Andrew’s Conference Tour, Nov. 2012 - Part 1

Published on 12th December, 2012 by Owen Richards. Published in

Last month, TIC Director Andrew Wigford visited several conferences and international schools across the world. Here Andrew talks about his time in Doha, Qatar.

The conference was held at the International School of London, Qatar

The conference was held at the International School of London, Qatar

My journey began in Doha, at the Alliance for International Education conference. The conference was held in the International School of London, Qatar. TIC is the sole recruiter for ISL, so it was a great opportunity for us to attend.

The Alliance conference is fairly unique as it brings together international educators from all over the world, both in private and state education. There were many topics discussed throughout the conference related to international education. I was a delegate in a discussion on how international schools can effect state education within a country. This was just one of many quite broad but high impact issues discussed during the three day conference. TIC also had a stand at the conference, allowing us to meet up with a lot of our contacts including Headteachers, recruiters and school leaders in the region.

While in Doha, I also visited three schools that we work with; Doha British School, Compass School Al Khor and ACS School, Doha. In each of these schools we’ve placed approximately 30 teachers, so we enjoy a good relationship with all of them. During my time visiting the schools, I received a tour around the school, I went in to the classrooms, and met with the teachers and senior management teams. These opportunities allow us to ensure that we are still providing the best positions in the best international schools for our teachers.

Visiting Doha also allowed us to catch up with the some of the teachers who TIC has placed in the past 12 months. Doha is a significant location for TIC as we have placed almost 50 teachers in 15 international schools there. In advance of my visit, we emailed each teacher informing them that we were in Doha and would be holding a social event in our hotel for everyone. We thought it would be a great chance to find out how their international education experience is going, to receive any feedback, and for them to meet other teachers who work in Doha as well. We had a great response, with teachers coming from five different schools to attend the social. We were able to get some fantastic feedback and everyone seemed to enjoy the free drink and snacks! Thanks everyone who joined us there.

Keep an eye out for part two of Andrew’s trip next week.

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Owen Richards

Owen works in media relations and marketing. His main focus is working with the press on features about teachers who have moved overseas to teach internationally.