There are now 300,000 fully qualified, English-speaking teachers working in international schools around the world. These are skilled, experienced teachers from countries including the UK, Canada, New Zealand, Australia, USA and South Africa who have moved overseas for a better standard of work and lifestyle.
This latest figure has been published by ISC Research, part of the International School Consultancy Group. Opportunities for teachers overseas are expected to continue to increase. By 2022 ISC Research predicts that 529,000 fully qualified, English-speaking teachers will be employed in international schools.
The growth is due to the prolific expansion of English-medium international schools which are not only responding to the demand for high quality, English-speaking schooling from expatriates, but also from wealthier local families who value the higher education possibilities that learning in an English-medium international school provide.
The number of international schools is growing at a phenomenal rate. Just 13 years ago (in 2000) there were a total of 2,584 international schools worldwide employing 90,000 full-time staff teaching 988,600 students. Today there are 6,400 international schools employing 300,000 teachers to support the learning needs of 3.2 million students. By 2022, ISC Research says the number of international schools is expected to reach 11,330.
Carey Kalym was a teacher in Coventry, England before moving to Compass International School, Al Khor, Qatar in August last year (2012). “The standards of teaching here are very high and the attitude and enthusiasm of all the staff and children is infectious. It makes you happy to come to school every day, knowing that the children want to learn,” she says. “The way of life and work/life balance here is incredible.”
Nicholas Brummitt, Chairman of The International School Consultancy Group says “The future looks very bright for international schools and while these schools maintain their high standards of learning and teaching, they will continue to attract some of the very best teachers from around the world.”