Due to the current oversupply of teachers in Wales, many talented teachers cannot find work. Thus, head of the Austria International School in Vienna, Andrew Wigford believe that working in an international school might be the best way for them to find work.
Mr. Wigford also taught at international schools in Colombia and Germany. He set up an agency based in Penarth to help Welsh teachers find work abroad. He added that there’s a need for Welsh teachers at international school, which teach the national curriculum.
“Once you have taught for a few years in the UK you can literally work anywhere in the world. The opportunities are limitless. We have worked in some fantastic schools and traveled to amazing places. With so many new schools opening, getting a job is easier than ever. You can almost pick your country,” he said.
There are more than 200 international schools opened last year. Approximately, there are about 1.6 million students attends at around 3,000 international schools around the world, providing work for 150,000 teachers.
According to Mr. Wigford, there are large amount of jobs offered in international schools, particularly in places like China, United Arab Emirates and Korea. These places preferred to hire UK-trained teachers and Welsh teachers go down particularly well.
Many international schools not only offer competitive salaries and great accommodation as part of the package, but great places to grow professionally as well. Most have a small class size, great resources and facilities and are full of students that are well behaved and enthusiastic to learn.
Teachers are advised to take some caution when applying jobs.
“There are some unscrupulous school owners that have jumped on the bandwagon and teachers can find themselves in difficulty a long way from home. Teachers should always seek expert advice from a professional recruitment service that specializes in international schools,” he added.
“I have worked in international schools in Venezuela, Austria, Switzerland and Italy. My next job, starting in August, will be as head of a primary in Dhaka, Bangladesh. I have had so many outstanding educational experiences along the way. I have grown professionally in ways that would have been far more difficult in the UK - and I'm still growing. What reason could I possibly have for going back to the UK?” said Paula Baxter, 38, head of primary at the International School of Milan.