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					            Teaching English through an integrated curriculum to children in
                     80 Spanish infant and primary state schools

            A joint Spanish Ministry of Education (MoE) and British Council Project

Background information

In recent years, countries across Europe have seen an increase in bi-lingual education in the early
years as a way of preparing young people for future work, study and life in an increasingly multilingual
and integrated Europe. The initiative of the Spanish Government in partnership with the British Council
to introduce a bi-lingual, bi-cultural curriculum in 80 infant and primary schools and in corresponding 42
secondary schools sits very comfortably within this development.

The project, started in 1996 with classes of 3 year-olds, is in its fifteenth year, and groups of children
who have now finished secondary education, are clearly demonstrating the benefits of being taught the
curriculum through both languages. A recent evaluation pinpointed the successes of the project to
date:
         Interest and motivation on the part of the children
         Enthusiasm of the parents
         A growing sense of satisfaction from head teachers in schools, many of which are in
           economically deprived catchment areas
         Comments from Spanish class teachers to the effect that learning in two languages
           contributes also to the children’s first language development and to their cognitive
           development

Initially, 44 British primary teachers were engaged by the Spanish Government to deliver the English
part of the curriculum. This number has now increased to more than 250. In addition, Spanish teachers
of English are gradually being brought on board to help deliver a curriculum which includes subject
areas from both the Spanish and English National Curriculum. In September 2004, the first groups of
children moved into secondary school where they can choose to continue the experience through to the
end of compulsory schooling. The first cohorts of pupils are successfully preparing for a number of
IGCSE’s. The final goal in the project is that the young people involved should by the age of 16 be able
to express themselves fluently in both English and Spanish and have awareness and appreciation of
both cultures. Having followed an integrated curriculum, successful students will then have the choice
of continuing their education from 16 to 18 in either the Spanish or the British system.

A recent joint evaluation study highlighted the fact that though there are a number of methodological
challenges to be met, what came across very clearly were the commitment, dedication, enthusiasm and
resourcefulness of the teachers involved in the project. The joint evaluation team unanimously agreed
that the hard work by teachers to develop lively teaching and learning approaches has been a major
factor in the successes so far.. There is great commitment on the part of the Spanish Ministry, the
British Council and the Regional Education authorities to further the objectives of the project.

In October 1999, the responsibility for education in Spain was given to the local Regional Governments
(comunidades autónomas) and they are now responsible for the contractual conditions for teachers
employed on the project. However, the overall responsibility for organising the curriculum remains with
the Ministry of Education (MoE). The role of the British Council in the project is to offer advice and


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expertise in areas such as teacher development, curriculum, and assessment but the Council is not the
employer and therefore not in a position to insist on its own traditions of support and monitoring.

The Teaching situation

The 80 schools in the project were chosen from a list of volunteers. Apart from those in the North
African territories, all the posts are in provincial cities or the suburbs of Madrid (see list of towns under
“vacancies”).

The British teachers are additional members of staff and are not in charge of any one class, i.e. they
are not class teachers. Timetables vary and teachers must be prepared to be flexible. Teachers on the
project can expect to be employed in kindergarten /infants (3-6 years) or primary (6-12 years), though in
some schools teachers may be expected to teach within both areas. Most classes have between 1.5
and 2 hours of English per day. Teachers may be required to teach up to four groups.

Working arrangements with Spanish colleagues also vary. The British teacher, particularly at the infant
stage works alongside the class teacher or takes the whole class for games, stories, reading and
writing work and other curriculum input. However, in primary the British teacher is often, though not
always, left in sole charge of the group. Class size is generally a maximum of 25/26. Sharing space
and methods with Spanish colleagues has sometimes required tact and flexibility, though in most
schools, the framework for managing at both infant and primary levels is now well established. In
general, the approach in the infant department is more formal than in British schools, with there being a
tendency at primary level for a more whole-class, teacher-fronted approach.

The teaching of reading and writing of Spanish is officially not started until children are 6. However,
experience in the project has shown that learning to read/write in English is a much longer process and
needs to begin at the infant stage- or what would be Reception in the UK. This is a further area where
diplomacy and the ability to negotiate acceptable solutions are valuable skills.

As this is not an EFL project, materials and other resources are not easily available on the commercial
market. On the whole, thanks to the project, these 80 schools are better resourced than the average
state school in Spain. However, there has always been a need for teachers to improvise and develop
resources appropriate to the needs of particular groups and individuals as indeed is the case in UK
schools.

