TEACHERS

JOB DESCRIPTIONSITE

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PURPOSE

join our team and become a...

dangerously good teacher!

The purpose of this pack is to clearly define the job description so to better set and meet expectations from both the employer and the employee. It allows you to learn as much about the company before you decide whether or not you wish to join our team. Since many of our teachers are hired abroad, it is even more important to clearly define the job and what it is like to be working here at Babington Education. In addition, this pack offers you information and instructions as to how to prepare for the interview. As with all interviews, the better you prepare, the greater the chance of your success. 
There is a lot of information here. It's going to take you some time to sift through all this information and it took us even more time to compile it. We created to because we understand it is ABSOLUTELY PARAMOUNT that the job is transparently and properly described so you know exactly what you are getting into, especially if you are applying from abroad. We understand that this is a huge commitment on your part and we respect that so hence that is why we took the time and effort to properly, fully and transparently describe the job and expectations. 
 
Make sure you read this very carefully and watch the video at the end.
About our Company

 

We are an English language learning centre for kids 3-12 years old. Children attend our learning centres when not in school. This means our peak time is when school is off, which includes Saturdays. We are based in Hong Kong and we have many branches across HK and we are growing from strength to strength. We are the largest RWI phonics provider and the most experienced RWI provider in Hong Kong. We teach thousands of students on a weekly basis. We are a band of "dangerously good teachers"!

 

Our Learning Centres

 

 

Though all our centres are registered with the Education Department of Hong Kong as schools, we do not operate as a mainstream school, we operate as a learning centre, specifically an English language learning centre. Most our centres are in shopping malls and are between 3-5 classrooms.

 

Job Description

 

To read the full job description, please click on this link. Make sure you read this link fully so you can qualify for the role. 

 

General Terms & Conditions

 

To read the T&C, click on this link . Please note this link provides a reference point and is not binding. It serves to summarise the key points of the terms. This does not replace the employment contract, you should read both. Make sure you read the clause on the 12 months minimum commitment. 

Employment Contract

 

Click here to download the dummy employment contract. Make sure you read the clause on the 12 months minimum commitment. 

 

Other ways to learn about Babington Education

 

Website: www.babington.edu.hk

Facebook: www.facebook.com/babingtoneducation

Branch Locations

As of May 2019, we have 16 locations across Hong Kong serving thousands of students. Click here for the branch locations.

 

Travel

 

Most of our locations are within walking distance to the MTR trains. You can use the MTR planner tool to work out the travel. Other means of travel are buses which are KMB if on the Kowloon side or Citybus if on the Hong Kong Island side.

 

Accommodation

To give you a sense of the accommodation in Hong Kong, you should expect to spend anywhere between $7,000 to $9,000 on accommodation. Here are some references for you:

 

Visa Application

 

The company will sponsor your visa and the visa process takes approximately 4-6 weeks, however it may take longer if there are missing documents. It is therefore very important that candidates submit their documents to the company ASAP so the company can start the visa application process. Upon successfully being granted the visa, the candidate will have to collect the visa from the Immigration Department of Hong Kong (in Hong Kong) and the candidate will be responsible for paying the HK$190 visa fee upon visa collection.

 

Remuneration Package

 

  • 5 day work week

  • 14 days annual leave (FYI HK has 17 public holidays)

  • Private medical care coverage*

  • Private hospitalization coverage*

  • Life insurance coverage*

  • Sponsorship for formal phonics training by Ruth Miskin Training

  • Salary will be paid at the end of each month via bank transfer. You will need to apply for a HSBC bank account. You will be paid in cash before your bank account is approved by the bank.

  • MPF (your pension fund): Our company uses AIA as the company's pension fund. Each month the company will contribute an additional 5% of your monthly salary to your own pension fund. 

  • Annual 

  • Incremental salary adjustments:

    • Performance Review: Each October, all staff salaries are adjusted. This adjustment takes place as long as you have passed the 3 months probation. This period is called the performance review and your salary will be adjusted for inflation and performance. If you have worked for less than 1 year by October, you will only get inflation adjustments. If you have worked for 12 months or more, then you will get the full adjustment which is inflation and performance. Every year, your salary will be compensated for inflation.

    • Grade 2 Teacher: Upon reaching 18 months of service, you will be promoted to Grade 2 Teacher with an accompanying pay raise. 

