Working at ISPP

Becoming a Teacher at ISPP

ISPP is the leading international school in Cambodia. We are accredited by the Council of International Schools (CIS), the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC), and fully authorized by the International Baccalaureate Organization to offer the Primary Years Programme (PYP), the Middle Years Programme (MYP) and Diploma (DP).

Child Protection

ISPP has very stringent vetting procedures in place for every candidate teacher who is offered a contract. ISPP requires a criminal clearance check from candidates’ home of origin and from every country they have taught in. This is at the teacher’s own cost. ISPP also uses the services of an external organisation to run background and criminal checks in coordination with a candidate’s country of origin to cross-reference all documents submitted to support a teacher’s application. 

The Council of International Schools website includes a comprehensive resource which provides information on criminal background check procedures worldwide. More information can be found at this link.

ISPP requires all candidates to produce these certificates before arrival at the school as a condition of employment.

Certification and Experience

As our school is accredited and authorized, we expect all our full-time teachers to be certified. We search for top international teachers with valid teaching certification in their area of instruction, and who are knowledgeable about the three IB programmes we offer, to join our team. While IB training is not essential, it is preferable. Those candidates without IB training or experience will commit to taking an introductory IB workshop prior to arrival at ISPP to ensure the best possible start to their first school year with us.

Technology

ISPP has a strong commitment to technology and Google Apps are used throughout the school. We are a one-to-one Macbook school from Grade 6-12 and use a combination of iPads and laptops in the Elementary. Students may access course work from home or from any device in the school. We expect all teachers to be or become conversant with Google Apps.

ISPP Learning Principles

At ISPP we believe that every child can learn.

We define learning as the process of making meaning through thinking, experience and reflection.

ISPP believes effective learning is:

1. Safe & Social
Therefore we will:

  • Create a safe, secure and supportive learning environment where risk-taking is encouraged. 
  • Promote collaboration and relationship-building through social learning experiences.

2. Inquiry-Based
Therefore we will:

  • Foster curiosity through questioning and discovery that promotes critical thinking and analysis. 
  • Provide explicit conceptual learning experiences.

3. Personalised
Therefore we will:

  • Provide differentiation to make learning accessible and challenging to all students. 
  • Connect learning to what students already know.

4. Authentic & Transferable
Therefore we will:

  • Ensure learning experiences are meaningful, relevant, ethical and in context to enable student empowerment and ownership for their learning.
  • Ensure learning experiences are transferrable across student learning and other contexts. 
  • Promote international mindedness, and encourage the evaluation of different perspectives and viewpoints.

5. Inspiring
Therefore we will:

  • Set achievable and challenging learning expectations for students.
  • Promote active student engagement and intrinsic motivation through teacher interaction and instructional strategies. 
  • Reinforce with students that intelligence and ability can improve through a growth mindset and hard work.


6. Informed
Therefore we will:

  • Provide timely, effective feedback which is focused on the task rather than the student. 
  • Encourage and support self-assessment, self-management and reflection. 

Work Ethic

ISPP is a busy school. In Secondary, students are active participants in the Mekong River International Schools Sports Association (MRISA) and our sports teams travel throughout our region to compete, in addition to local fixtures within Phnom Penh. Delegations are sent to regional Model United Nations, we host our own MUN, and we have developed a comprehensive IB CAS programme with activities linked to development initiatives within Cambodia. We also run a comprehensive Week Without Walls programme in February.

In Elementary, we also do community service projects, organise student trips within Cambodia including participation in the Angkor Wat International Fun Run and Bike Ride . We are active members of Young Athletes of Phnom Penh (YAPP) and host most of these events on the ISPP campus. We expect our teaching faculty to commit to learning activities with our students outside as well as inside the classroom. You need a very strong work ethic to be a successful teacher at ISPP.

Health

Cambodia is not a hardship post by any stretch of the imagination. However, health services are developing. ISPP provides comprehensive health coverage, but if you have a history of medical issues you need to consider whether Cambodia is the best place for you personally. That said, we have numerous teaching couples working at ISPP who have young families. You need to be in good health to be a successful teacher at ISPP.

Optimism

Cambodia is a developing country and there is a great sense of optimism about the future here. ISPP and our community share this optimism and our school is committed to creating a dynamic learning environment for students and teachers that is challenging and rewarding. We are very particular about who joins our teaching faculty because we are protective of the quality of learning at one of the most dynamic mid-sized schools in South East Asia.
As an educator, if you think you can meet or exceed our expectations, and your personal teaching philosophy aligns with our ISPP Learning Principles, we look forward to hearing from you.

Candidates may apply directly to the school by completing an application on Schrole – just follow the link on our recruitment pages.

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