Induction Course
In early September the Ministry of Education and the British Council will organise a short induction
course in Alcalá de Henares, near Madrid. Administrators from MoE will also be there to help with
contractual and financial matters. This course takes place after you have arrived at post.

Accommodation
Teachers are responsible for finding their own accommodation. In most cases, school staff have been
prepared to help new teachers to look for accommodation and their local knowledge has proved to be
very useful. Few teachers have reported problems in this area. However, it must be remembered that
schools don't open until September and most staff are still on holiday until the last days of August.
Therefore, new staff who come out in August will probably be on their own until the school re-convenes.
Landlords usually ask for a deposit of two months, (called a “fianza”). You should have sufficient funds
available to take care of this.

Currency
Since January 2002, Spain has been a member of the EU euro currency and the euro is the only
currency available in the country. Cashpoints in Spain allow you to draw money from your U.K. bank
account


Contract

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The contract is with the local education authorities (Comunidad Autónomas - CCAAs.) The process is
started in the last few days of August when you are at post or in the first few days in September, not
while you are still in the UK. You will be required to produce evidence of qualified teacher status usually
in the form of an original document.

Salary and bank account
Your salary is paid by the CCAA into your Spanish bank. Again, in most cases, staff from the school
have helped teachers to open an account. Most banks will ask for evidence of contract before you are
permitted to do this. Teachers should be aware that Spanish bureaucracy can be slow! In the past,
teachers have experienced an initial delay in salary payments of 1 month or sometimes of 2 months.
Usually staff from the school or the Madrid MoE team have been able to help solve the problem as
efficiently as possible but it would be sensible to have access to sufficient funds to cover this initial
period.

Medical cover: Spanish Seguridad Social
Once your contract is signed within the first few days of September, you are immediately eligible to
apply for Spanish Social Security, which will cover all your medical needs. However, it is advisable to
bring a current European Health Card with you from the UK in the event of your needing urgent
medical attention before you are on Seguridad Social.

Spanish Residence Permits
Under European law, it is no longer obligatory to be in possession of a Spanish residence permit.
However, you will be required to register as an EU citizen at the appropriate Immigration Centre when
you are at post. Spanish law requires you to carry official identification and the paper you receive from
Immigration will cover this requirement.

Vacancies
It is not always possible to offer successful applicants their first choice. Please give as many choices as
you can. In a few schools, towns, there may be 2 vacancies – teaching couples or friends may wish to
be considered for these:
There are schools in the following provinces and towns:

Albacete; Asturias (Gijón & Oviedo), Ávila (Ávila & Arévalo), Badajoz, Baleares (Artá & Mahón), Burgos
(Burgos & Briviesca), Cáceres, Cantabria (Santander), Ceuta, Ciudad Real (Ciudad Real &
Valdepeñas), Cuenca, Guadalajara, Huesca (Huesca, Fraga, Graus, Jaca & Monzón), León (León &
Astorga), Madrid (10 schools, most of them in the suburbs), Melilla, Murcia (Murcia & Cartagena),
Navarra (Pamplona, Añorbe & Tudela) Palencia (Palencia & Guardo), Salamanca (Salamanca &
Ciudad Rodrigo), Segovia (Segovia & Cuéllar), Soria, Teruel (Teruel, Alcorisa & Alcañiz), Toledo
(Toledo & Talavera de la Reina), Valladolid (Valladolid & Medina del Campo), Zamora (Zamora &
Benavente), Zaragoza (Zaragoza, Ejea de los Caballeros, Cuarte de Huerva, La Puebla de Alfidén &
Utebo).

NB: Not all schools have vacancies in any academic year


Transfer to another school
If a teacher stays for a second year in the project s/he is not eligible for a transfer to another school.
However, teachers who choose may ask for a transfer for their third year in the project and within the
constraints of operational requirements, these requests will be given every consideration.

Recruitment Information and Procedure
Recruitment is carried out in England and Spain between the months of March and June. Shortlisted
candidates are interviewed by a joint Spanish/ British Board, the British Council in this case acting as a
recruitment agency on behalf of the Spanish Government. Recruitment for applicants in Spain is
carried out in Spain between May and June.

