General Information for Applying
About Sitapatr School
Sitapatr School is an intercultural and fun-driven school which comprises of English, Thai, and Chinese Programs. We are fully committed to developing a positive environment while creating enthusiasm for learning within the English language. We nurture and build both our teacher’s and learner’s confidence through teacher training, incentives, state of the art facilities, purposeful academic sessions and language immersion. Language abilities come from our passionate teachers and engaged students. Sitapatr’s team possesses a willingness to empower and share knowledge with others effectively.
We strive to build upon our unique and modern private school by setting a higher standard of education through combined efforts and capabilities, simplified objectives and clear expectations. Our Teachers accomplish this by prioritizing Sitapatr’s four key values: Hard Work, Upbeat Attitudes, Strong Relationships, and Leadership.
As educators, we are determined to enrich our student’s language experience by giving our students the confidence to excel their communication skills in the classroom, and more importantly, in everyday life.
Sitapatr’s English Program
EP Departments and Levels
About our EP Kindergarten
Sitapatr School was one of the first full private English Program Kindergarten programs here in NST. Our Program is very reputable and is continually getting stronger and larger. More importantly, our students are improving each term and achieving great results. Our Kindergarten is a trilingual program consisting of an ‘EP,’ or English Program, Chinese and Thai Programs. EP students have 3 full English language sessions each day.
In the morning, students learn songs, games, arts and crafts in the English language in what we call our 'Circle' and 'Activity' times. The focus here is learning by doing and using appealing and fun activities to create engagement and comprehension in the English language. This is done through various teaching methods, materials and repetition. We believe in a very hands-on approach with teaching new vocabulary through chanting and routine while working on motor skills, speech and listening development, art, social, and life skills.
Then, in the afternoon we continue with our ‘Academic’ session, Phonics in which we use syllabi based on western standards. All teachers have new books along with a set curriculum including: provided resources, teacher books, teacher training, assessment classes with feedback from the Director and Head Teachers, peer to peer observation, Thai Teacher Aids, workshops and an overall great support system to reach optimal results professionally and individually.
We offer curriculum from various recognized and accredited western institutions along with our very own personalised Sitapatr curriculum in which we’ve progressed every term since our opening.
** Continually developed by the EP with the required Thai Government Standards (MOE)
Teachers that are interested in our unique ‘Anuban’ Program must have high-energy, be flexible, enjoy songs and dancing, and must absolutely LOVE teaching young children!
About our EP Primary
Our Primary English Program holds levels Primary 1 - 6 and has advanced into a leading EP Program in the area. Due to our overall size and flexibility at Sitapatr we have had continuous development each year. This is done by retaining our qualified and experienced Primary Teachers while implementing new ideas, teaching techniques and methods within our structure consistently. Structurally, our Primary Teachers have created a high standard extension of our Kindergarten program. We do this in two different ways:
1) We focus on communication by offering teacher training with feedback, professional development classes, weekly meetings, assessments and standards built around our targeted set of English Core Skills in the classroom.
2) We encourage our students to constantly build confidence and their English foundation while excelling their individual skills. These subjects have a cross-curricular core while using recognized and accredited curriculum from the following:
** Continually developed by our EP and follows the required Thai Government Standards (MOE)
Lastly, we are excited to anonounce we will be offering a Physical Education and Arts Curriculum in the near future!
Bonuses & benefits are given to teachers who re-sign for their new contracts and help provide the continuity of teaching we aim to provide.
FAQs about working at Sitapatr School
Who is English Program Director and how will I be supported?
In addition, we have 2 Head Teachers that are more than reliable, experienced, and adept at providing guidance, feedback, and overall support.
How many students per class will I be teaching?
What is an actual day like here at Sitapatr School as an English Teacher here at Sitapatr?
Our teachers arrive to school at 7:45 am M-F. Teachers will take their students to Morning Assembly starting at 8:10 am. Thai National Anthem and prayers, announcements, activities, awards, and time of respect is given during this time.
Primary teacher's classes begin at 8:30 AM and run until 3:30 PM. No teacher will teach more than 18 contact hours (15 actual hours) per week. Each day has 7 class periods in which Teachers may teach 2-5 classes depending on their day’s timetable.
Kindergarten teachers will be in their homerooms assisting their Homeroom Thai Teacher and doing daily routines.
