Working at ESH

ESH has favourable Dutch social and working conditions and is a fantastic working environment, located in the international zone of The Hague. ESH Primary is conveniently situated in between the city centre and the beach of Scheveningen. ESH Secondary is located 4,5 km from ESH Primary and 10 minutes by bike from Central Station. The Hague is a cosmopolitan city with a large expat population and as such offers excellent housing, health and transport facilities. Read more about the Hague here

As a successful applicant, you will be warmly welcomed by a professional, sociable and very international team. In addition, in certain circumstances for teachers hired from abroad and subject to the 30% rule, we can provide free education for up to two eldest dependents.

All appointments are subject to the successful completion of an interview, (trial lessons), identity checks, criminal record checks, and references. Furthermore, applicants must be EU citizens or have a valid permit to work in the Netherlands. For any further information, please visit the Government website

Unless stated otherwise in the job advertisement, initial employment is for one year, followed by a permanent contract subject to satisfactory appraisal and completion of paperwork, and acceptance and approval of your qualifications by the Dutch Government. . 

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Teacher Professional Development

Professional Development includes INSET day is an IN-Service Training day, also known as a PD Day (Professional Development Day). Professional development delivers benefits to our teachers, their profession and our pupils. Our goal is to ensure our teachers are up-skilled, have learning opportunities to keep pace with the current standards in education and to promote engagement. Teachers have 5 INSET Days per year and two Induction Days per year. There is no school for pupils on these days. Professional Learning Community at ESH Staff at the ESH are involved in continual, on-site professional development opportunities called Professional Learning Community’s.

Professional Learning Community (PLC)

This is a group of educators who meet regularly to share expertise, work collaboratively, expand their teaching strategy toolkit to enhance the learning skills and experiences of students. In short, a it is team of teachers who work together to learn from each other in order to have a positive impact on the learning of the children. The PLC is integral to our school learning culture and professional development. It is guided by the Assistant to the Deputy Director and our PLC Organisers; they, in turn, facilitate a team of PLC Chairpersons who have regular meetings with our smaller PLC teams.

Requirements for Teaching Positions

At ESH, we hold ourselves to a high standard of recruiting practices with attention to child protection. All applicants are subject to a screening process that includes: verification of qualifications, obtaining two supervisory references (including current employer's) and obtaining current and previous police checks / certificate of good conduct.

Living in the Hague

The Hague is a great place to live and work. There are more than 50.000 internationals living in the city (total population 516,000) and more than 160 intergovernmental and non-governmental international organisations are housed in The Hague. It is truly an international city in the heart of The Netherlands.

In 1899, the first international peace conference was held in The Hague. It was the beginning of a special role for The Hague as the international city of peace and justice. Nationally our city is known as ‘the Hofstad’, serving not only as the seat of government where vitally important decisions affecting the future of the country are taken every day, but also as the residence of the Dutch royal family... you might cross paths with the king or spot the prime minister biking to work, like anyone else.

The International Court of Justice, the International Criminal Court, Eurojust, Europol and the OPCW (Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons) are all based in The Hague. There are more than 130 NGOs here, such as Unicef and Oxfam Novib and most foreign embassies. And with the international campuses of The Hague University of Applied Sciences, and the universities of Leiden, Delft and Rotterdam, the city attracts a steady stream of highly educated talent.

The Hague is the only large Dutch city on the sea. Live here and you have access to an 11 kilometre stretch of beach. It’s the place for sports like beach volleyball and kite surfing. In fact, it’s the best surfing beach on the North Sea, with good waves and a laid back atmosphere, all this located within fifteen minutes from school!

There is a wide choice of cultural venues with the city hosting 20 museums, 14 concert venues, 8 theatres and plenty of festivals. For food-lovers there is an abundance of places to try out from high end restaurants to world cuisine or restaurants on the beach.

With excellent accessibility by air, rail and road, the world is close at hand when you’re in The Hague. Conveniently situated between Schiphol Airport and Rotterdam-The Hague airport (30 min by road and rail) and has two major train stations connecting to Brussels, Paris and London.

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