Recruitment requirements
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Candidates should:
 Be EU nationals and/ OR have a valid Spanish residence permit
 Have a native or near-native command of both spoken and written English.
 Have recognised European QTS in infant /primary teaching
  (Secondary PGCE or TEFL qualification may be considered under certain circumstances)
 Have had classroom experience with children between 3 and 12 years of age

How to apply:
All sections of the accompanying application form must be completed. Particular emphasis is placed
on the careful completion of the section on "competencies". Please note that applicants will not
be considered unless these are completed satisfactorily. Photocopies of the following documents
must be included:
 Primary Teacher Training Diploma or relevant PGCE Diploma, relevant TEFL diploma or for
     teachers of European nationalities other than UK, proof of teacher status in country of study
 University degree if applicable
 QTS (qualified teacher status) registration number in the case of UK qualified teachers
 Reference or testimonial or teacher appraisal from present or most recent place of employment

Please return the completed application form by post to:

                              Maria Triviño,
                             Education and English Language Projects,
                             British Council
                             Pº General Martínez Campos 31,
                             28010 Madrid

Application forms sent by fax will not be considered. If you have any questions, please email
maria.trivino@britishcouncil.es

PLEASE NOTE: Only applicants who are short listed for interview will be contacted

ORIGINAL CERTIFICATES OF QUALIFICATIONS AND QTS REGISTRATION NUMBER (IF
RELEVANT) MUST BE PRESENTED AT INTERVIEW.

Particulars of post
1. Applicants should have the relevant background, qualifications and experience as detailed in
    “Recruitment Requirements" above.
2. Knowledge of Spanish, while a considerable advantage, is not a requirement.
3. The annual salary is approximately 21,600€ gross. Gross annual salary in Ceuta and Melilla is
    29,500€
4. Salary will be paid into the teacher’s Spanish bank account by direct transfer
5. A deduction of 6.1% will be made monthly for social security contributions
6. Spanish income tax is payable: approximately 15% depending on individual family circumstances.
7. The Comunidades Autónomas do not contribute to pension or superannuation arrangements.
8. Successful candidates will receive a contract for one year, renewable by mutual consent.
9. The working week is Monday to Friday, with 25 contact hours plus 5 non-contact hours for
    preparation, liaison etc.
10. Teachers will have approximately 2 weeks leave at Christmas, 9 days at Easter and 2 months
    leave in July and August.
11. Teachers will additionally benefit from all local holidays (these vary from region to region).
12. Successful candidates will be appointed and employed by the local Regional Government
    (Comunidades Autónomas). The British Council assists in the selection process but has no liability

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    in any labour or contractual matters, which are solely the responsibility of the local regional
    governments (Comunidades Autónomas - CCAAs ).


Expenses
Expenses up to a maximum of 600€ will be paid to successful candidates who take up a post and who
have current residence outside Spain as a contribution to cover outward travel to Spain and initial
hotel expenses for up to six nights. These expenses are paid only once: teachers who leave the
project and subsequently are re-appointed are not eligible. ORIGINAL RECEIPTS MUST BE
PRESENTED.

Please note that these expenses take up to six months to be refunded due to bureaucratic processes.
Please note that we are not able to refund travel expenses for interview
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Application form for teaching post in MoE/BC Bilingual Project, Spain
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Personal record in confidence                                    Please place
                                                                     your
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                                                                  photograph
Please write clearly and legibly in BLOCK CAPITALS in black ink.
                                                                     here
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Personal information
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Full Name            .                        Telephone (home)   .

Date of Birth    .                                        Telephone (mobile)       .

Present Full Address                                      Fax                      .
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Passport no:.
Country of issue:                                           Date of issue .
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Section One of the Disability Discrimination Act defines a person as having a disability if s/he has a physical
or mental impairment which has a substantial and long-term adverse effect on his or her ability to carry out
normal day-to-day activities. It is not necessary, therefore, to be registered as a disabled person.

It is British Council policy to interview all applicants who are disabled and who meet the essential minimum
criteria for an advertised job.

Do you have a disability?                          Yes                     No

Whether or not you are disabled, do you need any help or special consideration to enable you to
attend/participate fully in the interview?

                                        Yes                No
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When are you free to take up a post?              .

What length of notice must you give?       .

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Please state the provinces/towns you would like to apply for a post in order of preference.
Please note that not all schools have vacancies for 2011/12.


