Classroom primary school teaching assistant

The Optimist International School has proudly launched the first phase of its opening by setting up a team of professionals of all backgrounds and professional experiences. As our community of international children is incessantly growing, we are always looking to expand our exceptional team as to cater to the students needs. This is why we are open to any solicitations concerning a teaching or teaching assistant position here at the Optimist International School, given you belive you share our values of passion for education and international mindedness.
About Optimist International School

Optimist International School is a new public primary school in Hoofddorp which is near Amsterdam (municipality of Haarlemmermeer) and will open its doors on January 8, 2018. The international school will be an integrated part of De Optimist, a Dutch primary school with approximately 300 students. Basic thought for the development of the international department is full integration with the current Dutch school eventually. We want to bring all our students together and share activities when possible and work separately when needed. The school is subsidised by the Dutch government, which enables us to deliver high quality education for a reasonable fee. Optimist International School is a school for children who need to be educated in English to ensure continuity of education. Being a member of Dutch International Schools (DIS) we welcome children of all nationalities and backgrounds. The school offers an international programme in English for students between the ages of 4 and 11. We will work with the International Primary Curriculum (IPC), an international curriculum providing a cross-curricular, thematic and creative teaching structure designed to engage children of all abilities in today’s world.


Vision statement ‘Together we bring out your inner magic’

We welcome children in a spirit of understanding and tolerance in a multicultural school and a caring community that supports them to become a compassionate committed global citizen. We feel it’s exciting to learn. Growing by learning is at the core of everything we do. We challenge children to realise their full potential and provide opportunities to discover and develop their unique talents. We support them to be responsible for and committed to their own learning. We believe education is a combined effort of parents, students, teachers and a community working together. We provide a healthy sporty environment and encourage decent behaviour.


You need to be:

  • willing to join a start-up team

  • flexible and open to new ideas and be able to adapt to various situations

  • able to create and implement school policy by having the ability to take the initiative

  • able to commit to the school’s mission to provide project based international learning

  • able to differentiate and to challenge each student to the best of their abilities

  • willing to learn the Dutch language

  • able to cope with mixed language levels

You need to have:

  • have Qualified Teaching Assistant Status for primary education

  • minimum of two years teaching experience (NQTs are not eligible to apply)

  • be fluent in English (C2 level)

  • have excellent interpersonal, organisational and class management skills

  • have excellent knowledge and experience of different teaching and educational methodologies

  • knowledge of the International Primary Curriculum and UK National Literacy and Numeracy Strategies (this is a preference)

  • be eligible to live and work in the EU (we are not able to secure work permits for candidates)

All non-Dutch teaching qualifications must be verified by DUO. We are not able to employ teaching assistants until this process has been completed. The verification process can be started prior to arrival in the Netherlands. Further details of this verification process are to be found on the DUO website via this link


Did we entice your curiosity?

Please send your application to with full CV and contact details of two professional references. If you have questions please send a message too. The school is currently closed due to the summer holiday. The closing date for your application is August 28.