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Elizabeth College is seeking to appoint a full-time teacher of Drama, with the ability to teach some Key Stage 3 English, from September 2019. Drama both within the curriculum and as an extra-curricular activity is popular and highly successful and candidates must be prepared to commit to supporting the extra-curricular and performance programmes. This post is suitable for newly qualified teachers or those wishing to further their experience prior to leading a department.
Applications for this post are invited as soon as possible and must be submitted on the Elizabeth College application form. All relevant information must be included on the application form – please do not submit separate supplementary information. Please note that previous applicants need not apply.
Conditions of Service
Pay scales in Guernsey are negotiated by the States of Guernsey and are higher than the UK Inner London Salary Scales. From the point of view of taxation, personal allowances are roughly equivalent to the UK (currently £22,000 pa for a couple; £11,000 pa for a single person) and there is a flat rate of income tax of 20% above this, with no higher band as in the UK. Home owners may also claim tax relief on mortgage interest payments (capped at a maximum loan limit of £400,000, with a cap on the mortgage interest allowable depending on whether the property is being purchased jointly or individually), although this will be phased out by 2025. Social Insurance contributions by employees are set at 6.6% (the UK National Insurance contribution for employees is currently 12%). Teaching posts are pensionable (optional for a part-time post). Teachers are members of the States of Guernsey Superannuation Scheme for Teachers and Civil Servants and can easily transfer their pension rights into (and out of) the Guernsey scheme, subject to the Scheme Rules. Class sizes at Elizabeth College are relatively small (generally around 20 at KS3 & 4).
Quality of life
Guernsey is a very pleasant island to live on with good links to the UK and France. The lack of major cities means that many of the problems and threats of urban Britain are absent. The incidence of all types of crime is very low on Guernsey and this helps to contribute to making this a safe and happy environment in which to raise children. Furthermore with its temperate climate, sandy west coast beaches and spectacular south coast cliffs quality of life on the island is high. For further information please see http://www.locateguernsey.com/
Whilst there are restrictions upon residency in Guernsey, teaching posts at the College automatically qualify for an Employment Permit, the duration of which is dependent upon teaching subject and/or seniority. Subject to completion of the qualifying period, Long Term Employment Permits lead to permanent residency. Applicants with a partner should note that your partner would automatically be granted the right to work.
The College has access to the local Education Services’ Intensive Teacher Training (ITT) course, which leads to Qualified Teaching Status (QTS) for Island schools. Alternatively, application can be made for PGCE training through the University of Buckingham, which leads to full QTS and is recognised in the UK. Teachers relocating from the UK having completed a PGCE can complete their NQT year in Guernsey, which leads to independent schools’ QTS and is recognised in the UK. Although it is preferred that teachers hold QTS, on occasion, graduates have been employed who are not teacher trained. Such staff would be expected to register for a training programme to attain QTS and would be supported by the College in gaining this qualification.
The Island is roughly triangular in shape, 24 square miles in area, with cliffs in the south, and a coastal common at sea-level in the north. Guernsey enjoys a mild climate, with no extremes of temperature. Snow is rare, and severe frosts infrequent. There are ten parishes in the island and a population of approximately 63,000.
Housing Laws have evolved since around the 1960s, and allow for new residents to buy homes as well as protecting the Island’s housing stock for local people. Those wishing to move to Guernsey to take up employment in specialised areas, which the local employment market cannot fill, may be granted Employment Permits, which will allow them to occupy a local market home. Those without Employment Permits would be required to buy one of the 1700 open market homes which are open to citizens of the United Kingdom and European Union to purchase.
In Guernsey, there is no VAT, death duty or capital gains tax. Income tax is levied at a standard rate of 20% after generous personal allowances are taken into consideration. It is always advisable to take professional tax advice when considering a move to Guernsey.
Guernsey is part of the British Isles, but not the United Kingdom, and owes her allegiance directly to the Crown. This privilege has existed since 1204, and Guernsey enjoys a special status, which is celebrated and commemorated by not infrequent visits from Members of the Royal Family.
Guernsey is a good place to raise a family – safe and picturesque. Examination results throughout the Island are better than those in the United Kingdom, and children have a thriving community in which to live and take their part.
See the Visit Guernsey video here.