Tax

Hong Kong has a very low and progressive tax rate (at about 10% of your salary in the financial year 2018-2019). You can learn more about the tax rate here.

 

 

 

*Coverage starts upon passing probation and policy terms and conditions apply. Coverage is for reference only and subject to change. 

THE INTERVIEW

PROCESS

LEARN ABOUT OUR INTERVIEW PROCESS AND HOW TO PASS IT!

Our interview process varies depending if you are hired locally or from abroad.

I am applying locally, I am in HK right now!

Our interview stages consists of 3 parts:

 

  1. Pre-interview video introduction: Getting to know us (the company, describing the job and setting expectations)

  2. Skype interview: Getting to know you (recorded)

  3. Lesson observation: Watching you teach a short portion of a class

The first is the initial interview which will be conducted via Skype. The reason why we use Skype is because we screen record (with your permission) the interview so we can share it with various stakeholders of the company. This means you will not have to do multiple rounds of interviewing, saving you time and money. In the first interview we get to know you better and you get to ask some more questions regarding the job and organisation. The second part is a lesson observation where you will be asked to participate in a full lesson and given a small section of the lesson to conduct. The purpose of the second interview is for us to evaluate your personality to see if you are the right fit! To see how you interact with the children, to see the chemistry between you and the kids as well as to have a glimpse of your teaching style.

 

I am applying from abroad, I am not in HK right now!

Our interview stages consists of 2 parts:

  1. Pre-interview video introduction: Getting to know us (the company, describing the job and setting expectations)

  2. Skype interview: Getting to know you (recorded)

The first stage is to watch the video which is designed to fully describe the job and the company and expectations in a transparent manner. You can do this anytime you like before the Skype interview. You should watch the entire video as it is extremely comprehensive and useful in getting to know what you are getting yourself into! After this, you will meet us over Skype and this is when we get to know you better and this is the point where you need to impress us with your enthusiasm, energy and positivity!

PRE-INTERVIEW VIDEO INTRODUCTION (50MINS)

(Don't skip this, in the Skype interview, we will be asking you about this video)

Note:

  1. As of 1 January 2019, Babington ceased its relationship with Oxford University Press. However, the formal training we offer for our teachers remains the same in that is it delivered by the same company, Ruth Miskin Training (UK) and the certificate teacher recieve after passing training remains the same certificate issued by Ruth Miskin Training. 

  2. As of 1 January 2019, the Clause about compensating the training fee in case of failure to complete 12 months service has been removed and replaced with a penalty of one month's pay. 

INTERVIEW PREPARATION

The purpose of this section is to help you succeed in the interview. 

Before the interview, you should do the following:

  1. Connect to the interviewer at least ONE HOUR BEFORE the scheduled interview by Skype (preferred) or if you are unable to use Skype, by WeChat. Send a message explaining who you. Please note these 2 methods are the only methods available. We are unable to interview via WhatsApp. The Skype / WeChat ID is in the interview invitation email. ​Please note, if you fail to connect to the interviewer 1 hour before the interview, your scheduled interview will be cancelled. 

  2. Read the entire Teacher Job Pack: https://www.babington.edu.hk/teacher-job-pack

  3. Read the terms & conditions and dummy contract in the job pack.

  4. Watch the video presentation at the end of the job pack (50mins).

 

Tips:

To help you succeed, here are some tips:

  1. A Skype interview should be treated as a regular in-person formal interview. You should ensure you both look professional and presentable and you should sound professional and presentable.

  2. You should be conducting the interview in a suitable place. A cafe or a noisy restaurant is not a suitable place for a professional interview. 

  3. Since this will be a video interview, you should be using a handsfree headset with a built-in microphone. This helps prevent echos and other unwanted feedback. 

  4. You should ensure you have a decent internet connection. If the interviewer cannot hear or see you due to the connection, your overall profile will be significantly negatively affected.

  5. You should test your equipment (Skype, video and audio) before your interview. 

  6. You will be asked to introduce yourself. Many candidates fail here by giving a brief introduction. Do not give a “nutshell” introduction but instead introduce yourself in great depth. You can talk about your qualifications (degree and teaching-related qualifications), working experience (teaching or non-teaching), working experience with children, travelling experience, overseas working experience, why you want to work in Hong Kong etc.

  7. You will be asked if you have read this job description (this web page), so make sure you do read it thoroughly!

  8. You will be asked if you watched the video at the end. It’s 50 mins long so make sure you watch it ahead of time. 

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