Careers in
Primary School Teaching

A Better Approach to Primary School Teaching

Some revolutionary differences jump out at people new to the extremely successful BASIS International Primary School system. For example, our approach calls for two teachers in each classroom, and we incorporate key aspects of our secondary school curriculum.

That means that in each grade 1-4 classroom, instruction is conducted by both a Subject Expert Teacher (SET) and a Learning Expert Teacher (LET).

It also means that primary students walk from subject to subject between classes as they do in typical middle schools. That makes their transition to our academically challenging middle school program that much easier.

BASIS International Schools results speak for themselves: our students excel, our teachers love their jobs.

Subject Expert Teacher (SET)

As a SET, you’ll spend your time and energy on the one subject you are most knowledgeable and passionate about. You’ll prepare one subject-focused lesson for each grade rather than 4 or 5 lessons every day. The LET will be assisting with classroom management and student differentiation so your students are engaged and on task 100% of the time. While driven by the BASIS International Schools core curriculum, SETs are given the freedom to do what they do best: inspire a love of learning in every child.

Learning Expert Teacher (LET)

As a LET, you’ll work with one section (maximum of 30 students) and travel with your class from subject to subject, guiding them through the school day. Because LETs spend the most time with each student, your role is to analyze their achievement and teach them the skills necessary for academic and personal development, including study and organizational habits, critical thinking, and social interaction standards. By leaving subject lesson preparation and instruction to a SET, you’ll have time to focus on highly individualized learning strategies and assisting with classroom management.

Training for New BASIS International Teachers

As a new BASIS International teacher, you'll receive intensive training in the summer before you start through our BASIS International Institute. There you'll learn about our innovative curriculum and how BASIS International Schools inspire—and achieve—academic excellence.

Also during your first year, you’ll participate in a peer-mentoring program lead by seasoned teachers and on-site managers. Plus, we invite all BASIS International teachers to collaborate and share best practices through our social network, BASIS International Schools Connect.

Thoughts from our teachers

At BASIS International School Shenzhen, I am privileged to teach wonderful kids. They work hard, love to learn, and appreciate good teaching. Even though our school is rigorous, demanding and sometimes draining; our kids are upbeat, dance down the halls and playfully jostle their way to the next class. We have a good time trying to get better each day. These kids are friends. They work together. They help each other. I believe in them.

Tom Davidson
Subject Expert Teacher, Math

I find that working with the students at BASIS International Shenzhen is such a rewarding experience. The kids here are full of energy, creativity, and enthusiasm. They are on their way to becoming global-minded citizens, and I am so honored to be a part of their journey.

Victoria Vincent-Munoz
Subject Expert Teacher, Music