Why teachers are quitting to work overseas

Published on 9th May, 2016 by Andrew Wigford. Published in For Candidates / TIC News

TIC teachers featured in The Telegraph

Several teachers and leaders who found their international school jobs through TIC Recruitment have been featured in an article by The Telegraph. It follows the statement in February by Ofsted Chief Inspector Michael Wilshaw about a teacher ‘brain-drain’ as British teachers look to international schools for alternative job opportunities.

In the article, several teachers and leaders from the UK explain why they decided to teach overseas, and what opportunities they have had since moving to an international school.

Finding the right job with TIC

Robert Graves is one of the people featured in the article. Robert was a Headteacher in an inner city London school before TIC Recruitment helped him find his first overseas job at Compass International School Al Khor (now known as Nord Anglia International School Al Khor). He is now preparing to open the new Nord Anglia Chinese International School Shanghai as Principal, with his wife Sarah as Director of Studies. Robert says he owes his international career to the TIC team:

“Well, I owe it all to Andrew Wigford (Director of TIC). What was said on the TIC website; about ‘finding the right school for the right teacher’ hit a chord. It seemed to me that I wasn’t going to be just another unknown candidate. And that’s exactly what it was like.

“The day I registered with TIC, I had a call from Andrew and we talked. Shell was recruiting for the Headship of Compass International School in Al Khor and TIC was supporting the recruitment. Andrew knew the right people, he gave us all the information we needed, and he got us in front of the people that mattered. It was partly his influence and reassurance that got me the Headship; he represented us so well and it all happened so quickly.

Read about Robert’s experience, plus experiences from other teachers, on The Telegraph website.

If you would like to find out how TIC can help you find your dream international school job, please register today and check out our latest vacancies. To read more about teachers' experiences, head over to our Teachers' Stories section.

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Andrew Wigford

Andrew is Managing Director of TIC. He has been involved in international education both as a teacher and Headteacher for over 25 years and has worked in Germany, Colombia and Austria. He set up TIC recruitment in 2005 to help teachers find great jobs in great international schools.