18th June 2018
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International schools to recruit more UK teachers
Tens of thousands more teachers will move into overseas jobs during the coming decade as international schools seek to boost the number of staff they recruit from the UK.
International schools plan to hire an additional 145,000 teachers from the British isles, according to ISC Research.
This would more than double the number of British teachers working abroad. In 2014-15, around 100,000 full-time teaching staff from Britain were working in English-medium international schools.
Just under 28,000 people trained to become teachers in England in 2017-18. This means that international schools would have to snap up over half of all the UK trainee teachers over the next ten years to meet their targets.
ISC Research gathered its data from the 1,020 premium international schools, which make up 10.5 per cent of the total market. UK teachers currently make up around a quarter of staff in these schools, which include accredited British or American schools overseas, and international schools offering the International Baccalaureate.
'A genuine alternative to GCSE resits is needed'
A look at the current system from a director of English at a state college…
The GCSE English resit opportunity may work for some of our young people. All power to them. But a common thread for me has been the persistent evidence, year after year, that many young people who have been deemed to “fail” in English at school continue to be shoehorned into a curriculum and qualification path that serves them ill post-16. It is not fit for their purpose.
These 16- to 18-year-olds, in particular, turn to the post-16 education sector and opt for vocational courses that have greater appeal to them than other, more academic options. They opt to learn trades, learning through practice and theory, and producing evidence as testament to their learned skills. Portfolios, coursework and tests are part of their route to gaining qualifications.
Instead of the current compulsory GCSE retake policy, why not offer choice?
For example, in the Certificate of Personal Effectiveness (COPE) qualification, students complete a number of units including: improving their own learning and performance, problem solving, working with others, planning and carrying out a research project linked to a broad area of interest.
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