fully embraced the usage of Interactive Whiteboards and Computers in class, and of Student Portfolios. A position in Ih Torun should also be of interest to any teacher interested in being at the forefront of such developments.
21 contact hours
1 hr 40 mins per week standby duties; 1,5 hours per week staff meeting & workshop; 4 hours per month social programme. The comprehensive teacher training programme includes workshops on teaching methodology (including using computers and interactive whiteboards), and observations(both by senior teachers and peers). For more experienced staff a pre-diploma course is available. Two or three teacher training days are held each year by schools within the Ih North Poland Group.
Most General English classes are in the afternoons and evenings from 15.45-21.00, however several start in the mornings including some business classes. Most classes are in school, but there are also out of town contracts. (Transport is provided for teachers travelling). In some cases teachers may be required to teach split shifts.
Free state health care is provided.
Holiday dates are not confirmed yet. However: Entitlement - In addition to public holidays, teachers are entitled to 4 weeks paid holiday each complete school year. Holiday Period: Pattern A: 2 weeks Christmas, 1 week Easter, plus 4 weeks (pro rata)* to be taken in the end of contract; Pattern B: 2 weeks Christmas, 1 week Easter, 2 weeks official winter break and 2 weeks at the end of the contract (both pro rata)*. The school will decide if a teacher is working pattern A or B.* pro-rata is calculated on a ten - month basis. b. For teachers joining or leaving on dates other than Sept. 1 / June 30 holiday pay will be pro-rata above and will be paid on the successful completion of the contract. c. The holiday year ends 30 June and you may not carry forward any part of a year’s entitlement into the following year without authority from a director. d. There is not entitlement to additional unpaid holiday, though in exceptional, normally compassionate, circumstances, a Director may approve such additional absence.
Shared accommodation in furnished flats is provided. Bills and utilities are covered by the school excluding telephone bills.
The school provides a programme of Polish classes to bring the teachers up to survival level.
Returning teachers receive one month’s bonus salary as well as the opportunity of doing a post-celta qualification, e.g.IHCYL course.
The school helps arrange all necessary visas and work permits. EU citizens need to provide passports, NHS cards and teaching certificates. The process for non-EU citizens is a little more complex and will involve taking the above documents and a birth certificate to the Polish Embassy or Consulate in the teacher’s own country. As the cost is also higher non-EU teachers are required to have a years experience.