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Gunma Kokusai Academy
International Schools
Overall rating 
 
2.0
Overall Quality of Teaching 
 
1.5
Quality of School Leadership 
 
0.5
School Facilities 
 
3.5
Computer and ICT Provision 
 
3.5
General Happiness of Students 
 
2.5
Sense of Community Within School 
 
1.0
Quality of Canteen Food 
 
1.0
Extra Curricular Opportunities 
 
2.5
Student Behaviour 
 
2.5
Involvement in Wider Community 
 
1.0
Reviewed by VladSmirnov March 03, 2018

Champions in Mediocrity

About Me
Teacher
I am a....
Expatriate teacher
I work in....
Secondary
Date joined
August 02, 2010
How many years have you worked at this school?
6
Approximate monthly salary
350000 yen
Years of experience and responsibilities as a reference for the monthly salary
8
Other benefits included in the package
  • Accommodation
  • Medical insurance
  • Pension contribution
Salary relative to cost of living in the area
Medium
Are you paid on time?
Always
Payscale transparency
Good
Competency of management
Poor
Business owner ethics (if applicable)
Awful
Workload
Medium
Pressure to get high exam grades (if applicable)
Medium
Professional development opportunities
Poor
Career progression opportunities
Poor
Parental Support
Satisfactory
Special needs support
Poor
EFL support
Poor
Overall job satisfaction
Not really satisfied
As a teacher, what are the major plus points for working here?
You are paid on time. You are generally left alone if you know what you're doing.
What areas do you feel are in need of development?
The school needs a principal that has passion and a vision to turn this third rate school into an international school. There is no enforced English speaking policy. Japanese teachers often speak Japanese to each other in the staff room despite the stated English policy. Students are reluctant to speak English and will avoid doing so.

There is a climate of suspicion and distrust prevalent throughout the school which stems mainly from the business director and some senior administrators. They treat teachers poorly when they fail to give them adequate notice. For example, a teacher was given two weeks notice that they weren't going to renew his contract, dispute advertising the position three months prior, unbeknownst to him of course.
What advice would you give to other teachers considering working at this school?
Try to get on well with your home room partner and don't take the job too seriously. Avoid telling some people there too much about yourself as they are snitches.
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