Sir Michael Wilshaw: Teachers leaving for classrooms abroad is “brain drain” on talent

Ofsted chief inspector Sir Michael Wilshaw has called for urgent action to plug the flood of teachers leaving the UK to teach abroad – fuelled by a “worldwide boom in international schools”. A Schools Week investigation in September revealed that around 100,000 full-time teaching staff from Britain left to teach abroad in 2014-15. It was more than the number of teachers who qualified through a university PGCE route in the same year. Sir Michael, writing in his monthly blog today, highlighted these figures, asking if it is “fair the offspring of overseas oligarchs are directly benefiting from UK teacher training programmes at the expense of poor children in large parts of this country?” He said a worldwide boom in international schools – some set up by prestigious UK institutions – is fuelling the exodus. Sir Michael said the lure of tax-free salaries and sunnier climates is contributing to a teacher “brain drain” from the country that is threatening to “undermine the well-intentioned reforms to school structures, curricula and assessment regimes.” He said the number of “overseas franchises” had risen from 29 to 44 in two years, with more campuses due to open. He also highlighted International Schools Consultancy figures which … Continue reading Sir Michael Wilshaw: Teachers leaving for classrooms abroad is “brain drain” on talent