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UK — Welsh teachers are leaving the rain and red tape behind

17 September 2009

Teachers of all ages are increasingly seeking out jobs at British or international schools abroad as a means of dodging the Welsh weather while escaping the frustrations of the UK education system, Walesonline reports.

Andrew Wigford, director at recruitment agency Teachers International Consultancy, believes teaching abroad will become even more popular in the coming years, as many Welsh local authorities are expected to make teachers redundant under school reorganisation plans drawn up to tackle the impact of falling pupil numbers and funding issues.

Mr Wigford said: "Some teachers might be faced with the idea of working in Tesco, but the alternative might be teaching in the Bahamas for a few years. A lot of these schools abroad are crying out for well trained teachers and Welsh teachers are particularly popular. When they go for their first teaching job abroad, a lot of people say they wish they had known about it sooner."

"Teachers get upset with the Government here changing the goal posts, while at the same time they’re having to cope with yet another inspection. International schools do have inspections, of course, but the stresses on teachers are just not to the same extent as they are here. From my own experience, having worked in three international schools, the children are totally different there."

"They’re more motivated, more eager to learn and they place more emphasis on their own education. For them, education is more of a means to an end rather than something they have to do."

Matthew Rees, who graduated with a PGCE business studies qualification from Swansea Metropolitan University in 2000, has now taken up a post of head of economics and business studies at Harrow International School in Bangkok, Thailand. Mr Rees said, "what is most certain about my current position, and working at Harrow International School, is that there is never a dull day."



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