Signs of degeneration.
Costing up to £100,000 for an academic year, the Institut auf dem Rosenberg is more than twice as expensive as Eton college and educates the offspring of some of the wealthiest people in the world. Most of whom, it turns out, will be taught by teachers who trained in the cash-strapped classrooms of UK state schools.
Why they can’t talk about classism.
Those teachers who find themselves in Rosenberg’s five-star setting are a small subset of the thousands leaving their students in Oldham and Lewisham, Liverpool and Leicester, and heading for Switzerland, China, Canada, Dubai, Australia, Thailand, Mexico, Nepal and numerous other international education destinations.
The 230 pupils of more than 40 different nationalities are just back after their half-term break – the younger children are cute and chatty, while the older pupils sidle by with barely a glance.
The multiculturalism starts early so you don’t know anything else.
The benefits include small classes, capacity to save, private healthcare, free flights home and no Ofsted
No anal sex classes in Year 1? Bigots.
The school is discreet about alumni – apart from the Mexican Nobel laureate Mario J Molina, after whom the school’s science centre is named – but it is happy for you to know it includes European royalty and Silicon Valley entrepreneurs.
Degeneracy for thee but not for me.
Besides, here there’s less time spent managing behaviour and more time doing what teachers love – teaching their subject. At home, he says, his work was results- and Ofsted-driven. Here he feels he can be more creative, more independent. “In the UK you are constantly having to report to certain people about certain things. Here you are trusted to do what you think is best for the student.”
Socialist complains about socialism.
Can we rescind their citizenship? We trained them up and they fled.
Eilish McGrath is head of social studies at Rosenberg and echoes McCarron’s sentiments. She began her teaching career at Hathershaw college in Oldham, a comprehensive with a large number of disadvantaged pupils, followed by a sixth-form college in Macclesfield. She enjoyed the work, but having spent much of her childhood in the Middle East and Asia, she moved to Dubai, where she taught at Repton school, one of a growing number of British independent schools that are opening international branches overseas.
They not only don’t care about you, they fund and train up your invaders.
Often exhausted by their experiences in the UK, they complain of excessive workload, stress, a lack of work-life balance, funding cuts, a dread of Ofsted, an obsession with paperwork, accountability measures, poor behaviour, children bringing weapons to school, high staff turnover … the list goes on.
The benefits of working abroad, they say, don’t just include sunshine, free accommodation and tax-free earnings, but small classes, more resources, better work-life balance, freedom to travel, capacity to save, private healthcare, free flights home and no Ofsted. Their strength of feeling is eye-opening. “I would burn in hell before returning to teach in an English school,” says one teacher who moved to the Netherlands. “Teaching in the UK is exhausting,” says a secondary school art and design teacher who moved to an international school in Thailand.
Yeah can we just trap these people there and wait for the next war or plague?
Though few of the teachers who contact us are motivated by money, one 33-year-old left her primary school in Tower Hamlets, east London, for an international school in Yangon in Myanmar because she couldn’t make enough money to survive in London. Now she earns £5,000 more, plus a yearly bonus, in a package topped off with free accommodation, flights and medical insurance. “Working conditions are better, with sizes that are half of a UK class. It would be insane for me to return to the UK.”
Can we make that official?
Fifth columnists, they vote in our ruin and replacement then skip the country.
Janet Birch, a science teacher, left the UK for Two Boats, the government school on Ascension Island, a British Overseas Territory in the south Atlantic. In her north London secondary, she felt that the workload was excessive, pupils were poorly behaved, resources were tight and the job was stressful. “I could be earning more in England but I would not be able to save as much,” she says. She described her new situation: “The pupils are delightful, the classes are small, resources are plentiful, workload is reasonable, staff work well together.” Island life suits her – she dives, walks and is a projectionist for the local cinema.
The alarm bells have been ringing for some time about the exodus from our classrooms. One poll by the National Education Union (NEU) this year found that one in five teachers (18%) expects to quit in less than two years, and two in five want to quit in the next five – most blame “out of control” workload pressures and excessive accountability.
“We know that teachers have a strong social mission and they want to make the world a better place, and work with disadvantaged children,” says Mary Bousted, joint general secretary of the NEU. “But the reality is we are making teaching just too hard to do.”
It’s babysitting! They do nothing!
They get solid months off per year.
When these people come back and bitch about state pensions, remember this.
Louise Sturt, an English teacher with 25 years experience in the state sector in England, would agree. She finally quit her comprehensive near Bristol after years of funding cuts, restructuring and deteriorating behaviour.
