Ofsted Chief Highlights ‘Brain Drain’ of Britain’s Teachers to Foreign Private Schools

A study conducted by The University of Durham study, and commissioned by the Independent Schools Council, has shown a noticeable ‘brain drain’ of British teachers going to foreign private schools. According to Chief Inspector Sir Michael Wilshaw, teachers should be given a ‘golden handcuffs’ deal to stop them from going abroad once they qualify.

The study pointed out that privately educated children have a two-year advantage over state school pupils by the time they are 16. It revealed that private schooling pushed GCSE students an average of two thirds of a grade higher in each subject. In his remarks, Sir Michael explained that teacher shortages are being worsened by staff going to work abroad, particularly at campuses of elite British schools. Last year more people left to teach abroad (18,000) in English language international schools than trained (17,000) on post-graduate routes, he said.

Sir Michael mentioned in his remarks that “anyone regularly perusing the job vacancy pages of the education press cannot help but notice just how many of our elite public schools are busy opening up international branches across the globe, especially in the Gulf States and the Far East,” adding that “two years ago, there were 29 of these overseas franchises.” It was pointed out that “at the end of 2015, there were 44 and the number will rise again in the coming months with several new campuses scheduled to open soon.”

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