We teach ‘Circle Time’ from 9:00 - 9:30 AM and ‘Activity Time’ from 10:00 - 10:30 AM.
Then, the teachers will be responsible for setting up beds for nap time or taking the students to lunch around 11 AM.
Each week, all Kindergarten Teachers have 1 free morning when their classes having swimming
All EP Teachers have 1 hour lunches and can eat free here or leave the school and eat outside.
Afternoon classes resume after lunch for both departments. Primary will follow their own personal timetable while Kindergarten will teach their Phonics lesson.
3:45 pm teachers are free to go home or teach extra classes after school if they wish (School Club, Homework Club, Art Club, Math Club, or Science Club).
All in all, it makes for a fun, spontaneous, and eventful routine!
How many hours a week do we teach?
Is there a curriculum for the classes or do we create our own?
Primary levels will be provided a detailed class plan(s), text books, up-to-date syllabi and folders including: a subject handover manual, mapping tools, the previous year's work, lessons, reviews, tests, examples, projects, grades, outlines, teaching resources and training folders.
In addition, we provide orientation, In-house training, observation classes with feedback, professional development sessions, tutorial videos and regular meetings to ensure that we teach each subject to our expected standards.
Kindergarten is provided with the exact same resources aimed for success and support. However, the syllabi and department is different compared to that of Primary. For the younger students we do topic based learning; so we pick a topic each week and create activities based on that. We work as a team to organize our monthly plans. Planning is done in advance and part of our role here is to develop the curriculum each year to ensure constant development.
If you enjoy working in a team setting then you would fit in very well here. We communicate, bounce ideas off one another and stress the importance of team-work
Are we able to work on the side (ie. extra classes etc.)?
Are we able to work on the side (ie. extra classes, tutoring, etc.)?
Are there any other surprising responsibilities or aspects of teaching at Sitapatr in Thailand?
Are there any volunteer opportunities in Nakhon and at Sitapatr?
How many holidays do we get a year, paid or unpaid? Do we choose when we take them?
All public and national holidays, End of Term and End of Year breaks are paid under your 'Contract Agreement.'
October is our Term 1 Break and our teachers receive a 1-Month paid vacation.
December is full of holidays. We receive National holidays, Christmas and New Years breaks.
March 18th - May 17th (dates fluctuate from year to year) is our End of Year break and teachers receive another 8 Weeks paid vacation with an opportunity for 2 bonuses!
Furthermore, the EP Director will grant you 5 additional 'Personal Days' within your contract for free!
All holidays are only granted in special circumstances and with special consideration. All in all, around 3 months of paid holiday!
What are the minimum requirements?
What are the preferred qualifications?
What is the pay and benefits?
In addition to all Teacher Contracts, a Completion Bonus is granted while a Re-Signing Bonus and an salary Increase are offered after teachers 1st-Year Contract ends. To recap:
Salaries and Bonuses
Visas, Taxes, Social Security & Insurance
Paid Holidays & Sick Leave
Facilities and Extra Perks!
How does the banking work?
What is the location of the school?
How does lunch work at the school?
Is accommodation and transportation included or do I find my own?
Accommodation is included (off-campus) and living costs are very low in Nakhon. Nice 2-3 bedroom houses are available for around 5,000 – 8,000 Baht a month, or furnished apartments a little cheaper.
We normally recommend getting into a nice home with a few new friends/co-workers. Many new teachers feel very welcomed here and like living with others because it gives them a great sense of community and provides safety, entertainment, and new experiences.
Are there other Westerners at the school & in NST?
Nakhon has been going through a real developmental boom over the last few years and there are lots of western teachers now. As a social group, I'd estimate around 60 are out and about on a regular basis having housewarming parties, celebrations, events, holiday parties, charity events, island trips and generally socializing (realistically over 200 westerners here) - there's a wide variety of age groups. However, everyone is very friendly and NST attracts some of the most friendly and like-minded Westerners to Thailand.
What is the transportation like within the city?
How do I get a Work Permit & Visa and what are the costs?
Are there Half-Year Contracts available?
Visas will not be issued under a six-month contract anymore (Thai law). We are looking for a one year commitment (11-months really) which is why we offer a completion bonus. It is difficult to organize a syllabi, progress as a team and provide our students proper education if teachers don’t fulfill their contracts. This is very important to us.
Is Health Care provided and am I covered?
How do I apply?