“dogwhistles” aplenty in this article
they know, they know what the low iq nations are like they just want to be somewhere else when the riots happen to you
Staff numbers had been reduced dramatically, she says. She now works at the private Dubai English Speaking college. “We’ve got a nice place to live. We’ve got sunny days every day. It feels like an adventure.” After so many years in state education, she feels sad she has finally “gone over to the other side. I would go back to it. There are not that many people I speak to who would.”
On the other side of the planet, Katy Bull is thriving in her role as head of kindergarten in a small international school in Tequisquiapan, a popular tourist town in central Mexico. “I remember spending weekends in the UK sat inside planning, marking, assessing, worrying … Now I actually have a life. I would still say I work extremely hard, but extremely hard on the things that count. I feel intrinsically motivated to be an outstanding teacher, and not because Ofsted inspectors are pressuring me.”
Omg you big meanie Ofsted expecting them to jump through your hoops for a wage.
[Ofsted are dodgy, pedo-pushing and do fake things in their documents and lie to cover up for child abuse though.]
Modern foreign language teacher Mary McCormack, who quit her job at a school in Wolverhampton for Canada, has similar memories of weekends and “the piles of books that needed to be corrected every three weeks – robbing me of my Sundays”.
You got summers and other holidays off but you’re not a farmer, you don’t need summers off.
And in Quebec? “Little to no lesson observations. Complete trust as a professional. I am paid more, but the high taxes mean that my take-home is slightly less than what it would be in the UK. This being said, I would never consider coming back to a British classroom.”
Could demographics have anything to do with that?
In the run-up to a general election in which education is likely to be a key battleground, all parties have pledged more money for schools. The Tories have promised increased starting salaries for teachers of £30,000, while Labour pledged an end to high-stakes school inspections, but whether any of it is enough to stem the exodus of teachers remains to be seen.
Ofsted has lied about child abuse and covered it up, what stakes?
They have a Common Purpose, you could say.
Prof John Howson, an authority on the labour market for teachers, says it is classroom teachers with between five and seven years’ experience that are being lost in greater numbers than ever – the very people who should be moving into middle leadership positions. And while once upon a time they might have gone abroad to work in the international sector temporarily, Howson fears these days they may prefer what they find overseas and not return.
A capitalist system?
What’s more, a significant increase in the number of secondary school pupils is projected over the next few years.
with sub-replacement native birth rate, no prizes for guessing why they fled
This means we will need more teachers, not fewer, just at the time the international schools market is booming and will be trying to lure British teachers in ever greater numbers to fill its classrooms overseas. According to the Council of British International Schools, the sector will require up to 230,000 more teachers to meet staffing needs over the next 10 years. “I fear that we may have to go looking elsewhere around the world for teachers to come and work here,” says Howson.
the solution to problems caused by Third World immigration – more Third World immigration!
That’s Owen Jones tier reasoning.
The champagne socialists could just be banned from leaving or coming back. That’s the solution.
This is also why they want open borders. They can afford to run from the diversity, you can’t!
In Switzerland, McGrath contemplates a different future, away from the exclusive surroundings of the Institut auf dem Rosenberg, back to her classroom in Oldham. “Would I go back and teach in the UK?” She sits back and reflects. “When I worked in Oldham, I really liked the challenges of the students I was working with. Now working here, I would find it very hard to go back.”
Racist bigot. Obviously.
Teachers are just the new, secular missionaries, utterly useless people who should be shipped off abroad and never let back in. We used to let our rabbits go off to Africa, get malaria and die there. That was a smarter system.
The person who solves the problem of the poor behaviour of the 5% of pupils, solves the recruitment crisis.
IQ is mostly genetic, just deport them and the family.
I’d have thought Guardian folk would detest schools like Rosenberg. And this from the paper that rails against private education. By all means point out the inadequacies of Ofsted etc but giving voice to Guardian reading teachers who have left UK comprehensives to teach at private schools abroad smacks of hypocrisy. You would also do well to focus some of your journalistic energies to the problems of pupil behaviour – mentioned here by several teachers.
My word, the hostility below the line here is quite something.
How dare British teachers decide to leave behind their crumbling, underfunded schools, excessive workload, undisciplined kids (discipline starts at home, folks, whether you want to accept that or not), crap salaries, crippling bureaucracy and being used as a political football, in order to go elsewhere to pursue the profession that they actually signed up to do?
Do not pity these people whatever happens to them.
This is another negative to our short term thinking, we use student loans to take the expansion of the universities in this country of our government books but this just means that graduates have another incentive to leave.
as long as they can’t vote or come back when SHTF with exotic diseases in their system then fine
Asia has a syphilis problem and have you read the fatal symptoms of that one? All it takes is one set of antibiotics to fail, like super gonorrhea beforehand.
Why come back when staying away means that in a few years time the taxpayer will pay off your student loan instead?
It’s cute they think they’ll be allowed back to sponge off the pension system after paying no taxes.