1.                                                6.

2.                                                7.

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4.                                                9.

5.                                                10.

(More choices can be added if candidates wish.)



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Teaching qualifications
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Teaching qualifications                             TEFL/TESL

Qualification   Date taken       Subject                 Qualification      Date Examining Body
                                                                            Taken
 Cert.Ed       .                .                       Certificate
                                                          Grade            .                .
 B.Ed.         .                .
                                                         Diploma            .                .
 PGCE          .                .
Primary

 PGCE          .                .
Secondary

 Magisterio    .                .

 CAP           .                .

 Other         .                .

Please provide your QTS registration number (if relevant) below




Please give details of any current studies relevant to the post and expected qualification




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Education/qualifications
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Please give details of post-school/ university degree qualifications other than teaching qualifications in
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Language Skills
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Mother Tongue


Please complete the appropriate section below if your mother tongue is other than English

English Language Competence
 Bi-lingual speaker
 Bilingually literate

OR

 Proficient orally
 Proficient literary skills

Language Qualification
Grade          Date taken               Examining Body

                .


Please give details of study experience/work experience undertaken in the UK or other English Speaking
country




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All applicants:
List below any other language(s) skills:
Language                                 Level (Bi-lingual, Fluent, Fair)




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Employment
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Please give career details since leaving full-time education starting with current or most recent
employment. Account for all your time, including voluntary work and gaps in employment history.


Dates               Location/country     Employer              Position held and responsibilities
(month and year)




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The following competencies are considered essential for the post. This section must be filled in
carefully and reflectively. Please note that the information included is the deciding factor on whether

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a candidate is shortlisted for interview.



1. ability to plan effectively on a long-term and short-term basis for the daily management of the
   infant/primary classroom

2. effective management of primary classroom skills: literacy, numeracy, science, geography, history, art
   and design

3. ability to work both independently and as a member of a team

4. skill in developing appropriate quality resources for the classroom and to produce quality classroom
   displays

5. ability to manage children of different abilities in the classroom

Consider each of the above competencies in turn and describe with examples how your skills and experience
match it and the requirements of the post. If you do not match a specific requirement, you can offer evidence
of your potential to develop the relevant competency. It is not necessary to write at length nor to attach extra
documentation. Each competency should be approximately 200 words.

_______________________________________________________________________________________

Please take as much space as you need.

Competency 1         Evidence




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Competency 2         Evidence




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Competency 3         Evidence
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Competency 4    Evidence




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Competency 5    Evidence




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References

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_______________________________________________________________________________________

Two references are required, one of which must be included with the application form.

This can be in the form of an open reference or an appraisal and must be
a) in English
b) from your present or recent employer/university tutor/college tutor

Please fill in details of referees below:

1 Reference/appraisal included with application form

  Name           .                          Job title/position .           Telephone    .

  Address        .                          E-mail                 .       Fax          .




2 Previous Employer (or college/university tutor)

  Name           .                          Job title/position .           Telephone    .

  Address        .                          E-mail                 .       Fax          .




_______________________________________________________________________________________
Please check that photocopies of the following documents, if appropriate, are included. Please note that
applicants who do not include copies of the documents providing evidence of their application cannot be
considered for shortlisting.

 Cert Ed./ B. Ed or PGCE

 TEFL/TESL certificate or diploma

 University degree

 Reference / teacher appraisal

 QTS registration number




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_______________________________________________________________________________________
In order for us to track which is the most efficient way of reaching teachers, we would be grateful if you would
tell us where you heard about this post

     www.TES.co.uk

     jobs.guardian.co.uk/jobs/education/

     www.jobs.co.uk

     Other, please specify

Thank you.



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Declaration
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I declare that I have not been convicted of, nor had any criminal proceedings against me, nor have I been
warned, either orally or in writing, in relation to a sexual offence or child abuse. I declare that there are no
such proceedings pending against me at the date of this declaration. I know of no reason why I should be
considered unsuitable for work with children, the elderly or disabled and I have not been dismissed from such
a post for malpractice.

I agree and hereby consent to The British Council seeking clearance from police and the UK's Department of
Health records for applicants who will be working with vulnerable people. (I understand that The British
Council will not carry out these checks unless an offer of employment is made in writing to an applicant. It
does not request information about offences not related to working with vulnerable people.)




Your signature           .                                         Date    .

Your name:
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