More teachers leave the UKÂ to teach abroad after from budget fears and continuous Government interference
With increasing interference from theÂ GovernmentÂ in classrooms there is an increasing number of in the number of BritishÂ trainedÂ teachers seeking international jobs in schools, colleges and universities.
The bitter cold times during winter and the prospect of funding cuts after the election is giving teachers a greater reason to leave the UK to work in schools abroad.Â Recent figures have shown that approximatelyÂ 70,000Â British primary and secondary teachers are now working in international schools. Â This is a huge increase compared toÂ 41,000Â in 2005.
There is Â much greater increase in the number of international schools. Â According to ISC Research the number of English-medium international schools has leaped fromÂ 1,700Â toÂ 5,400Â in the past decade and anticipated at rising to 8000Â in the nextÂ 5 years.
There is a huge boom of jobs in Asia and the Middle East. Top international schools and global educations chains like GEMs and Raffles are now focusing on getting students from increasingly wealthy families both locally and the expatriate base.
This opens questions to the Government to rethink its decision about reduce the number of hired trainee teachers for secondary teacher training. If changes are not made in due course, UK schools could be left no other option but to looking at bringing in overseas teachers from South Africa and Canada, which could have a huge impact in the way children in the UK are taught.
While there is huge appeal in teaching internationally there are some pitfalls that all educationalist should be aware of rather than get drawn in by good salaries and great weather. Â Regulations in international schools is not as stringent as they are in the UK which could lead to teachers and leaders finding themselves in awkward situations, especially if they have disagreements or are not aware of the labour regulations in the country. Â It is advised that teachers and leaders get as much information as possible fromÂ reliableÂ sources beforeÂ committingÂ themselves into a role.
If done successfully there have been many cases where teachers have left and have not returned having found that “ideal” teaching job, not from a just because ofÂ higher TAX FREE salariesÂ but also by not having the worry of OFTSED creeping up to come in and carry out a frightening inspection. Â In addition it can generally be stated that children are far better behavedÂ and there is a greater emphasis on learning and becoming the best that they can be.
- What side of the fence do you sit on?
- Are you already a teacher who has made that application to work abroad?
- If so we would love to hear of your experience(s) be they good or bad and shed some light on new teachers coming on to the international teachingÂ circuit!
The SeekTeachersâ„¢ Team