The teacher staffing crisis in schools is made worse by an exodus of newly qualified teachers going overseas to teach in the rapidly growing international teaching sector, including branches of England’s elite public schools, it has been claimed.
Lured by enticing offers of competitive, tax-free salaries, free accommodation and a warmer climate, teachers are taking their hard-earned qualifications to the Gulf states, the far east and beyond, where there is growing demand for a “traditional” English teaching.
In turn, schools in England are increasingly having to look overseas to recruit their own teaching staff – from countries as diverse as Jamaica, Canada, South Africa and Australia – in order to get sufficient teachers in front of classes.
“Famous institutions like Harrow, Marlborough, Shrewsbury and Brighton College – to name just a few – are clamouring to meet a growing demand for a ‘traditional’ English education among the burgeoning middle classes of these countries as well as the increasing number of British ex-pats who have relocated there.”
It’s part of a worldwide boom in interanbtional schools – many of which follow a British-style curriculum and use the English language – which is fuelling demand for UK-trained teachers. In 2014-15 an estimated 100,000 full-time teachers from the UK were working in the international sector, “making the UK the world’s biggest exporter of teaching talent”.
And it will only get worse, he says, with research sugests that the number of international schools is expected to almost double from 8,000 now to more than 15,000 by 2025.